Introduction du nouveau Harbeth Super HL5 Plus

HARBETH-HL5-PLUSLa très populaire Super HL5 recoit une mise à niveau. La Harbeth SHL5 Plus est la septième génération de la légendaire HL Monitor. Elle est maintenant dotée du nouveau transducteur de médium / grave RADIAL 2, exclusivité de Harbeth. Le filtre séparateur s’est vu aussi revisé pour maximiser les performances de ce nouveau haut parleur. Le résultat est une nette amélioration de la transparence et de l’articulation mais tout en conservant ce très grand respect des timbres dont on connait des SHL5. En fait, c’est cette grande qualité de timbres que beaucoup considèrent comme étant une des grandes force des enceintes Harbeth, une force qui est jugée inégalée par ses concurents, sauf peut-être les “Classic” de Spendor. Prix suggéré : $6299/pr

Every once in a while in the endless flux of audio components, one encounters a truly great musical performer. The Harbeth Super HL5 loudspeaker is one such product. The HL5 has been in production since 1977, eons in the often-faddish world of audio. …it remains both state-of-the-art contemporary and part of a glorious loudspeaker design tradition …Never, at any price or design type, have I heard a speaker that so completely got out of the way and let the music speak for itself. Never have I heard a speaker that exceeds the HL5’s ability to reveal the artistic quality of the music and its performance. Never have I heard a speaker that does so many of the fundamentals of music reproduction so right: timbre, rhythm, phrasing, articulation, parsing, dynamic flow, sound stage reconstruction, placement of instruments, and the delineation of the ambience of the recording site are all produced with an ease and naturalness so convincing and so adept at evoking musical gestalts that immersion into the music was as easy as breathing.The Harbeth’s reproduction of instrumental timbre is exceptional, among the best I’ve ever heard.” — Stereo Times.

Zesto Audio Leto (préampli)

“…as I observed of the Andros, the really distinguishing characteristic of the Leto is a wonderful freedom from the usual sorts of sonic hype and electromechanical artifacts. …a naturaleness that soon becomeleto-1-5-final-web
s quite addictive is the order of the day with this preamplifier, though it is also lively in its dynamics and lifelike in its vividness and vitality. No wonder the Zesto rooms have turned up so often on the “best sound” lists of recent audio shows. …I am astonished at the sense of sheer power the Leto is able to convey. …Bass drums, tympani, trombones, tubas, bassoons, doublebasses have truly prodigious weight and definition. …The entire midrange is beyond criticism… The top end? Airy, extended and natural” — The Absolute Sound.

“New from Zesto Audio comes the tubed Leto Preamp, pushing the envelope in value and performance in its price range and beyond. With styling similar to the Andros Phono stage, the Leto is a powerful sounding, highly detailed, fantastically quiet, and superbly musical masterpiece that will complement the finest systems. …the Leto performed like a thoroughbred in every way musical, and was a joy to control and adjust. The fun factor while working with the Leto made me rethink what has been missing in minimalist preamps that cost even more money these days. What a jewel! The Zesto Audio Leto is a killer design to my way of listening and loving recordings, and may just be the preamp you will buy and keep for the very, very long haul. The Leto receives my highest recommendation.” — Positive Feedback.

Prix suggéré : $10 200.00.

Linn Products maintenant chez Codell

Linn_KlimaxSystem_350_DS_KKCodell Audio est fier de vous offrir les produits du célèbre fabricant Linn Products. Fondée en 1972, cette firme écossaise est l’une des sociétés les plus importantes du monde de la haute fidélité et jouit d’une réputation exceptionnelle. La qualité remarquable de ses conceptions, les technologies avant-garde de fabrication et le soin extreme de l’assemblage sont quelques uns des ingrédients qui ont assuré ce succès intemporel.

Aujourd’hui, Linn est une des seules compagnies capable de maitriser l’intégralité des éléments d’une chaîne haute fidélité. La légendaire platine Sondek LP12, développée il y a 40 ans, demeure encore aujourd’hui une référence incontournable et démontre l’efficacité des mises à niveau de ce fameux tourne disques, ainsi que le dévouement de Linn à la technologie analogique. Linn est aussi précurseur et leader en matière de streaming en réseau; de nombreuses éloges de la presse spécialisée en acclame les réalisations.

klimax_lp12_close_oak_72dpiN’oublions pas que Linn maitrise également la chaîne d’enregistrement à travers la création de sa propre maison de disques, Linn Records, établie en 1982.


