CAF 2014: Classic Audio remains classy, classic







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Classic Audio has been bringing the big Hartsfield homage speakers, like the T3.4 ($45k) shown here, in one iteration or another for longer than I’ve been “into” high-end audio. And for good reason — this is a crazy-good transducer. Did I mention it uses a field coil system to “energize” the drivers? No? Well, it does. There’s a beryllium compression driver deep inside that Tractrix horn, and another beryllium driver, here used as a super-tweeter to carry the response up to 45kHz. For the other end of the spectrum, there are two 15″ drivers, one front-facing and one down-facing. All told, this is a full-range, dynamic and high-sensitivity design that is about the size of a refrigerator. 

Driven, as per usual, by some updated Novacron amplifiers from Atma-Sphere, an Atma-Sphere pre, and tunes spinning off a Kuzma turntable with a Triplanar tonearm, the sound was airy and effortless.

Jim Aud from Purist Audio Design was running the room on my stop through, and I asked him about his new Luminist “revision” of audio cables, which were in use and also laid out on a static display, off to the side. The new revision, which essentially refers to the core design tech common to all the cables in each of the various price-points, is radically easier to bend and manipulate over the old Praesto revision. Jim tells me that customers can enjoy better detail and a tonally more neutral presentation with the new line — I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more on this front, soon.

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Scot started all this back in 2009. He is currently the Publisher here at PTA, the Publisher at The Occasional Magazine, and the Executive Producer at The Occasional Podcast. There are way too many words about him over on the Contributors page.

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