AXPONA 2017: Electronics $15k and Up from The Absolute Sound
Wynn Audio introduced the new-to-the-U.S., $38k Karan Acoustics S 600 stereo amplifier that delivers 600W into 8 ohms, in addition to the $17k L Reference preamplifier with outboard power supply in a separate chassis. The Karan electronics drove $12k Penaudio Serenade Signature speakers from Finland. This room also boasted another cool introduction, albeit one outside my category: a brand-new rack from Critical Mass, the Olympus, seen in a “sneak preview” here before its official launch in Munich. Granted I’m not familiar with this new system, but I detected some remarkably immersive soundstaging, almost surround-sound-like in effect.