Thrax/Dr. Vinyl open house February 16th and 17th, 2019
DCHFG member Paul Elliott filed this recent report.
The DC Hi-Fi Group took advantage of Dr. Vinyl’s hospitality and gathered at his new demo rooms to hear some very special gear.
The Thrax kit was held together with the superb David cables from EnKlien. The music signal was presented at a level I have never heard before. Manufacturers often explain that they design and build their equipment to “do no harm” and to “simply get out of the way of the music”. I finally have heard this in listening to this system. Having never heard so far into the music, I was sucked into the performance.
The front end was provided by a Pear Audio turntable with Cornet ll arm supporting a Etsuro Urushi Cobalt Blue Moving Coil Phono Cartridge. It made for a warm laid back very musical analog sound. A Wolf Audio Systems Alpha 2 music server turned bits and bytes into sweet tunes.
The Thrax part of the equation started with the Orpheus Phono Preamplifier. This was connected to the Ares Modular System which contains in a single chassis two mono amps with independent power supplies, a line stage, a phono preamp, and a DAC. Music reached our ears by way of Lyra 2 stand mounted speakers. Using a compression ratio ring diaphragm driver loaded with a proprietary waveguide, allows the Lyra 2 tweeter to reach down to less than 1500 Hz. Uncommonly high sensitivity of 90db, makes it usable with lower power amplifiers.
All these parts were connected with EnKlein David level interconnects, speaker cables, and power cords.
Yes, this is a high dollar system at over $200k by my calculation. I think it is important to experience such systems to understand what is possible. There was truly something special going on here.
Tom Kleinbeck of EnKlein cables and a Thrax representative were on hand to provide some answers on what was heard.
I feel all enjoyed this experience of an intimate exposure to this system.