I’ve enjoyed ACA’s rooms at other shows, but I felt this was the high water mark thus far. Everything in the system worked together beautifully to offer a room that was startlingly dynamic and had a lot of energy, but also a really nice well-rounded musicality.
Oftentimes at shows, I find myself writing notes that say things like, “I really like what the speakers are doing, but boy, that DAC has some nasty treble” or noting a combination that doesn’t quite work in the given circumstances — perhaps a warmth that becomes overpowering in the context of a boomy hotel room, for example. There was really none of that here: this was a very well-realized system, not just a collection of nice parts.
ACA got their start as a distributor of Onix in 2009, adding Melody the following year, with their own speakers and other products following shortly after. In other words, they seem to have built their business almost like an audiophile building his or her personal system, and it shows in the cohesiveness of their product line. It’s so great to be in a room where all the gear is playing nice together!