We’ve always got lots going on. Occasionally we remember to tell you about at least a part of it.
Our Living Voice system created for London venue Spiritland.
The Auditorium Series has reached R4 status with effect from September 1st 2020. All production from that date will be to the R4 specification.
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.
Mono and Stereo puts us on the spot with regard to the why, when and what has shaped Definitive Audio over the years.
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.
Meantime, here’s the interview.
Kevin Scott hits the airwaves, with Frank Kuzma and Simon Shilton.
While we were pootling away making some very agreeable sounds in Bristol, there were a number of chaps who kept hoving into view bearing microphones and cameras, apparently keen to pose some questions on what we were up to. It seems only fair to let you hear, and indeed, in one case, see the answers.
Or just the words. No lights, no camera, and no action, but a good writeup of the Show from the Audiophile Musings blog.
We are absolutely delighted to be representing Kuzma in the UK.
Most analogue enthusiasts will be familiar with at least some of the Kuzma portfolio – it is stacked with gems – gems we have admired for years which have won awards from critics the world over, year after year.
A new addition to our product portfolio, we’re now the UK distributor for Triode of Japan.
We’ve encountered these previously on our travels and been impressed by what we heard – a recent opportunity to assess them in greater depth has led to our being appointed UK distributor. Fluid, engaging and as a bonus, rather fetching visually, we think the Triode range represents a lot of amplifier for the money. More details to follow.
We’ve traditionally been rather conservative in our range of finishes for the Auditorium Series, tending to offer only various shades of tree.
The recent introduction of the R25A in an experimental ‘flat white’ finish has proved a popular alternative, so without getting carried away, we’ve produced a matt black variation, with which we have to admit we’re rather pleased. Available as a colour option on selected models from September.
At this rate, the high-gloss pillar-box red limited edition R25 ‘Santa’ can’t be far away. Or perhaps not…
It’s taken rather longer than we anticipated – always so many plates spinning at Definitive HQ – but the new Living Voice site is now ‘live.’
We have a lot more product information than previously, not only on the Auditorium and Vox speaker ranges but also on our Pure Music Battery Power Supply and the G Series Equipment Supports.
And if that wasn’t already quite sufficient to make your cup runneth over, there are a couple of in-depth Q&A sessions with Kevin Scott on the development of the Auditorium R25A and the Vox Olympian.
A look into the future, with the prototype R80 (probably, final name not yet decided) we sneaked into Munich, albeit only on static display.
Two things we learned; 1] there’s a lot of interest in a larger LV speaker, and 2] our piano-gloss ebony finish, while strikingly beautiful, is a real ****** to photograph.
It’s early days yet, but it’s an 80 litre reflex loaded MTM design, using – at the moment – front and rear-firing Scanspeak Elipticore HF units. Overall sensitivity is a high 95dB, and the bandwidth is near full range. We’re currently enjoying some lovely results with the second development build.
Experience shows, however, that loudspeakers can be very uncooperative bedfellows and therefore the specification may change rather significantly over the coming months.
All being well, we hope to have an official launch around the end of the year. The plan is to have two R80 models available: an IBX version (with inboard crossover) and an OBX version (with outboard crossover) in two finishes; a ‘vanilla’ option and the high-gloss ebony to torture photographers.
Starting price point will be circa £33,000.
We have always followed our heart because that’s where music communicates – it is fundamental to us that we feel a powerful connection to the brands that we represent and that’s why we have designs that we feel the most passionate about.
Over the years we have enjoyed a good working relationship with Kondo and it is now time for us to move on and make way for someone who feels as passionate about their new designs as we do about their originals. We wish them well for the future.
Needless to say we will still offer backup support and service on all of the Kondo equipment we have sold over the course of the last 16 years.
6 Moons selects our demonstration room at Munich as one not to be missed. Atrium 4 : E220.
Srajan has also published his review of the Auditorium R25A, which will be on regular demonstration in Munich, along with our OBX-RW3 in a striking high-gloss ebony finish.
And just perhaps, a small (well, not that diminutive actually) surprise…
Jason Kennedy quizzes our fearless leader on the evolution of the Auditorium R25A, developed to mark the 25th anniversary of our original loudspeaker.
Our Spiritland adventure continues – having worked closely with the Spiritland team on the sound system at their King’s Cross location, we we were delighted to collaborate again on their new RFH venue.
The system this time incorporates a pair of our original Air Partners, dating from the 1980s. Fortunately, the design has aged rather better than the hairstyles at least one of us sported in those days.
The Air Partners have effectively been ‘remixed’ to a 2018 specification, fully benefitting from the know-how and experience gained in developing our Olympian and Palladian systems.
A new Living Voice speaker to celebrate a very important anniversary.
Although we can scarcely believe it, it’s 25 years since we introduced the original Auditorium loudspeaker. With a number of crossover tweaks and modifications, we consider it to be our finest Auditorium to date.
The first pairs have already shipped to Germany, and we’re trying very hard to remember to keep a pair here for demonstration.
Our act of brazen lunacy in taking not one but two complete systems featuring the Vox Olympian and Vox Palladian respectively to Munich appears to have paid off. Feedback to our presence at the show has once again been overwhelmingly encouraging.
Mindful of the need to continually challenge ourselves, for next year we’re currently considering the logistics of a more circuitous route to the venue itself, transporting our kit across the Alps by elephant.
But back to this year meantime, with various show reports and feedback on the ‘Reviews’ page.
We’ve been open to adding another turntable to our portfolio for a while. A few recent contenders have been in the ‘close, but no cigar’ category, but the Monaco is most definitely going nowhere. (Actually, that’s not true, we took it to the Munich High End Show to front this year’s Vox Olympian system).
In fact, we’re so taken with the Monaco, Definitive Audio has become the UK distributor. The Monaco is on permanent demonstration now, and we’ll have the new Parabolica turntable in a few weeks. You can read Roy Gregory’s thoughts on the delightfully understated Monaco 2.0 here.