Best Room Under $50,000 at LAAS

Dear Fellow Audiophiles,

Earlier this summer, ANTICABLES teamed up with Spatial Audio and Vinnie Rossi at LAAS 2017I’d love to share with you some of the fun we had at the show. As well as press coverage we received for our room. Enjoy!

Paul Speltz


“Lock, Stock, and Barrel”

One of the most amazing things that can happen at an audio show is putting together a demo room that sounds really good. What’s even more amazing is putting together a room that sounds so good, an attendee asks to buy the system. That’s right, the whole system. Lock, stock, and barrel. Well, that is exactly what happened to us in Room 476.

Sunday afternoon, the show was slowly coming to a close as vendors began to wrap things up and prepare for the journey home. After visiting our room quite a few times over the weekend, a local audiophile found his way back one more time. It was then that he declared it the best sounding room he had heard at LAAS. Keen to recreate the same aural experience at home, he asked to buy it all. This amazing offer came with the caveat that the entire system is delivered and set up right away. We eagerly agreed.

As soon as the show ended, I packed up at the venue while Vinnie and Clayton took care of our new favorite customer. They hauled the LIO amp, X1 speakers, and ANTICABLES to his home outside LA. Even after setting it up again and getting the system sounding great, they still managed to make it back in time for us all to have a celebratory dinner together.

A victory all around. LA gained a very happy audiophile, and we didn’t have to haul the system back with us. We are looking forward to seeing what happens when the three of us team up again this fall at T.H.E. in Anaheim and RMAF in Denver. We hope to see you there!

Vinnie Rossi, Paul Speltz, Clayton Shaw


LAAS 2017
ANTICABLES  /  Spatial Audio  /  Vinnie Rossi  /  Room 476

Graphic courtesy of The Audio Beatnik

“The cables were provided by ANTICABLES Audio Company. There was Level 3.1 Reference Series USB Digital Interconnect, a pair of Level 3.1 Reference Series Speaker Wires for woofers, a pair of Level 5 Signature Speaker Wires (for horn), and a Level 3 Reference Series Power Cord.”

“Discovering the simplicity  of this system and its total cost blew me awayI have heard and reviewed digital sources that cost more than this entire system. That would still be true if you added the phono preamp module to the LIO and a first class analog source to the system. You could also make these additions and keep the system price under $50,000.” 

“So, it is a very easy call for me. This simple and great sounding system wins the Beatnik’s Bongo Award for the Best System Under $50,000. Don’t forget, as the room was set up, this incredible system was just a little over $25,000. Well done to all! “

– Jack Roberts: The Audio Beatnik


Photo Courtesy of John Stancavage of Part Time Audiophile

“Speaking of wire, the Rossi integrated was connected to the X1s with Paul Speltz’s amazing ANTICABLES. Speltz recently introduced his Level 3.1 Reference Series copper speaker wires ($340 for a 10-foot pair). He also is breaking into the premium market with his new Level 5 Signature silver-gold speaker cable ($3,500 for a 10-foot pair).”

“Rossi and Shaw used runs of the 3.1 for bi-amping the X1’s woofer and the silver-gold Level 5 for the compression driver.”

“Other ANTICABLES in the system included the Level 3.1 Reference USB digital interconnect ($390) and the Level 3 Reference power cords ($330 each).”

“Speltz may not have designed those cables specifically for the Rossi and Spatial gear, but they sounded like they could have been.”

“Together, the components came together to create a rare musical alchemy. That’s something special that you need to hear yourself.”

– Part Time Audiophile: John Stancavage’s LAAS 2017 coverage


Photo Courtesy of Jana Dagdagan of Stereophile

“The sound… was widespread, transparent, and profoundly engaging—the perfect end to my Los Angeles Audio Show experience.” 

– Stereophile: Jana Wraps Up Her LAAS Coverage

The California Audio Show is this weekend!

Hear us this weekend!

July 28-30, Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel

We invite you to come hear our cables this weekend at the California Audio Show at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel. This was a last minute opportunity, so we won’t be listed on the website, nor will we be listed in the show directory, but you will be able to find us in Room 5231.

We are teamed up with Clayton Shaw of Spatial Audio, who will be showing his new $3,995/pr M3 Triode Master speakers. I first heard a prototype version of these speakers at AXPONA in April and instantly put in an order for a pair.


The speakers are being driven by a Vinnie Rossi LIO integrated amplifier. The LIO is a DAC, preamp, and power amplifier all rolled into one chassis, and has won many awards including Stereophile Class A rating, The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Award, 6Moons Lunar Eclipse Award, and more.

