As you can see, the room was filled with primo gear from BMC and Ypsilon. Well-broken-in replacements had been obtained. The show would go on. There would be no need for me to write “show conditions,” and I could finally learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Or something like that.
The imposing Aeris ($19k) is a partially active speaker. The bass section is self-powered, while a traditional, passive crossover handles the mid-and-up section. Sitting between these two, you’ll find a Xilica DSP crossover — a pro model that is, I think, unjustly underrepresented in HiFi forum chatter — to handle the big crossover, room correction, and system tuning.
As for the other electronics, BMC’s belt-drive BDCD ($5k) was on hand for disc spinning. DAC duties were handled by Ypsilon’s DAC-100 ($29k). The preamp was an Ypsilon PST-100 ($37k). The mids-and-up were powered by Ypsilon’s Aelius amps ($36k). Like I said earlier: primo gear.
We finally got a chance to snap some pictures and listen just a few minutes before the show opened on a Sunday morning. I was surprised by how well-integrated the sound was coming from such behemoths, but I was even more surprised by just how lean everything seemed. It came across as a very nimble, very giant standmount. Soundstaging seemed a bit to the larger end of “lifelike,” possibly verging on “gargantuan,” but that just made it seem a bit more fun that “realistic” would have been that early in the morning. The dual AMT tweeters certainly did justice to the Ypsilon gear’s lack of grain, and the grab-and-shake tactility from the 10″ midwoofer almost rivaled the Burwell & Sons horns for immediacy. Still, though, they were so very much leaner than I could have imagined.
“Crap,” came the shout, “I forgot to turn the amps back on.”
Leanness? Gone. What leanness? This system projected a massive sound front. This was the kind of bass that would make you forget your name. For quantity and impact, this was the most immediately impressive low-frequency performance of the show.
It was pretty easy to see why Legacy has so many fans.