CES 2013 Coverage

January 7, 2013

YG Acoustics

For the past several years, YG Acoustics has been introducing significant, but incremental, improvements to its line of Anat and Kipod loudspeakers. This year, they rolled out a completely new speaker – the Sonja. It departs from the angular design of its predecessors with seductive curves. It comes in three flavors: the 1.1 ($38,800) is comprised of only the monitor section, which houses two Billet-Core midrange drivers and one Forge-Core tweeter in an MTM configuration; the 1.2 ($72,800) adds a bass cabinet to extend low-frequency response to 17Hz; and the 1.3 ($106,800) adds an additional subwoofer cabinet to further extend low-frequency response to 14Hz. The cabinets are so tightly integrated, the lines separating them appear to be simply design accents. They sounded luscious driven by a pair of biwired D’Agostino Momentum monoblocks ($55,000/pair), a Veloce Platino LS-1 line stage ($15,000), and a dCS Scarlatti stack ($80,000). Cables were Kubala-Sonsa Elation.

They were also spinning vinyl using a Zanden Model 1300 phono stage ($12,000) and, new from Germany, a Scheu Das Laufwerk 1 turntable ($8150) fitted with a Scheu Tacco 12-inch tonearm ($4995) and Scheu Ruby 3 moving coil cartridge ($2950).

Next door, they were showing their new Kipod II Signature Passive loudspeakers ($38,800). Previous iterations have had an active bass cabinet, which is still available on request. As with the Sonja, YG chose Dan D’Agostino’s Momentum amplifier, this time the stereo version ($29,000), and a Veloce Platino LS-1 line stage ($15,000). The digital source was all MSB in the new elegant piano black finish. The system was laced together with Kabala-Sonsa Emotion cables.

Not shown were their entry-level Carmel loudspeakers, but you can read my latest review of them here.

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