Friday, May 24, 2013
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Two of the world's best sounding speakers together at the same place.
The white Reference is back from Hifideluxe and joining the Studio Reference One at Zellaton's showroom.
Analog Domain Isis integrated with Excalibur technology is behind the left Reference speaker, and prototype electronics from a secret brand in the middle.
To the right the €48000 Garrard 501 L'Art Du Son turntable.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Best sound by a clear margin was the Studio Reference One speakers at Zellaton showroom.
I hear it with Vdh Emerald preamp, Analog Domain 80 watt amp section of the not yet released Isis integrated amplifier, LOIT Passeri and Garrard 501 Transcription Reference turntable by L'Art du Son + LYRA Atlas cartridge.
Studio Reference One sound was phenomenal - I easily got chills and was fully involved in the sound. Whatever song that was played the music was analog sounding and relaxed.
Even at a high volume level the sound was the same - no compression or brightness at all - fabulous.
No other systems at Hifideluxe, Kempinski or MOC could compare with this Zellaton system.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The newest member of the l’Art du Son family is a sprayed-on treatment for optical discs that both cleans and conditions the surface of CDs, DVDs, SACDs and Blu-Ray discs.
In issue 155 of The Absolute Sound, Harry Pearson runs a comparison test of l’Art du Son optical cleaner and proclaims that: "...it is the one to buy. If you order and try some of this CD/DVD/SACD cleaner/conditioner, I am confident that you will feel the same way."
After comparisons with another optical disc (CDs, DVDs, SACDs) treatment, Absolute Sound's Harry Pearson said of the L'Art du Son cleaner/conditioner: "L'Art du Son was sweeter, more neutral, and better at resolving the nuances of the music… With L'Art du Son, you'll get more ambient information [and] a much sweeter string sound (and on digital, no less!).
Price - €50
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Schnerzinger X8000 cables and power cleaners.
Even in a too small room the sound was outstanding - not bright like almost every other rooms.
This system has an analog or musical character that I really like. I could listen to it all the day - no fatigue here!
The new D/A Converter Heritage has been updated with brand new features as a new DSD (Direct Stream Direct) input.
The new DAC is able to clock with external clock incoming from the digital source. If no external clock is used, the Time Lock module will generate the master clock used for all the different stages of the converter in order to minimize the jitter.
It also keeps the high level of audio technology in using the several upsampling modules and the unique proprietary D/A converter drive modules with 4 D/A converter IC’s per channel. The scrambling technique is used in order to lower the noise due to the D/A conversion.
A firewire and a USB 192KHz input had been integrated also in order to connect the DAC Heritage with a computer in order to use the device as an impressive audio external converter.
In order to keep the highest rate of performance, we decided to keep a dual mono architecture. That means that each channel has its own power supply and its own transformer in order to erase all interaction between the channels.
The DSP board had also been reviewed in order to integrate all these new features and upgrade the level of the most legendary product from Orpheus.
The SACD Heritage is the brand new device to read your CD and SACD. It has been developed with all the newest technologies avaliaible on the market. It integrates the VMK-5 mechanism from Esoteric. This product is composed with a new 4.3" TFT LCD to display all the new features of this CD / SACD drive.
A new 4.3" LCD screen with more than 16Mio color and a brightness controllable on 255 steps is used. The signal board has been developed to control the correct path of digital data and includes a self monitoring error system.
This player also incorporates the new upsampling module Q5 and the new Time Lock clocking system. To get the best audio performance of the D/A converter from the same line, the SACD Heritage integrates a DSD output and a clock out connector in order to minimize the jitter.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The sound was impressive, nice analog relaxed sound - just the opposite with the very bright sounding Solo with Straussmann.
The sound was just outstanding. Gauder used Octave Jubilee before, not the best sound then, with AVM the sound was smoother and more real.
Very bright sounding this setup.
Impossible for me to listen to this setup for longer than 5 minutes - one get listening fatigue in a very short time.