Had a trip to my dealers today, and had one of those experiences HiFi seldom gives, but stay with you forever…
I went initially to hear the new Wilson Speakers he had in - hugely expensive at £180k a pair - and in a system where the cost was over £600k - but utterly underwhelming. Sounded ok on some tracks - really lost focus on others. Rhythms all over the place. Revealing to a fault I’d say. I’m nowhere near that market in terms of price - but was surprised how happy I was to leave the room. I couldn’t live with them.
Just as we were leaving (I was there with my wife) and having given the feedback, and noted that others that had listened had also been considerably underwhelmed - Paul said “have a listen to these…” …and we were ushered into one of his other rooms.
There were the Avantgarde Acoustics Duo ND - hard to miss upon entering the room, but beautifully made and finished in Germany. They sell at £35k - so not a snip by any means - but a drop in the ocean compared to what we’d just heard, and similarly priced to my current speakers.
They were hooked up with an Audio Research pre and mono power amps, and a DCS Rossini streamer. System price - around £80k - so again - similar to my own investment, albeit down a very different track.
From the first moment of the first track they just sounded right - they disappeared in the room, filling it with music, with PRODIGIOUS bass, but and easy to listen to sound. Loads of rhythm too - fast and accurate.
I’ve never been enamoured with DCS - and I’ve heard Audio Research sound good, but not great. This whole system sounded utterly amazing.
Super flexible colour options too - from funky to understated.
My lovely wife thought exactly the same - they were amazing. One of those HiFi epiphanies. Wow
I’m looking at the range, and the model above (the Duo Mezzo X D) has horn loaded bass - instead of the active bass that the Duo ND has. The suggestion is that these are the star of the range.
I’ve booked to hear them with Naim when they land - will be super interesting.
…anybody else heard anything from these guys? …definitely worth a listen. And I could get used to the looks!