Vivid Audio celebrates 10th anniversary announcing OVAL B1 DECADE, the B1d (limited edition)

Limited edition OVAL B1 DECADE unseated K1 to claim flagship position in Vivid Audio's Oval Series Family

Limited edition OVAL B1 DECADE unseated K1 to claim flagship position in Vivid Audio’s Oval Series Family

Vivid Audio debut a new addition to its Oval Series Family, a limited edition revised OVAL B, the B1 DECADE.  At US$28,000, the Decade Edition Oval B1d loudspeakers assume the flagship position in the oval range due to its incredible performance and advanced construction.  Currently on display at the Munich High End Show, listeners have been amazed Continue reading

Reviewers’ Choice Award for Luxman L-550Ax Class A Integrated – SoundStage! Network

Luxman L-550AX Soundstage! Network's Reviewers' Choice Award

Luxman L-550AX Soundstage! Network’s Reviewers’ Choice Award

“What the L-550AX possessed was an incredibly lifelike, holographic, reach-out-and-touch-it three-dimensionality…”

“What set the L-550AX’s sound apart from the crowd was its presence — a natural, thoroughly organic sound that was most notable in the midrange, and made my Hegel H300 sound mechanical by comparison.”

“Once again, the Luxman was able to render the entire recording with such dimensional color and palpable weight that I struggled to find something worthwhile to write about. I was too interested in cueing up another tune. If that’s not an emphatic endorsement, I don’t know what is.” <full article>

 

Luxman’s new EQ-500 phonostage North American debut at THE Show Newport May 29-31, 2015

LUXMAN EQ500_PD171Pg12001 was the last time Luxman released a top of the line phono stage, the E-1 (solid state).  When they discontinued the E-1 recently, the buzz was on as to what they are replacing it with. Continue reading

Read why Stereophile’s Art Dudley picks Eclipse TD-M1 as his go-to system for the music he wants to hear right away

EclipseBanner1_Black“…in every case, digital files streamed wirelessly to the Eclipse TD-M1 exhibited more momentum and flow, and were far more involving…”

“…listening to the Eclipse system reminded me of listening to headphones – but headphones that everyone could hear, that didn’t make me feel as if I were in an isolation tank”

“…music played through this desktop system always sounded rich, big and uncannily right… I had a great time with this system whenever I used it – and it was always easy.”  <Full Review>

Audiodrom’s review of Luxman C-700u & M-700u combo offered unusual advice to avoid ‘sleepless nights’


Luxman_C700u_M700u_20150402_Blog_Audiodrom“… the guitars (are) so present in my listening room – The sound was so precise and pristine … The details of fingers or guitar picks were absolutely stunning.”

“During the review I had Accuphase’s E-600 integrated for comparison… the Luxman’s combo rewarded me with more accurate soundstage, bigger slam, sharper transients and more air, the music was illuminated better.  At the end I preferred the Luxmans.” 
“Similarly, the progress that the new ‘M’ line of Luxman have made is apparent even within its own catalogue. As much as I liked the sound of the Luxman L-550Ax integrated I have to admit that the amplifier separates are in a totally different league. The direct comparison shows superiority of the C-700u and M-700u: the soundstage explodes laterally and in depth, microdynamics are supercharged and artists regain their passion. If you are a Luxman devotee plus budget short you should consider not to audition the newcomers otherwise you risk sleepless nights.” <Full Review>

Ed Selley of Hi-Fi Choice “waves the flag for single drivers” in an informative review of the Eclipse TD-M1 desktop system

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 “…’Time Domain’ principle…distinctive and seriously impressive… The TD-M1 represents an attempt to marry this technology with a degree of convenience that should broaden the appeal…”

“The shape is a function of the Time Domain principle, but the result is still a fabulous looking little speaker… somewhere between science fiction prop, organic growth and sculpture… looking anything other than truly excellent.”

“The whole purpose behind the Time Domain principle is to create a speaker better able to follow the variation and nuance of a piece of music and this means that the TD-M1 delivers a performance that is at times almost supernaturally fast. Almost everything else at the price sounds processed and compromised in comparison.”

“… a cut above any integrated AirPlay system… performance that are beyond anything else at a similar price point… a little piece of sculpture that happens to produce one of the loveliest nearfield presentations I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.” <Full Review>

“Fast, tight and uncannily well timed” Macworld’s Andrew Harrison reviews Eclipse TD508MK3

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Eclipse TD508MK3

“Sounding fast, tight and uncannily well-timed, the Eclipse TD508MK3 is a rare hi-fi loudspeaker that has been clearly designed for music enjoyment and a temporally authentic sound, rather than blindly ticking the usual textbook boxes. Married to a good amplifier these Eclipse speakers can open your ears to the purity of single-driver musical bliss.”

In this new review Andrew explains what Eclipse’s Time Domain philosophy sets out to achieve:

“… focused on the timing accuracy of music rather than the widest possible bandwidth…”

“There are manifold tidyings to the sound, the kinds of details that allow musicians to spot the differences between different designs and vintages of concert grand pianos for instance.”

“It is in the leading edges of notes that so much information about an instrument can be heard, and this is where the Eclipse speaker seems to reward in its rendering of transients so faithfully.” <Full Review>

Luxman monoblocks – thumbs up from long time fan, owner of many Luxman components over the years

Roman has owned many Luxman components and components from other reputable high end manufacturers throughout the years. He has two systems where Luxman monoblocks are bridged, with both Luxman source components and preamps.  The video above showcases one of his existing systems (details of equipment list below).  He also did some A/B testings across brands and models and shared his insights.

