Vincent Belanger ft. Audio Note U.K. at Munich HiFi Deluxe 2019 part 2
Recorded in 24bit, 96khz on May 11, 2019 at the Munich Marriott during Hifideluxe 2019.
Vincent was accompanied by, well, Vincent being played back from a laptop into an Audio Note U.K. stereo consisting of:
1. X? a prototype Level 5 DAC (on the Fifth Element DAC platform with Fifth Force power supply) with a brand new very bold architecture which is a big departure from what anyone has tried before and a clear advancement of the state-of-the-art
2. AN/E SEC Signature speakers (on “J” stands)
3. Ongaku Kensei stereo 211 power amplifier
4. M9 phono preamplifier
5. TT3 turntable with Arm Three/2 and IO1 cartridge and S9 step-up transformer
6. CDT-Six transport
What was the speaker cable configuration? Looks like a shotgun run to an external crossover but how are the connections wired at/from the crossover? Nice sounding room for sure. Thank you.
The AN-E SEC Signature loudspeakers (and actually all the AN-E xxx Signature loudspeakers with the external crossovers) have biwire cable (in the case of the SEC Sigs, it’s SOGON) that is captive to the main loudspeaker cabinets and attached to the crossover units (normally with Audio Note’s silver banana plugs). This cable is run directly to the driver units, with some strain relief, and emerges from the speaker cabinets where the binding posts would be installed.
The loudspeaker cable that is run from the Ongaku Kensei power amp to the crossover boxes (left and right, the left-hand one is stacked with the power supply for the TT Three) looks like a biwire run (four cables per loudspeaker, two red / two black joined at the amp end) of the flagship SOOTTO.
I thought the sound was really good. The experience with Vincent and his cello was fun as always. If you have more questions, please ask.