Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

shakti

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Micha Huber, the founder of Thales, has done created the next Produkt to complete his analogue range, starting from Tonearms over to turntables and now offering 3 new cartridges.

The first impressions I heard from a friend were very promising, so I am looking for some more listening stories to judge, If I might add one into my Carts collection.

https://www.x-quisite.ch/cartridges/x-quisite-st
 

spiritofmusic

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Juergen, I'm afraid I had to laugh at the ad blurb on the AE Forum site...finest gold wires stored for centuries in an special brass bell...or some such similar pretentious rubbish.
Just building up the "justification" for the price, which because it hasn't been revealed, must be sky high.
It's made for the AE stable, expect nothing less.
 

shakti

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The AE exclusive version is , as expected, not in the official product offering.

RRP (depending in the markt) are in the current range for premium Cartridges.

X-quisite ST around 13.000,- eur

X-quisite CA around 7.000,- eur
 
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nickif

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I've been to AE showroom often lately during the COVID-19 and maybe I can share some of my thoughts.

There are two vinyl setups in the showroom 1, Hartvig statement turntable + Thales statement arm + Xquisite ST; 2, Da Vinci EQ turntable + Durand Tosca arm + fuuga; other components of the system are top of the line as usual: Robert Koda K15ex pre, Robert Koda K160 mono amps, Zanden 1200s phono, Gobel Divin Speakers, tripoint troy elite etc...

Both setups perform at the top level while the fuuga sounds fluid and saturated and the Xquisite just pours out crazy amount of details in a pleasant way. For vocal/jazz I like fuuga more as it's a bit more engaging; for classical I'd go for Xquisite as every detail counts.

Xquisite might be the most detailed cart I've ever heard.
 

howiebrou

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I've been to AE showroom often lately during the COVID-19 and maybe I can share some of my thoughts.

There are two vinyl setups in the showroom 1, Hartvig statement turntable + Thales statement arm + Xquisite ST; 2, Da Vinci EQ turntable + Durand Tosca arm + fuuga; other components of the system are top of the line as usual: Robert Koda K15ex pre, Robert Koda K160 mono amps, Zanden 1200s phono, Gobel Divin Speakers, tripoint troy elite etc...

Both setups perform at the top level while the fuuga sounds fluid and saturated and the Xquisite just pours out crazy amount of details in a pleasant way. For vocal/jazz I like fuuga more as it's a bit more engaging; for classical I'd go for Xquisite as every detail counts.

Xquisite might be the most detailed cart I've ever heard.
Have you managed to compare the Xquisite with the VDH Master Signature yet?
 

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