Good timbral quality, gentle and beautiful, truly revealing the virtues of valve electronics -- OCTAVE HP700 preamplifier
The OCTAVE HP700 is a typical preamplifier that makes music sound more charming, well exhibiting a sense of pace and rhythm. The preamplifier adds energy to the musical content and demonstrated the virtues of vacuum tubes. While tonal balance is very good, it enables any combination to perform at its best....
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We are pleased to announce that Clarity, the hi-fi industry trade association, in conjunction with Queen and Universal Music will be presenting the first UK public playback of 'Queen: The Studio Collection' box set at the UK’s National Audio Show on 19 and 20 September 2015 – a week before the box set is released.
Five years in the making 'Queen: The Studio Collection' brings together the complete collection of 15 studio albums, re-mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig and mastered for half speed vinyl cutting by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. Encased in a beautifully crafted box and complete with a lavishly illustrated 108-page book, featuring material from Queen’s archive and the personal archives of Brian May and Roger Taylor, these classic albums are presented in the highest possible audio quality for die-hard fans and audiophiles alike.
The top quality playback system will feature our MB2S XBD-A loudspeakers, as used by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. The ultra-high resolution system will show off the audio quality of the box set with incredible detail and help create a feeling of actually being at the recording sessions, reproducing the energy and atmosphere that was felt when Freddie, Brian, Roger and John originally put the tracks together.
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"By adopting the Advanced Transmission Line bass loading, outstanding momentum, low end extension and bass quantity are accomplished. PMC's quest for neutrality, balance and technological advances is only a means to achieve the goal without emphasizing certain characteristics. The higher register clearly conveys the hardness of metal and the crispy, transparent sound of percussions, rendering image sharpness which is not piercing. There is no over concentration to affect decays and overtones. Rise and fall in music is well exhibited. Changes in expression is apparent. Neither is the sound boring nor is overly bright. Such appropriateness is most difficult to command, and is a virtue typical of PMC...."
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"Do you two have a bodyguard?" I asked Elac speaker designer Andrew Jones (right) and equally legendary Audio Alchemy electronics designer Peter Madnick (left) upon hearing the tremendous sound pouring forth from their bargain system ($5500 including custom-made music server and cabling). "If you don't, you'd be wise to consider hiring one. Given the virtually illegal amount of warmth, bass, and full-range sound you're getting from those tiny little speakers and that sub, I wouldn't be surprised if at least one high-priced manufacturer is tempted to do you in, lest you give the lie to the assertion that higher prices equate with better sound."
Yes, you can add me to the many who stumbled dumbfounded through the halls at Munich High End proclaiming that Jones' not-yet-released Elac B5 loudspeakers and Elac S10EQ 200Watt subwoofer with 10" driver, 10" passive radiator, and DSP are not only the best thing since Swiss cheese, but so good that you could stuff many a rival brand through the holes and not miss a thing. I intentionally skipped hearing the Elacs in Munich, because my assignment was to cover the high-priced spread. I don't regret doing so - the Elac pairing cannot equal the sound exhibited by systems that included speakers from Wilson Audio, Magico, YG Acoustics, Vivid, and the like. But the Elac combo sounds so damn excellent that many manufacturers of four-figure floorstanders and five-figure electronics must be quaking in their boots.
As for Audio Alchemy's DDP-1 DAC/preamp, PS-5 power supply, and DPA-1 125Wpc power amp, in Munich they were paired with Jones' much larger TAD monitors in a huge room that called for more power than the DPA-1 could offer. It was only at CAS in Millbrae that I could truly assess how good they are. I'm dying to hear how the Audio Alchemy DDP-1 sounds next to my trusty Benchmark DAC-1 USB, as well as any number of other DAC/preamps in the below $5000 range.
Now, let's talk about the music. First off, from a CD quality track from 88 Basie Street, I heard such warm and wonderful full-range sound as to leave me dumbfounded. The horns and coronets sounded especially convincing, and the smoothness of the presentation, undoubtedly helped by the Shunyata Research Triton and Typhon power conditioning that Peter Madnick brought from his home to address potential hotel power issues, was uncanny.
Next up, the great Shirley Horn's recording of "Beautiful Love" sounded gorgeous. Beauty was also the operative term for Boz Scaggs' "My Funny Valentine."
Even before I heard a hi-res excerpt from David Chesky's Zephyrtine Ballet, I had written, "This system should be outlawed in my notes." Even though the Kevlar cones in Elac's Chinese-made speakers couldn't convey all the realistic transients and decay of huge drums, the recording sounded almost too good to be true.
Jones did a very convincing demo of how he could use the downloadable Elac app and microphone in his portable phone to adjust the subwoofer. Then he explained that Elac is a 90-year old North Germany company that just like the much younger Audio Alchemy, which is based in America, was being re-launched in the US. Ending with Anders Widmark playing jazz piano convinced many in attendance that the exceptionally smooth and clean sound, allied to supremely tight bass, all but guaranteed this in this case, second time around was sure to charm.
Also in the system: Zellman/Marutani PC Windows-based server 2012 with Audiophile Optimizer on JRiver, and homemade Marutani interconnects and speaker wire that consist of Furutech plugs, store-bought wire, and Teflon tape shielding. In the groove: Everyone listening.
Peak Consult is a Danish manufacturer of loudspeakers that adopts high-end approach to music. All its products are handcrafted in Denmark to extremely high standard of performance. Without sparing any attention to detail and taking costs into consideration, Peak Consult achieves the state-of-the-art sound reproduction.
The "Dragon Legend" possesses a sound quality that combines gracefulness, enduring listenability, precise stereo imaging, exceptional sound-staging, a wide dynamic range and a sheer "sense of being there". This is a loudspeaker system capable of reproducing a large-scale spectacle and satisfying the most discriminating music lovers and audiophiles.....
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