Their words, not ours.

As others hear us. Magazine reviews & feature articles on us and our equipment.

May 2017

The OBX-RW3 reviewed by The Audio Beat.

the audio beat

Roy Gregory’s assessment of the latest generation of our best-selling speaker.

OBX-RW3

A carefully crafted, conventional speaker that has benefited from a lengthy evolution and remarkable attention to detail, the OBX-RW3 offers remarkably natural tonality for such an efficient system, coupled to the sort of (equally remarkable) musical insight you might expect. The combination is a compelling one.

  Read the full review.
December 2016

CEC’s latest CD5 CD transport reviewed by HiFi Critic.

recommended

Paul Messenger takes a listen to CEC’s belt-drive CD5 player, which includes an array of digital inputs including USB.

CEC DAC

Certainly the CD5 looks a versatile proposition, and already has a fair amount of future-proofing features, especially for those wishing to explore the ins and outs of hi-res downloading, so formal recommedation would seem appropriate.

  Read the full review.
December 2016

CEC’s new ‘budget’ TL5 CD transport reviewed by HiFi Pig.

highly recommended

CEC has launched a new belt-drive transport which effectively replaces our long-standing favourite the TL51X.

CEC DAC

I was surprised at just how musical this was and how relaxed the performance was. It was so un-naturally natural, if that makes sense. This didn’t sound like a CD player. Everything was so easy flowing and fun.

  Read the full review.
September 2016

CEC’s new DA 0 3.0 DAC reviewed by Poland’s High Fidelity.

CEC has finally created a matching DAC for the TL 0 3.0 transport. We should have a unit for evaluation in the next few weeks. Meantime, read the review (in conjunction with the TL 0 3.0 (review PDF in English).

CEC DAC

The way that CEC system presents the physicality of drums, bass, trumpet, vocals finally, is simply incredible. It’s very uncommon in the context of audio in general, not only for a digital player.

  Read the full review.
September 2016

CEC’s flagship TL 0 3.0 CD Transport reviewed by Germany’s Fidelity magazine.

Another hugely positive review of our favourite transport by Fidelity’s Cai Brockmann (review PDF in English).

CEC CD Transport

Who listens to CDs these days anyway? The TL0 3.0 will silence anyone considering asking themselves that question.

  Read the full review.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Brad Morrical

Positive Feedback’s Brad Morrical selects the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system as his ‘Best of Show.’

Vox Palladian

The dynamics, the tone, the… well what can I say, the realism is simply beyond what others can achieve. It is not just incrementally better hi-fi, it is monumentally more realistic in all ways I can think of.

  Read the full article.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Roy Gregory

The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory sums up his personal highlights from Munich, including the Vox Palladian.

Vox Palladian

If anything (and at its best) this was better even than last year…

  Read the full article.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Jonathan Valin

Jonathan Valin of US ‘high-end bible’ The Absolute Sound declares the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system ‘Best of Show.’

Vox Palladian

The result is a system that has all the extension, color, smoothness, bloom, power, pace, speed, focus, and definition you could possibly ask for, without any of the coloration, roughness, or discontinuity of typical horn-loaded speakers. Obviously, a Best of Show contender, but… at a price.

   Read the full article.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Troels Gravesen

Tweaker extraordinaire and speaker designer par excellence Troels Gravesen was much taken with our efforts at Munich, responding extremely enthusiastically to both the Vox Palladian and the R3 incarnation of the Auditorium OBX-RW.

Vox Palladian

Now, Kevin Scott of Living Voice is a master of mating different horns to make a truly integrated whole, The Vox Palladian. In this category it’s a true winner – and way above competitors. Best male vocals I've heard from a horn system. Delicate upper mid and a seamless integration of the three upper horns, never – ever – heard better. The ease of presentation, the dynamics, the weightlessness of micro transients, I could go on. It takes years of fine-tuning to produce such a system.

  Read the full article.
Images of our room at Munich High End 2016 courtesy of Jason Kennedy, The Ear
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Round Up.

A collection of additional show comments from Munich. We’ll add more as they become available.

Munich Reports

Living Voice’s room at the High End 2016 was without a doubt the best sounding room of the show. It had that rare combination of finesse, flow, scale & uniformity while feeling free of the confinement of a ‘box’ or discernible point of origin. It displayed a true full range representation of the music without all that nonsense of ‘punch’ and supernatural highs.
I found I had trouble convincing myself to leave the room on the several visits I made there. Absolutely wonderful presentation.

Alon Golan, Editor in Chief, HiFiMusic, Israel
May 2016

Neodio Origine CD Player reviewed by Jason Kennedy

Our favourite one-box player employs some highly original thinking in achieving a hugely likeable performance.

Origine CDP

It really is hard to find CD players that have this combination of transparency, fine detail and tonal depth. Some of the best valve powered examples get close but it’s rare to find one that’s this fluent and revealing.

  Read the full review.
March 2016

New generation CEC transport reviewed by Germany’s HiFi Stars

An extremely positive review by Harald Obst of the latest generation CEC belt-drive CD transport. Five stars all round.

CEC TL5

In view of the very high playback quality, this solid device offers an outstanding price/performance ratio.

  Read the full review.
March 2016

HiFi Choice reviews our Canary LV/IBX-RW3 system.

Ed Selley seems mightily taken with the results. The system marks the debut of the latest generation IBX-RW3, with revised cabinets and custom drive units unique to Living Voice.

Canary/LV

As it should always be, this is a system that is about the music. Behind the tweaking, fettling and obsessive attention to detail that goes into its construction is the simple desire to make whatever you play on it sound astonishing. The way it performs has made any glib attempts to reach for valve stereotypes completely pointless.

  Read the full system review.
March 2016

New generation CEC integrated CDP/DAC reviewed by Poland’s Hi Fidelity

We originally missed this excellent review by Wojciech Pakula of the CEC belt-drive CD5. CEC describe it as a ‘USB Sound System.’ Quite. It does though combine the new belt drive transport mechanism with a DSD-capable DAC, and received one of the magazine’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ awards in 2015.

CEC CD5

The tonality of the player is wonderfully set – it is low, dense, but with open treble. I have not found a recording that would sound weak with the CD5. It is because the sound is deep, saturated and interesting… CD5 delivers rich, deep, refined sound and its inner calm and coherence are simply remarkable.

  Read the full review (english version).
July 2015

The Ear reviews the Viv Labs Rigid Float 7/Ha.

Jason Kennedy finds these extraordinary looking arms capable of equally extraordinary performance.

viv-lab-ear-800

It’s one of those analogue audio products that makes you realise that the conventions followed by the majority are not necessarily the only options. There is clearly room for thinking outside the box and the Viv Labs engineers are to be applauded for their inventiveness.

read the review
June 2015

6 Moons review for Canary KD 2000 DAC

Srajan Ebaen’s recent review of one of our very favourite DACs. Something of a bargain, we think.

canary-6moons-800

I simply find it suggestive that as the UK’s Kondo importer, Definitive Audio would be enthusiastic enough about this machine to supply a review sample to a Swiss reviewer from their own inventory. That's usually the providence of the manufacturer who benefits the most from a globally read review. Doesn't that make you think? It sure does me!

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June 2015

The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory on living with our ‘flagship’Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian.

Roy Gregory’s in-depth critique of the Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian Loudspeaker System.

canary-6moons-800

These speakers rewrite the rules just as surely as they rearrange expectations. They are a wonder, a triumph and proof that life’s not fair.

read the review