In this the last part of the National Audio show we will visit some more interesting rooms, so lets press on and experience some more of the audio wonders that last Septembers 2012’s NAS Show had to offer.
153 – Highend Cable
In a much smaller room upstairs this year – and all the better for it in my view re soundquality – as I entered the room and sat down the music playing in this room, on this system sounded lovely.
The system was: Bel Canto CD2, DAC3.5, UB.2, Ref 500m mono amplifiers, Olive 4HD music server, Audience AU24E and Nordost cabling and Raidho C1.1 speakers with Raidho S2.0 speakers also being used.
Music was focussed, detailed, with great clarity and dynamics but was also both neutral and clean without losing any musicality – a nice achievement.
Highend Cable http://www.highendcable.co.uk
154 – G Point Audio
Having spent an entire day helping Greg and the boys set up his room it was nice to be able to visit after everything had settled down and just listen to some music that sounded very good.
The main system (there were two in the room) comprised the following components: Lampizator transport £1900, Lampizator DAC -pre-amplifier £4600, My Sound Qubes mono amplifiers £4000, Ancient Audio Lector transport (modified version by Franc Audio isolation inspired by G Point Audio) £5000 and the very impressive looking and sounding Horns PL Universum speakers. All cabling was by Albedo, with mains products from Ansae.
The second system comprised of: Toshiba Lampizator modified Toshiba 9500 DVD/HDCD player, Linear Audio Research IA Model 30mk2 EL34 valve integrated amplifier and Horns Pl FP 10 speakers. Also used with the main system and the smaller system was the weird looking speakers called Mummies from Horns PL.
As I reported quite heavily in my Exhibitors Prologue feature on this particular room I won’t say a lot more about it except that once everything had settled down and warmed up both systems sounded very good with the main system being particularly impressive.
G Point Audio http://gpoint-audio.com/
155 – Palmer Audio
The sound in this room was sublime, delicate, enchanting and moving. I sat for quite awhile listening to the album being played and enjoyed it greatly.
The system comprised of the following items:Palmer Audio2.5 turntable £4500 for the version that takes a 12 inch arm and £4000 for the 9 inch version, Sugden Masterclass integrated amplifier, Sugden phonostage and Harlbeth 7 speakers.
The sound was beautiful, sublime, beguiling, effortless and magical, in fact this simple system produced one of the finest sounds of the entire show. The music being played was by Jon Hopkins and King Creosote and was called Diamond Mine well worth checking out.
Palmer Audio http://www.palmeraudio.co.uk/
157 – Audio Note
What can one say except once again Audio Note had a good sound in their room and a very well attended room it was too. I didn’t get to listen for long, but what I heard was very good indeed and well up to Audio Note’s usual room sound standard.
The system comprised of the following components: CDT One/11 CD transport £2554, DAC2.1 x111 £2550, Meishu 9 watt class a integrated amplifier £4500, TT2 (from) £1289, arm £654 and on static display an Empress mono amplifier. The speakers were ANEs £5482.
Conclusions and thoughts
This years National Audio Show was quite a bit smaller than last years, with a number of regular exhibitors missing (Audio Freaks for example) and I can’t help wondering what the 2013 show will look like especially with HiFi News revealing they are relaunching their own HiFi Show again (though sadly for a visitor like myself, in the middle of nowhere) in the Beaumont Estate Berkshire October 25th to 26th.
However September 2013 can at the moment take care of itself – speculation being pretty much a waste of time – as this report is about the 2012 show and overall I enjoyed it and the sound of the rooms was much better than last years show with only one really bad room.
So in no particular order the best sound goes to quite a few people this year: Palmer Audio, both Music First rooms, Prometheus Audio, The Right Note, Studio AV/Kog, Audio Acoustics, Angel Sound Audio, iFi Audio, Marantz/Jordan Acoustics, Brodmann Acoustics, High End Cables and LW Audio.
If asked to pick the most outstanding room then I would say it was Palmer Audio – even writing this months after the event the thought of the music playing in that room sends goose bumps up and down my skin.
Notable mentions re interesting rooms would go to Ming Da and G Point Audio and interesting/ground breaking new products go to the iFi Audio range and the Light Harmonics Da Vinci DAC.
I very much enjoyed 2012’s show and I look forward to the next one – see you all there – God willing.
These show reports are dedicated to the memory of My Dad – thank you for giving me the music.
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