Next up - the Classic Audio Loudspeakers
/ Purist Audio Design
room. I visited this room before Sonnie arrived on Friday, and then we went back after the show shut down on Saturday night where Todd joined us later.
The setup in this room was similar to the setup at Axpona 2013:
|Equipment || Components || Description|
|Classic Audio Loudspeakers || Hartsfield with Field Coil Drivers || $36,500|
| ||T-1.4 with Field Coil Front Woofer and Midrange Drivers || $36,500|
| ||T-5.1 || $11,900|
|Atma-Sphere || MP-1MK3.2 Preamp with Phono || $12,100|
| || MA-1.5 Novacron Power Amps || $12,000 / pair|
|Tri-Planar Tonearms || Ultimate 12 || $9,800|
| || MKVII UII || $6,200|
|Stahl-Tek || Ariaa DAC w/remote || $12,900|
|Audio-Note || Ankoru II 211 Mono Block Power Amp || $46,000|
|Purist Audio Design || Genesis Interconnects and Speaker Cables, Vesta & Musaeus Power Cords, Purist Ultimate USB cable and Aquila Digital AC Power cable || $7,500|
For thoughts on this setup from AXPONA 2013, click here
First off, a few pictures: The front wall: A closer view of the speakers: A closer view of the gear: Background / Specifications:
The T-1.4 Reference speaker uses a field coil to power its components. It employs a 15" low-bass woofer, a 15" mid-bass woofer and a 4" diameter beryllium diaphragm that is loaded into the 2" throat field coil compression driver to provide articulate vocals and music. Last, the super-tweeter is added to give a feel of air and openness without any fatigue. They have a nominal impedence of 16 ohms with a shipping weight of 450 lbs each.
The T-5.1 uses Alnico and Cobalt magnets, Carbon filter cones and Beryllium diaphragms with 8 and 16 ohm assemblies. They have a shipping weight of 275 lbs.
For more information on the Hartsfields and other equipment, check out the Axpona report here
There are several choices available for finishes. Thoughts / Impressions:
Again, for thoughts on my Axpona experience, click here
First off, I just love the attention to detail John shows in the finish of each of these speakers - just beautiful!
The T-1.4 Reference speakers were playing when I came into the room. I was able to get right to the PLP, and noticed right off that they imaged perfectly on the male vocal track that was playing. After listening to that track for a bit, I was impressed with the T-1.4s ability to handle the range of the track. The low end on this setup was tight, clean, and impactful - definitely the best of the day. Midrange was good as well - not quite the snap I crave, but just short of it where telling the difference was difficult.
Horns were very engaging without making it to that "screechy" area, and the strike of the keys of the piano and organ were clear as a bell. The piano was just so smooth and soothing I closed my eyes and just drifted for a bit - great feeling. I also noticed good separation of instruments.
When I went back with Sonnie, I did not take any notes - I just sat back and enjoyed the sound. I was quite pleased to note that Sonnie and Todd appreciated the setup just as much as I had.
These were the best-sounding speakers of day one for me - it was the only one where I just sat and listened without "critically" listening and taking notes. Excellent setup gents!
No room treatment was used in this room. Please use the Capital AudioFest 2013 Discussion / Comments thread for questions and comments.