For an individual configuration, the 088 provides a module slot for an optional Phono MC3 or MM2 module, or D/A converter. When no optional module is ordered, the 088 is equipped with a Line module as standard, and therefore has an additional unbalanced high level input.The show rack saw the $26k Burmester 100 Phono Stage full version in play, too. Cool feature -- the 100 includes an ADC output that'll allow you to rip your vinyl, over USB or S/PDIF, at up to 24bit/192kHz. The phono section supports up to two balanced inputs and also has a full suite of settings for input impedance, capacitance, and gain. And yes, it has that devilish finish. $90k Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond III sports a 70lb air-bearing platter and an included air-bearing tonearm made of some material so hard and stiff that only diamond can cut it. Yikes. Ultra-pure solid-silver wire with Teflon coating is used throughout the arm. From the brochure:
The Proscenium Black Diamond III Turntable comes complete with arm, motor, motor controller, record clamp, air supply, custom mirror alignment protractor for cartridge setup, precision digital stylus gauge that reads 0 to 5.000 grams, strobe, spare parts, all necessary tubing and a step-by-step manual with diagrams and helpful information for getting the best results with the turntable.Interesting fact: the Proscenium Black Diamond (PBD) III weighs 525lbs, shipped. Yeah. HOLY COW. Interested in setting this up on your manly rack? Well, make sure that 24"x18" top shelf can support 245lbs of turntable awesomeness. A $7,000 Soundsmith Hyperion cartridge was mounted on the air-bearing arm. Sitting off to the side was a two-outlet $3,250 Walker Audio Velociter SS Power Line Enhancer with a $500 matching stand and some Valid Points ($395-$575) for isolation. All cabling in the suite was from Silent Source.
Tweak Studio had another Burmester room. Or rather, a ballroom. On Saturday night, Arnold treated us all to an evening of entertainment in the Starlight Terrace at the Waldorf=Astoria, called “An Evening of Euphoria”.
This is where I got handed a monster glass of bourbon. Hair of the dog? Most assuredly, and yes, it smoothed out the rest of my evening quite nicely, thank you.
The gear in this room was pretty sick — Arnold tells me the total price tag was north of half a mil. Nice! He was kind enough to send me a list of what you all might have missed.
- Burmester B 100 speakers, 1 pair: $90,000
- Burmester PH 100 Phono Stage, 2 units: $26,000
- Burmester Music Center, Music Server 111 , 1 unit: $ 50,000
- Burmester Power amplifier 909MK5 mono blocks: $140,000
- Burmester Line conditioner 948: $7,950
- Burmester Line conditioner 038: $6,000
- Burmester B30 Speakers 1 pair used for fill in for the DJ event: $16,000
- Burmester Power Amp 036: $12,500
- Burmester Bridging wires: $1,800
- Burmester V1 Audio Rack: $4,500
- Burmester V1 Rack Ebony Makaser: $4,500
- The Soundsmith DJ and Audiophile phono cartride I ROX and The Ultimate ($TBA) NYC Debut at this show
- Wireworld Platinum Custom Termination for XLRs, Power Cables, Speaker cables about $150,000 custom cut for this show
- Turntable tweaked and put together by Tweak Studio with the Funk Firm SL 1200, 2 units, $6,000 each
- DJ Mixer 600 maximized version of the Tweak Studio: $1,500
- Aktimate Active Speaker by Music Hall: starting at $450 ($900 as used)
Oh, and don’t worry — if you missed out this year, there’s always next! Tweak Studio will be back at the 2013 NYAV, which will also be at the Waldorf=Astoria, with another evening get together. Stay tuned for more.