Ahh, MBL ... With analog tape! United Home Audio's Greg Beron had a pair of after-hour master-tape sessions, one each night, leading to wee-hours-of-the-morning listening to some of the most sublime recordings you can find. One off masters, anyone? Yeah. It doesn't get better than this. Candidate for Best-In-Show? You betcha.
The Phase 11 tape deck, one of TAS' Top 100 Products, was shown here in lustrous white and a silver/grey. Why two? Well, two gets you seamless track-switching -- remember, this is tape! Anyway, the duo was a pretty sweet setup. Pricing for the top-of-the-line 11 starts at $22,000, but there are several models to choose from, including the entry level Phase $8,900. For more info, try here.
Shown here with the MBL 116f omni-directional loudspeakers, everything was all wired up with Celtic Silver speaker cables (a UHA in house specialty) to Jolida Luxor monos (with outboard PSU) running the so-new you-that-can't-have-them KT 150 vacuum tubes from New Sensor. These tubes are rumored to be even more "sweet" up top than the KT120s (where "sweet" = "beautiful"), and bring significantly better bass than the KT88 and EL34 variants. Top to bottom linearity, with a rich mid-range? So say they -- I suppose this is something that will reveal itself in the fullness of time.