The Audio Research and Nola Room
Nola introduced the new KO (pronounced K-O) loudspeaker ($9800). It is a variation on their previous multi-driver open enclosure efforts. A lot of people think Nola speakers are phenomenal. I am not among them, though they are clearly competent. Components from Audio Research were used in the demo.
The source was Audio Research CD8 ($9995).
The preamplifier was the latest SE version of the Audio Research Reference 5 ($12,995), incorporating advancements derived from the Reference 40th Anniversary.
The power amplifier was the new Audio Research Reference 75 ($9995) which is destined to become a classic. Amplifier envy creeping in.