At the advice of Jeff Wilson and Bob Kuehn, two highly discriminating members of the Bay Area Audiophile Society back home, I auditioned a system with truly enviable, openness and three-dimensionality. The combination of the ART Audio Adagio 26Wpc stereo amplifier ($13,000 with the eye-catching canister light), Gill DAC/preamp ($7500), Audio Excellence power supply, Silversmith Platinum cables, Pranawire power cables, and Ars Aures Midi Sensorial speakers ($19,000/pair—where do they come up with these names?) offered a glimpse of the grace and vulnerability rarely exhibited by many of the brutes of the industry. As Karina Gauvin shared a bit of her soul on Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, I basked in the system’s all-enveloping warmth. The Bill Evans track chosen by Lee Landesberg of Landes Imports sounded fabulous. Definitely one of the high points of my Saturday morning at the RMAF.

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Jason," Thank you for your kind comments. Ars Aures is latin for ""Art of Listening"". I will try to put these in quotation marks under the name for future ads! Appreciate the comments. I would like to do a demo for the Bay Area group prior to CES if they are willing. My rep in that area was the principle cellist for the Baltimore Symphony. We have currently been appointed the representatives for Ensemble and will be bringing in their new hybrid integrated that will startle you.