Their words, not ours.

As others hear us. Magazine reviews & feature articles on us and our equipment.

October 2019

Srajan Ebaen considers the subtly persuasive nature of our OBX-RW3 loudspeaker.

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6 Moons review of the third-generation Living Voice Auditorium Series OBX-RW3.

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I thus think that it properly represents why Kevin Scott became an auteur speaker designer in the first place and why these 25 years later he’s still at it. Exploring inner spaces, eyes closed, body fully relaxed, a CD playing through to the end without interruption to get very deeply lost and thus found… that’s his core purpose. If it’s also yours, wouldn't it make sense to check out his speakers?

read the review
October 2019

Image HiFi magazine reviews the R25A.

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Germany’s Image HiFi magazine finds the R25A very much to their reviewer’s taste.

LV R25A

I can't stress enough how well Kevin Scott has succeeded in combining the lively nature of the R25A with a sculptured sound that is hard to reconcile with the physical presence of the speakers.

   Read the full review.
October 2019

Korea’s HiFi & HT Audio magazine reviews the IBX-RW3

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This translation was very kindly provided by the lovely daughter-in-law of a customer. The review’s not available as yet on the magazine’s website, but we present both the translation and the original review – if it’s raining this weekend, why not teach yourself Korean and read it in full?

LV IBX-RW3

Music flows like the ocean at high tide with this speaker.

   Read the full review.
September 2019

Dawid Grzyb succumbs to the subtle charms of our 300B.

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We developed a Living Voice 300B valve in conjunction with KR Audio a couple of years back, with the objective of creating a valve superior to the renowned Western Electric 300B. Being us of course, we’ve rarely publicised them to any great degree, but nervertheless word is spreading…

LV 300B

Just like top-shelf aged wine, the LV300B brought to the table multiple colours blended seamlessly and distinctive enough to introduce that unmistakable rich flavour profile finished off with a superb lingering aftertaste that was always subtle in the action. All emotions which followed not only kicked in naturally but apparent enough to my fairly developed palette to have me notice that something very special and exquisite took place.

   Read the full review.
September 2019

HiFi+ reviews the Kuzma Stabi S.

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Alan Sircom is beguiled by the unconventional combination of entry level Stabi S, 4Point 9 tonearm and CAR-40 cartridge.

Kuzma Stabi S

Put the three bits together, though, and the magic starts to happen. The only difficulty for a reviewer is describing that magic because you can only really make notes while you are changing records, and then you are too keen to change records. While you are listening, you are gripped by the Kuzma’s performance.

   Read the full review.
September 2019

Srajan Ebaen waxes lyrical about CEC’s TL 2N CD transport and DA 0 3.0 DAC.

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We’ve long championed CEC as perhaps the premier exponent of ‘high-end’ CD replay. Plenty of life in your wee silver discs yet.

CEC TL 2N

If I took my observations out of the poetic into more customary vocabulary, I'd point at a greater/stronger range of expressions in both the dynamic and temporal domains. The first meant finer loudness gradations by way of quicker dynamic gear shifts with more instantaneous acceleration. The second meant a stronger undercurrent of fluidity in time. Combined, they made for a more powerful sense of playfulness as that spontaneous delight musicians exercise when they… well, play music.

   Read the full review.
June 2019

Munich High End 2019 Miracle!
Marc Phillips

Part-Time Audiophile’s Marc Phillips is captivated by the Munich debut of our 25th Anniversary model, the Auditorium R25A.

Auditorium R25A

I returned from High End 2019 in Munich thinking of one speaker more than any other, those small white speakers that filled the big room with a full, magical sound. I’m still not prepared to call them giant killers – maybe just a small miracle that needs further investigation.

   Read the full article to find out more.
June 2019

Munich High End 2019 Report.
Roy Gregory

The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory acknowledges the level of consistency we’ve achieved since the Vox Olympians made their Munich debut.

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In some respects, Living Voice has become a victim of its own success. We’ve become so inured to the great sound the company regularly produces, year on year, that continuing excellence has become the norm, no longer seeming to satisfy the need to astonish and impress or the demands for novelty that garner best-sound awards in show reports.

   Read the full article to find out more.
April 2019

6 Moons review of our Auditorium R25A loudspeaker.

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6 Moons review of our 25th anniversary Auditorium R25A loudspeaker.

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Yet tech specs would miss what makes Kevin Scott’s modest 25th Anniversary box stand out. In demonstrable fashion when preceded by aiding and abetting ancillaries like no-feedback triode-type amps,this smallest current Living Voice is a very soulful loudsinger not speaker.

That’s because no matter how eloquent, articulate and crisply enunciated, a speaking voice will always feel clipped compared to song. If that difference and these music examples convey to you a special appeal, the R25A will broadcast on your wavelength.

read the review
April 2019

The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory on living with the Vox Palladian/Palladian Basso.

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Roy Gregory’s in-depth assessment of the Vox Palladian/Palladian Basso Loudspeaker System.

