NYAV12: Innovative Audio presents Wilson, VTL, Spiral Groove











Innovative Audio room filled a relatively small room with some big gear. The big black $27,900 Wilson Sasha loudspeakers were set up along the long wall, driven by the $18,000/pair VTL MB450 Series III amplifiers and paired to a $20,000 VTL 7.5 Series III preamp.

The system was wired up with cables from Transparent Audio.

I managed to catch this room between audio sessions twice. Dumb luck. But what I did manage to hear was quick, dynamic and powerfully deep.

VTL and Wilson is a classic matchup and here, in the odd room config, the setup worked surprisingly well.

In the rack opposite (not pictured):

  • $7,500 Meridian Control 15 Digital Media System
  • $3,500 Meridian Media Source 600
  • $4,000 Meridian Media Core 200
  • $18,000 dCS Puccini SACD/DAC
  • $5,500 dCS Puccini U-Clock.

None of this stuff was in use while I was in the room. All I heard was the analog system, which kicked some serious, well, you know.

Here’s the analog front end:

  • $20,000 Spiral Groove SG2 turntable with a Centroid tonearm
  • $3,000 Lyra Kleos MC cartridge
  • $10,000 VTL TP-6.5 Signature phono preamp with an MC step-up transformer.