Brussels HI-FI show
So I just want to say I went to the anual hifi show here in Brussels it's basicly organised by one of my dealers for starters but it's getting so big that most of Belgian dealers an a lot of foreign importers come to expose there.
So I saw a lot of stuf some impressed me others not
I saw an heard from the brand Nagra but there looks never waked some trust in me so I never felt the need to listen to there gear, well I'm not ashamed to say it is a big mistake....they have a tape machine who i heard pleaing well I was amased by the derail an deep bass. Still not a fan of the looks an would provably never buy one but it was really good.
That's actualy not what interest me the most during my visit. As I'm looking for speakers my attention went mostly to that department an here I heard a lot of sweet stuff. some I heard before others where new for me. So I had a quick listen to
Cabasse: there High end 'Artis' can't say it was bad of course but I was more impressed by the range under that the Pasific 3 sa that I heard with Alex a month ago.
Lisened to Elac bs 403 witch is a tiny litle speaker so not for me but I have to admid I was scotched by what that litle speaker could produce in bass department no of course it's not a speaker in the ranche I'm looking but stil if you have not a lot of space you might like budget would be arround 750€/p it was connected to Block gear witch I didn't know eatherbut there prices seemed to be fair for decent gear. I mean it was really good....
I also sit down a little longer listen to Vivid speakers I heard theme once at the dealers playing some clasical music an I remember that day I was impressed by the clarity an detail.
Here I listened to Jazz an vocal's an I found the clarity still amazing I would almost compare it to electrostatic speakers.
I didn't listen to long but the bass was there but not that you say wow what a low well it depnds your tast but even if it was there I was still missing something. oh year the model was V1.5 (8000€) I also had a listen to G2 there there was more low but here you talk about an other budget 45000€ so can't compare. An than ther is an other problem really subjective this time: THERE HORRIBLE LOOKS.....
An now th fon begins,
there are a few products who blow my mind.....
1 Is Voxative superb exclusive speaker German made.... The sound was full, clear fast airy but still attacking an to be honnest I think I rearly heard such a detail. An the low was really taking you but kept amazingly clean
An was also impressed it's a hudge speake 'ampegio due' but only 1 driver. seriously one of the best things I ever heard.
Now you have 2 finishes black or withe but it a lack aplied by hand an they do that 11 times (paint an polished each time)
witch make the speaker f.cking expensive 50000€ an it's really big not for every living room (btw effecianty is impressive 100db/w/m).
So of course I asked if they had a smaller version, ouf they have the Ampegio unfortunaly I couldn't have a listen to it but the belgian dealer invited me to his place in Namur to have a listen an he says I should bring my amp so I might do that in a few week the efficiency here is even more impressive 101db/w/m so I asked the price here still 30000€ same problem here the lack makes them that expensive but I spoke to the disigner an she said If I want they make you one with a normal paint an let it go for 11 000€ witch is more in my budget They also proposed me to only sell me the driver an that I make the box myself.....hue no thanks would be to scared to screw it up.....
Than I discovered a new brand "Josound" they ar actualy really new theynstarted the compagnie last year.
German disigner but they are build in the uk an they use chinees bamboo.
They where playing great but less than the one I discribed before so if you question ask but I will keep this one short. JUSZT KNOW IT WAS ALSO IPRESIVE ALSO IF YOU CONSIDER IT WAS ONLY PLAYING ON A 800€ TUBEamp with an MF clic & cdt.
So my guess is there is a huge potential there.
An than last but not least I enterd the Avalon room
It's the 4th time I hear them an each time I'm amazed by the transparensy, the dramatic scene it can produce this ime I heard there new baby the Compas but god god what a detail an power an supreme low.....(well I have to admid there where 2 huge Pass powerblocks conected to this Compas speakers that also plays a role of course, an the price of the compas is 45000€ so out of my budget)
Don't need to tell you I heard 3 (Idea, Ascendant, Compas) of there speakers an each time it hase that effect on me I think it are supreme speakers.
In the mean time my dealer called me for a demo next week of the Avalo ascendent he has in ex demo
Sorry Ceno no Keff's there I would really would have liked it if I could hear tme again there.
I have pictures of some of this beauty's but Can't post them will ask Alex next week when I'm back from holiday.
So botem line I had a great day really enjoyed my self an heard a lot of good stuff but only two of theme keep scratching my couriosity really....Voxative an Avalon
An One thing missing my partner in crime Alex.......