Axpona 2024 Favorite Rooms: High Water Sound

Distributor/Dealer Jeff Catalano of High Water Sound is a professional.

In my lexicon, that’s a high compliment and if you’ve ever been in one Jeff’s rooms at a show, you probably know what I mean as he takes great care in…everything.

The system for Axpona 2024 is detailed below but included another lovely multi-armed ‘table from TW Acustic, electronics from Italy’s Alieno Electronics, and Cessaro Horn Acoustics speakers with a matching pair of Cessaro subs.

The room was dimly lit which is more than fine by me, filled with plants and freshened by an air purifier silently working away the smells of crowds. Professional can also mean thoughtful.

the Alieno Line Preamplifier;s glowing lines

This large system in one of the standard small Axpona rooms didn’t care in the least about room boundaries as the sounds from the Gabriels’ album Angels & Queens – Part I extended well beyond the walls filling the pure air with sweet, pure full scale music. While I didn’t make note of the other record Jeff played during my stay, shame on me, it was strange and wonderful giving this highly resolving yet rich sounding system a full frequency workout.

While writing about sound quality at hifi shows is like singing about yesterday’s weather, some rooms overcome the physical difficulties/limitations and allow music to shine through as was the case here with High Water Sound.


System Details

TW-Acustic Raven LS-3 Copper: $25,000
TW-Acustic Raven 12″ Toneamr: $6500
TW-Acustic Raven 10.5″ Tonearm: $6000
TW-Acustic Raven Phono Preamp: $25,000
Mijakima Infinity Mono Cartridge: $3475
Charisma Audio YYZ Cartridge: $8000
Cessaro Horn Acoustics Opus+: $55,000/pair
Cessaro Horn Acoustics Subwoofers: $50,000/ea.
Alieno Line Preamplifier: $75,000
Alieno 250 LTD Amplifier: $80,000
Cables: Dalby Audio Design, Stein Music
Racks, Isolation & Tuning:

Codia Acoustic Design
Silent Running Audio
Stein Music
Dalby Audio Design