Acapella at Munich Hiend 2022

The new Hyperion loudspeakers [most notably 15 inch woofers, and reportedly even more efficient than the Apollon speakers] and a prototype of the new Acapella amplifier (the current amplifier is a hybrid – with small gain stage tubes inside – so my guess is this one is too, but the tubes are now easier to change :-)). [I am sure Neli will correct all my mistaken facts and guesses when she reads this, but I wanted to get these photos up tonight :-/]. Acapella is showing at Hifi Deluxe, held at the Marriott in Munich.

Hermann Winters and his partner Alfred Rudolph, of Acapella Audio Arts

New Acapella Audio Arts “Hyperion” loudspeakers

The Hyperion speakers are the new penultimate speaker from Acapella – styled like the Apollon, but with four 15 inch woofers per speaker, instead of four 10 inch drivers (Apollon also has two 10 inch isobaric drivers per speaker). I think they took some lessons learned from the 18 inch woofer in the flagship Sphaeron speakers and reportedly the efficiency (and immediacy)  of the Hyperion is also quite high (nearly as high, as the Sphaeron).

There is a “review” of the new Hyperion speakers on a Chinese website (if you need to translate it, use chrome and select the ‘translate’ icon in the right side of the chrome address bar).

It is not really an in-depth of the Hyperion speaker’s sound, however, mostly a technical overview of Acapella in general and some good technical details of the Hyperion, with photos!

Hyperion Acapella Hyperion speaker in-depth evaluation (full)

The couple who owns our rental in Palo Alto has decided to sell [and, no, we can’t afford to purchase this nice little $3.8M Eichler ranch home] so we are moving. Since we have to crate our Apollon speakers anyway…. it’s a good time for someone to make us an offer so we will then have space for the Hyperion.  🙂

 

Updates …

We will NOT be showing at Capital Audiofest this weekend.  Although D.C. looks good at the moment, previously quiet places like the Bay Area and Colorado are seeing Covid upticks and we just think it is too soon to be gallivanting through hotel rooms crowded with friendly audiophiles in such unpredictable times. To say nothing of spending several hours in an actual airplane to get there and back. We send our apologies to all our East Coast friends, and to the wonderful Capital Audiofest show organizers, and hope to see y’all next year.

We currently have three systems up and running here in Palo Alto and are occasionally hosting masked audiophiles who we have good reason to believe aren’t completely daft.

New toys: Audio Note Fifth Element / Fifth Force DAC, Audio Note TT3 turntable with PSU3, Audio Note Meishu Phono Tonmeister Silver 300B integrated, Audio Note CD4 CD player, Audio Note M3 linestage.

Acapella Apollon loudspeakers, Audio Note U.K. Gaku-on amplifiers, Audio Note U.K. DAC 5 Signature, Audio Note M9 Phono preamplifier, EMM Labs NS1 Streamer, Triangle Art Master Reference Turntable, and HRS VXR equipment rack with M3x2 isolation bases as shelves.

 

Acapella High Cellini loudspeakers, Acapella integrated amplifier, EMM Labs DV2 DAC/volume control, Audio Note U.K. CD4 CD player, Audio Note U.K. Kegon amplifiers, Audio Note CDT-5 transport, Audio Note S9 Step-up transformer all on vintage RixRax equipment stand.

Audio Note U.K. AN/E SPe HE loudspeakers, Audio Note U.K. OTO Phono SE Signature integrated amplifier, Audio Note U.K. M3 Phono preamplifier, Audio Note TT2 Deluxe and TT3 turntables, Audio Note Meishu Phono Tonmeister Silver integrated amp, Acapella Audio One music server, all on a HRS SXR equipment rack.