“At $109k a pair, you’d most certainly expect any speaker to reproduce all these attributes and then some; and rightfully so. That’s a whole lot of dough. Cough, rasp, cough. To the initiated—i.e. those who already drink from HiFi’s Kool Aid—the speaker’s price point has today become quasi accepted. To the uninitiated, the price point seems absurdly ludicrous. That is of course, until they are educated on the “Why” question. No more could your average weekend warrior speaker “guy” create a transducer like Alexx than violently shaking the pieces of a Daytona hoping for the final product to magically materialize in your mystical box of trickery. A quick review of the facts, a visit to the Wilson factory, would reveal the resoluteness and sanity of Alexx’s asking price. ”
“The HPA-1 sells for $3500 which is on the low-end of the Pass Labs scale, but nonetheless, near the top of the heap in headphone market at large. Yes, I can name a handful of headphone amplifiers with higher prices. That’s akin to pointing out a $150,000 pair of speakers as being more pricey than a set going for $80k. Both are on the extreme upper end of the spectrum, regardless of the difference.”
“With the Teatro mounted in the 12JT my system had beautiful, rich tonal colors. The leading edges of instruments were more precise and more musical sounding. The decay and space around and within instruments was simply “right,” which made for a wonderful and emotional listening experience. I think one of the reasons why it sounds so good is that with the 12JT, the Teatro is able to do an even better job at getting out of its own way, an area where it already excelled. This tonearm allows the Teatro to almost rival the Soundsmith Strain Gauge or the new Optical DS cartridge. It doesn’t quite match them in this area of getting out of the way, but I feel you are getting everything you can get from this cartridge when used with the 12JT tonearm.
” The Audiovector QR3 is one of those loudspeakers that makes you realise just how far good audio has come in the last few years. The performance these speakers deliver was hard to find at anything like the price a few years ago (thanks to that AMT tweeter) and its musically engaging overall performance is every bit as attractive to newcomers (who might have never owned anything apart from iTunes recordings) and long-standing audiophiles (who have a collection of high-res downloads) alike. Unless you want a pair of loudspeakers that can double up as a PA system, the QR3 might just be all you need and comes strongly recommended”
“I think think a few words from Focal about the trickle down technology would be appropriate with emphasis on the famous Beryllium tweeter. Midrange is always toughest to engineer correctly but Focal’s justly famous tweeter deserves a highlight (and NIC and TMD) for good measure. ”