Featuring both a planar panel and a ribbon tweeter running the length of the speaker, the Analysis Audio Epsilon loudspeakers ($16,000) gave this room a hefty dose of expansive sound. These speakers offer treble precision and impact that many other planar speakers would struggle to match.
The Analysis planars were mated with Arion Audio‘s HS-500 monoblock amps ($6,295), which make use of a hybrid design, pairing vacuum tubes with a Class-D output stage.
During the brief time I was able to listen, I was left with the impression that the tubes help mitigate some of the Class-D sound signature. Preamplification was provided by the prototype LS-100 dual mono preamp ($4,000), which also utilize a similar hybrid vacuum tube/solid state technology.
The whole shabang was just fantastic on voices: the speed, resolution, and vocal texture were superb. This was room-filling sound, and a real pleasure.