Most exciting at THE SHOW 2019, was the Thrax Audio Spartacus 300B Amplifier, which is their most recent amplifier, running a loudspeaker system that is based on the combining of two platforms, the Lira two-way stand-mount monitor and Basus Motional Feedback Bass System. New for Thrax is their Yatras direct-drive turntable, which connected to Thrax’s Orpheus phono-stage, and Dionysus preamplifier. Overall, the system components from Thrax seem overbuilt, classic, and guilty of superabundance. For example the Spartacus 300B amplifier is a classic DHT design. But the size of its power supplies and aluminum chassis walls, scream modern thinking.
For my money, it’s the Thrax Lira/Basus Loudspeaker system that deserves talking about. The tweeter used in the Lyra is a custom designed low compression ratio ring diaphragm driver loaded with a proprietary waveguide, allowing it to reach under 1500Hz. The Basus dual-subwoofer system consists of a large woofer with “motional feedback” in a sealed metal enclosure, with a 1kW power amplifier, and an active crossover system with switch-selectable preset frequencies that allows the Basus to be used with any speaker/amplifier combination. The Basus subwoofer was envisioned as a bass extension unit for the Lyra speaker.
Here’s the thing, I’m short on details about this room and system, because once I took a seat, it was like coming face-to-face with the Terminator (1984), and only being armed with a basket of kittens. I was rendered silent, and all my attention to the sound, to the music.
I sit in front of this system of ultra-capable components nursing a semi. The abundance of impacts thrown my way, is like being in a food-fight at a musical buffet. I feel unguarded from the assault, yet unafraid as this isn’t painful, it’s everything but. I remember the first time I saw The Empire Strikes Back, and how insanely hyped up I was. This system offered up that same enthusiasm for music and the hi-fi hobby inside of me. It’s Sunday afternoon, the last day of the show, and I thought I was done with it all by Friday evening. I was wrong. This alone was worth the trip, and reassurance that I was wrong. Viva la hi-fi!
– Lira/Basus Loudspeaker System – $59,356 USD
– Spartacus 300B Amplifier – $75,864 USD
– Dionysus Preamplifier – $19,488 USD
– Yatras Direct Drive Turntable – $13,050 USD
– Orpheus Phono Preamplifier – $19,488 USD
– Medus DAC – $23,780 USD
– CX + EX Music Server – $10,798 USD
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– Stiletto Hi-Fi Rack System (6-shelf) – $6,000 USD
All cabling provided by Hemingway Audio’s Z-Core series.