Hopping from room to room at this year’s Capital Audio Fest, it seemed that vintage audio redux remains quite the rage. Nowhere was this trend more apparent than in the Robyatt Audio/Electrostatic Solutions room, which in recent years has always drawn a large and interested crowd.
Again this year, Robyatt’s Robin Wyatt paired up with Kent McCollum of Electrostatic Solutions, otherwise known to me as “The Quad Guy.” Together, these gentlemen know how to make some beautiful music come to life. The source was a lovely vintage Garrard 401 ‘table housed in an elegant OMA slate plinth and equipped with the very cool looking Schroder Wood CB and BA tonearms ($5,250 USD, and $4,850 USD, respectively) sporting the Madake Snakewood L/E and Zero Mono cartridges, both from Miyajima Labs ($7,500 USD, and $2,150 USD, respectively). Amplification was by DNM Design in the form of the 3D Six preamp ($12,500 USD), and P3s amp (23 watts per channel; $9,250 USD). I was quite impressed with the simple, yet highly elegant, “less is more” design strategy of these amplification modules.
Collectively this system put out some sweet and engaging sounds. Vocals particularly caught my attention, sounding smooth, intimate, articulate, and appropriately colourful. This was one of the handful of rooms that I visited that I probably could have spent the whole day in, just taking in the music hour after blissful hour.
Well played, guys, well played.