Axpona 2023: A Few More Gear Premiers

News of the new at Axpona 2023 keeps on coming! Here are a few more I’ve added to my “To Listen To” list.

The new Bel Canto Black DAC ($40,000) will be singing in Room 402 along with the Bel Canto BLACK EX Dual Mono Amplifier ($10,500) and YG Acoustics Talus loudspeakers ($14,200/pair) from their Peaks series paired with their new Descent subwoofer ($7800).

“The BLACK DAC is based upon the architecture of the full BLACK system, and goes to extraordinary lengths to preserve signal integrity,” said John Stronczer, Founder of Bel Canto. “The BLACK DAC consists of two discrete elements, each contained in a separate, machined aluminum chassis: the ASC2 Asynchronous Multi-input Processor/Controller is fed from a linear AC power supply, and is connected to the second chassis, the Black Dual Mono DAC, through a proprietary ST fiber-optic interface. The ST interface is immune to RFI/EMI, provides galvanic isolation, and ensures perfect signal transfer.

I recently reviewed the Bel Canto e.One C6i DAC Integrated Amplifier & e.One Stream2 Network Bridge.

One of the most ambitious speakers in Marten’s reference series, the Coltrane 3 Statement Edition ($155,000/Standard Edition is $139,000) features Marten’s most advanced research and sound engineering to date.” Woof! The Statement Edition includes Jorma Statement internal cabling and upgraded crossover components. Imported into the US of A by VANA Ltd.

See my review of Marten Parker Trio.

Details have surfaced, courtesy of Upscale Distribution, about the new Tannoy Stirling III LZ Special Edition Loudspeakers ($12,950/pair) that sport the latest incarnation of Tannoy’s 10” Dual Concentric Alnico Magnet design:

Artisan cabinet makers and joiners make the Stirling III LZ enclosure like all classic Tannoys. While the new cabinet follows some of the original III LZ design characteristics, it benefits from new high-density materials that weren’t available back in the 1960s. The cabinet for the Stirling III LZ is made of multiple materials (Birch ply, American Walnut, MDF, and more) to maximize performance. The resulting design provides extreme rigidity to control low-frequency performance and boasts extensive bracing incorporating DMT (Differential Materials Technology) for driver coupling.

Frequency response is rated at 29Hz to 27kHz (-6 dB) with an 8-ohm nominal impedance and a 93 dB sensitivity.

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GoldenEar will be showcasing their new T66 Tower Speakers (estimated price: $6900/pair; add $300/pair for red) that house a powered sub in each Tower for extra woof right out of the box!

From GoldenEar:

Outwardly, the T66 will be a GoldenEar loudspeaker, save for the addition of an optional red finish. Internally, however, we’ve upgraded the crossover with AQ’s burned-in caps and direction-controlled cabling to significantly reduce noise. The cabinet walls have been thickened, bracing increased, and high-quality damping materials added to minimize resonances. The base is now made of aluminum, solidifying the speakers’ foundation while also enhancing its appearance. And we’ve added a second set of higher-quality binding posts to accommodate biwiring. Like the Two+, the T66 has a powered bass section, but with an upgraded amplifier platform for improved linearity and cleaner, deeper bass.

Read what I had to say about the GoldenEar Triton One.R and Reference Tower Speakers.

Bluebird Music will be showcasing a number of US debuts including the SME Model 6o Turntable equipped with the new Series VA tonearm ($71,000 in basic black).


Also from Bluebird, the Fezz Audio Lybra 300B EVO Integrated Amplifier ($5995), that uses a quad of parallel single ended (PSE) 300Bs for 15Watts of output power, is making its US debut.

I have the Fezz Audio Alfa Lupi Integrated Amplifier in Barn with a review coming soon after Axpona.

Did you say a Weiss DAC for $2895? The Weiss DAC204, again from Bluebird, will be landing at Axpona for its world premier.

The DAC204 has three digital inputs; USB, Toslink and S/PDIF and two analog outputs; balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA. It accepts all standard sampling frequencies from PCM 44.1kHz up to 384 kHz plus DSD 64x and 128x, and it can convert DSD to PCM. It employs no less than four oversampling sigma-delta D/A converters per channel, operated in parallel for enhanced signal-to-noise performance. Several signal reclocking schemes are combined for a high jitter attenuation.

The Weiss DAC501 (review) remains a favorite.