MAF 2024: Innuos, Asona Ltd / Apertura, Pathos Acoustics, Audio Analogue, Analysis Plus

MAF 2024: Innuos, Asona Ltd / Apertura, Pathos Acoustics, Audio Analogue, Analysis Plus


Prices listed in CA$.

Gorgeous finish! That’s what I screamed inside my head when I first saw the standmount Apertura Forté speakers ($9999/pr) in the Innuos / Asona Ltd room. The Forté’s have a high 93db sensitivity thanks in part to the neodymium magnet circuit used in its two 18 cm mid/woofer drivers. Atypically, both speakers’ tweeters are placed asymmetrically from each other on the speakers’ baffles, which means the speakers can be positioned either with the tweeters facing out or facing in. Based on my experience, this sort of “mirror-image” driver configuration allows for more flexibility in speaker placement to better suit personal taste or room acoustics. It’s almost like having two slightly different pairs of speakers in one.

The rest of the system consisted of a tube-based, 80Wpc Pathos Acoustics InPoL Heritage MkII class-A integrated amplifier ($23,500), an Audio Analogue AADAC DAC ($5500), an Innuos Pulsar network music player ($10,499), with cabling by Analysis Plus ($various).

I listened to “Catholic Country” by Kings of Convenience, which is a male-female duet with acoustic guitars. Its hypnotic nature totally got into my head. Mesmerized by its repetitive beats, it was as if the speakers had physically disappeared. Experienced audio enthusiasts know that this disappearing act is difficult for average speakers to pull off, and nearly impossible to do without the proper associated components. This system seemed to be doing it effortlessly.

Innuos’s Stephen Healy

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