Also shown in the room was another pair of Soundfield Audio speakers, the Monitor 2. These are an evolution over his original powered Monitor 1, but I didn’t get a chance to hear them. More specs: $1,600/pair, 89dB, 8Ω, 65Hz-23kHz.
Both the VST-3 and the Monitor-2 share a feature — that giant 9.5″ planar-magnetic horn-loaded tweeter that comes in around or just over 1kHz.
AJ has come a long way from his first little monitors, and watching him stretch his legs with these big designs is awesome. Really looking forward to seeing him in a properly sized room where these bad boys can strut. For whatever reason, AJ “gets” bass response and I’ve never been even remotely disappointed by the sheer awesomeness he seems able to pour out of his cabinets. Ka-pow!
A rack full of ModWright Instruments gear was driving the VSFT-3, including a $5,250 KWA 100SE amp and $3,750 LS100 tube preamp. For sources, AJ had a Modwright modded Sony HAP-Z1ES and Oppo BDP-105. I didn’t get a chance to explore the HAP-Z1ES all that much, but I’m pretty sure that was driving the bus while I was in the room. The mods are pretty similar to what I have in my own Modwright-ed Oppo, but include an external PSU, a tube stage and a completely reworked output stage. $3k gets the mod on your own unit.
MG Audio Design cables were used throughout, including the giant flat ribbon Planus III speaker cables and the silver Planus AG1 interconnects.