Capital Audiofest

We are pleased with the very good rating of stereophile about our custom & subway at the Capital Audiofest (Thx to http://www.vkmusic.ca):

“An assembled TU-8600 sounded amazing driving a pair of AER twin-paper-cone, full-range drivers in shallow, cleverly made Plexiglas horns (3900 Euros/pair for the drivers, 3200 Euros/pair for the enclosures). Judging from the smooth, wide-range, and altogether non-problematic sound I heard from those 106dB-sensitive, easy-to-drive (16 ohm) German-made loudspeakers, I can only conclude that the best Lowther-like drivers are no longer made by Lowther—far from it.”

 

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The Excenter

The extraordinary design of the Excenter successfully combines the beneficial acoustic properties of spherical horns, open baffles and point sources in a single speaker. The horn is powered by a full-range speaker; a subwoofer takes over only under one hundred hertz. This low crossover frequency has great advantages and was one of the aims in developing the big horn. It is important to note that the human voice in its transmission range, which reaches down to eighty-five hertz in its deepest tones, is transmitted without breakage by just one chassis.

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Fusion Exhibition with Lucy

The ceramic exhibition by Gabi Ehrminger and Kenji Fuchiwaki at Ludwigsburg Castle was accompanied by the gentle sounds of our Lucy, which integrated almost invisibly into the exhibition space. At the opening, the Fuchiwaki couple played a piano concerto with German and Japanese songs.

The fusion of art and sound in the frame of the Lapidarium in Ludwigsburg Castle was a very special event for us and we are looking forward to further fusions.

hifideluxe 2018 show

We have returned from the hifideluxe show in Munich. It was a blast! From left to center: Excenter with BD4, Jazz, bbx on the WINDOW (!), transparent Lucy with bbx, Subway Subwoofer. Thanks to our visitors, Hifideluxe Team, Arcadian Audio, Josound and Opera Audio for the great support!

 

Review  Fidelity online: https://www.fidelity-magazin.de/2018/05/23/hifideluxe-2018-als-parallelmesse-zur-high-end/

 

Teaser from AV Showrooms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaQvH1wQLto&feature=youtu.be&t=12m29s

bbx customer review

I have since 2014 been experimenting with the new BBX driver, and now think it’s time to share some observations.

In order to put the comments in context, my previous speaker was an open baffle design based on the excellent AER MkI driver with a Seas base element to handle anything below 80Hz. 2 separate 47Labs Gaincards was used to bi-amp.

So, on to how the BBX stands up to this:

  • Detail and instrument separation is outstanding, actually the best I have ever heard.
  • The ability to handle complexity, both rock and symphony is excellent. The previous systems strong point was smaller ensembles
  • Live recordings are particularly interesting. It really is very good at recreating “the room”
  • Imaging is slightly less sharp then with the AER MkI system, but given the size of the BBX, a trade off I do willingly.
  • No need for any Sub, I have the LF set to 18Hz, and I am using a curve where 1000Hz is the zero level, then +2dB up to 20Hz and -6dB to 20kHz.
  • The speed of the bass in unlike anything I have heard before (of course apart from live music)

 

My system consists of

  • MacBook Pro w Audirvana and Tidal. Room correction made with LA Convolver using Menubus. The filters created with Accourate. I only play cd quality and resolution.
  • USB to Gustard X12 with digital coax to a 47Labs Shigaraki Dac
  • Amplifier Primare i30. The 47Labs Gaincard I also have (25W) is not able to play loud enough with a 4 Ohm speaker
  • Interconnects and speaker cables are 47Labs OTA, power cables and filter from Supra

 

The BBX unit is mounted with double sided foam tape to a steel plate screwed into the wall. The wall itself is made using concrete board instead of the normal plaster type. This was a chance I took, thinking a stiffer board would yield a quicker recovery when moved by the driver, and the sound I get proves this

Again – I am very happy with the sound. I think once you get use to this kind of bass sound and overall detail it will be hard to go back and listen to the regular driver based systems. The one improvement I am still looking for is eliminating this rare sharpness in the highs that sometimes is there.

I think the BBX system opens the door for many audiophiles to move the system into regular rooms. There might of course be some compromises, but at least for me it is very much worth it.

 

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