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Friday 21 February 2014

Bristol Show 2014 - Lumin, Albarry and Amphion

One of the most musical rooms today.  

I have a Linn Klimax DS/1 which shares many of the same design approaches (machined from solid case, separate internal compartments, Lindahl output transformers etc.) of the Lumin streamer so was really interested to hear this kit.
By combining it with the Albarrys which I like very much and the Amphions which are new to me at this show, a very musical and unforced presentation resulted.  Very fluid, smooth across the frequency range, speakers sounding very comfortable with what they were doing.
How does the Lumin compare to the Linn?  Well, they'd have to be in the same system in the same room on the same day really, so no way to make that comparison here.  On the basis of this though, it is a comparison worth making.
I understand the Lumin is available at a very good price to introduce it to the country and its price will increase later, so probably worth checking out sooner rather than later.  The finish isn't up to the standards of the Linn, but its significantly lower cost too.
Another room where they were happy to play a good variety of music too - I'm learning that this is often a good indicator of a good system.


  1. Glad you enjoyed it Neil!
    Thanks for posting about it.
    Alex, LUMIN

  2. Audiomica Laboratory cables?