The Opera, Pure Music, Simply Italy, Trenner & Friedl, and Unison Research Room
Blackbird Audio Gallery brought products from Italy and Switzerland. The large speakers on the outside are the Trenner and Friedl Pharaohs ($12,500/pair) and, making their U.S. debut, the smaller speakers are the Opera Granda Mezzas ($2795/pair).
The analog source was the stylish Unison Research Gero turntable ($3990 with tonearm) fitted with a Transfiguration Phoenix cartridge ($4250).
The new Pure Audio Vinyl phono stage ($4500) provided gain for the cartridge.
The digital source was the Unico CDE CD player ($3895). It is too bad the green LED panel distracts from the otherwise good aesthetics of the chassis.
Power and switching was accomplished by the 12 watt/channel SET Simply Italy integrated amplifier ($2950).