I liked neither the Alexx nor Alexia Vs at the show. I’ve heard both of them sound better.
I’m going to skip the 6-figure speakers and mention my favorites in 5-figures in no particular order:
Joseph Audio Pearl3 driven by Doshi tube preamp and Doshi tube monoblocks
PS Audio FR30 & FR20 driven by a BHK Preamp and BHK600 monoblocks
Alta Audio Titanium Hestia driven by a new Class A stereo amp from Infigo
I see mint condition 2’s show up at the dealer in Seattle every now and then. I could be very happy with them. The last time I was there I set aside an hour and a half, three hours later and I had to leave… they were closing. The 2’s were awesome with everything I listened to. They were being driven by a pair of Audio Research REF 250SE.
The Infigo gear was mighty impressive as well!
I asked Chris B. to switch from FR30’s to 20’s.
The 20’s are fabulous.
The 30’s are easy-to-hear better. Just physically, how can they not be? They’re natural, believable.
The Alta’s were wonderful.
20 or 30, makes no difference to me. They both are outstanding!
Omitting the FR30/FR20 only because of my personal bias to rate them #1.
While I didn’t hit all the rooms (many were rinse/repeat of last years Axpona/CAF/2023 FLAX).
My personal 3 favourites were:
- Joseph Audio - So good that I went in there all 3 days
- Volti Audio - Always great sound and great people
- Gershmann Acoustics - I had a private listen both the 2 way and 3 way (30th Anniversary) Speakers. Eli’s designs always are a joy to listen to
I have a set of Gershmans and I believe they’re going to be the single set of speakers that I keep after reducing the stereo gear collection.
The Gershman room sounded pleasant. They brought their “posh” speaker several years ago, and was just magnificant.
My top three set-ups:
- Stenheim Ultime
- Von Schweikert Ultra 7 - set up in small room but did not sound like it.
I was disappointed in the two Wilson rooms.