Monday, June 6, 2011

Sonorous Audio at Newport show
















Sonorous Audio was playing a complete Sonorous system during my visit—the Sonorous ATR10 Analog Tape Reproducer ($10,000), which is a reconditioned and modified Revox PR99, Sonorous VPA 11 line preamplifier and OTL headphone amp, Sonorous ESL06 200Wpc High Voltage OTL tube amplifier (driving the electrostatic speakers), an OTL09 120Wpc OTL amplifier (driving the woofers), the ESL06 full-range electrostatic loudspeakers, and a Definitive Technology BP20 "used as back-pressure compensation woofers for the ESL06s." 
The system price for the preamp, OTL amps, and loudspeakers is $100,000.


We listened to Pink Floyd on open-reel tape and it soundd appropriately ethereal and spacey. My one issue with this room was the heat—my guess is those OTL amps were due some degree of blame. 

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