L’UD-501 est sans teac-ud-501front-panelaucun doute le convertisseur Numérique-Analogique le plus performant du marché pour un budget inférieur à 1500-2000 dollars. C’est un des seuls DACs à prendre en charge les plus hautes quantifications et fréquences d’échantillonnage actuellement disponibles ! Aussi bien les flux PCM en provenances de pratiquement tous les types de transports, que les flux numériques (via son entrée USB) jusqu’à 32bits/384kHz. Il est aussi l’un des très rares convertisseurs capables de gérer le format DSD jusqu’à 5,6MHz. Les produits de la gamme 501 représente la synthèse parfaite des différents savoir-faire de la société TEAC au travers de ses différents départements ; TEAC Hi-fi, ESOTERIC et TASCAM (la division professionnelle). Le cahier des charges est de réaliser les meilleurs produits possibles tout en restant dans des budgets réalistes. Tous les produits de la gamme 501 sont réalisés au sein des usines TASCAM de la société TEAC. On n’y retrouve pas moins de cinq entrées numériques : deux optiques, deux coaxiales et enfin une USB. Les sorties sont également doublées par des RCA en mode asymétrique et des XLR pour un raccordement en symétrique. Mais ce qui en fait un appareil hors norme, outre cette magnifique finition, c’est que la prise USB est annoncée comme pouvant recevoir des signaux DSD (Direct Stream Digital), le format de données pour les fichiers SACD.
Prix suggéré : $899.

The TEAC UD-501 is an extremely impressive DAC. It plays every audio file you could conceivably think of, and does so while cocking a rather large snook at companies that insist DSD replay is only possible at great expense. An integrated streamer aside, I can’t think why anyone would want anything more than this. Strongly recommended! Hi-Fi+

Resonessence Labs

resonessence_labs_invicta_mirus_9pic_flag (40x27)Resonessence Labs est une firme canadienne fondée par Mark Mallinson, ancien Directeur des Opérations chez ESS Technologies. Mark est donc l’homme responsable de la conception des fameux DAC ESS Sabre. Avec sa nouvelle équipe d’ingénieurs, Mark s’est donné comme mandat non seuleument de concevoir des convertisseurs offrant des performances techniques exceptionnelles, mais de s’assurer que ses produits deviennent la référence de l’industrie en rapport qualité sonore / prix. La conception des produits Resonessence Labs devait se faire sous une surveillance étroite et une attention rigoureuse à chaque étape de la production et c’est pour ces raisons que la fabrication est totallement réalisée au Canada.

You might come away from this review thinking that I feel that the Resonessence Labs Invicta Mirus DAC is very near perfect. I’m not sure I can say that. What I can say is that DAC technology is now at an all-time high, with fantastic products available for just a few hundred dollars to many thousands. I think the $5000 price point is a sweet spot for DACs these days, with state-of-the-art sound available long before you hit five figures. While I can’t guarantee that the Invicta Mirus will trounce DACs costing multiples of its price, I’ve not heard anything in my system, or at a show or dealer, that would lead me to believe that it’s not at least fully competitive with anything, at any price, on the market today. As I listened to it in my system, the sound wanted for nothing — and I was mesmerized by how the Mirus was able to fully reveal the spatial qualities of live recordings. Unless you’re the type of audiophile who needs a huge, gleaming chassis in your system — or several of them — look no further than this little puppy for all your digital needs. Regardless of the pedigree of the rest of your gear, the Resonessence Invicta Mirus will fit in just fine.”Ultra Audio.

Congratulations to Mark Mallinson and the other guys in Resonessence Labs – gentlemen, you’ve created an outstanding product! (Invicta Mirus)”Positive Feedback 2014.

That’s three sustained killer blows from one box (Invicta Mirus)… a knockout. Winner of Digital Audio Review’ KO award.”Digital Audio Review.

In my estimation that’s a real coup. It’s a tour-de-force.”

The sound? Studio-quality snap, dynamics, spaciousness, and most all, vivid tone colors.”Positive Feedback 2013.

The Invicta ia a remarkable product in many ways, the more so for being Resonessence Labs’ first. It is clearly a technical reference among sub $5K DACs.” Hi-Fi News.There’s obviously a lot to like about the Invicta DAC. As a matter of fact I’d be hard pressed to note anything worth criticizing.”Audiostream.I can think of no greater bang-for-buck currently available in the budget digital space. Hands down a triumph of innovation and sonic flair, Resonessence Labs’ CONCERO (599 $) exceeds expectations by a healthy margin and then some.” Tone Audio.

Chord 2Qute

chord_2quteLe nouveau Chord Electronics 2Qute est un convertisseur numérique / analogique compact doté de performances vraiment remarquables. Il est basé sur la technologie mise au point pour l’HUGO, référence incontestée du moment, mais sans les piles ni l’amplificateur casque.

Le 2Qute utilise un boîtier Chordette ainsi que le chipset Spartan 6 de l’Hugo et propose une conversion PCM jusqu’à 32-bit/384kHz sur les entrées coax et USB, et 24-bit/192kHz sur son entrée optique. La prise en charge des fichiers DSD64 est réalisée sur toutes les entrées, tandis que les entrées coax et USB se chargent des fichiers DSD128. Le 2Qute est disponible en noir ou argent, avec un prix suggéré de $1995.

Spendor A6R

Spendor-A6R-light-oakSpendor a récemment introduit la A6R, remplaçant ainsi sa populaire A6. Ce nouveau modèle bénificie de révisions majeures procurant des performances accrues au niveau de la dynamique, de la résolution et de l’extension du grave. Profitant de la technologie développée pour l’acclamée Spendor D7, la A6R est dotée d’un nouveau transducteur de grave de 18cm, avec membrance en polymère EP77, unique à Spendor. Un filtre entièrement redessiné et pourvu de composantes de plus haut niveau complète les revisions du A6R. Son prix suggéré est de 4595$.

