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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1590 on: November 18, 2019, 10:41:07 AM »
This was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon which easily could have easily turned into a late night session. Everything was perfect, the weather, good food, good wine and great hospitality. We can forgive Ramsay for the oversight of not having a butler for the dishes and a blonde to serve the wine.   

What was obvious from the onset - even when sitting outside was the exceptional resolution of the hybrid ribbon loudspeakers. For the first time I understood why the the Lampi Dac and 40 watt Zotl amplifier's are so highly rated. 

For me, this is one of the very best systems in Cape Town.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1591 on: November 18, 2019, 12:26:51 PM »
The VoiceBox features a Fountek 50mm/2" true ribbon tweeter supported by a 133mm/5.25" Nomex/paper mid/woofer in a compact enclosure measuring 182 x 195 x 313mm. A perforated metal grille is attached via small magnets serves. Axis quotes a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz +/-2dB and 45Hz to 20kHz +/-3dB (1/3rd-octave pink noise) which is decent low-end extension for a speaker of this size. The other side of the coin is a lowish 83dB sensitivity but mated to a flattish 5Ω impedance. The speaker’s power rating is 100 watts.

The beautiful round-edged enclosure ports out the rear via a shaped nicely profiled vent whilst the multi-coat black piano gloss finish is mirror-like in its polished sheen. The enclosure is strongly built and seemingly well-braced. Tapping the cabinet sides only serves to illustrate its solidity. A narrow and long metal plate adorns the rear panel inscribed with the Axis logo, the speaker model name and Chinese characters depicting the words Love of Sound. Binding posts are good-quality generic gold-plated types. The cabinets are protected by an easily removed clear plastic skin when delivered in the well-cushioned single box for the pair.

These speakers sound far far bigger than their stature would suggest. Coupling a true ribbon tweeter to a dynamic midrange driver whilst maintaining soundfield cohesiveness and frequency response uniformity demands a thoroughly well-engineered crossover. And that requires very patient astute ears over prolonged listening sessions. The VoiceBox exhibits the fruit of such directives. The VoiceBox renders such detail in a way that informs and integrates with the music. It forms part of it without dissection as a fundamental part of the musical communication.

Another strength is the way the VoiceBox delivers a soundstage. The speakers recreate a soundfield with tremendous width, reasonable depth and accurate image placement. Given an appropriate recording, lateral layers are defined and independent of each other whilst depth is not as dramatically profound as our much more expensive reference. The mix of drivers—as acutely integrated as they are—do throw the soundstage a tad forward but only minimally so. This is actually a presentation which many audiophiles enjoy as it can provide a heightened sense of immediacy. Just as it does here, these speakers can create an extraordinary sense of being there. So whack on any vocal, male or female of suitable quality, and you’ll be astonished at the verisimilitude. Be it Chris Jones, Diana Krall or indeed any of the ‘showroom session’ suspects and you’ll have them pretty much in your room as far as current transducer technology allows.

This can be a double-edged sword. Such revealing speakers so capable of profound information retrieval need intelligent matching with ancillaries. Give them a bright source or amplifier and they’ll exhibit some sibilance whilst retaining all the other superb qualities. If that was not the case, they’d not be as revelatory when fed appropriately. These are refined speakers that require quality upstream gear because they are faithful and truthful messengers.

Faithfulness is not to be confused with musicality. It is thoroughly melodious and pure enough to convey the beauty and poetry of any music, be it orchestral, Chamber, Rock, Jazz or whatever. You will not get the last few octaves—they won’t defy the laws of physics—but what you do get within its respectable frequency response range is unadulterated sonic joy. But what it does give you is tight bass with thorough detail retrieval and a bouncy lively step to its sprint. It really hightails its way around a bass tune with acoustic and electric bass delivered with tonally rich timbres and defined leading edges. As satisfying as the low-end is.

Over the years, there have been a number of stand-mount speakers that have got the formula just right. They’ve had universal appeal and have gone on to become somewhat iconic. Given the appropriate exposure, the VoiceBox has the potential to reach classic status. And indeed it may be on its way at least locally where it has met with commercial success in the short time it has been available to Australians. The VoiceBox  might just be amongst the very best mini monitors available today.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1592 on: November 18, 2019, 03:39:59 PM »
Thanks ChrisC - well captured, presented and discussed. I also endorse Jozua's input. A good time was had by all - the tube rolling also proved to be interesting and revealing exercise and no there were no other things rolled to keep the party going - just some good red, beer and some great Port to keep the blood flowing. 

So Ramsey has taken the trouble to couple certain valves to deliver particular sound - voiced the system differently with different valves. System ids revealing enough to make the differences abundantly clear. Good exercise Ramsey - reminded me of the old tricks of cable swapping, in systems which were all the rage in the previous century. Certainly added value to the afternoon

Thanks for hosting Ramsey   


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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1593 on: November 18, 2019, 04:03:46 PM »
The VoiceBox features a Fountek 50mm/2" true ribbon tweeter supported by a 133mm/5.25" Nomex/paper mid/woofer in a compact enclosure measuring 182 x 195 x 313mm. A perforated metal grille is attached via small magnets serves. Axis quotes a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz +/-2dB and 45Hz to 20kHz +/-3dB (1/3rd-octave pink noise) which is decent low-end extension for a speaker of this size. The other side of the coin is a lowish 83dB sensitivity but mated to a flattish 5Ω impedance. The speaker’s power rating is 100 watts.

