Room 1009 at the Florida Audio Expo showcased another brand-new component with which I
was not familiar, namely the MC Audiotech TL-12 loudspeaker, retailing for $25k, with plenty of options available. MC Audiotech has made a name for itself on the show circuits showing their Forty-10 speaker, a very mid-mod affair with a proprietary wide band line source mid-tweeter array and transmission line woofer.
The new TL-12 carries over those drivers into a slightly smaller and more conventional cabinet that is still sure to catch eyes.
Words and Photos by Matthew Partrick
Oomph was provided to the MC Audiotech TL-12s by ModWright Instruments 150 Signature Edition amplifier ($11,000), the LS 300 preamplifier (also at $11k), and the PH 150 phono stage for $9,750. The MC Audiotech TL-12s provide a 4 ohm load and are moderately sensitive at 92 dB, so the Modwright amp pushing 250 watts stereo at 4 Ohm and 650 (!!) Watts mono was more than enough to fill the room with enveloping sound.
While I was in the MC Audiotech room, signal was coming exclusively from a VPI Prime Signature turntable, retailing for $9k, with a VPI Shyla MC cartridge for $2,000. The Prime Signature can best be
described as absolutely rock solid, the kind of turntable that will be passed on for generations,
finally ending up in a far-in-the-future archaeology excavation to definitively baffle our future
robot overlords. (For the record, I for one welcome the impending robot takeover, ten points to
whomever gets that silly reference.)
The VPI TT was an absolute star among stars, with a jet-black noise background and a soundstage to match the excellent amplification and the unique MC Audiotech transduction.
If you would like to hear even more coverage from FLAX 2023, check out our recap report and highlights from our audiophile-oriented show The Occasional Podcast. You can stream the episode direct from the embed below, or from your favorite podcast platform including iTunes, Android, Google, Deezer, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more.
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