Glenn Phoenix of Westlake Audio and Bill Conrad of Conrad-Johnson are two of high-end audio's distinguished elder statesmen. Both gentlemen share my appreciation of the emotional aspect of music reproduction. Mr. Phoenix is also famous for discovering the "Phoenix Effect," a force-field that surrounds all passive parts through which a current flows. This field is parasitic and needs to be drawn off, lest it corrupt the signal. To that end, the Westlake Audio floorstanders were attached to "drain cables" that ended in coils under blankets. While listening to Tom Jones sing, I became lost in the plaintiveness of the song's message. For doing pathos so well, the Westlake Audio Tower 5 ($20,000 per pair) earns a Jimmy..
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