Triangle / Tsakaridis / Soulines: Antal Audio was showing off the ‘other’ line of French speakers along with Greek Tsakaridis electronics and a Serbian Souline turntable.
I say ‘other’ just because Focal is so much more we’ll known, but the performance of these Triangle Esprit Australe towers eclipsed anything I’ve heard from Focal excepting their much more expensive Sopra No 2.
The Esprit Australes go for just $4,500/pair, come in piano white, black, and walnut, and have gorgeous glass plinths that they sit on. They have a cool horn loaded tweeter with an advanced phase plug and waveguide designed to maximize dynamic response, speed, and room coverage. Excellent speakers all around, certainly worth a look for anyone looking for something French.
Tsakaridis is a Greek electronics maker specializing in tubes. They have 150w Tube Monoblocks that go for $4,000 (which we’re driving the Triangles) but also have a new $3,000 tube integrated, 70wpc, designed to go head to head with PrimaLuna. The big selling point with Tsakaridis is everything is built in Athens, not China, and comes with a 5 year warranty (90 days on tubes, Russian Tung Sols).
Finally there’s a Serbian turntable by Souline. I don’t know a whole lot about turntables, but the Antal rep said it has three adjustable legs, dual plinths separated by cork and rubber, and a separate motor section. I believe he said it goes for $4,000, but doesn’t include a tone arm or cartridge.
HT: Sony 940C, Oppo 203, Harman/Kardon DPR1001, Infinity Interlude IL40 x2, Infinity Interlude IL36C, Infinity MS-1 ii x2, Infinity MSW-1
Computer: Elac Uni-Fi UB5 x2, Elac Element EA101EQ integrated amp, SVS SB-12NSD
Dedicated 2-channel: Infinity Intermezzo 4.1t towers, Bluesound Node 2, Emotiva PT-100, Crown XLS 1502, Furman PL-8C