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GRANDINOTE Munich 2018

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The Grandinote gear almost ruined me: Although I heard other good-sounding systems on Friday, few were as musical or emotionally powerful as this one.

I began the day in Halle 1, listening to Grandinote electronics and loudspeakers in one of the many freestanding "room units" at Munich High End. Here, a Grandinote Volta server (8000 Euros) fed a Grandinote Shinai integrated amplifier (12,000 Euros), which in turn drove a pair of Grandinote Mach Nine loudspeakers (30,000 Euros/pair), with all Luna cabling.

The Grandinote gear almost ruined me: Although I heard other good-sounding systems on Friday, few were as musical or emotionally powerful as this one. I sat down just as the people running the dem put on the Weavers' famous live version of "Guantanamera": the playback quality was exquisite—musical, emotionally powerful, and sneakily dynamic, without apparent flaw. Pete Seeger, a man whose sanctimony kept me from fully enjoying his music as the years went by, was in youthful fine voice here, and the instrumental accompaniment was tactile and just plain real-sounding. On the next selection, the late Sandy Denny sounded similarly real and no less emotionally powerful: I was starting to cry, and it was only 10:30 in the morning!

Before leaving the Grandinote room, I spoke with Danny Labrecque (left, in the photo above) and Erik Fortier (right) of Luna Cables, who showed me the aluminum spacers that they're beginning to use in place of shrinkwrap on their Luna Red models. Also new from vintage-inspired Luna is a decidedly non-vintage Ethernet network cable.

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https://www.stereophile.com/content/arts-friday-munich-part-one#67DyW3ZTMot8pDk4.99

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Article by Clement Perry

Sounds too good to be true until you hear these products for oneself.

Was happy to see Massimiliano Magri, or Maxx of Grandinote (above photo) greeting me from the MOC rather than some off sight location as he did last year. Once again, I was delighted to see the Grandinote Volta music server ($10k) feeding the newest member of the family in the Shinai integrated amplifier ($14k). What I was really looking forward to hearing however was the new 9 woofer/16 tweeter, 98 dB efficient, Grandinote Mach 9 loudspeakers ($30k), I had heard so much about since being bowled over by the smaller Mach 4's during last year's High End show (see that report here). And yes, by all accounts the sound was stellar as to be expected already knowing how good this Italian brand performs. Pure Class A tube sound from a solid-state device without the fuss. Sounds too good to be true until you hear these products for oneself.

That being said, these makeshift rooms couldn't handle the energy the Mach 9's let loose into the room. More often than not, the room literally shook from the lower octaves causing Maxx to lower the volume to acommodate the flimsy walls. This wasn't the case last year when he had a true cement structure for which to showcase his new Mach 4 loudspeakers. At 98 dB efficient, the Mach 9's, when played within the limits of the room, performed flawlessly. Unfortunately, to hear the Mach 9's played to their limits is going to take another room and another day.

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http://v2.stereotimes.com/post/high-end-2018e

High End 2018 Music - Grandinote - The best sound at the MOC!

Luna Cables / Aktyna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jEWM06UeGw&feature=share

Reinhard Goërner and the friendly personnage behind the Grandinote products, Massimiliano Magri

Dany Labrecque and Erik Fortier of Luna Cables supplied the cabling for the show

www.goerneraudio.com

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