Best of the year 2012-2013 - page 1

Srajan Ebaen
Financial Interests:
27" iMac with 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB 1.333MHz RAM, 2TB hard disc, 256GB SSD drive, ADMRadeon HD 6970M with 2GB
of GDDR5memory, PureMusic 1.86 in hybrid memory playwith pre -allocated RAMand AIFF files up to 24/192; Audirvana, April Music
Eximus DP1, Esoteric/APL Hifi UX1/NWO-M w. battery-powered Audiophilleo 2
ModWright LS-100 with Synergy Hifi tubes, Esoteric C-03, Bent Audio Tap-X,
Trafomatic SM-101Dn
[on loan]
: First Watt SIT1
: Aries Cerat Gladius, Boenicke Audio B10, Voxativ Ampeggio
Complete loom of Zu Audio Event, KingRex uCraft USB cable with Bakoon BPS-02 custom battery power supply
Artesania Esoteric double -wide 3-tier with TT glass shelf, Rajasthani solid hardwood console for amps
Powerline conditioning:
1 x GigaWatt PF2, 1 x Furutech RTP-6
Sundry accessories:
Extensive use of Acoustic System Resonators, noise filters and phase inverters
Room size:
5m x 11.5mW x D, 2.6m ceiling with exposed wooden cross beams every 60cm, plaster over brick walls, suspended wood floor wit h
Tatami-type throw rugs. The listening space opens into the second storey via a staircase and the kitchen/dining roomare behind the main
listening chair. The latter is thus positioned in the middle of this open floor plan without the usual nearby back wall.
Review Component Retail:
The st ar of Bethlehem
. Was it Nibiru? A small spacecraft? Who
really knows. Ditto for the star of Manger. A fêted speaker designer
with his very own proprietary driver told me that he didn't
comprehend how this flat widebander capable of 80 to 40.000Hz
worked. Sur e he could recapitulate published explanations like
school kids memorize the E=mc ² formula. Yet like such kids he
couldn't regenerate the formula from scratch to truly explain it.
With the daughter of the driver's inventor—an accredited engineer
in her own right—visiting to deliver her active MSMs1
Studio Monitor
together with Klangwerk's Markus Thomann
(designer of this speaker's enclosure, Manger's Swiss
representative, early OEM user of the driver and owner of the
review pair from his Zürich show room), might I learn more? Or
would it be fiercely guarded tech particularly because the original
driver patents have expired like Oscar Heil's?
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