Later in the event, we were ushered into two demonstration rooms where brief auditions of each system were held. The listening conditions were, shall we say, less than ideal — it’s hard to transform a convention center meeting room into an audition space in a matter of hours. And so we walked away feeling like we didn’t really get to hear what Technics’ new pride and joy could really do.
We were right.
We recently received a 700 lb shipment that included two SB-R1 speakers, an SE-R1 power amplifier, and an SU-R1 Network Audio Control Player. All told, the total system cost with interconnect cables and premium Kimber Moncale XL 15-ft speaker cables comes to about $60,000. That’s a lotta cheddar, but it buys you a whole lot of incredible sound, and bragging rights for years.
No other audio system that’s graced our listening room here at DT has captivated and mesmerized our staff quite like Technics Reference system. Seriously, some of us are having trouble getting our jobs done because we can’t peel ourselves away. This is the sort of audio system that you must hear to understand. Listening to tracks that we’ve heard 100s of times — and on excellent systems at that — is now a revelation of once hidden nuance and detail. Not only are we hearing things we’d never heard before, we’re hearing it in a way we’ve never heard it before. A music system that sounds like a live performance is a tough goal to attain, but Technics’ flagship nails it.
Check out our video above for a close look at the gorgeous gear, and visit back soon for our full review.