Von Schweikert Audio
VR-5 Anniversary, Escalante Designs Fremont, Acoustic Zen Technologies Adagio,
Buggtussel Somu, Buggtussel Circa.
ModWright SWL 9.0
SE with Tung-Sol upgrade, Channel Islands Audio VPP-1 (passive) preamplifiers.
Channel Islands Audio D●200 Monoblocks (Class D), Channel Islands Audio VMB●1
Monoblocks (gain-clone). DSA Phono ONE, ModWright SWP 9.0SE,
Monolithic Sound PS-2 with HC-1 supply, and Channel Islands Audio VPP-1 with
VAC-1 Supply phonostages.
Redpoint Audio Design Model D, Oracle Delphi Mk III/with Mk V suspension
and other mods (including sapphire thrust plate), Tri-Planar Mk VII Precision
arm, Origin Live Silver 250 Arm, Transfiguration Temper V, Clearaudio Virtuoso
Mk II, Denon 103-D/with vdHul Mods, McCormack UDP-1 Deluxe.
Von Schweikert Master Built Signature bi-wire speaker cables, Audience
Au24-e speaker cables, Stealth Hybrid MLT and Acoustic Zen Hologram II speaker
cables. Stealth Indra, Stealth Nanofiber, Stealth PGS, Audience Au24-e
interconnects, Acoustic Zen Absolute, and Acoustic Zen Silver Reverence II
interconnects. Acoustic Zen Absolute and Gargantua II power cables, Audience
Grand Prix Audio Monaco Modular Isolation System equipment stand. Formula
Shelf, Apex Footers, Audience adeptResponse aR-12-T, Furutech eTP-80, Monster
Cable HTS 800, Quantum Products, Inc. Symphony Pro's for power conditioning.
Aurios 1.2 MIB, Extreme Phono Solid State Stylus Cleaner, VPI HQ-16.5, Nitty
Gritty Mini-Pro, Audio Intelligent Vinyl Solutions, Buggtussel Vinyl-Zime, Disc
Dr. Miracle Record Cleaner and Quick Wash, Xtreme AV Quicksilver Gold, KAB phono
Tools, AudioQuest DM-100 demagnetizer, CornerTunes, Furutech RD-2 demagnetizer,
Digital Systems & Solutions UltraBit Platinum and Gold, Audience Auric
Illuminator, and Xtrem AV Liquid Resolution.
If you've been in or around this hobby/sport/disease we refer to as high
performance audio for any length of time, you'll surely have heard of
Audience. They have been fighting the good fight for some 15 years now.
My first exposure to their products was a revelatory experience
with their remarkably thin and world-class cable line up. I can
confidently say that you will not find a more musically engaging and
sonically rewarding cable for the money than the Audience Au24-e/powerChord-e
cables deliver, period. Their new ClairAudient line of loudspeakers is
setting the audio world on its ear, literally. Their adeptResponse power
conditioners have elevated and re-established the benchmark for the
product category, and, to these ears, remain THE unparalleled leader in
that product group. And, that was all before the latest iteration hit
the streets. While I owned the original Audience aR12 and then wrote
about it when the updated
arrived and blew it away, the aR12-TS ups the ante yet again!
From my review in Issue 39:
"...First, the aR-12 T (to denote the Teflon®
components) is even quieter, allowing for the formation of
darker backgrounds and the rendering of more vibrant, lifelike images,
all with cleaner edges and spectacularly realistic depth and width. You
are treated to layer upon layer of intricate detail, all with NO glare
or edge, unless it should exist in another component or the recording
under examination. Be warned, you will hear the true voice of your
system with the aR-12 T in place.
Music is released with even greater dynamic
contrast (both macro and especially micro), abounding with complete
harmonic structure, affording more enunciate pitch definition and more
fully realized and complexly textured overtones. Timbre is
overwhelmingly honest, simply blustering with life, rich in detail, and
full of harmonic bloom. The entire musical spectrum
is recreated with an inescapable sense of ease and warmth, a delicate
coherence, a lucid dimensionality, a tangible presence, a wholeness of
texture and a spooky immediacy that is so evocative of the live event
that I consistently found myself wondering how such an unassuming change
in component composition could be so remarkably significant."
The newly updated adeptResponse12-TS adds a star ground plane,
employs their new
series of high-resolution capacitors throughout (Teflon®
with OHNO leads),
as well as some "magic dust" that Audience is reluctant to discuss to
the already superb adeptResponse 12-T! While it affords an convincingly
audible advance over the landmark aR12-T, the degree of that improvement
is, to my ears, nearly as incremental an advance on the T's performance
as the T iteration improved upon the original aR12.
It is immediately apparent that the aR12-TS is quieter than
either of its predecessors. Talk about a velvety black background! GAWD!
Beyond that, the improvements come in a more subtle and nuanced manner—slightly creamier tonal texture, better focus of instrumental voices—both in portraying individual size and physical location—and a
somewhat heightened or more apparent sense of drive and pace. Overall,
the result is even more of that wonderful transparency that the
aR12-T ushered in. All these newly elevated attributes combine to offer
an even more coherent presentation over all. All in all, the Audience
aR12-TS represents a significant advance upon an already very
While I couldn't have asked for a more effectual AC supply
conditioner than the aR12-T, the posse at Audience has somehow managed
to heap significant improve upon their already benchmark product. Those
guys never cease to amaze me… and the new aR12-TS is most
ENTHUSIASTICALLY and musically recommended.
$8995 with the powerChord e and $10,545 with the Au24 powerChord
Pacific Street, #K-9
San Marcos, CA 92069