Kaiser Kawero speakers and Kondo electronics and turntable.
I really wanted to love the sound in this room. Neli did too. I was here twice, for a few songs each time, Neli and Florian joined me on the second visit [or rather, Florian and I joined Neli who wanted to make sure she heard this room and dragged us along behind].
The bottom line is that they sounded under-driven, especially in the bass. There also wasn't the 'magic' that we have come to expect from high-quality tube gear. Look, if you are going to go with [relatively] low-powered tube amps, and rule out some large percentage of speakers [50%?, 75%? Some say 95%] by making this choice, it is because of and in pursuit of that 'magic' sound that they can have .
What is 'magic' sound, or drug-like sound, or sound with emotion and engagement?
Part of it that is sounds true enough to real life that you don't have to THINK about "what is that sound?" or "Is that a trumpet?"... it just sounds like a trumpet. Hard to explain because our minds are so good at filling in the gaps and making mappings from the unreal to the real.
Part of it, another important part for me personally, is to be able to tell whether Johnny Cash is singling about Folsom Prison in a humorous, self-derogatory voice or in an anguish filled, all those lives ruined voice [no, they didn't play Johnny Cash here].
Part of it is dynamics that sound correct [as opposed to just measure correct]. Small tube amps on high-efficiency speakers are better at this because their dynamic response more closely matches "real" in the context of real-life speakers, and even horns, which suck at this. [The only solid state amp that comes close to realistic dynamics on real speakers is the EMM Labs MTRX. There are other things besides realistic dynamics that we want from our system, of course, but, you know, they are an essential ingredient for a system to feel ALIVE, and, uh, can really be a blast too ]
Blah blah blah... the upshot is that these should be great amps [Kondo makes some great amps and stuff], these should be great speakers [these are new but Kaiser makes some great speakers], but this was not a great sound, IMO. Good sound. But not great.
There was a question about what that box was that was next to the stepup transformer on the top shelf of the rack there.... Had to zoom in on one of the photos... Cool.