Hi Lloyd,Those videos, particularly the Beethoven with which I am somewhat more familiar, are SPECTACULAR. You could substitute live musicians pretending to perform, and I would never have guessed it was playback. Wow...that certainly coincides with my gut instinct about the quality and absolute level of discernment DDK has successfully pursued with his system.
And of course, the question now becomes...how does one get that...without having to dedicate such an enormous part of a living room to the speakers and equipment? I think those Bionors are amazing...but just way too big of a spacial commitment to make.
Would love to know what DDK thinks is more in keeping with big Wilson/more traditional (but still large) spacial requirements and still along the tremendous vein of sound quality he has created.
Hi David,Hi Lloyd,
Both questions are indirectly answered in Peter's write up. The JBL M9500 is one of the best modern horn speakers made which is still available on the used market and you can drive it with low powered tube amps and solid state electronics, similar to your X1. You'll get the best qualities of a high end horn and the character of modern speakers in one package. A vintage horn has some unique character that you won't get from any modern speaker even the best of them. They're married to low powered tube amplifiers and create their own musical experience. That was the contrast between the Vitavox and JBL M9500's in the same room with the same gear. @PeterA can expand on this better than me. There aren't many but there are still a good number of vintage speakers for you to search out in the UK and hear it for yourself.
I look back at the various components I’ve owned and I am now convinced that there were many I did not hear optimized because I did not prioritize the importance of set up.
Nothing else here bore need for a second comment so much as flash of sensitivity in letter from your Mother assuring you had closed the wide open shutter at home, "I come to believe what makes us more human is music."
You drove yourself towards acts of industry throughout entire visit with DDK. What ends are you pursuing currently?
P.S. You erred robbing opportunity to fill in one "reservation" annually over the next four years.
One doesn't have to even consider the price paid for the SX 8000 II to sense the value of it all. What an encouraging read.
Btw my best friend, who lives outside Osaka, and I went second hand stereo shopping for him a few years ago. On the cheap. At least in Osaka...all roads led to Diatone
What home is that second picture from?
Looks like a giant periscopeIt is called 4x4 house located in Tarumi-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. Stacked cubes of 4m x 4m. The picture is of the living/dining room on the top floor. cf. https://architectboy.com/4x4-house-tadao-ando/
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Of course Peter can tell you more about Ando. I understand he uses concrete and glass materials.
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