Piran is a lovely old town located directly at the Adriatic sea, with long history and with many buildings in the Venetian style. It is the birthplace of Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini who played an important role in shaping its cultural heritage. So first photo here is an impression of the sweet city to show its atmosphere of this beautiful town.
Following the invitation of the proud owner of another pair of the SoulSonic Impulse SE speakers, I went to visit him, in the evening. He is a lucky guy as he has a very spacious living room where his complete setup is integrated. I stayed the whole evening for a fantastic listening session - first started with some compact discs I brought - the Reimyo CDP-777 CD-player made a good job - I was already impressed.
So far the most credible, lifelike soundstage let me listen every song with ease. Bass response was so complete, straight, like a thunderstorm - lifelike. Sure a cooperation of extraordinary room accoustics, the full active setup with two big Accustic Arts AMP II power amplifiers supervised by an exclusive PASS XVR-1 electronic crossover and an owner with deep understanding of music and experienced in audio setups.
Anyway that was only warming up so far... My friendly host put the first analogue record on his special turntable / tonearm built by Bruno Puhar. It happened like a click in the head and then we listened to the music, music ... record after record... no hifi anymore... like different life concerts in some specific concert halls of different sizes - yes concert hall, no puppet theater or living room, no hifi!
We listened with a very special cartridge - an old Panasonic EPC-450C-II Strain Gauge system. Read here at Soundsmith website more about Strain Gauge cartridges - why they are different from MM, MC or Moving Iron. The required phono preamp was an ESELab Nibiru SG, ESELab is a local Slovenian brand. Next I have to mention the main analogue preamp from the same brand - the ESELab ANU NG. Boris Privsek supplied the cables - a Slovenian brand again. Aha ... and I forgot to add the Cyclone subwoofer added on left side of SoulSonic Impulse SE speaker, responsible for the lowest infrasonic frequencies.
So, I shall mention no further superlatives here because I have something better for you - real life experience:
Just visit us in November at the Austrian high-end show KLANGBILER 2014 in Vienna! We will show the complete setup of SoulSonic Impulse SE speakers driven by the ACCUSTIC ARTS reference electronics. As an analogue source the Dr. Feickert Analogue turntable will be on display too.
>>> Please visit the complete photo album here with further comments of my trip to Piran!