Awesome system sightings: statement Kondo electronics on statement Dynaudio speakers

This system look like it would be fun to listen to. Not so happy with the speakers pointing at the gear, but what gear! The new Kondo Kagura amps on what looks like Dynaudio Evidence Platinum speakers with new dCS front end.

Someone who still likes CDs. Yay! [but tell me it doesn’t look a little weird to see all those CDs these days…]

The full AudioTechnique review of this system (in English) off Dynaudio’s site (pdf file, slow to load…)

Our reviewers here in the States could learn a thing or two here about what the appropriate caliber of associated components should be when test high performance speakers. Or to test high performance anything, for that matter. Even the most famous reviewers act surprised that their solid-state amps that seemed to sound OK on speakers that have a lot of their own sound [covering up the sound of the amp] sound bright and edgy on higher quality speakers that are more neutral and revealing [I am referring to a recent review which shall-not-be-named, and the speakers weren’t all that revealing, in point of fact, it is just that the amps they used are really THAT bright and edgy].

Here we have the Dynaudio Evidence Platinum speakers, fairly revealing and perhaps overly neutral, paired with the Kagura amps, very rich and emotional. And on the front end we have dCS digital, fairly high resolution and perhaps overly neutral, paired with the Kondo M1000 mkII preamp, again rich and involving an another good match.

I would call this a well-designed system, and one could use the choice of what cables to use to tune the sound for the room, and for the listener’s preferences in terms of dynamics, overall resolution, etc..

Not sure what the turntable is, but the racks are Finite Elemente. They have multiple layers of unfamiliar vibration platforms and tweaks under various components [ one platform starts with what looks like the letters: THIY… ] and this is potentially an issue for any kind of linear, predictable behavior – some frequencies/dynamics will be more damped than others – but it looks like they had fun setting it all up. 🙂

Mike Fremer’s listening room circa 2009

Came across these photos which I had never seen before. Thought you all might enjoy them as well.

Found them on John Mahoney’s article on Gizmodo “Why we need Audiophiles



So, he has some records. Duh. Pretty well organized compared to most people collections. Certainly when compared to ours!



Looks like his old MAXX 3 speakers? And looks like he is reviewing Titan amplifiers. Those look like Shunyata power cords. This area is starting to look a little … uh …  cluttered.



Older dCS digital gear. Hey, at least he has it turned on. May not play it much, but… you know… just in case.



Plugging things right in the wall = good. Not familiar with what looks like an after-market wall outlet there.



OK. Seriously ugly stuff to look at while listening to music. Maybe he shuts his eyes…



The old Continuum turntable.




From left to right, a Continuum rack, a HRS rack and a Finite Elemente rack. The older dCS digital stuff on the rack at the right.

But… how does he get up to the racks to play any music? He must be part ballet dancer tip-toeing through the piles of records and stuff. Interesting he has the DartZeel there. I believe he just bought some of their components recently (to replace his Musical Fidelity) ? Can’t keep up with this stuff.

All of these photos goes to show that no matter HOW messy Neli and I think our place is – it ain’t as bad as this! 🙂


Acapella’s Spharon Excalibur loudspeakers

A cool post about the Acapella Spharon Excalibur loudspeakers on HiFi Vietnam. If you use the Google Chrome browser, you can easily translate the page, assuming you can’t read Vietnamese.

The article doesn’t say much, but has a nice photo of these speakers [and another of the full monty built-in Spharon].

You can think of these as Triolon Excalibur speakers but with 15 inch woofers instead of 10 inch.