COOLEST NEW INNOVATION
The NuTech technology, discussed above, was far and away the coolest new innovation, in a year a bit short on innovation.
BEST SOUND OF SHOW, SENSIBLY PRICED
While the show again featured several “entry level” rooms, none of them impressed me as giant killers, and one of them (the $5,000 room) was locked every time I stopped by. Climbing from entry to sensibly price, however, the system in the Fort Collins Audio room was an oasis of excellent sound. Two Spendor models, the A4 for $3,195 and D7 for $5,950, worked brilliantly in the small space of a hotel room. Digital sound was underperforming, but spinning records on the Rega P6 turntable ($1595) fitted up with an Ortofon Quintet Black ($995) brought the performance up to something I could easily live with. The system was driven by Quicksilver electronics, including the Mono 120 amplifier with the KT150 tube upgrade ($4,3945 the pair); Line stage ($995); and Phono Preamplifier ($1,595). Cables were Cardas, including the new Clear Beyond XL speaker cables (price TBD) and Cygnus cables.