The other thing that had the gasps going was the FM Acoustics electronics. This is uber boutique stuff here, and the big guns were on display: a $30k (?) FM Acoustics Resolution Series 245 preamplifier was paired with the $130k/pair (!!!) Resolution Series 115 mono blocks. To be honest, I have no idea what to do with gear that costs this much. Phrases like “ultra small production runs” and “massive investments of time” and “unobtanium parts” are things that I need to see nods toward, but my head hurts just thinking about it.
A $9k Weiss Man301 music archive network player fed a $33k Thrax Maximum 32/384 DAC. A mix of EnKlein and FM Acoustics cabling used throughout.
As for the sound quality in the room, I think there was a lot to love. To be amazed and thrilled by, even, but I have no doubt that this system would be greatly served by a nice, big room with some more friendly dimensions. And a few less bodies between me and the system. Ahem.
I’m told I might have a chance to catch them again at Newport, so I’ll keep an eye out. This may be one to catch very early or very late, to try and beat the crowds.