Something new? Indeed.

We’ve always got lots going on. Occasionally we remember to tell you about at least a part of it.

June 2022

High praise from an unexpected quarter…

NWAS comment

We don’t imagine our name crops up too frequently on the Naim Forum, but a customer alerted us to heartfelt praise on our system at Cranage (NWAS 2022).

And a final drum roll for my favourite sound of the show…

Definitive Audio: A system Kevin Scott set up around the Kuzma R turntable, SJS amplifiers and of course his own Living Voice speakers. This system should never have worked in such a tight space, but oh my, it did, beautifully. A sound presentation that was cohesive, involving, dynamic and quite simply, intoxicating. Amongst several tracks (we stayed there quite a while) Kevin played Vivaldi, Arias by Cecilia Bartoli, not an album I’m familiar with, but it was hypnotic. My old school buddy who accompanied me for the day whispered to me “I don’t know whether to applaud or cry.”
I think his reaction sums up the sound quality better than I can here.

The holistic approach Kevin takes to system building really evident here, where the whole can add up to more than sum of the parts. Also, one of those rare vinyl systems that seemed to minimise surface noise to such a degree, it almost sounded like listening to a reel to reel tape. Very very impressive. This room left a lasting impression and If I had to pick just one system, this is where my money would go (not that I could afford it!).

June 2022

Natural Evolution. (Turbo-charged).

R25a review, Gy8

Roy Gregory explores the current production R25A in some depth, acknowledging that while every speaker in the Auditorium lineage shares common DNA, the current models have clearly evolved to perform on an entirely different level.

With the R25As on the end of the system, it’s the music rather than the amplifier that is in the driving seat, with the result that it’s the music you hear, rather than the speakers or the system producing it.

June 2022

Further acclaim for our favourite CD source.

CEC review, PTA

Part-Time Audiophile’s Marc Phillips takes a shine to CEC’s DA5 DAC and TL5 Transport. Also featured in their Summer 2022 Buyer’s Guide, in the category Best Digital Players.

The real reason is that CEC got me interested in my CD collection again, imbuing those listening sessions with the same sense of discovery that I felt when streaming services finally met my standards for sound quality. That’s why the CEC DA5 DAC and the TL-5 transport earns my respect, maybe even love, and a Reviewers Choice award.

May 2022

Munich High End Show 2022

Living Voice at Munich.

It’s been a while, but we were glad to be back in Munich, taking a somewhat more modest approach this time with a system showcasing our fourth generation Auditorium OBX-RW4. Gratifyingly, several initial reports listed ours as being one of the best-sounding rooms at the event.

Kuzma Air wins 'Turntable of the Year.'

In a way, the room was the opposite of every other at the show. There was no attempt to ‘out hi-fi’ other rooms. Rather than the focus being all about the sound, it was all about the music. This was a system to melt your heart because there was nothing getting in the way–sonically speaking–of that happening. Yet this wasn’t one of those systems where musicality comes at the expense of sonic performance. Rather, one got the feeling that all the music was there–and that nothing was missing from the sound, either.

The Absolute Sound

Living Voice was running the latest Auditorium OBX RW4 compact floor-standers. Those expecting to see (and hear) the Vox speakers were beguiled by sound that was both delightful and extremely engaging and, while the Kuzma R/Safir and Grand Prix Monaco/4Point14 front-ends (with CAR-60 and CAR-50 cartridges respectively) were obviously playing their part, don’t overlook the contribution of the SJS electronics.

Roy Gregory via Gy8

Possibly taking my crown as the most favourite among favourites was the room with Living Voice loudspeakers supported by SJS electronics and Kuzma and Grand Prix Audio analogue sources.

SoundStage! Australia (10 Favourite Exhibits)

This is the kind of system that, once installed in your home, would deliver a lifetime of musical pleasure, leaving you to concentrate solely on exploring music.

Ultra Audio

This was a truly memorable room three years ago, and it was equally memorable in 2022.

