As others hear us. Magazine reviews & feature articles on us and our equipment.
Paul Messenger takes a listen to CEC’s belt-drive CD5 player, which includes an array of digital inputs including USB.
Certainly the CD5 looks a versatile proposition, and already has a fair amount of future-proofing features, especially for those wishing to explore the ins and outs of hi-res downloading, so formal recommedation would seem appropriate.
CEC has launched a new belt-drive transport which effectively replaces our long-standing favourite the TL51X.
I was surprised at just how musical this was and how relaxed the performance was. It was so un-naturally natural, if that makes sense. This didn’t sound like a CD player. Everything was so easy flowing and fun.
CEC has finally created a matching DAC for the TL 0 3.0 transport. We should have a unit for evaluation in the next few weeks. Meantime, read the review (in conjunction with the TL 0 3.0 (review PDF in English).
The way that CEC system presents the physicality of drums, bass, trumpet, vocals finally, is simply incredible. It’s very uncommon in the context of audio in general, not only for a digital player.
Another hugely positive review of our favourite transport by Fidelity’s Cai Brockmann (review PDF in English).
Who listens to CDs these days anyway? The TL0 3.0 will silence anyone considering asking themselves that question.
Positive Feedback’s Brad Morrical selects the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system as his ‘Best of Show.’
The dynamics, the tone, the… well what can I say, the realism is simply beyond what others can achieve. It is not just incrementally better hi-fi, it is monumentally more realistic in all ways I can think of.
The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory sums up his personal highlights from Munich, including the Vox Palladian.
If anything (and at its best) this was better even than last year…
Jonathan Valin of US ‘high-end bible’ The Absolute Sound declares the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system ‘Best of Show.’
The result is a system that has all the extension, color, smoothness, bloom, power, pace, speed, focus, and definition you could possibly ask for, without any of the coloration, roughness, or discontinuity of typical horn-loaded speakers. Obviously, a Best of Show contender, but… at a price.
Tweaker extraordinaire and speaker designer par excellence Troels Gravesen was much taken with our efforts at Munich, responding extremely enthusiastically to both the Vox Palladian and the R3 incarnation of the Auditorium OBX-RW.
Now, Kevin Scott of Living Voice is a master of mating different horns to make a truly integrated whole, The Vox Palladian. In this category it’s a true winner – and way above competitors. Best male vocals I've heard from a horn system. Delicate upper mid and a seamless integration of the three upper horns, never – ever – heard better. The ease of presentation, the dynamics, the weightlessness of micro transients, I could go on. It takes years of fine-tuning to produce such a system.
A collection of additional show comments from Munich. We’ll add more as they become available.
Living Voice’s room at the High End 2016 was without a doubt the best sounding room of the show. It had that rare combination of finesse, flow, scale & uniformity while feeling free of the confinement of a ‘box’ or discernible point of origin. It displayed a true full range representation of the music without all that nonsense of ‘punch’ and supernatural highs.Alon Golan, Editor in Chief, HiFiMusic, Israel
I found I had trouble convincing myself to leave the room on the several visits I made there. Absolutely wonderful presentation.
Our favourite one-box player employs some highly original thinking in achieving a hugely likeable performance.
It really is hard to find CD players that have this combination of transparency, fine detail and tonal depth. Some of the best valve powered examples get close but it’s rare to find one that’s this fluent and revealing.
An extremely positive review by Harald Obst of the latest generation CEC belt-drive CD transport. Five stars all round.
In view of the very high playback quality, this solid device offers an outstanding price/performance ratio.
Ed Selley seems mightily taken with the results. The system marks the debut of the latest generation IBX-RW3, with revised cabinets and custom drive units unique to Living Voice.
As it should always be, this is a system that is about the music. Behind the tweaking, fettling and obsessive attention to detail that goes into its construction is the simple desire to make whatever you play on it sound astonishing. The way it performs has made any glib attempts to reach for valve stereotypes completely pointless.
We originally missed this excellent review by Wojciech Pakula of the CEC belt-drive CD5. CEC describe it as a ‘USB Sound System.’ Quite. It does though combine the new belt drive transport mechanism with a DSD-capable DAC, and received one of the magazine’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ awards in 2015.
The tonality of the player is wonderfully set – it is low, dense, but with open treble. I have not found a recording that would sound weak with the CD5. It is because the sound is deep, saturated and interesting… CD5 delivers rich, deep, refined sound and its inner calm and coherence are simply remarkable.
Jason Kennedy finds these extraordinary looking arms capable of equally extraordinary performance.
It’s one of those analogue audio products that makes you realise that the conventions followed by the majority are not necessarily the only options. There is clearly room for thinking outside the box and the Viv Labs engineers are to be applauded for their inventiveness.
Srajan Ebaen’s recent review of one of our very favourite DACs. Something of a bargain, we think.
I simply find it suggestive that as the UK’s Kondo importer, Definitive Audio would be enthusiastic enough about this machine to supply a review sample to a Swiss reviewer from their own inventory. That's usually the providence of the manufacturer who benefits the most from a globally read review. Doesn't that make you think? It sure does me!
Roy Gregory’s in-depth critique of the Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian Loudspeaker System.
These speakers rewrite the rules just as surely as they rearrange expectations. They are a wonder, a triumph and proof that life’s not fair.