Genesis Forte with VPI Avenger and Spectral

garylkoh

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Since much of Genesis' business is done in Asia, we held a soft launch of the new Genesis Forte in Bangkok prior to the launch in Las Vegas during CES.

We ran it with an all-Spectral system using the VPI Avenger as the source. Here's the Genesis Forte with the Spectral DMA-400 Monaural Reference Standard.

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Actually, the real reason behind why I ran the soft launch in Bangkok was because of my dealer there. Wuti had access to all sorts of cool music because of all his relationships in the music industry. He's the only guy I know who could borrow MASTER TAPES for his friends to listen to. He is trusted to keep them all under lock and key, and make sure that they will not be copied or performed publicly.

One of his sources was a VIP guest at the launch - owner of GrooveNote and ORG, and also my compatriot Ying Tan.

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As a VERY special treat, he brough a rough mix of the next Vanessa Fernandez album - which features Tim Pierce on guitars, Jim Keltner on drums, Luis Conte on percussion, Chris Chaney on bass and Jim Cox on keyboards. He said that it's never been done before, but he's going to have Bernie Grundman master the 24-track direct to lacquer. Since Bernie is a mastering engineer and not a mixing or recording engineer, he doesn't have the mixing console - and Ying is having to jump through hoops to get that done. His biggest hurdle now is getting a city permit to park a 40-foot trailer with an entire portable mixing studio outside Bernie's studio and run the cables in.

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garylkoh

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OK.... back to the launch.

This was the first time I've run with an all-Spectral system, and I gotta say it gave me goosebumps. Here's a better view of the DMA-400. Lovely amp!

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This was also the public launch of the VPI Avenger in Thailand. The cartridge used is the Kiseki Blue NS. Phono Stage was the Genesis Platinum Phono.

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The tapes were rolled on Wuti's ATR 102 - which was refurbished and set-up for him by Beno - the tech at Bernie Grundman's Studio.

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I don't think that we got to play any CDs, but just in case anyone in the audience brings one along, the CD player was the Spectral SDR-4000SL Reference CD Processor System, and the preamp the Spectral DMC-30SS S2 Reference Preamp.

Spectral.jpg
 

XV-1

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Nice Gary

What does the Forte retail for? and the specs?
 

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Gary, if those Spectral electronics gave you goosebumps, then you have to go back when they get their 30SV preamp, and don't say I didn't warn you :D
 

garylkoh

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Gary, if those Spectral electronics gave you goosebumps, then you have to go back when they get their 30SV preamp, and don't say I didn't warn you :D
I'll be back there in April - during the launch, we sold a pair to a customer who does own the 30SV preamp.
 

es347

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carolkoh

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..cue cricket sounds :cool:
Miss money bags here. We will provide the price shortly (Read: Gary says $$... Carol makes higher gestures with her hand... we wave spreadsheets... we come to agreement.) We only just sent out the press release yesterday with the information on what's new and better. :)
 

Gregadd

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It must be special. You sold one wthout an official price. What are the cables?I did not see them mentioned.
 

LL21

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Until the price is official, perhaps we could learn more about the Forte:

1. where does it sit in the Genesis family? Directly under the 1.2?
2. what is the difference between this and the 2.2Jr?
3. any more technical details?

thanks!! very exciting.
 

garylkoh

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A sneak peek at the latest pair of Fortes. Since the launch, we haven't sold any in the standard black gloss finish. It's always been upgraded specially somehow. This pair is very special as the veneer - Madagascar Ebony - is rare, extremely expensive, and gorgeous.

I can't get over how rich the grain and color look......

Ebony Sneak Peek.jpg
 

ack

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I agree, it looks really great! BTW, you may be able to translate the review from Thai to English with google translate, by cutting and pasting the text, if the article is available online.
 

garylkoh

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I agree, it looks really great! BTW, you may be able to translate the review from Thai to English with google translate, by cutting and pasting the text, if the article is available online.
Thanks, ack. Unfortunately, it's not available online but I managed to use the Google Translate app on my cellphone to laboriously read the printed impressions - I would hesitate to call it a review! It's a great app for readings signs and such, but not so good for reading a page of a foreign language!
 

JackD201

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The tiger stripes are gorgeous Gary. How much is this option?
 

ack

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Thanks, ack. Unfortunately, it's not available online but I managed to use the Google Translate app on my cellphone to laboriously read the printed impressions - I would hesitate to call it a review! It's a great app for readings signs and such, but not so good for reading a page of a foreign language!
You just gave me a great app idea: take a photo of the page and scan it for text, then "scrape" it off. You just made me a millionaire :) so I can go buy those MasterBuilt cables :D
 

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