System 1: Westlake Audio HR-1VF speakers, Luxman Amplifiers C-800F + 4 X M-800A, sources – VPI HR-X, Wadia 861se, Esoteric K-01, cables DH Labs

System 2: JBL DD66000 Speakers, Luxman Amplifiers C-1000F + 4 X B-1000F or Mark Levinson No. 326S + 2 X No. 532. Sources – Transrotor Appolon, Luxman D-08 & Esoteric K-01 Continue reading

Montreal’s SSI 2015 Show Report

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Montreal Show _2015_ Philip and FriendsOnce again, congrats to Coup de Foudre Montreal for putting on a great show at the SSI 2015. Thanks again for the hospitality and warm welcome. Proud to announce that Doug Schneider of SoundStage! Network awarded our room with the “Best of Salon Son & Image 2015” Award!

Behind the Scenes: While we had a great size room at the Bonaventure Hotel, unfortunately Continue reading

100% Reference Award and a marriage proposal for Luxman’s M-900u/C-900u from Audiodrom

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” … I can imagine to spend the rest of my life with (Luxman M-900u / C-900u) …”

“The bass of the M-900u is deep enough for any recording and it has enough weight not to cause proportional misbalance in frequency spectrum. It digs deep to the basement yet the sound does not stay confined underground and swiftly gets back to daylight if music calls for it.”

“My summary could be pretty straightforward: the anniversary Luxman M-900u / C-900u combo is a fantastic piece of audio that signifies a new era for the company. I can say aloud that both amps are first affordable amps, however relative is this term … Actually, I am considering to replace my all Accuphase set up with them. Cannot be more enthusiastic.” <full review>

Reviewers’ Choice Award for another Luxman component: “The M-900u is the best-sounding power amp I’ve ever heard” – Doug Schneider, SoundStage! Network

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“… effortless top end… such clarity that it set a new benchmark for me for high-frequency reproduction and detail… it reproduced kick drums with power, heft, and control usually heard only from amps with twice the power output… despite its modest output spec into 8 ohms, the M-900u is actually a powerhouse.”

“… the best-sounding power amp I’ve ever heard… The M-900u is one of the best values in high-end amplifiers.” <full review>

Montreal’s Salon Son & Image 2015 pre-show rundown, music in my suitcase!

Baniere_SSI_2015album_box“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”

Off to Montreal we go! My affinity towards both Montreal, the city and their French Canadian residents is well-known. As a token of appreciation to the hospitality I receive, I made it a point to be on the look out for delightful French music during my travels throughout the year to play in Montreal.

In addition to some brilliant needle drops that I will be playing with the Luxman DA-06 DSD DAC, I brought seven albums I collected last summer to spin this weekend with five French ones. If you are in town, please hop over to say hi. If not, have a listen to them. Hopefully you can find them at #Tidal  Continue reading

Maximum pleasure from a superb desktop audio system – Eclipse TD-M1

EclipseQuote_sizeEdit_2“I work from home, and most of that work is spent in front of a screen. It’s not possible to work with headphones, because I would be forever removing them to answer my land-line or mobile phone, so I’m a prime candidate for good desktop audio. What I didn’t realize is how much pleasure I would extract from good desktop audio.”

When you realize unexpected “pleasure” from a listening experience, as what Nicholas Ripley of HiFi+ experienced when writing the review of the Eclipse TD-M1, then you need to ask what have I been missing?

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“Mola-Mola Kaluga puts out such incredible sound… something people need to hear themselves”

Williams_Ohanlon Image MolaMolaTestimonial from Steve Williams of What’s Best Forum

“… I can tell you that these amps should drive anything. They are rated 400 watts into 8 ohm, 700 watts into 4 ohm and 1200 watts into 2 ohm. These amps are dead silent and the noise floor is nonexistent. A tiny little button in the front turns it on and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the music, which I did even though they are not tubes. They are about as neutral as anything I have ever heard and the dynamics are beyond unbelievable. Continue reading

Joël Chevassus described Vivid GIYA G1’s as “formula one race cars compared to most civilian loudspeakers” as the G1 wins another award from 6moons!

Pearl White Vivid Giya G1's powered by Luxman M-800A monoblocks

Pearl White Vivid Giya G1’s powered by Luxman M-800A monoblocks

This article bSixMoons_Most holographic of full range speakers_2015_Vivid G1egins by explaining Joël’s passion for his Vivid Oval K1’s which paves the way into his informative review of the GIYA G1. He topped off the review with yet another award for the GIYA G1!

“…In my opinion that’s unique to the Vivid experience. It’s in fact the cause of my greatest addiction to this South African brand…”

“…Vivid Audio and Laurence Dickie are about anything but marketing chat. That’s important to highlight since many audiophiles stop short with Vivid’s audacious form factors. Truly each step in the design of their speakers was guided by function…”

“To my ears they represent the purity and perhaps essence of what I am looking for in the field of music reproduction: neutrality, clarity, transparency, liveliness and natural scale.”

“To me the G1 appears to be one of the very best speakers I could buy today. I will thus take action. These will not fly back to Durban…” <Full Review>

CES 2015 video from EnjoyTheMusic.com with Bruno Putzeys & Philip O’Hanlon

Philip O’Hanlon & Mola-Mola’s co-founder & designer Bruno Putzeys tag team in presenting the On a Higher Note room at CES 2015 with all the exciting gear, news & music for the two systems.

Tune in to hear Bruno talk about Mola-Mola’s revolutionary Makua preamplifier ($13,450) with optional phono stage, DAC, PCM & DSD tone controls…