The Just Audio room was mixed in with the multiple MoFi Distribution rooms on the sixth floor at the 2023 Florida Audio Expo, so I thought this was another MoFi room due to the presence of the Wharfedale Lintons. (MoFi distributes them as well.) The Lintons are probably one of the best values in high-end audio–they’re a great rock and roll speaker for $1.500/pr USD. I’ve heard the Lintons a few times, but after a few minutes of listening in the Just Audio room I realized that I was listening to the Lintons with Leak electronics, making for a very affordable system that really impressed the heck out of me.
Words and Photos by Marc Phillips
So here’s the breakdown for the Just Audio room. The Wharfedale Heritage Linton loudspeakers are $1,495/pr., and those nifty stands that hold LPs cost an extra $495/pr. The Leak Stereo 230 integrated is just $1,695, and the Leak CDT transport is just $895. With a decent loom of cables, that’s still less than $5K total. I thought the sound was lively, engaging and fun! (I will point out that the ubiquitous Hifi Rose streamer more than doubles the cost of this system, so there might be a ringer in the mix.)
I really walked into the room to hear the more ambitious Wharfedale Elysian 1 monitors ($4,995/pr) because I know the higher-end Wharfedale monitors can be excellent for the money. The Elysians are the monitors on the ends.) While I didn’t get any seat time with the Elysians, I wasn’t disappointed with the Just Audio room in any way–the sound of the Leak electronics and the Lintons was that good.
I did a little digging on Just Audio. It turns out they’re a new/used/vintage sort of hi-fi store right in Maryland with some legendary brands such as Mission, Yamaha, KLH, Onkyo, Audiolab–the kind of brands that I was interested twenty or thirty years ago. I think I might need to check out while I’m at the next Capital Audiofest. Maybe I’ll get another chance with the Elysian 1s!
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Absolutely, and if you will be at Axpona, come and visit us in the exhibition hall at booth 9110!
Just one Just Audio and it’s in Maryland. The one from these pictures, thats the Maryland one, and the one on YouTube, same one.
Sorry about that. It’s fixed. can I still stop by one day?
*Just Audio is in Maryland. But you should still come visit! Listen to Elysian 1 & 4’s.
Oh no! There are two Just Audios!