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Nils Lofgren – Acoustic Live– (AP reissue) – Keith don’t go
Dave Brubeck – (King Records, 1965 white label promo) – Take 5
Kenny G – (Arista, 1989)
Michael Jackson Thriller – (Epic, 1983 – white label promo) – Lady of my life
Dead Can Dance – Into the labyrinth (1993) – Yulunga
Metallica – Black album (1991 Elektra (reissue) and Vertigo) – Sad but true
Gounod/Bizet – Faust/Carmen (RCA Victor) – Carmen
Ella and Louis – (Mono, white label promo) – Lets be friends
Ernest Ansermet – the Royal Ballet Gala Performances (RCA Victor)
Addition: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
I wasn't really prepared for what i was about to encounter over the next 10 days. I surprisingly picked up the Gounod/Bizet piece. The drop of the stylus revealed an expansion of music beyond the boundaries of my side and front walls. My eyes were looking everywhere, placing each instrument in its holographic bubble. Each instrument can be heard as a separated entity and they still have the cohesiveness and unity as a group. Instruments crystallised and became palpable. And then came the bass. I know at the beginning i was not getting bass below 60Hz as i had not repositioned my speakers to accommodate for the change in the amplifier. Now that i have moved the speakers very close to the back wall and further apart, this has made the bass lower and opened the soundstage even more. The music being played was way beyond my expectation.
Then came the acoustic LPs. The complexity and speed at which the Monica/Lars system portrayed was unbelievable. It was not exaggerated at all. It was just right... Everything gelled heterogeneously. I play my music pretty loud. It was pleasant and not tiring. I only got tired because of the sleepless nights due to prolonged listening sessions.
Vocals... Its a 300b and XLS to be exact. I think the Emissions Lab 300bxls tubes are really amazing. I can only reiterate the word Chris has used and that is "sonority". Couldn't be more accurate as that. Again, its just right.
Last but not least came music of the Pop era, heavy metal and electronic music. I find these albums extremely and increasing entertaining. I was wondering if the Monica/Lars combo could keep up with it.... I shouldn't have doubted it at all. Playing the electronic music of Daft Punks, Random Access Memories shed a lot of meaning to the music. My wife was floored when listening to it. My second set of ears told me that sound of liquid flowing at the end of the music sounded visceral. Metallica and Dead Can Dance are lovely tunes again for base, speed and surprisingly transparency.
Overall, the Engstrom&Engstrom products i.e.: Monica/Lars or Monica/Eric are real statements in the super high end world (sonically amazing and aesthetically a masterpiece).
Thank you Timo and Lars for your invaluable contribution to Super High End hifi equipment. Your approach and ease of friendship and communication makes me feel very much part of the EE family.
Chris, what can i say? Thank you yet again for another winner. Engstrom&Engstrom has reached Southeast Asia and it has opened ears and eyes.
Now i have to go through all my LPs again and again to get reacquainted with what i have missed out over the years. And i missed out a lot.....