I was flattered by PT's invitaition to attend the private premiere of Stephane Even's masterful creation. With wife wandering in Japan, I wrapped up the day much quicker than usual and left everything behind for my colleagues. How could I be late for this long-awaited home trip to PT's musical heaven.
Horowitz in Moscow, PT's favourite, was the curtain raiser.The sheer realism of the concert hall instantly grabbed my attention. I began to realise how technically proficient Horowitz was for his total command and artistry. His Liszt's repertoire was full of colour, intensity, and flair. Considered he was an 86 years old senior, he was superhuman in that memorable event. I was holding my breath, grasping the stylish Origine's remote control, sweating, wondering how Stephane spent the last 12 years to achieve this ambition.
Only one song, I requested a time out and leaned forward to the machine. Over the last 6 months,I kept finding the answer for the enigmatic choice of transport. PT never granted my wish until now, I witnessed the disc changing process on the spot. No more plastic DVD-ROM (my skeptical and persistent complaint)and I suspect it is an Esoteric VRDS transport. From a close distance, the overall workmanship is immaculate, coupled with the unmistaken French aesthetics of copper trim, it is unquestionably a contemporary art piece, bundled with ultra high-end music playback.
The audition resumed with the Bufferfly Lover Violin Concerto. The life-like presence of the recording venue accommodated the orchestration with an abundant level of spatial resolution. It reminded me of my audition of NVS tt at AE1. The violin playing was full of volume, texture, and human. The Origine cleared the customs and delivered to PT's place by 4pm. It was 9:30 at night and I was horrified by how big the improvement will be after breaking-in. There was no trace of harshness usually encountered during run-in.
PT urged me to try my own discs. We spinned PINA the soundtrack and the vocal was definitely out of the flesh. It surpassed the 3D imaging and the balance between musicality & audiophile impact was too good to be true. NR22 was already top-notched in vocal, but Origine is doing everything better, and refined by a wide margin! For Rock fans (seems not too many in AE), I tried Eyes wide open, a 2006 classic album by Snow Patrol, the sheer energy, rawness and complex mixing stole the show. Origine excels again!
The night concluded with a Spanish singing (I guess opera, recommended by Voy to PT). I was stunned by the realism of the female vocal. Now I understand why Neodio emphasizes on its capability in playing varied music genre with exclusive tone and manner. Again, NR22 has lived up to Neo's reputation. But Origine will be in the Hall of Fame of best ever CD players. In truth, Origine blurs the line between CD & Lp.
The 1-hr audition was an eye opener. The Origine is built like tank, idolized like Zidane (the legendary French footballer), and hailed heavenly voice!