Tannoy 15″ Gold and Earle Weston 300B monoblocs

I have just got back from listening to a pair of fifteen inch Monitor Golds in superb boxes. The drivers have had the once-over by Atilla,┬áserindipitously arriving at the same time as John’ own Weston 300B monoblocs. Midrange like honey, and the right box size for a clean tight bass. Saturday is the first chance to listen to this system. Bring a CD.

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MELBOURNE AUDIO CLUB 19 FEBRUARY.

VAF speakers demonstrated by Philip Vafiadis who founded Vaf Research more than 35 years ago!.

What is it that makes South Australia the birthplace of many innovative high end audio products? Other than Vaf there are Krix and of don’t forget Halcro electronics.
Amplifier will be the Electrocompaniet Ampliwire 100, and and Audio Research LS15 preamp. Source will be the Oppo again. The sound of the Oppo and Pre and power combination should be detailed but not clinical, should be a good partnership with the new Vaf speakers.
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An excellent demonstration, VAF have made a good sounding well balanced speaker for under $3000. Philip explained the design decisions for using 6 drivers 3 way. The baffle is designed so that with a first order crossover the phasing is consistent at the listening position. Claimed to be easy to drive and with high efficiency, many of these speakers are being driven with Earle Weston’s valve amplifiers.

Open Baffle Lowther at Derek.

A chance to hear some open baffle Lowthers. Having just listened to Vivid V1.5s driven by Conrad Johnson this is a week of fast clean systems.

I was impressed to hear Derek’s open baffle Lowther PM6A system on Friday. I was expecting fast transients and accurate leading and trailing edges to the music, but was preparing myself for the usual peaks in the Lowther response. What a surprise! An open baffle Lowther that did NOT have shrieking strings, penetrating brass and all the usual Lowther attributes. But it did have amazing speed and transparency, showing off the quality of a Wadia CD player and a superb custom preamp and Weston 300B SE valve amp.