The Soundsmith room featured a hot and clean vinyl sound as played back with the Hyperion cartridge ($7500), which uses a cactus spine cantilever, routed to their affordable MCP2 phono preamp ($699), reviewed by Michael Fremer in our October 2011 issue and March 2012 issue. Pricing on the Hyperion includes a 10 year warranty and re-tipping. Playback came out of Soundsmith’s potent Dragonfly speakers ($2,000). While I certainly heard enough Stevie Ray Vaughan at this audio show to make me wish I had crashed that helicopter myself, the blues master’s slides exhibited a natural attack and decay that brought the man and his dirty Stratocaster to that very room in the Waldorf, a more than welcome revival.

deckeda's picture

... doesn't resonate, on any level.

limahuli's picture

...but wasn't it possible for the author to make his point without the tasteless insult about Vaughan's death? Cheap and lame; someone didn't get hugged enough in his formative years, to be sure.

Ariel Bitran's picture

consider me part of the desensitized youth.

limahuli's picture

This kind of stuff was moderately amusing in zines during the early 90s but now it just looks dumb and desperate.

Ricketysmurf's picture

Journalism's not for you, inane comments.

Ariel Bitran's picture

i'll do better next time. this was my first show report ever. there will be no jokes about death in my upcoming NYAS reports. maybe some jokes about srv.