The Vienna location Im Hinterhof was again the place where Michael Holzinger from Austrian Sempre Audio webmagazine made one of his HiFi Jour Fixes. The theme of the evening was how much HiFi is needed in reality. Examples of several solutions were shown with Totem Acoustic loudspeakers, French YBA electronics and the Swiss JMC Soundboard (I represent both brands for the High-End Company AG in Austria).
The two points in discussion: First how expensive, second how big regarding physical size somebody realy needs in his living room. To get a broader view outside of the high-end perspective Jürgen Weber-Rom and Michael Holzinger led a conversation on the subject.
Big surprise for all visitors: The very small Totem Arro floorstander speakers filled the room with the necessary power and fundament. The mid-size YBA Design electronics had enough power and musical qualities to expressed the listeners.
Of course the second setup - small Totem Model-1 Signature bookshelf speakers - convinced all to make a step up in each sound parameter. The bigger YBA Heritage electronics assisted the small speakers and filled the whole big seminar room of the location. Yes bigger better here...
Our big setup with newer Totem Forst Signature speakers and complete YBA Passion electronics showed what you can achieve if invested "big money" (over 20k Euro). If you are used to it - no way to go back to an entry-level setup.
Nevertheless the small Totem Arro did not dissapoint any visitor if switching back - all of the main musical qualities stayed. Going up in the Totem speaker range you get more and more, of course - but still in the entry range you get the whole musical experience.
During the breaks the second surprise guest for many visitors - the Swiss JMC Soundboard - took the part of music reproduction. Many had to look that the Soundboard was playing - and not one pair of the fabulous Totem speakers. The design, the aesthetics, its luxury Swiss origin are perfect to get much attention. And Hearing is believing that you get great sound, high-end sound, musical emotion too.
Here is the link to the complete photo album!
Link to my photo album
Link to the Sempre Audio report in German