LAMM Signature series ML3 amplifiers ($139k/pr.) LL1.1 line-level preamp ($45,590/pr.) LP1 phono preamps ($36,890/set) LP2.1 phono preamp ($9390 each) Kharma Exquisite Midi Grand Signature speakers ($191k/pr.) TechDas Air Force 1 turntable ($110k) Aqua La Diva CD transport ($9k) Acoustic Formula xHD DAC ($16.5k). Though this demo in a 35th floor suite didn’t represent debuts in my category, it was so convincingly true to life and breathtakingly beautiful—even flirting with (dare I say?) perfection on some material—I feel compelled to include it. A key example: Listen to my vintage Decca LP of Gerhard’s Libra rendered such amazing imaging and rapid-fire and realistic initial transient attacks that the anticipation of the next guitar strum, or drum strike, or clarinet wail led to edge-of-your seat excitement. Moreover, soundstage presented a huge sense of very deep and wide-open space between the instruments. As much as I try to spare my use of audiophile clichés, one rings true here: This highly resolved, holographic, and über-realistic system full of room-filling bloom conveyed the same thrills as if the musicians were present. Lovingly transparent with a touch of warm sweetness, astonishingly three-dimensional in imaging and bloom, and just jaw-droppingly there.