Last Saturday, my friend Christopher Stanley, from New York, and I, flew out to Midway airport, rented a car and drove to Terry London's house to hear his reference NSMT Clairvoyant System Two system. Christopher owns the NSMT Model 100 speakers and wanted to hear if the NSMT Clairvoyant System Two topped his NSMT Model 100 system and, if so, to what extent.
Over the last few years,Terry invited me out, several times, to hear his previous reference system based on the NSMT Model 100s. This was the first time I was meeting Terry and he proved to be an incredibly gracious host.
His listening room is vast with a loft off to the left side. The ceiling is almost three stories high. One would not believe that such a large space would be so acoustically inert. So he has a great venue and a reference system comprised of the NSMT Clairvoyant System Two speaker system, Mark Levinson 31.5 transport, Reimyo TUKO DAC, SPL Elector preamplifier, SPL M1200 amplifier, Black Cat 3202 wires, Kirmuss Audio Adrenaline speaker wire, and Audio Archon power cords.
Simply put, his system is the best system I have heard. I am not talking just about my speakers but the overall system, in terms of dynamics, tonality, imaging etc. You name it.
On Sunday we went up to his loft to hear his Musician Audio Knight Loudspeaker 1 system comprised of a pair of NSMT Bass Foundation active Band-Pass subwoofers, Pro-Ject reference CD transport and Linear Tube Audio power supply, Pass Labs DAC-1, Threshold 550e amplifier, Black Cat 3202 wires, Kirmuss Audio Adrenaline speaker wire and Audio Archon power cords. Both systems are grounded with Puritan Labs conditioner and circuit grounding system.
The soudstage is huge, dynamic, and transparent. We asked him to turn off the Bass Foundation subwoofers. It was pretty dramatic how the soundstage lowered and collapsed towards the space between the speakers which showed the effects of the Bass Foundation subs.
We had a wonderful time visiting Terry. He extends an open invitation to anyone who is in the Chicago area to come to listen to his Reference NSMT Clairvoyant System Two system. I hope one of the skeptics here will take him up on his offer and write an objective post as to what he/she heard. If you are not in the Chicago area, a Saturday round trip to Chicago can be quite reasonable.