Speakers: Wilson Alexandria XLFs
Our speakers are at the very heart of what we do in the room. To properly honor our many wonderful recordings, we set out to find speakers that were able to reproduce the sound of a live orchestra to the highest degree of verisimilitude. After initially considering omnidirectional and other less conventional speaker systems, the durability and impressive output of the Alexandria XLFs proved themselves to be the right choice for our purposes.
Each speaker has six drivers: a 15in subwoofer, a 13in subwoofer, two 7in midrange drivers, a 1in tweeter, and a 1in super tweeter. Each speaker draws 1300 watts of power from a PBNamplifier. Weighing in at an impressive 655lbs a piece, and standing an over 70in tall; the enclosure provides shielding from errant electrical noise and misplaced vibrations, ensuring the drivers reproduce the clearest sound possible. In less technical terms, the Alexandria XLFs are able to move the same amount of air as an entire live orchestra. Set up in a stereo configuration in harmony with the architecture of the room itself, the XLFs reproduce with razor-sharp accuracy the same energy, dynamic range, and emotional depth heard in the concert hall or studio when the music first met the microphone.
Read more details about the XLFs and the Wilson Audio company in this brochure.
If you are interested in more detailed technical information, consult the manual here.
DAC: PS Audio DirectStream
We play our CDs, high quality digital files, and MQA streaming files through a PS Audio Direct Stream DAC. Both Stereophile and Absolute Sound’s coveted "Product Of The Year," this beautifully designed DAC offers capabilities beyond what we could have dreamed of several years ago. PS Audio's website explains: "Handwritten, discrete, perfection based conversion that uncovers all the missing information hiding in your digital audio media for all these years. CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media are expertly upsampled in the DirectStream to twenty times DSD rate and output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier." The DirectStream uses a pure DSD single-bit approach when handling PCM as well as DSD media.
We encourage you to visit PS Audio's excellent website for more technical details.
Turntable: PBN GrooveMaster Vintage Direct DP7
The PBN GrooveMaster Vintage Direct Drive DP7 is our newest addition, and stands out in a class all of its own in both style and sound. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Groovemaster DP7 are its two tonearms: one with a stereo cartridge and the other with a mono cartridge. The copper platter prevents electrical noise from the motor and other internal electrical components, creating a pristine platform for record playback.
Amplifiers: PBN EB-SA3s and Ayre MX-Rs:
We use PBN and Ayre amplifiers in the Listening Room, both of which provide excellent sound coupled with our Wilson Alexandria XLFs. Currently we are using the PBNs as our primary amplifiers and the Ayres as our backup. Both are excellent units that we are proud to showcase.