After the completely mesmerizing and jaw dropping Sonus Faber demo I went back to the Tekton/Parasound room. With my audio memory still fresh, will I still be able to get satisfaction listening to the MOABs?
The rep from the hi-res streaming service QOBUZ was there. He wanted to experience firsthand how well his specially curated collection of 24-Bit/192kHz audio streams would sound on the Tekton MOAB speakers.
Eric Alexander set up the room for this special QOBUZ demo. Everything was being streamed live into the Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amp which did triple duty as a DAC, Pre amp and Power amp.
The QOBUZ rep played some crazy demo tracks to test the sonic gymnastics these mighty MOABs are capable of.
I was startled at the purity, separation of individual instruments, razor sharp imaging and 3D soundstage.
I realized right away that you need speakers like the MOABs with their resolving power and tonal accuracy to enjoy the benefits of a 24-Bit/192kHz stream. This took the presentation to a whole new level of refinement over the standard Red Book CDs they were playing through the OPPO disc player earlier.
With this 24-Bit/192kHz source, I felt the performance of the MOABs came within kissing distance of my two top choices. I could see how the sound from these speakers could be enhanced further by mating it with a more capable amp.
The QOBUZ demo won me over. It made me realize that there is no need to buy $17k turntables with $9k phono cartridges as demoed in the YG Acoustics room.
All you really need is a $24.99/month subscription to this QOBUZ service that gives you access to over 2 million high rez tracks up to 24-Bit/192kHz.
Or, you could just get their Sublime Service for $299.99 a year and enjoy discounted prices on downloaded tracks.
Tidal by contrast has only 1 million high rez tracks. You can stream lossless CD quality 16-Bit/44.1kHz tracks for $19.99 a month.
The investment an audiophile has to make to enjoy a system like the Sonus Faber or the Sigma Acoustics is enormous. They deserve to be prized and cherished by a lucky few. These are statement products from the world’s finest Hi-End manufacturers.
My hats off to them who can afford it.
By contrast, a system like the Tekton/Paradigm brings the essence of Hi-End sound to the music lover at down to earth prices. With just a pair of MOABs, the slender Parasound 200 Integrated Amp and a $24.99 monthly subscription to QOBUZ, you are set to explore and enjoy a universe of 2 million hi-rez audio tracks in the comfort of your living room.
An investment of $5,695 will not break the bank. It would guarantee musical enjoyment for the whole family for the next 20 years.
Had I not come to this show, I wouldn’t have known that such a system exists that offers such an extraordinary value.
At the end of the day as the show was closing down at 4pm, I told Eric I would be buying a pair of MOABs.
This system my friends, takes the honor of being the best bargain of the show.