CES 2012 Coverage

January 15, 2012
The Avantgarde Room

The Avantagarde Duo Grosso G2 loudspeakers ($36,000/pair) really filled the hotel room, both physically and with sound. The new Avantgarde XA pwer amplifier (€8800) in the center puts out all of 7 watts/channel.

Also new was the Avantgarde XA preamplifier (€9500).

Sources were an Audio Aero La Source CD player ($35,000, or $44,000 with Esoteric VMK5 Neo VRDS transport) and the new Dr. Feckert Firebird turntable ($12,990 without arm). This table was tricked out with a Kuzma Stogi Reference 313 tonearm ($3700) and Soundsmith Hyperion moving-iron phono cartridge ($7000) – you know, the one with the cactus needle cantilever.

 

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