FLAX 2022 - VPI Direct Drive, CAT, ESP, Magico, Van Den Hul

FLAX 2022 - VPI Direct Drive, CAT, ESP, Magico, Van Den Hul

Nothing more exciting than mixing a solid direct drive turntable with some fine tube equipment.  OK, maybe we can find more exciting things but this is still worth talking about!  We were proud to spin at the Florida Audio Expo with our friends at Convergent Audio Technology (CAT), Magico Speakers, Essential Sound Products, and Van Den Hul Cartridges.
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This was actually a world debut since we have finally gotten through the HW-40 Anniversary Limited Edition 400 tables.  We are now ready with plans to keep our Direct Drive Technology going in a standard piano black finish model, standard serial plate, easier ability to change the arm, and dust cover as an option.

Paired on the front end was the Van Den Hul Master Signature Cartridge.  One of AJ's finest and it truly sang this past weekend.  We have found the Van Den Hul combo to be a great one with our Fatboy tonearms.
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Connected together with ESP power cords the CAT amplification gave the music a kick while still being quiet between the notes.  Ken Stevens plays some pretty wacky and weird music, but it sure sounded great while it was playing!  We have always enjoyed using his product in the VPI House.

Fun fact, this room was the only one where my whole family (wife and kids) came in, sat down and stayed and listened.  I can only assume it's because only children can understand and appreciate Ken’s choice of music (I’m kidding it wasn’t that bad!) Regardless, there is nothing more amazing than having a whole family with children being captivated by music.  Especially when that music is coming from a top shelf system!
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We appreciate and love having the opportunity to be part of this system paring for the Florida Audio Expo and can't wait to see this team spin together again at future shows.
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