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Stereopal Visit: Lincoln of Audiotechnique Magazine, Hongkong Date: March 20, 2006
The "5 Goddess" plus "the 8 Titans", Lincoln's 5 piece CD player combined with the 8 piece
Krell Evolution system is easily one of the most expensive systems I have ever heard"
..... Rick, Stereopal Admin.
|Turntable:||Basis Signature Series|
|5 Piece CD System:||Transport - Esoteric P-01 SACD/CD Transport with Seperate Power Supply Unit|
|Monaural D/A Converter - Esoteric D01 (2 pieces)|
|Master Clock - Esoteric G-0s|
|Phono Preamp:||Boulder 2008|
|Preamplifier:||Krell Evolution Two Monaural Preamplifier with separate power supply|
|Amplifier:||Krell Evolution One Monaural Power Amplifier with separate power supply|
|Speaker:||Venture Audio Grand Excellence Diamond SE|
|Cables:||Siltech / Taralabs|
|Power Conditioner||Shunyata Hydra|
I was thrilled when I learned that Lincoln was inviting me to his house, I knew I would be in for a treat.
Krell Evolution One & Two, Esoteric Top of the Line stuff, and to top it off, the Venture Grand Excellence speakers !
Such rare combination of fine equipments are very hard to come by.
When I walked into the audio room, I said to myself "My ! These speakers are going to over power the room !?"
Lincoln's audio room is not very big. These imposing speakers are less than a feet from the side walls, and the listening position is approximately 6 feet from the speakers.
"Just sit down and listen", Lincoln responded confidently.
I was wrong. I was immediately "drawn into" the music. The was no room resonance to speak of, and there was no bass boom whatsoever. Clean, tight, and full thumping low frequency was present without apology. The speed and accuracy of the high notes was unlike anything I have ever heard before. Then Hugh Masekela was played, it was like he was standing right in front of me. He was not oversized or bloated, all done right in David Copperfield's disappearing fashion.
We had the opportunity to A/B'd between Analog vs the Esoteric 5 piece system. Without listening to the LP turntable, in Lincoln's words, "you would have no complaints whatsoever". The sound of the Esoteric player came very close to 33 rpm LPs on the same title. But when a 45 rpm LP of the same titled was played, , there's still no contest between them.
Once you have listened to Lincoln's system, its very hard to get the sound off your head. Fellow member Stephen, who came with me to this visit had only one comment to make: "Lincoln's system is absolutely stunning, it is like super good sounding multiplied by a thousand fold !"
|The Clash of the Titans ? Esoteric 5 piece CD player vs Basis Signature Series Turntable|
Esoteric Monaural DAC, Esoteric Master Clock
Separate Power Supply Unit for the CD Transport
|Boulder 2008 Phono Preamp with Separate Power Supply Unit. On Top, we have the Basis Turntable sitting on the Vibraplane platter.|
|Krell Evolution Two Mono Preamp. Below, we have the Evolution One Mono Amps.|
|Accuton Diamond Tweeter on the Venture speakers.|
|Talk about an impressive CD collection !|
|I'll always remember the sound I heard from this impressive setup.|
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