Nothing soothes the raw nerves of this CAF journalist like an Audio Note UK system, which consistently delivers some of the most humane, smooth and natural hi-fi equipment to live performances year after year.
Hosted this year by local dealer déjà Vu Audio and head technician, Pierse Chaisson, Audio Note played Vivaldi CDs and Johnny Cash vinyls, leaving me happy and content, an injection of meditative sonic peace.
The spinning vinyl was an Audio Note TT-3 turntable with the power supply upgrade ($ 9,412.89), with an Audio Note 3 arm ($ 2,465.52) and the Audio Note IQ3 cartridge with Pocon body ($ 1,248.56). CDs were played on the Audio Note 5.1x CD ($ 30,849). Analog and digital signals passed through Audio Note AN-V interconnects ($ 1,171.33 / meter) in the recently introduced Audio Note Meishu Phono 300B Tonmeister Silver integrated amplifier ($ 12,453.12, 8 Wpc under 4 or 8 ohms), which was connected by Audio Note SPe 3M two-wire cable to the Audio Note AN-E SPe HE speakers ($ 12,453.12 / pair, 98 dB into 8 ohms). The speakers sat (or stood) on the Audio Note An-E signature mounts ($ 2,923.54). The rest of the gear stood (or sat) on a Salamander Barcelona audio rack ($ 2,199). The front wall was treated with Acupanel.
The Audio Note platform made the scale, tone, depth and dynamics. that of Antonio Vivaldi Concerti For Oboe, Bassoon And Strings, interpreted by a septet (Astrée Auvidis E 8537), was a discreet revelation: the oboe was reproduced with a sharp weight, the septet with a surprising scale and energy. Johnny Cash singing “Lucky Old Sun” by American III: the lonely man (American Recordings 0600753441701), was equally rugged with effortless dynamics and room-filling solidity.
I asked Chaisson: What is the most frequent comment he hears from visitors to the Audio Note room? His response: “It’s the most natural sound system. I feel like I could listen all day.
I heard that.