CAF 2021: Overture | McIntosh & B&W

Overture continued the B&W theme in their second room at CAF 2021, this time pairing the B&W 801D4 Speakers ($35,000/pair) with amplification from McIntosh Labs.

Pictured up top are the massive 180 lb. a piece McIntosh MC901 Monoblock Amplifiers ($35,000/pair) that combine a 300 Watt vacuum tube amplifier and 600 Watt solid state amplifier on one chassis. Think bi-amp.

The 2-chassis McIntosh C1100T Tube Preamplifier ($7000) and C1100C Controller ($7000) were all aglow, while a Sutherland Little Loco Phono Preamplifier handled the output from the lovely Technics SL-1000R Turntable, mounted with a Phasemation PP-2000 Cartridge ($6999) wrapped in a My Sonic Labs Headshell ($250).

Cables and power were from Shunyata, while racks from HRS, Symbol, and Basso Continuo supported the gear.

Bill Voss, Technics Business Development Manager, was playing DJ during my visit and he spun two ‘guess who’ LPs — the first featuring Vic Damone’s velvety (not foggy) vocals and the second paired Carmen McRae with Dave Brubeck on a Brubeck penned tune. I recognized Damone as this kinda fell into father’s wheelhouse, albeit on the outskirts, but the McRae / Brubeck had me stumped.

Looking at all of this gear — and thanks to Overture’s detailed and very helpful price sheet handout, why doesn’t every exhibitor offer one?, I knew going in that this system totaled $187,024— I had to close my eyes and silence my virtual beancounter to be carried away by its effortless silky sounds.