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New York 2014: Muraudio brings sunshine and light

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Legacy_at_NY_Audio_Show_2014Kirsten wrote about Muraudio for Part-Time Audiophile back at Newport, but New York was the first time yours truly got his eyes and ears on.

Guess what? They’re awesome.

For those fans of MBL’s Radialstrahler 360° degree Sound Field of Awesomeness, the Muraudio Domain Omni PX1 loudspeakers ($58k/pair) are a real contender for Captain Immersive.

The sound I heard in my too-short stint here was almost lush in density. That was a eye-opener. It wasn’t until I remembered that these were electrostats that I “got it”. But here’s the thing — even with the glorious detail, at no point did I lose track of the forest for the trees. This, friends, is a whole different kind of hybrid ESL speaker. With real bass impact and heft, matched to 3D mids and soaring highs, the sound was exhilarating and head-turning. And if you happen to be moving (for all you inveterate mult-taskers), the sweet spot is wide and follows you around the room. I love it when that happens.

The program here was classical during my stint — big swings, with heart-breaking string work, was almost enough to make me reconsider my musical preferences. Almost. Heh.

The F3 on the PX1 is 30Hz-20kHz, and I heard nothing to take away from that, and they filled the room like God raining on Noah, with nothing but music from wall to wall. Note that the sensitivity on these is an almost laughably low 82dB, so expect to bring your monster amps with you — here, the Bryston 7BSST2 ($10k/pair) were dumping 600+ watts into each of these speakers, and that was plenty.

Feeding the chain were a trio of bits from EMM Labs, including the DAC2x ($15k), the TSDX SACD Transport ($17k) and the Pre2 preamp ($15k).

All cabling came from Nordost, and included the new Tyr2 interconnects, speaker cables, and power cords. A Heimdall USB cable wired up the laptop, and a QBase QRT plugged everything in.

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