Dan Wright of ModWright Instruments Inc., partnered with Cardas Audio, Acora Acoustics, and Woodsong Audio to bring his new compact, affordable 9-series products, which are "based on our Reference Designs," Wright told me in a preshow email.

The ModWright room featured a SOTA Cosmos Eclipse turntable ($10,500) with an SME V tonearm ($5500) and an Ortofon Winfeld Ti MC cartridge ($5999) as well as a prototype ModWright step-up transformer ($2000), ModWright Analog Bridge ($3900), ModWright PH 9.0XT phono stage (featuring two 6C45 and two 6922 tubes: $5250), and a Weiss DAC ($3495). Amplification was provided by the new ModWright LS 99 balanced tube preamplifier (with matched 6922/6DJ8 tubes: $6,500) and the ModWright KWA 99 MOSFET monoblocks ($9000/pair), and the two-way, Acora SRB standmount speakers ($18,000).

The connective tissue was an array of Cardas Clear products, including a Cygnus Power cable ($570/each), Clear Beyond Power cable ($1425/each), Clear Power cable ($1150), Clear Speaker cables ($5250/pair), Clear Interconnects ($2250-$3390/pair), Clear High Speed Digital USB ($550), and a Clear Beyond Phono RDIN-RCA cable ($1830).

Dan was spinning Eva Cassidy when I arrived, soon switching to progressive banjo twiddler, Bela Fleck, then to the pure bluegrass of Nickel Creek. The gear completely disappeared, with sweetness and exceptional bloom. Nicely done Dan!

JohnnyThunder2.0's picture

you can bake muffins to it. I'm sure it sounded amazing. In retrospect I should have purchased that nice ModWright phono stage a few years ago. The inspired touch are those Cardas Clear cables - probably do what Auditorium 23 speaker cables and interconnects do with Shindo gear - leave the music and signal intact. Full and clear, subtle overtones captured but always musical and never analytical.

Ortofan's picture

... without an SME turntable?

Allen Fant's picture

Not sure why Dan has no created/released the next MW CD/SACD player?