Part-Time Audiophile

With Mari Samuelsen’s rendition of ‘Violin Concerto (Second Movement)’ by Philip Glass the system was heartbreaking, I ordered the vinyl there and then but getting it to sound this good at home will be a challenge.

EnjoyTheMusic

When a system is ‘just right’ like this it’s difficult to tear yourself away, and the Living Voice system was a real treat to listen to. The scale of the music playing defied the relatively small size of the LV loudspeakers and the dynamics on offer were incredible.

HiFi Pig

Living Voice took a break from the magnificent horn systems it usually demonstrates to reveal the capabilities of the rather more approachable OBX-RW4 floorstanders. These sounded superb with Kuzma and Grand Prix Audio turntables allied to SJS tube amplification…

The Ear

The sound of the show so far… There’s something quite special about the OBX-RW4 speaker when used with the other equipment on display in this room.

SoundStage! Australia

December 2021

It’s The System, Stupid…

Kuzma SJS Living Voice review.

Roy Gregory’s new publishing venture, and his views on why reviewing complete systems makes more sense than hopefully slotting in components more or less at random. Three systems to start with, and look – one them’s ours.

Kuzma Air wins 'Turntable of the Year.'

But perhaps the most quietly impressive quality that this system demonstrates is its sheer musical willingness. The best systems – irrespective of price – transcend audio niceties and render sonics irrelevant. This is just such a system.

December 2021

Kudos & Continuity.

Kuzma best turntable award.

HiFi+ acknowledge the ultimate expression – to date – of Franc Kuzma’s flagship record player with the ‘Turntable of the Year’ Award in their annual round-up.

Kuzma Air wins 'Turntable of the Year.'

Franc Kuzma and his team have continued to develop and improve the Kuzma XL, allowing for existing XL owners to upgrade their turntables from the 2000s and onwards. This is a top-grade turntable that just keeps getting better.

November 2021

We Need To Talk With Kevin.

Kevin Scott interview, 6Moons

In an interview with Srajan Ebaen of 6Moons, our fearless leader provides some insight into his motivation and a personal perspective on what’s really important when it comes to a musically-rewarding hifi system.

Kuzma Air

For me it’s always the way the system works as a whole and there are many pathways to heaven.

August 2021

Craftsman at work.

Painstaking attention to detail in the creation of the hand-crafted wooden cases for our favoured SJS amplifiers.

October 2020

We’ve won a gong!

Diapason D'Or

France’s prestigious Diapason magazine has awarded the Auditorium R25A a coveted ‘D’or’ Award.

Original French version meantime, English translation to follow.

Diapason D'Or

August 2020

We R4!
Our Auditorium Series reaches its 4th generation.

Living Voice logo

The Auditorium Series has reached R4 status with effect from September 1st 2020. All production from that date will be to the R4 specification.

auditorium R25A

We believe the R4 models deliver a significant increase in attainable performance levels over their predecessors.

There’s a brief interim summary of the changes on the Living Voice website, we’ll be updating the descriptions & specifications shortly.

August 2020

Any questions?

interview

Mono and Stereo puts us on the spot with regard to the why, when and what has shaped Definitive Audio over the years.

Kevin Scott

Study the accompanying photographs carefully – we’ll be asking questions later. Well, not really, but the keen-eyed and bushy-tailed may spot one or two products which are currently supplying an abundance of charm and delight, to say nothing of the occasional raised eyebrow. Interesting times at Definitive HQ.

March 2020

Sound & Vision.

2019 bristol show

Kevin Scott hits the airwaves, with Frank Kuzma and Simon Shilton.

Kuzma, SJS, Living Voice posse.

Audio interviews with Paul Rigby, ‘The Audiophile Man,’ re Kuzma and Living Voice, and a video interview no less with Stuart of HifiPig on YouTube. HFP’s Big Show Report here.

Or just the words. No lights, no camera, and no action, but a good writeup of the Show from the Audiophile Musings blog.