Words and Photos by Grover Neville
Imaging performance in many of the hotel rooms was a challenge, but the Vimberg Amea speakers powered by Karan Acoustics‘ POWERa Stereo Amplifier were pulling off a convincing trick: putting a real piano in the space. I am constantly amazed by how good these not-so-little Vimberg monitors are, performing more like a floorstander than a bookshelf, and I am hoping to get a pair for my own home auditioning soon.
These puppies come with a price tag, but the team responsible for Vimberg really knows how to make a killer speaker—it’s hard to think of anything the Vimbergs don’t do at a level I can only describe as sublime. If you want to hear refinement, this is what it sounds like.
System Components and Prices
- Kalista DreamPlay X CD Transport – $68,800
- Kalista DreamPlay XC (forthcoming) – $79,000
- Métronome AQWO DAC/CD Player – $20,000
- Vimberg Amea Bookshelf speakers – $18,000/pair
- Karan Acoustics’ POWERa Stereo Amplifier – $53,000
- Thrax Dionysos Silver preamplifier – Unlisted
- Entreq Olympus Infinity T Ground box $4,900