Zellaton Reference MkII Speakers, YS Sound Electronics, Reed Turntable, Top Wing Cartridge, Schnerzinger Cabling

Excellent bass, a somewhat toned-down presentation and somewhat dry midrange, and excellent imaging—the speakers completely disappeared—were the hallmarks of Zellaton Reference Mk II Loudspeakers (2018) (€147,950/pair). As with all our show reports, how much of what I heard was due to electronics previously unknown to me, and whose sound I cannot begin to describe until I hear them in a familiar context, I cannot ascertain.

The 2018 model of Zellaton's Reference loudspeakers contain Duelund Cast capacitors and inductors with a paper-based dielectric along with Duelund wiring. Also in the hardly-bargain-priced system: YS Sound YSS-782 preamplifier ($312,500) and YSS-722 monoblocks ($437,500/pair), either a Reed Muse 3C turntable (€15,850) with Reed 5T tonearm (€14,900) and Top Wing Suzaku Red Sparrow cartridge ($16,000) and Nem Phono Kit 4 (TBD) or Reed Music 1C turntable (€11,000) with Reed 1X tonearm (€3000) and DS Audio Master 1 equalizer and optical cartridge (€22,000), and Schnerzinger Protector & Comprehensive Cabling System.

barrows's picture

A half million dollar amplifiers? I mean, I can understand some limited production pieces at prices of $20K-$30K or so, but this should be the top end of the price spectrum. Has everyone lost their minds here, or is it me???

CG's picture

Or, maybe, both. Losing their minds, that is. :8^)

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Waiting for JVS to review these YS Sound amps and pre-amp ....... also, JA1 to do the measurements :-) .......

ok's picture

..for normal people don’t even know what an amplifier actually is :-}

CG's picture

Is Munich the sort of show where more pedestrian or moderately priced gear is on display?