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It’s not just about what happens within the soundstage but also the rare ability of these speakers to reach forward and include the listener in the same space as the performers. It’s a combination of dynamic projection, focussed energy and bandwidth – and there are few systems that manage all three.

read the report
March 2019

CEC’s latest generation CD transport reviewed by HiFi Plus.

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Roy Gregory’s reminder that there’s plenty of life – and superb performance – in the CD format.

CEC TL5 belt-drive transport

For those still using CD, one of the best available transports just got better AND cheaper. For those who’ve moved over to file replay, even a brief listen with this CEC will serve to remind you just what you are missing.

  Read the full review.
September 2018

The GPA Parabolica turntable reviewed by HiFi Plus.

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Roy Gregory’s enthusiastic assessment of Grand Prix Audio’s latest Parabolica turntable.

Grand Prix Audio turntable

Put simply, this turntable’s musical capabilities are as engaging as they are smack-you-in-the-face obvious.

  Read the full review.
June 2018

Munich High End 2018 Follow Up.
Roy Gregory

The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory gave us a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award at Munich last year, and we thought that would be his final word on the matter. Turns out both of us had a surprise in store…

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…what made this system so impressive was its sheer musical integrity, its easy dynamics, engaging sound and captivating presentation. It didn’t just fool people visually, it really did sound that good and that convincing, which is no mean feat…

   Read the full article to find out more.
June 2018

Munich High End 2018 Follow Up.
Herb Reichert

Good to see more of the US high-end audio press acknowledging the importance of Munich on the global calendar. Messrs Reichert and Dudley from Stereophile perhaps bring a slightly more European sensibility than usual, and it’s always interesting to read a fresh perspective.

Vox Olympian

Yes, this system is expensive, but I have owned and listened to equally expensive ones in my own home (also powered by vintage Kondo designs) and I can say with some assurance: this visually elegant system generates a type of dead-quiet, 0—60 in 3 seconds, totally musical, loves Igor Stravinsky and Wilhelm Furtwängler experience that exceeds the sum of its parts. It delivers the complete gestalt of horns and triodes high fidelity with no conspicuous compromise.

   Read the full article.
June 2018

Munich High End 2018 Follow Up.
Jason Kennedy

The Ear’s Munich Report acclaims the sound we achieved via our Canary LV-turbo’d CD player (with a little help from its friends).

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…the system was way ahead of anything at the High End.

   Read the full article.
June 2018

Munich High End 2018 Follow Up.
Jonathan Valin

The Absolute Sound’s Jonathan Valin has the answer to the question about the best sound of the Show. For him, it was most definitely us. Again.

Vox Palladian

I don’t know how LV accomplishes it but the Palladian/Basso cuts the Gordian knot that ties up almost every other horn speaker: It generates phenomenal low bass (and I mean really low) from exponential-horn-loaded 13" cones and yet somehow manages to mate those cones seamlessly with the Vitavox dynamic and Vitavox and TAD compression drivers used in the Palladian’s bass, mid/bass, midrange, and treble horns.

   Read the full article.
march 2018

Part Time Audiophile’s perspective on the LV OBX-RW3.

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Online journal Part Time Audiophile has an item on the OBX-RW3 in the ‘Occasional Newsletter.’ You can read the article on its own here or to download the complete issue, visit the PTA website.

november 2017

A new review of the IBX-RW3 by TNT Audio.

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“There’s one thing I haven’t mentioned yet and I think it’s one of the characteristics that make the RW3s very special and the best description I can give is insight.” Read the full review by Graeme Budd on the TNT website.

June 2017

Munich High End 2017 Follow Up.
Roy Gregory

TAB Lifetime Achievement Award

Roy Gregory’s summarises some of the more noteworthy sounds at this year’s show and deems us deserving of a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.

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Living Voice has been setting the bar for years; it’s time to acknowledge the consistent excellence that underpins that achievement… It is both a remarkable musical experience and the very essence of what high-end audio ought to be about.

   Read the full article.
June 2017

Munich High End 2017 Follow Up.
Jonathan Valin

Jonathan Valin of US ‘high-end bible’ The Absolute Sound declared our Vox Palladian system ‘Best of Show’ last year. Oh, and this year too.

Vox Palladian

What can I say about the Living Voice that I didn’t say last year? It’s a system that is impossible to beat in dynamic range and expression… surely one of the greatest stereos in the world.

   Read the full article.
June 2017

Munich High End 2017 Follow Up.
Alan Sircom

HiFi+ editor Alan Sircom’s perspective on our presence at this year’s Munich High End Show.

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Consistency of presentation is difficult to achieve, especially from year to year but the combination of Origine source, Kondo amplification, and Living Voice horn loudspeakers seems to achieve it. I’d love to say effortlessly, but I think that the effort involved is reason they achieve such consistency.

   Read the full article.
June 2017

Munich High End 2017 Follow Up.
Jason Kennedy

The Ear’s Jason Kennedy spotted another of our famous ‘stealth’ product introductions.