The beautiful round-edged enclosure ports out the rear via a shaped nicely profiled vent whilst the multi-coat black piano gloss finish is mirror-like in its polished sheen. The enclosure is strongly built and seemingly well-braced. Tapping the cabinet sides only serves to illustrate its solidity. A narrow and long metal plate adorns the rear panel inscribed with the Axis logo, the speaker model name and Chinese characters depicting the words Love of Sound. Binding posts are good-quality generic gold-plated types. The cabinets are protected by an easily removed clear plastic skin when delivered in the well-cushioned single box for the pair.

These speakers sound far far bigger than their stature would suggest. Coupling a true ribbon tweeter to a dynamic midrange driver whilst maintaining soundfield cohesiveness and frequency response uniformity demands a thoroughly well-engineered crossover. And that requires very patient astute ears over prolonged listening sessions. The VoiceBox exhibits the fruit of such directives. The VoiceBox renders such detail in a way that informs and integrates with the music. It forms part of it without dissection as a fundamental part of the musical communication.

Another strength is the way the VoiceBox delivers a soundstage. The speakers recreate a soundfield with tremendous width, reasonable depth and accurate image placement. Given an appropriate recording, lateral layers are defined and independent of each other whilst depth is not as dramatically profound as our much more expensive reference. The mix of drivers—as acutely integrated as they are—do throw the soundstage a tad forward but only minimally so. This is actually a presentation which many audiophiles enjoy as it can provide a heightened sense of immediacy. Just as it does here, these speakers can create an extraordinary sense of being there. So whack on any vocal, male or female of suitable quality, and you’ll be astonished at the verisimilitude. Be it Chris Jones, Diana Krall or indeed any of the ‘showroom session’ suspects and you’ll have them pretty much in your room as far as current transducer technology allows.

This can be a double-edged sword. Such revealing speakers so capable of profound information retrieval need intelligent matching with ancillaries. Give them a bright source or amplifier and they’ll exhibit some sibilance whilst retaining all the other superb qualities. If that was not the case, they’d not be as revelatory when fed appropriately. These are refined speakers that require quality upstream gear because they are faithful and truthful messengers.

Faithfulness is not to be confused with musicality. It is thoroughly melodious and pure enough to convey the beauty and poetry of any music, be it orchestral, Chamber, Rock, Jazz or whatever. You will not get the last few octaves—they won’t defy the laws of physics—but what you do get within its respectable frequency response range is unadulterated sonic joy. But what it does give you is tight bass with thorough detail retrieval and a bouncy lively step to its sprint. It really hightails its way around a bass tune with acoustic and electric bass delivered with tonally rich timbres and defined leading edges. As satisfying as the low-end is.

Over the years, there have been a number of stand-mount speakers that have got the formula just right. They’ve had universal appeal and have gone on to become somewhat iconic. Given the appropriate exposure, the VoiceBox has the potential to reach classic status. And indeed it may be on its way at least locally where it has met with commercial success in the short time it has been available to Australians. The VoiceBox  might just be amongst the very best mini monitors available today.

Wow! @chrisc  - Do you write the reviews for 6moons on the quiet?

https://6moons.com/audioreviews2/axis/1.html

Remarkable!  :2thumbs:
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1594 on: November 18, 2019, 04:54:32 PM »
Its a bit of copy, edit and paste.   Why re-invent the wheel?  Those guys presented it much better than I
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Offline Kent Kassler

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1595 on: November 18, 2019, 05:52:25 PM »
Did you guys play "Jazz at the Pawnshop"...or just put "Jizz in the Voicebox"?
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1596 on: November 18, 2019, 09:32:37 PM »
Kent you dog .... where have you been all this time. Now you suddenly appear and p*ss on the party

We played other jazz music and had some stuff on the coals (rather not use that verb) -  listened to vocal music

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1597 on: November 18, 2019, 10:52:58 PM »
Howzit Chris :giggle:....sounds like you guys had a ball.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1598 on: November 18, 2019, 10:55:36 PM »
Ja right - no further comment


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December 2019 Vinyl Faire moved one week forward and is at a different venue
« Reply #1599 on: November 22, 2019, 02:26:11 PM »
Since 29th December met with complaints, we have moved it one week forward to 22nd

The Cricket Club is booked up the whole of summer, so we are going to the Scout Hall on 22/12/2019 and also 01/03/2010



   
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1600 on: November 23, 2019, 10:17:00 PM »
We are proud to announce our expo .....

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1601 on: November 23, 2019, 10:30:10 PM »
Well done, gentlemen!
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1602 on: November 24, 2019, 11:00:31 AM »
Agreed, well done to the HI Fi club committee for taking on this task!!!

The SAAMA (S A Audio Manufacturers Ass.) group of companies will be there for sure.

Products that will be on show will be the Revolve turntable, Valve Audio amplification, The latest in the Sonor Audio loudspeaker range, Reference Acoustics turntables and more to be announced.....all made in SA excellence! :Whoohoo: