Monday, 16 June 2014
CRANAGE HALL AUDIO SHOW JUNE 2014 - Lampizator, Van de Leur, Tektron Italia, hORNS.pl
OK, lets the get the first thing out of the way. This is not a visually domestically acceptable system, at least not in our house. I have a very understanding partner - she likes to hear good sounding music, but without a dedicated music listening room, this wouldn't be given house room by either of us. The LampizatOr obsession with putting the power button / indicator into the "O" in every word is distinctive but just makes for messy looking equipment - they need to work harder on shaking off the home made origins of the products.
So that's out of the way.
Here we listened to the LampizatOr TranspOrt (which is essentially a tweaked Squeezebox - I'm sure the extent of tweaking is revealed on their www site), the LampizatOr Level 7 DAC, Van de Leur 002 stereo pre-amp and Sicillian made Tektron Italia Reference mono valve power amps and a KBL Sounds mains conditioner. These played into the industrial strength hORNS.pl speakers you see in the picture, along with their battleship stands. These were in a gloss black finish which was OK, but not as smooth as some others. A range of glossy colours are available.
Lots of detail coming through on this system. Deep well controlled bass. Plenty of heft and control. I did wonder what it would be like after several hours of listening though - could get wearing.
At the side of the room they also played some music via bluetooth from a phone into these funky looking little boxes. There's a valve amp and a pair of single cone speakers. Very well finished in a variety of bright colours they're a bit of fun for a bedroom, kitchen, study etc. Sounded OK, but not really very fair to judge, given their tabletop position, speakers close together etc. Might be worth further investigation if that's the sort of thing that you're considering for non-main system requirements.