Stereophile magazine Axpona 2018 round up


For big sound from relatively small monitors, this room took the prize. Playing an excerpt from Orff’s not so well-worn Carmina Burana, MarkAudio-Sota’s Chinese-made Viotti One speaker ($2495/pair with stands) did quite a fine job in the bass department, and sounded almost too dynamic for the small space. I also enjoyed another familiar tune, Dire Straits’ “Ride Across the River,” which benefitted from winning airiness and an expansive soundstage. Together with the company’s AR-M2 Music Player ($999) and PS Audio’s Stellar Gain Cell DAC/preamp($1699) and 5300 power amp ($1499), whose prices are very, very different than what I was told in the room, this system produced winning sound.



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