SHOW SYSTEMS : E220 & F219
Munich 2018 will also see the first outing of the new Living Voice G2 equipment supports in both rooms. The G2 is a performance-focused design that combines clean simple lines with innovative resonance control.
Once again the power supply duties will be delivered by the Living Voice Pure Music battery power supply system, allowing us to cruise off-grid all day in both rooms.
In E220 we have the Vox Olympian & Vox Elysian partnered with vintage Kondo electronics via both digital and analogue sources.
For analogue, we have the delightful and understated Grand Prix Audio Monaco 2.0 turntable with a Kuzma 4-point tonearm, and either a Fuuga or an Io-M cartridge, plus SJS model 3 phono stage.
The digital source will be our high octane ‘turbo’d’ LV CD300 player based on the Canary machine and we will also be playing our classic Living Voice OBX-RW3 throughout the show.
In F219 we have the Vox Palladian & Palladian Basso partnered with an Engström Monica line pre-amp and Lars mono power amplifiers.
The new Engström Arne integrated amplifier will make its first public outing with a pair of Living Voice OBX-RW3 loudspeakers.
For analogue, we have the Kuzma-M turntable with a Stogi S VTA tonearm, Fuuga cartridge and an SJS model 3 phono stage in a matching walnut livery.
The digital source is our trusted ‘giant killer’ Canary LV CD300 player. No frills, just pure performance.
PREVIOUS COMMENT FROM THE SPECIALIST AUDIO PRESS AT MUNICH HIGH-END ON LIVING VOICE
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.
Roy Gregory reaches ‘an inevitable conclusion’ : after half a decade of best-sound accolades, it’s time to give Living Voice a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.
Jonathan Valin as The Absolute Sound again selects the Vox Palladian system as ‘Best of Show.’
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.
Brad Morrical from Positive Feedback selects the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system as his ‘Best of Show.’
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.
Jonathan Valin of US ‘high-end bible’ The Absolute Sound declares the Vox Palladian/Vox Elysian system ‘Best of Show.’
You also discovered a sound that was every bit as authoritative and physically present as that delivered by the Vox Olympians. Once again, it seems that Living Voice get the final word in Munich.
Roy Gregory of the AudioBeat sums up his personal highlights from Munich, including the 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.
Troels Gravesen, ‘tweaker’ extraordinaire and speaker designer par excellence, was much taken with our efforts at Munich.
Kevin Scott was using a pair of early generation Vox Elysian subs with the Palladians and producing a sound that put this room among the very best in show.
Jason Kennedy in The Ear’s best of show round-up.
Of course the Palladians look beautiful and are beautifully finished, but they are certainly ‘no style over substance monkey’ and deliver emotion and passion to the listener like little else I’ve ever heard.w
‘HiFi Pig’ show coverage.
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.