LAMM Signature electronics with Kharma Exquisite Midi Grand loudspeakers
Vladimir Lamm continues his decades-long tradition of creating some of the finest and most musical-sounding tube electronics anywhere, as demo’d in his flagship room at CES (Suite 35-307), where he presented the world premier of the LL1.1 Signature line-level preamplifier ($45,390/pr., two mono preamps and two separate power supplies). Also in this superb playback chain were the Lamm LP2.1phono preamp ($8990), LP1 Signature phono preamp ($35,690), ML2.2 amps ($37,390/pr.), andML3 Signature amps ($139,490/pr.), rated at 32 Watts into 4, 8, or 16 ohms, driving Kharma Exquisite Midi Grand loudspeakers ($225,000)—and lending them an almost omnidirectional quality. All wires were from the Kubala-Sosna Elation series. The source was a heavy-duty vintage EMT 927turntable with an SME 3012 tonearm and a ZYX UNIverse Premium cartridge ($14,495). For all the many components in the playback chain, this setup succeeded in pulling off that rare and amazing high-end magic trick of all but vanishing—so spacious, realistic, and dimensional was the sound. From the incredible imaging, detail, and wide-open soundstaging to the slightly-warmer-than-the-real-thing timbre, the sound was full of bloom and simply gorgeous on Ella Fitzgerald’s honey-coated vocals, Ben Webster’s sensual reedy saxophone breathiness, and, well, on every track we played.