It’s one of those speakers that gets straight ‘As’ across all disciplines… Its sheer competence across the board meanscompetence across the board means it’s really hard, if not impossible, to beat. You just can’t help really liking it, no matter what you’re currently used to and how expensive it is. As such, it comes heartily recommended – if you want your music to do the talking and not your loudspeakers!” 5 Star Winner, Hi-Fi Choice.

They put in a superb performance across the frequency range, showcasing a surprisingly deep and punchy low end alongside an expressive midrange and a detailed, refined treble. Each feels like a well-judged part of a whole, slotting together perfectly to produce a well-balanced, coherent system… Detail is second to none too, and there is layer upon layer of subtlety and fine detail to grasp onto. Notes have depth and dimension, nuances are picked up in all their glory and vocals are conveyed with all the reality and emotion with which they were recorded….An outstanding pair of speakers…” What Hi-Fi, Group Test Winner!

Adept Response AC conditioners will lift the performance of your system to the next level.

AR6TAdept Response aR12-TS :
Talk about a velvety black background! GAWD! Beyond that, the improvements come in a more subtle and nuanced manner—slightly creamier tonal texture, better focus of instrumental voices—both in portraying individual size and physical location—and a somewhat heightened or more apparent sense of drive and pace. Overall, the result is even more of that wonderful transparency that the aR12-T ushered in. All these newly elevated attributes combine to offer an even more coherent presentation over all. All in all, the Audience aR12-TS represents a significant advance upon an already very significant product. … While I couldn’t have asked for a more effectual AC supply conditioner than the aR12-T, the posse at Audience has somehow managed to heap significant improve upon their already benchmark product. Those guys never cease to amaze me… and the new aR12-TS is most ENTHUSIASTICALLY and musically recommended.” — Positive Feedback.

Adept Response aR6-TSS:
If you need power conditioning, then this is the best I’ve heard.” —

If you’re in the market for line conditioning, I think you ought to take a serious look at this one. There can be differences in performance depending on the system and the nature of the power in your own region, but for me, it was a no-brainer. Like TAS editor Robert Harley once said to me, “You need a power conditioner.” I have one now. It’s the Audiennce aR6-TSS.” — The Absolute Sound.

Going from no power conditioner to the aR6-TS was such a revelation that it was difficult to believe that a mere power conditioner could make such a huge improvement. If you think your system already sounds as good as it can, you might find it hard to believe what an Audience aR6-TS can do for it. And if you’ve used a power conditioner before and heard little or no change in sound quality, well, I’ve been there many times with many such products. The Audience TS-series models are different. If you already have an aR6-T, you’ll find the aR6-TS a significant, very surprising, very worthwhile upgrade. If your budget can handle it, spending $5000 (base price) to $7550 (with extra filter and Au24 powerChord) on an aR6-TS might just make the biggest overall improvement in sound you can get for that kind of money.” — Ultra Audio.

Les cellules Soundsmith

sussurro_beauty_waterLa société Soundsmith est située dans le comté de Westchester, à New York, depuis plus de 35 ans. Peter Ledermann, le président et fondateur se consacre maintenant à plein temps aux produits Soundsmith, développant et inventant de nouveaux concepts dont les cellules et étages commercialisés sous le nom de cette marque.

Il est tout à fait reconnu que les cellules haut de gamme étant de petits bijoux de mécaniques fabriqués à la mai. Chez Soundsmith, toutes les cellules, de l’Otello à l’Hyperion, sont soigneusement construites manuellement, elles sont ensuite toutes testées une par une, et les performances sont scrupuleusement relevées. Celles qui répondent ou dépassent les spécifications sont vendues. Mais il y a toujours quelques unités qui ne répondent pas aux critères techniques souhaités. Elles ne sont tout simplement pas mises en vente et, donc passent au pilon (mais certaines parties sont réutilisées).

In short, this is one of the handful of high-end products so good and so different, it really is worth serious travel to hear.” The Absolute Sound.

Thanks to its level of performance, hand built quality and the ease that it can be incorporated into a wide range of systems, we are awarding The Voice our Product of the Year award in the analog category. I can’t think of a cartridge in this price category that is more true to the music and even when comparing it to the stratoshperic cartridges, The Voice still holds its own.” Tone Audio.You’ll also experience a big, vibrant, dramatic, well-focused, well-organized sound that will never let you down, regardless of your musical tastes… The cartridge is a bargain at $750. It would be a good value at $1000.” Stereophile Recommended Components.There’s something so alive sounding about a good moving coil cartridge. On the other hand, good moving magnet and moving iron cartridges like a Shure or Grado sound so correct and are also great trackers. The Voices comes closer than any cartridge I have ever heard at doing both. It is without a doubt the best non-moving coil cartridge I have heard and I would rank it in the top five of any cartridges I have ever heard.” Dagogo.