Norman Tracy's Audio Crafters Guild uses external capacitors for his amplifier based on the Danish ICEpower modules. The B&O modules gain in everything that's musically relevant by this addition, for further proof that 'digital' amps are on their way -- a long way it may be -- but are getting closer.

How many ribbons would you like, sir? Symposium Acoustics' Panorama prototype combined a lot of ribbons and together with the ceiling-high subwoofers produced a very seductive sound. We hope the final version retains these looks.

Experience Music is yet another specialty brand you'll only find in Denver next door to the previous wonder. Jeffrey Jackson knows his way around wood and electronics. That combined with a passionate musical ear resulted in the joy we experienced in his room.

Mister tone arm, Frank Schroeder.

BK Butler had not arrived at the show when we visited his room, nor had his Monads. Instead we listened to a pair of unidentified new amps over Escalante speakers.

No, this wasn't a laterally challenged WLM but Tyler's impressive new PD45.

Zu. Yes, Zu again. First Brussels, then Paris and now Denver. At all three events, there was music in abundance from these speakers. From the Druid to the Definition Pro, they sing. Here in Denver the Williams brothers from Alpen Audio -- find two differences and you win -- set up three separate listening environments. Zu's Adam Decaria joined the brothers for one.

A Metronome Kalista spotted in the wild and a Metronome CD3 that became the source for a Manger Zerobox 109. The speed of the Manger still makes this speaker special. The Musiclab amplifiers matched them wonderfully.

David Berning's micro ZOTL and ZH270.

A turntable with a back-order list. Who would have imagined this just a few short years ago? Yet it is reality for TW Acustic where Thomas' latest is in great demand. His big 3-motor Raven was equipped with a Dynavector cart on a Schroeder wand. These arms have two completely different approaches to the general subject of tone arms. Jeffrey Catalano and Thomas 'TW' Woschnick posed proudly in front of the tables and between a pair of Aspara Acoustic speakers. Do we need to add that this room was hard to leave? We'll soon have the privilege to audition the Raven in our own room and will try to include a Pluto tone arm.

The finger of Ralf Ballman points to a setting you can manipulate for his electronic crossover and the measured in-room frequency response. His company behold is now entering the US through distributor Sam Laufer. behold's goal is to digitize the signal from analog as soon as possible (or leave it digital), then transmit it at 768kHz-24bits to reconvert it to analog at the speaker. It took time to perfect this system but now it is more than ready. A new addition to the behold line is a digital memory player. Pictured are Ralf and Gisela Ballman and Sam.