Can you describe the quality in drivers with whizzers that you don’t like Brad. It’d be great to get some type characterisation on that. PS I do get the whole expectation challenge with perceiving a quality that you can’t connect with… think we all do that with different types of gear, that’s probably one of the keys to why we get such disconnect at times with other people’s preferences.Bill is right, I hear something with the whizzers I don’t like and can’t unhear it. I haven’t had the opportunity to hear Contendo Ref 2 yet.
They played a lot of opera when I was in the roomHi David,
I have huge admiration for the Vox Olympian in terms of the fit and finish together with the passion put into creating them. I have heard them only once before at Munich where they were playing with a full Kondo rig. Music was mainly very carefully selected stuff - some audiophile jazz and some Mozart small scale. The sound I heard there was warm, full and engaging. It was slightly too saccharin for me but I am fairly certain that is the partnering gear not the speakers themselves. I say that because Bonzo had heard them that same year but also another year with a VDH cart where they sounded much better.
In terms of the speaker execution and design. I love the Al151 and s2 drivers from Vitavox. The veneering of the beech multiplex and high gloss lacquer are executed at first rate.
I only heard jazz when I requested it…Nik Baertsch, which goes from very minimalistic to explosive jam…often more than once in a modul (song). Sounded close to live (I have heard him live in Zurich many times). I don’t agree with the saccharine characterization…instrument timbre and resolution of tone and dynamics was SOTA.Same Brad but carefully selected snippets of low intensity female arias. I didn’t hear full orchestra once myself. Not to say they didn’t play…
I only heard jazz when I requested it…Nik Baertsch, which goes from very minimalistic to explosive jam…often more than once in a modul (song). Sounded close to live (I have heard him live in Zurich many times). I don’t agree with the saccharine characterization…instrument timbre and resolution of tone and dynamics was SOTA.
The strings I heard had a buttery / silky sheen, which sounds delicious just not authentic imho ymmv. Characteristic of the Kondo signature to me.
Yes there are some, but typically the exception - more likely to hear to hear jazz, lighter stuff, ectoplasm like the one above. At shows some rooms have no classical much less orchestral.
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