Hear SME, Chord and Raidho at Axpona 2018
Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Following their successful partnership with Chord Electronics at CES, Raidho once again choose to partner with Chord at Axpona 2018.
A more modest system was specified for the smaller room 434 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center. This system featured the Raidho D4.1 loudspeakers, with SME Model 10 turntable, Chord Symphonic phono stage, Chord Blu MkII CD transport and M Scaler, DAVE DAC and the giant-killer Chord CPM 3350 integrated amplifier. As the "engine" of this system, the big Chord integrated was more than up to the task and delivered an outstanding result.
There are times when a system does such a special job on a recording that's special to begin with that the room transforms into a holy shrine where you couldn't hear a pin drop, but only because everyone is too transfixed to fiddle with pins. Such was the case in the Raidho/Chord room when I pulled out my Avie SACD of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson performing Handel, and asked to hear her transcendent performance of the aria "As with rosy steps the Morn advancing," — the detail was so absolute, and the dynamics and control so excellent, that listening was a spiritual experience.Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, Axpona Show Report April 2018