Axpona 2022: Border Patrol, Volti Audio, Triode Wire Labs (a Favorite)

Good things come in threes.

Border Patrol, Volti Audio, and Triode Wire Labs—who are Gary Dews, Greg Roberts, and Pete Grzybowski respectively—tend to show together as I mentioned in my coverage of the Capital Audiofest:

…and they go together like peanut butter and bananas.

You are looking at, from top left, the Border Patrol S20EXD 16 Watt 300B SET Power Amplifier (starts at $19,500, +$500 for optional volume control, +$1500/pair Western Electric Tubes), Border Patrol DAC S/SE-i (starts at $1525), the Innuos ZENith Mk3 Streamer/Server (starts at $4699), and underneath, from the left, the power supplies for the Border Patrol Amp & DAC, and the Innuos PhoenixUSB Reclocker ($3499). Everything was wired with cables from Triode Wire.

The speakers in play were the Volti Audio Rival (from $14,000-$18,500/pair, as shown at Axpona $14,000 in Bubinga), that have a claimed frequency response of 32Hz – 20kHz with a 100dB sensitivity (1W/1M).

This system sounded effortless, airy, and alive with lightning fast reflexes and gobs of texture and color. Bravo!