Welcome to what I like to think of as a pinnacle of editorial writing in my small world, as it combines two of my favourite things to do: Have a glass of whisky, and kick back to listen to a couple of albums. A pastime I’m sure some of you out there can identify with. How on Earth did I stumble into such remarkable luck to turn this into a monthly article moving ahead?… Read the full article
Vancouver-area dealer Edward Ku of Element Acoustics is hosting a special one-day seminar this Saturday (tomorrow, Nov. 24th) for those audiophiles interested in digital, or computer audio and how to best approach purchasing, and setting up a curated system for streaming, or local-area network playback. As someone who embraced the curation of multiple digital-audio playback front-ends in the last year, I can tell you from experience that it is not the easiest thing to properly, effectively, and in my opinion musically set up.… Read the full article
Complaints. I had many complaints with this system.
Not from me, from my neighbours. You see, this was one of those systems that just begged to be played ridiculously loud. It was the sense of scale, it was the musicality, it was the tone, the timbre… the bass. The CH Precision L1 Dual Monaural Line Preamplifier, ($32,975 USD/$40,870 CAN) and M1 Reference Power Amplifier ( $51,000 USD/$63,960 CAN) being fed Redbook Tidal, and high-resolution local files (a mix of 24/192, and DSD) via a totaldac d-1 integral preamp/server/DAC paired with CH balanced interconnects, and speaker cables ($POA) running into a pair of Dynaudio Confidence C4 Signature loudspeakers ($22,000 USD/$27, 585 CAN) was a potent mix to have in a concrete high-rise apartment. … Read the full article
Ku was one of many sponsors of the Vancouver Audio Show in the last two years, and said he is sad to see the show cancelled for 2017.
Ku said that Element Acoustics has always tried to bring something new to the audiophile community of Vancouver, and with the success of previous demo events featuring Tidal, Burmester, CH Precision and Vertere in the past year that he felt it was time to host something for those that would have attended the Vancouver Audio Show.
Canada’s sophisticated French-speaking metropolis Montreal is about to be descended upon by the masses of high fidelity, and this time we’ll be there to cover it.
I’ll be heading to Salon Audio Montreal on Thursday morning, and while the weather forecast calls for some chilly temperatures, I’m looking forward to a warm reception with a number of good friends who will be attendance. Former show stalwart David Cope will be there, as will cellist Vincent Bélanger for the launch of Audio Note Music with his new album Pure Cello.… Read the full article
Turntable designs are as different, and varied as suit designs. Both have a basic pattern that they must follow, but once those have been established, the sky’s pretty much the limit. I’ve seen all manner of turntables over the years, from low-mass skeletal designs, and high-mass platter concepts to suspension-enabled stalwarts. But I’ve rarely seen turntables combining such solid design principles that are as beautiful sounding, and looking as Touraj Moghaddam’s Vertere Acoustics Magic Groove (MG-1), and Standard Groove (SG-1) models.… Read the full article
The queue of equipment in the house for review is growing longer, and with the help of David Chan, and Lawrence Lock from DVL Audio I managed to get my hands on the L1 preamplifier, and M1 power amplifier from Swiss manufacturer CH Precision. Edward Ku at Element Acoustics here in Vancouver stepped in to help with loudspeakers for the review in the form of the incredibly transparent Dynaudio Confidence C4 Signature.… Read the full article
The small roast-beef sandwich and ice coffee were delicious. I mean really, really good. It was a beautiful afternoon with the sun shining, but it wasn’t hot, and there was a light breeze. I smiled and thought, this was a good moment; I looked out at the magnificent view of trees, and Washington State mountains in the distance.
I’m a journalist, and under normal circumstances anytime I’m anywhere on assignment, and there is free food and coffee, I’m a happy camper.… Read the full article