Just been today at probably the first ever Statement event in Italy at Hi Fi Mer
ate shop. Mark Ragget from Naim and Luca Gombi of Naim Italy led the show. Unfortunately i booked the demo For 4.30 pm this afternoon and Mark had to leave at 5.00.
They started the demo with the Solstice deck playing a Sting record, eventually switching to ND555 later, driving Focal Maestro Utopia What we noticed immediatly was a lot of refinement and flow, expansive soundstage The last track was a sort ofelectronic music with the amps at full chat. Mr Gombi, joking with us, told we risked to be arrested for illegal rave party organization. Even at this outragious level the system was totally at ease and unstressed.
No, unfortunately i’m not in the position to afford it. (maybe the S1 one day?)
However Mr. Alfredo the boss of HI Fi Merate told me “Come on , make yourself a little present they have two Solstice available” I reckon that for the price is quite a bargain for what is worth-
Later at home with my 500 system, some assertions sprang to mind.
1 The Solstice is absolutely sublime, granted you are using a half decent piece of vinyl. We already demoed here with 500 amps and this is further proof.
2 Nac S1 & Nap P1 have the refinement, delicacy and flow of a Phantom but when required the pace and handling of a F1 racer.
I’m not totally convinced with the Focal Maestro in a few passages the bass seemed a little bloated, I’d really like to try the same system with something like Kudos 808, Magico or YG
Definetely an achievment to celebrate. Even if few of us can afford or justify, i’m really happy it exists.
In the same room, in the past we demoed Focal Sopra 3 driven by Griphon int. amp, and i didn’t like them at all. The bass and mid bass was pretty confused. Moving in another room with CDX2/SC/282/300 were totally transformed for the better.
Another time same room with Kanta 3 and Magico Q3 the latter simply obscured the kanta. It has been one of the best midrange and 3d reproduction i ever heard
When you refer to the ‘refinement, delicacy and flow of a Phantom’, I thought immediately of the F4 Phantom warbird, but you probably had something else in mind.
Not that the F4 Phantom had much of any of those attributes, but it was a genuine Cold War warbird, and probably did more than just about anything else to hold the peace in Europe with the Soviets in the post-WWII era.
I said this about Kanta 3 not Sopra 3, compared with Magico Q3, driven by Gryphon amp. In the latter and that room probably were not ideal for either Focals.
In the other room with Naim amps probably it probably would have been different.