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Warsaw 2017: Intriguing Eryk S. Concept

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

There was something like 100 rooms in the Sobieski hotel, filled with all sorts of gear and Eryk S. Concept clearly stood apart, at least in terms of originality. The main system was composed by nothing more than an old Sony CD player, a class D amplifier and a pair of tall, thin, wavy speakers. I took seat.

The speakers, Eryk named the Wind, pack a front-firing full range driver paired to a side-firing 30cm woofer. Tall and slim, like a whisper of air passing through a fissure, they take my originality award with nothing else coming even remotely close in terms of modern speaker design.

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Warsaw 2017: Miro Krajnc and Soulsonic

By | December 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Names like Andrew Jones, Laurence Dickie and Joachim Gerhard do ring a bell? From what I have found or better auditioned during the Warsaw show we must add Miro Krajnc to the list of modern speaker designers. Miro is the mind behind the Ubiq Model One, the Soulsonic Hologram X and the Natural Sound speakers.

I will focus this report on the Soulsonic Hologram X, an imposing hybrid design standing more than two meters tall and packing four 15″ neodymium magnet woofers, a 12″ paper-cone midrange driver and a ribbon tweeter good for 221 square cm effective radiating area.

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Warsaw 2017: Zeta Zero shoots for the moon

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

This is a small world, no doubt. On my flight to Warsaw I sat next to a colleague, not a journalist but another Dr, a psychiatrist. She asked why I was on my way to Poland, told her for an audio show. She immediately told me I should book a few sessions for my audiophile issues, then she mentioned her neighbor, Tomasz, who makes “funny looking” speakers that sound exceptionally well, when she or her husband want to listen to some music they prefer asking their friend Tomasz to pump up the volume.

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Warsaw 2017: Muarah reinvents the wheel

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

Speaking of originality, Muarah, a new to me Polish company that specializes in tube electronics and turntables introduced the most interesting gizmo in a long time, the Inteliclamp. It looks like a record clamp, only ten times smarter.

Inside the clamp sits a battery powered sensor that measures rotation speed and transmits via radio frequencies (far above the audio band) at the Precision Speed Controller, a device that can adjust in real time the turntable’s frequency, thus heavily diminishing wow. The PSC is built around a “quartz stabilized 230V generator with frequency deviation less than 0,01Hz, absolutely inaudible for human ear”.

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Warsaw 2017: Remember my words, J. Sikora turntables

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

While talking with Scot Hull, our publisher, during the show, I had to let him know that such a huuuge kermesse with oh-so many never before seen brands was a nightmare to cover. The point in all this was to identify those – few – names that have a future, that will make it past beyond the Polish borders, all the way to your local brick and mortar shop, if not straight to your living room. J. Sikora is gonna be one of those, trust me on this one.

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Warsaw 2017: The All Blacks team from VTL, VPI and Rockport

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

A winning team, the American and not New Zealand, all blacks. The massive VTL S-400 II was driven by the company’s top of the line TL 7.5III pre amp. Avior II speakers by Rockport, in the only color Henry Ford recommended to his clients (that would be black) and analog front end by VPI, a beautiful Avenger fitted with a Lyra Delos and finally the VTL TP 6.5 phono stage.

In a sea of unknown Polish or eastern European brands, many of which were plain knock offs this was a very familiar room, aesthetically and sonically alike.

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Warsaw 2017: Serious high end with Jadis, Serblin and DaVinci

By | December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the most important rooms of the show, if you count in factors like heritage, built quality, price and last but not least, musical connection, the Grobel room with a stack of Jadis tube amplifiers including the JA 500 monos with external power supplies, the gorgeous Serblin Ktema speakers and an impressive analog front end, courtesy of DaVinci Audio Labs from Switzerland. Add a phono stage by Thoress and power solutions by Verictum for a deeply sensual, intimate and completely fatigueless session.

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Warsaw 2017: Sveda Audio with Lampizator, bread and butter

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

I like monitors. I fancy listening music with monitors and I got this tip, Sveda Audio makes proper recording studio monitors, they measure their creations and get some trully great results. But monitors do need a touch of warmth to get slightly more audiophile friendly and this is were Lampizator kicks in, they had a fantastic synergy during the show.

The D’Appo monitors with, you guessed it, a midrange – tweeter – midrange configuration with 150W of class AB amplification was paired to the Sveda triple driver woofer section with class D amplification while on tha back of the room a pair of big sub-woofers took care of the bottom octave.

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Warsaw 2017: 1.6 mil US$ burning a hole in your pocket?

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

So you think you’ve seen it all, the biggest, the wildest amplifiers ever made? Think again ’cause Andrea Pivetta will built a 1.5 ton, $1.6mil power amplifier for your system. Yes, you got the price tag right, that is enough money to buy you a nice Ferrari, a nice house by the sea in Europe and you can still buy a fantastic high end system with the change. But you wont be among those few who actually have such a work of engineering prowess sitting in your castle?

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Warsaw 2017: Boenicke, the little speaker that could

By | November 28th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Wanna get seriously impressed by a small speaker? Wanna see how big of a sound a speaker the size of o book can throw? Visit a Boenicke room and get ready to throw your floor-standers out of the window.

There is not a single show that Boenicke did not manage to impress by the volume of air it manages to move with such a small speaker as the W5. This is easily the smallest and more capable little marvel I can think of, weighting in at 3.5 kilos and featuring a 3″ widebander paired to a 5.25″ long throw woofer (as in loooong throw) with a simple, quality parts only, 1st order crossover.

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