We’ve always got a lot going on. Occasionally we remember to tell you about at least a part of it.
Our Living Voice system created for London venue Spiritland.
Talking of Munich, it came just a little too soon for our new Living Voice website to be ready – recently we had building a new demonstration suite and a couple of product photography sessions to add to the apparently endless list of things which had to be done before we set off for the show.
So an elegant Munich-specific update meantime, with the full new site to start rolling out in a few week’s time (non-committal? Moi?).
This year we’ll be showing two loudspeaker systems, the Vox Palladian/Palladian Basso horn loudspeaker system and a system using our OBX-RW3. Both systems feature Kondo M77 pre-amplifier and a pair of Gakuoh push-pull power amplifiers fitted with Living Voice 300B power valves.
The main system will be set up on two of our new (yet to be named), equipment tables, developed in conjunction with UK based Natural Audio Structures. The OBX-RW3 system will feature our existing G8 equipment table.
The Beeb’s Andrew McGregor celebrates Record Store Day 2017 and 60 years of Record Review with a special programme broadcast live from Spiritland, a listening café just north of King’s Cross in London.
Apparently they’ve got quite a nice stereo, or so we’ve heard anyway. Programme information.
It seems there’s a thing called FaceCloth (bleh), something else which we think is strictly for the birds and beyond that,
we’ve sent a telegram. Sorry, we’re using Instagram. Twice, in fact.
Highly individual circuit designs which bring life, expression and vitality to the musical performance that delights and bedazzles in equal measure. Knockout. Definitive Audio is excited to be representing the full range of SJS Electroacoustics. More information soon.
We now have the Kronos Sparta turntable available for demonstration. Configured with the Kronos Helena tone arm and Kondo Io-M cartridge. Further thoughts on this remarkable beast to follow.
Well not exactly. But it’s Kevin explaining the objectives and challenges of the bespoke Living Voice sound system created for Spiritland, in the venue itself. He’ll be playing selections which highlight the full capabilities of this unique creation, and discuss what goes into building a system like this in the company of Spiritland's Artistic Director, Paul Noble.
Monday March 27th 2017. More information and ticket sales for a unique evening from Spiritland.
“A high performance system is a complex organism, from the plugs in the wall to the room treatments, to the power supply and the equipment table. Everything matters. We take about three metric tonnes of equipment in purpose built flight cases”.
Germany’s proving a particularly successful market for us at the moment, thanks in no small part to the team at our distributors Bemax, who also handle Living Voice distribution in Austria and Switzerland.
Of course we’ll be expecting them to do even better now the IBX-R2 has won Image HiFi magazine’s Product of the Year in the loudspeaker category. Nice.
Our now regular visit to Munich has seen us burning the midnight oil again. This year will see the first public showing of the Vox Palladian/Vox Basso horn loudspeaker system. Think Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian but on a slightly less exuberant scale. Roy Gregory has published an initial impressions piece on The AudioBeat.
The Vox Palladian will play every afternoon from 12.30pm on a system that includes a pair of Kondo Gakuoh monos with LV KR300B's, Neodio Origine CD player as well as the CEC TL0 3.0 transport and Kondo DAC.
We’ll be demonstrating in conjunction with our German distributor Bemax, who will be showcasing the new Living Voice OBX-RW3 every morning until 12.30pm. This system will include a pair of Kondo Kagura monos and Metronome Technologie CD player.
Full line-up to be determined on the day.
E220 Atrium 4.
Living Voice has developed a 300B valve in conjunction with KR Audio. They are made with material and design features that voice the valve to our tastes and musical values. After an odyssey of over 10 years, we at last have a 300B that we prefer to the magnificent Western Electric. Thank the stars.
Very rarely does a manufacturer make such an impression that we’re eager to add them to the portfolio. We’ve been evaluating the Monica pre-amp and the iconic Lars amplifiers from Engström (formerly Engström & Engström) for some time and generating some glorious results in the process.
Accordingly, we’re becoming their official UK representatives. More information once we catch our breath after Munich.
The Auditorium base model has actually been carrying the R3 nomenclature for some 18 months. Although we rarely launch an ‘official’ upgrade, the Auditoriums are in fact always evolving. The latest models however have gained not only new cabinets but in the case of the IBX/OBX R and RW models, now feature drive units designed & manufactured to our precise – and exclusive – specification.
More information to follow, once the dust settles after the Munich Show. In the meantime, we have the first review of the IBX-RW3.
The Warsaw Audio Video Show is now second only to Munich in the rankings of ‘high-end’ shows in Europe. (Show dates 6-8th November).
Shipping, installing and fine-tuning the Vox Olympian/Elysian system is hugely time-consuming and ratchets our stress levels off the scale.
We’ve already been in Munich and Bangkok in 2015, naturally we couldn’t resist another opportunity to raise our collective blood pressure.
Neodio have applied some left field (or should that be left bank?) thinking to creating their ‘Origine’ statement CD player. The results are extraordinary, to the extent we’re pleased to announce our appointment as the UK distributor. Vive la différence!