To get the best out of this gear, the system will be wired with ANTICABLES Level 3.1 Reference Series USB Digital Interconnect and Level 5 Signature Speaker Wires.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, but please be sure to get a chance to meet Clayton in Room 5231. While there, look for the new ANTICABLES brochure. In it will be a price list and a very generous Coupon Code for show goers towards your next purchase of Speaker Wires, Interconnects, and Power Cords.

Paul Speltz

Stereophile’s Favorite System at AXPONA & LA Audio Show

ANTICABLES recently teamed up in two separate listening rooms at both AXPONA 17 and at LAAS 17. This newsletter will highlight one of those two teams, and we will cover our other room with Spatial Audio and Vinnie Rossi in an upcoming newsletter.

We would like to thank Jana for her kind words and are honored to be part of the system she declared her, “favorite of the whole show.” It is amazing how good reasonable priced components can sound, when highly dynamic, resolving, neutral, and transparent cabling is used.

Paul Speltz


  ANTICABLES  /  Well Pleased AV  /  Rethm Speakers  /  Room 504

“Throughout the entire show weekend, I had encountered many sonically and aesthetically pleasing rooms—with prices ranging from the affordable to the aspirational—that would have satisfied me for years on end. But this…   this was something else. In the moment, and in thoughtful retrospect, this system was my favorite of the whole show.”

LAAS 2017

ANTICABLES  /  Well Pleased AV  /  Rethm Speakers  /  Room 304

“And we’re back to the Well Pleased Audio Vida room that I raved about upon hearing first at Axpona just a month ago. I was overjoyed to see the Rethm Bhaava speakers ($3750) again, paired with a Qualiton A20i integrated amplifier ($4500), an Aqua La Scala Mk II Optologic DAC ($7000), and an Innuos Zenith Mk II server ($3400) with ANTICABLES throughout.”

“The soundstage was as I remembered: out of body, room filling, and seamless through the frequencies. I left the room pleased that my sonic impressions had not changed”


Meet us at AXPONA 2017 April 21-23 in Chicago Illinois U.S.A.

paulchuckThis will be our second year showing at at AXPONA, and we are excited to meet our customers!  Stop by our booth in the Marketplace to meet Paul Speltz (Founder, ANTICABLES) and Chuck Bottemiller (Engineer, ANTICABLES). After chatting with us in the Marketplace, we encourage you to head up to listening rooms 504 and 634 (as described below).

Paul Speltz



You can hear a system totally decked-out with ANTICABLES wires in this demo room. We will be teamed up with Mark Sossa of Well Pleased AV who will be demonstrating a very unique system featuring these imported products:

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The room will be wired with ANTICABLES

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This is the Lampizator demo room which will be featuring the world premier of Spatial Audio’s new M3 Triode Master 16 ohm speaker. As an owner of multiple Atma-Sphere OTL amplifiers, I am thrilled with Clayton Shaw’s decision to go “high impedance”.

The Triod Master’s 16 ohm load, smooth phase response, and 95dB@1w/1m efficiency is a dream load for any tube amp or low power SS amplifier.

Learn more HERE

ANTICABLES customers receive special pricing on these new speakers.

Contact Paul Speltz for details.


ANTICABLES now a Premier Dealer for Alta Audio

alta1I am proud to announce that ANTICABLES has just become a Premier Dealer for New York based Alta Audio and the first to have a pair of their new $32,000 Titanium Hestia speakers for audiophiles to audition (by appointment only).

Listening to the Titaniums in the Alta / Krell / ANTICABLES listening room at the NY Audio Show for three days cause a paradigm shift for me. When I returned home to Minnesota, I started working with Michael Levy of Alta Audio to be able to offer these fine speakers to our customers. This goal was achieved and the Midwest’s only demo pair of Titanium Hestia speakers is now available for audition.

alta2There are three very common problems that audiophiles struggle with in their systems: Not having enough bottom end to give the music a solid foundation to ride on, not being able to get adequate 3D imaging & depth in the soundstage, and getting listening fatigue, which has them turning the music down or off all together. Any audiophile that struggles with any of these issues, I think will enjoy these speakers.

Anyone that is interested in hearing the Hestia Titaniums for themselves, and are willing to hike, drive, or fly to the St. Paul side of the Twin Cities, should contact me directly to set up a listening session (and special discount pricing):

Paul Speltz
Founder & President, ANTICABLES