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Review of $500K+ System from The Absolute Sound

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by Tom Bombadil, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Tom Bombadil

    Tom Bombadil AK Member Subscriber

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    LAMM Signature series ML3 amplifiers ($139k/pr.)
    LL1.1
    line-level preamp ($45,590/pr.)
    LP1 phono preamps ($36,890/set)
    LP2.1
    phono preamp ($9390 each)
    Kharma Exquisite Midi Grand Signature speakers ($191k/pr.)
    TechDas Air Force 1
    turntable ($110k)
    Aqua La Diva CD transport ($9k)
    Acoustic Formula xHD DAC ($16.5k).

    Though this demo in a 35th floor suite didn’t represent debuts in my category, it was so convincingly true to life and breathtakingly beautiful—even flirting with (dare I say?) perfection on some material—I feel compelled to include it. A key example: Listen to my vintage Decca LP of Gerhard’s Libra rendered such amazing imaging and rapid-fire and realistic initial transient attacks that the anticipation of the next guitar strum, or drum strike, or clarinet wail led to edge-of-your seat excitement. Moreover, soundstage presented a huge sense of very deep and wide-open space between the instruments.

    As much as I try to spare my use of audiophile clichés, one rings true here: This highly resolved, holographic, and über-realistic system full of room-filling bloom conveyed the same thrills as if the musicians were present. Lovingly transparent with a touch of warm sweetness, astonishingly three-dimensional in imaging and bloom, and just jaw-droppingly there.
     
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  2. dcmfan

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    Lot of money for a stereo, but pretty cheap for a time machine.
     
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  3. awillia6

    awillia6 Super Member

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    Looks like they cheesed out on the CD unit. Cheapskates!
     
  4. robgmn

    robgmn Super Member

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    For that kind of dough, I wouldn't be playing CDs.
    It'd be master tapes :)
     
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  5. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man? Subscriber

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    For that kind of dough, I'd be hiring the band! :jump:
     
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  6. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

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    The OP was talking about what he heard and here we go again. Y'all have to make fun of things you never heard.

    Lamm makes really nice stuff and Kharmas are hand built - I have heard them - they are amazing sounding.

    [​IMG]

    Technical specs
    The technical specifications expose the uncompromised design of the Exquisite Midi Grand. This is especially stressed by the wide frequency spectrum the loudspeaker can produce.

    Type: EXQ-MDGR-1.0-S
    System: 3.5-way
    RMS Power: 500 Watt
    Program power: 1000 Watt
    Frequency range: 24 Hz – 90 kHz
    Nominal Impedence: 4 Ohm
    Efficience 2,83V / 1m: 91 dB
    Maximum SPL: 118 dB

    Lamm monoblocks - that is one channel

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. ictwoody

    ictwoody I like vintage gear — my preamp is from 2007. Subscriber

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    Awesome. Lamm might be my cost-no-object dream lottery front end. I would have loved to hear that system.

    And a bargain at 1/5th the price of a Bugatti Chiron.

    - Woody
     
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  8. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    Even if I hit a hundred million in a lottery, I don't see spending half a mill on stereo. I'd sit a strict limit of $499,999.

    Might upgrade later, though.
     
  9. sqlsavior

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    Cartridge?
     
  10. MacNoob

    MacNoob dazed and confused

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    AT95E, it's great value.
     
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  11. UncleBingo

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    And here I thought I'd left midi behind (musical instrument digital interface). Shut my mouth and call me Charlie.
     

     

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  12. UncleBingo

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    If you can limit yourself to just 1 pair of phono preamps per turntable, you're in! (I'm not sure if there is one stereo phono pre and two mono units, or what, exactly... I'll have to go back and look).
     
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  13. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    No vinyl for me. Hey, now I can spend some real money on speakers.

    Actually, I could see myself purchasing a pair of Avant Gard Trios. Those brightly colored sculptures in my new big home, with bikini-clad ladies pouring my tea or straightening my stylus...
     
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  14. UncleBingo

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    Never underestimate a ruby cantilever!
     
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  15. Tom Bombadil

    Tom Bombadil AK Member Subscriber

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    If I had $100M, I don't know what I would spend on audio. Whatever it took for me to experience nirvana. And it would include a new house with a perfect listening room. Maybe two.
     
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