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Living Voice introduced a new table dubbed G3 to reflect the amount of legs. It’s a heavyweight design built from aluminium tubing with tensioners in each leg torqued to a specific tuning and piano ply platforms decoupled by elastomers with a double layer for the top shelf.

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June 2017

Munich High End 2017 Follow Up.
HiFi Pig

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Linette Smith presented the Living Voice team with this year’s coveted ‘HiFi Pig Loves You’ award for best of the show.

LV Team. Yay!

It has always sounded magical in that room but this was really another, and totally unexpected, level. We were not the only ones to notice how good it was… we kept bumping into people we know around the show and it was always ‘have you heard Living Voice yet?’

   Read the full article.
June 2017

Munich High End 2017 Follow Up.
AudioHub

‘Best of Show’ award for the Vox Palladian/Palladian Basso Horn Loudspeaker System.

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A coherent, natural and refined sounding set up that showcased all horn speaker abilities without any perceived drawbacks, even under show conditions.

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June 2017

Munich High End 2017 Follow Up.
Part Time Audiophile

Panagiotis Karavitis encounters the Vox Palladian/Palladian Basso Horn Loudspeaker System.

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Living Voice has been literally stockpiling raves, year in, year out in Munich. After congratulating Kevin for his mesmerizing room I walked out, gave it a second thought and walked back in for more.

   Read the full article.
May 2017

The OBX-RW3 reviewed by The Audio Beat.

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Roy Gregory’s assessment of the latest generation of our best-selling speaker.

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A carefully crafted, conventional speaker that has benefited from a lengthy evolution and remarkable attention to detail, the OBX-RW3 offers remarkably natural tonality for such an efficient system, coupled to the sort of (equally remarkable) musical insight you might expect. The combination is a compelling one.

  Read the full review.
December 2016

CEC’s latest CD5 CD transport reviewed by HiFi Critic.

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Paul Messenger takes a listen to CEC’s belt-drive CD5 player, which includes an array of digital inputs including USB.

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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.

  Read the full review.
December 2016

CEC’s new ‘budget’ TL5 CD transport reviewed by HiFi Pig.

highly recommended

CEC has launched a new belt-drive transport which effectively replaces our long-standing favourite the TL51X.

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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.

  Read the full review.
September 2016

CEC’s new DA 0 3.0 DAC reviewed by Poland’s High Fidelity.

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).

CEC DAC

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.

  Read the full review.
September 2016

CEC’s flagship TL 0 3.0 CD Transport reviewed by Germany’s Fidelity magazine.

Another hugely positive review of our favourite transport by Fidelity’s Cai Brockmann (review PDF in English).

CEC CD Transport

Who listens to CDs these days anyway? The TL0 3.0 will silence anyone considering asking themselves that question.

  Read the full review.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Brad Morrical

Positive Feedback’s Brad Morrical selects the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system as his ‘Best of Show.’

Vox Palladian

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.

  Read the full article.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Roy Gregory

The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory sums up his personal highlights from Munich, including the Vox Palladian.

Vox Palladian

If anything (and at its best) this was better even than last year…

  Read the full article.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Jonathan Valin

Jonathan Valin of US ‘high-end bible’ The Absolute Sound declares the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system ‘Best of Show.’

Vox Palladian

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.

   Read the full article.
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Follow Up.
Troels Gravesen

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.

Vox Palladian

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.

  Read the full article.
Images of our room at Munich High End 2016 courtesy of Jason Kennedy, The Ear
May 2016

Munich High End 2016 Round Up.

A collection of additional show comments from Munich. We’ll add more as they become available.

Munich Reports

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.
I found I had trouble convincing myself to leave the room on the several visits I made there. Absolutely wonderful presentation.

Alon Golan, Editor in Chief, HiFiMusic, Israel
May 2016

Neodio Origine CD Player reviewed by Jason Kennedy

Our favourite one-box player employs some highly original thinking in achieving a hugely likeable performance.

Origine CDP

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.

  Read the full review.
March 2016

New generation CEC transport reviewed by Germany’s HiFi Stars

An extremely positive review by Harald Obst of the latest generation CEC belt-drive CD transport. Five stars all round.

CEC TL5

In view of the very high playback quality, this solid device offers an outstanding price/performance ratio.

  Read the full review.
March 2016

HiFi Choice reviews our Canary LV/IBX-RW3 system.

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.

Canary/LV

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.

  Read the full system review.
March 2016

New generation CEC integrated CDP/DAC reviewed by Poland’s Hi Fidelity

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.

CEC CD5

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.

  Read the full review (english version).
July 2015

The Ear reviews the Viv Labs Rigid Float 7/Ha.

Jason Kennedy finds these extraordinary looking arms capable of equally extraordinary performance.

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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.

read the review
June 2015

6 Moons review for Canary KD 2000 DAC

Srajan Ebaen’s recent review of one of our very favourite DACs. Something of a bargain, we think.

canary dac

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!

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June 2015

The AudioBeat’s Roy Gregory on living with our ‘flagship’Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian.

Roy Gregory’s in-depth critique of the Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian Loudspeaker System.

the audiobeat

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.

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