all who visited us at the show, and for those who voted our room as
one of their favorites.
course may have come in at the wrong time when the music playing was
not to their taste. Some may not have been able to come in due
to the crowd. Well, you are all welcome and feel free to visit
may have wanted a very warm, syrupy presentation. Well, we
always prefer to set up our systems with a neutral sonic balance,
our reference is always the timbre and tone of live instruments.
Of course, our systems can be tailored to have this sort of warm
presentation through matching - a change of cartridge here, cable,
tube, etc. The same goes for those who like a system to be on
the brighter side.
year, rather than concentrate most of the time on slam bang bass
music, we instead demonstrated the system with a wider range
of music. We intended to showcase the all-rounder ability of
the system, it's capability to handle subtlety and grace, and yet be
able to deliver exciting complex music with aplomb when
Furthermore, we are always more interested in
demonstrating a system that can keep time (i.e. with good timing,
rhythm, and pace), as opposed to one that can deliver every nuance, but ending up as sterile and ultimately boring.
actually surprised at the large crowd that came in, and stayed,
whenever we played Metallica's music on the Sunday.
Kondo Audio Note Japan tube electronics are indeed a rare
and special breed. The
Kondo KSL-M7 preamplifier +
Kondo KSL-Kegon power amplifier circuitry design delivered what we wanted from a
musical point of view, subtle when needed, and superbly powerful and
dynamic when required, with a superb sense of pace, rhythm, and
timing, the best we've heard from tube amplification before,
and definitely makes many solid-state amps eat dust.
course, the articulate
Living Voice IBX-RW speakers allowed this attribute of the
Kondos to surface, as we've heard
Kondo amplification before, but never in this way.
Kondo products are indeed representative of great tube
products. After all, Mr. Hiroyasu Kondo san, it's founder,
was considered as an audio god by other manufacturers in Japan.
Kondo has brought tube amplification design to the top, that
many other manufacturers always try to compare against
Kondo amplification. In this sense, they are THE
reference then, and one may hear from many others the claim that theirs
is as good or better than a
Kondo. Well, it is really flattering :)
On to the
Living Voice IBX-RW speakers. They still retain what
we love from the other
Living Voice loudspeakers, the ability to play any music
without faltering, and to be full of verve, life, vim and vigor,
while at the same time truly delivering outstanding rendition of
timbre and tone. It's not subtle, but musicians or those
exposed to different live instruments would more likely be able to
perceive these better, as they would know which has the better
timbre and tone when comparing.
example, one of the albums we played was an interplay of four
different drum sets, having four different tonality, playing one at
a time, until they all played together to a crescendo at the end.
While most listeners would only listen to the power and dynamics,
others including us would perceive the different characters of each
drum set played.
source we used was the
dps 3 turntable with a
Schroder No. 2fw tonearm, specially designed for the
dps turntable. Simple yet elegant, tiny, and with a
sound much bigger than its size. Once again, one of its major
strength was in timing, which many visitors have commented on.
seen some magnetic-type tonearms at the show, reminding us of the
Schroder tonearms :) Well, we don't blame them for
getting into the bandwagon. At any rate,
Schroder tonearms are so super-special that the manufacturer
is backordered by a super long period, take note. There is no
need for any review, this is an amazing phenomenon. However,
at this point in time,
Schroder tonearms are only for patient enthusiasts, who are
able to dig in and wait.
again, a warm thank you to all who have visited us at the show.