The Wharfedale Neo Airedales

Art Dudley mentioned earlier in this show report the Audio Power Laboratories tube monoblocks driving Wharfedale's new Neo Airedale flagship loudspeakers ($25,000/pair). Source was a Musical Fidelity CD player, preamp an Audio Research, and the sound in this room was indeed one of the best at Axpona: extended lows, clean highs, and impressive dynamic range.

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I was at the AXPONA NYC show on Saturday and it was great. I was one of the lucky participants to be treated to a solo violin performance by master violinist Arturo Delmoni from the New York City Ballet. It was a real treat hearing Arturo play with background music provided by Audio Research and Music Fidelity feeding  the APL tube monoblocks which, in turn, powered the mighty Wharfedale flagship loudspeakers. Absolutely Fantastic.

Before the solo, I spoke to the developers/engineers of APL about the genesis of the amp and asked them if they would be so kind as to let me listen to a track called "Secret Pond" from jazz pianist Keiko Matsui's latest CD. The track was played and there was silence in the room as Keiko's mastery of the piano had everyone in a trance-like state. Words cannot express how captivating and seductive the music was on this track.

It's so wonderful to listen to music on a system of this magnitude that takes we enthusiasts/audiophiles one step closer to the live performance. One gentlemen even commented that I wasn't going to get my CD back!

My hats off to the gang at APL, Wharfdale, Music Fidelity and Audio Research. Dynamite.