While there are systems at the Show that push over half a million dollars, and esoteric brands a-plenty, QualiFi's room, with its stunning views to Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, delivered sweet sound from a relatively simple combination of Marantz electronics and Jamo loudspeakers.

With the SA14S1SE CD player at $4990, and the PM14S1SE amplifier at $5490 as electronics, and the Jamo Concert C109 (below) on loudspeaker duties, listeners were proclaiming the well-matched combination as delightful a listen as many of the higher-priced systems at the show.

Jamo C109 The C109s use a 25mm silk-dome decoupled tweeters with one 7-inch midrange hybrid composite midrange and two more 7-inch woofers in a three-way bass reflex design, with high-quality cabinetry and designer finishes.

Marantz guru Ken Ishiwata looked on, not in person but on a pop-up banner, no doubt enjoying both the music and the gorgeous views from the 21st floor of the Intercontinental.