Triode Wire Labs was showing off his brand new “American Speaker Cable” ($499/pair). Formerly a power-cord only operation, Pete is branching out (I hope to get a new pair of his cables soon!). The new cables feature an integrated “Ground Plane Technology”, he says is “purely passive noise reduction technology”, helping to remove EMI/RFI interference. A variety of Cardas connectors are available, and all the cables are “deep cryoed”. Jumpers are also available for $200 for a set of four at 12″ each.
Greg Takesh’s GTA 2 hybrid planar speakers were the talk of the show. The GTA 2, shown here at $6,495/pair, is a total rework of his original design, now all in hardwoods and each cabinet now sports an integrated 8″ sub powered by a 250w plate amp. Two 8″ sealed mid/bass drivers hand things off to the planar which in turn hands off to the ribbon. There’s no crossover up there, per se, just a single inductor. All told, this model represents a huge advance in sound quality. We just need to get these bad boys some room to breathe!
A pair of Arion HS500 hybrid amps matched 6H30 tubes on the input to a 500wpc Class D output stage, coupled with Dueland CAST output capacitors. Price is $7,500/pair.
A Dodd Audio battery-operated pre, also sporting 6H30 tubes ($1,750) connected a Miracle Audio Phonatic phono preamp ($4,999) and a Plinius CD 101 player ($3,300).
A pair of Pi Audio Uberbuss power conditioners ($1,095 each) delivered the power.
As for analog, LPs were played on a Kuzma Stobi turntable with a 12″ Stogi tonearm ($6,800 for the set) and a Goldenote Boboli MkII cartridge ($950).
In the second collaboration, a much smaller GT Audio Works GTA1 hybrid ribbon/planar loudspeaker dropped the powered subwoofers and much of the price ($2,695/pair), though there were subwoofers in the room from an unusual arrangement of in-wall small-driver rigs from B&G, called the Radia ($950 each). Amplifiers were, again, the Arions, with another Dodd Audio battery pre. Pi Audio, Triode Wire, ATS and Kanso Furniture filled the usual roles, with a TEAC 3000 CDP ($2,995) filling in as a source.