This was probably the only room at Capital Audiofest that could have charged a “special exhibit” admission price during the show. The Audio Company brought to CAF what was arguably a room configured with a system many audiophiles might never experience in their real lives, either specifically or in terms of outright cost. So making it to an audio show near you to see rooms like this should be on your bucket list. Likely if you know someone who attended Capital Audio Fest this year, you’re likely already seeing system pictures on social media.
While speaking with a representative from Esoteric, I asked, “Was this a record player or tape that I just heard?” He replied through a grin “It’s our new N-01 Network Player.” At this point I proceeded to mutter around my own tongue, making for a very capable and off-the-cuff Foghorn Leghorn impression. “I say, I say…”
The main room enveloped you with it’s scale. Think “ultra high end IMAX audio” if there were such a thing. Horns on Dust Bowl Revival’s “Hey Baby” were wild, full of realism and tuneful. Roger Waters tune “Three Wishes”, despite being a combination of digital keyboards, electric guitars, and severely EQ’d drums, the demonstrating system was powerful and used its enormous stage presence to maximize the beautiful parts of the recording while minimizing its corny style.
The second room, possessed an obviously (to me) softer touch than the main, but was still strong in it’s display. Diana Krall’s “Little Girl Blue” was fully rendered with the emotion that it contains. Personally that’s one of my favorite songs on her Best Of album and I connected with it as much as ever in this room.
Statement Phono Stage $80,000 USD
Statement Line Stage $75,000 USD
Statement 450 iQ (two pair) Monoblock Power Amplifiers $120,000 pr USD
Von Schweikert Audio
ULTRA 11 Loudspeaker $295,000 pr USD
Shockwave V12 Subwoofer $11,500 ea USD (subwoofer used for active room correction)
N-01 Network Audio Player $20,000 USD
Grandioso P1 Transport $35,000 USD
G-01 Master Clock $18,000 USD
Grandioso D1 Monoblock DAC $36,000 USD
Ultra Line Interconnects, Power Cords, and Speaker Cables
Olympus Six Shelf Rack $60,900 USD
Maxxum MK3 Six Shelf Rack $36,900 USD
Black Diamond MK3 Amp Stand $2,995 ea USD
Acoustic Sciences Corp.
ASC-TubeTrap Room Conditioning
Renaissance Phono Stage $9,900 USD
Renaissance Line Stage $9,900 USD
Phi 170 iQ Power Amplifier $9,900 USD
Von Schweikert Audio Endeavor E-3 Loudspeaker $8,000 pr USD