New Planets discovered
Master recordist Rene LaFlamme of Fidelio Records marked the release of his first LPa remastering of Melanie Barney’s and the Buzz Brass Ensemble’s colorful recording of Holt’s The Planetsby adding to his demonstration system an interesting new turntable called the Kronos. Designed and manufactured in Montreal by Louis Desjardins and photographed here by JA, the Kronos is described as the first commercial turntable to use both a fully sprung suspension and a system of twin counter-rotating platters. (The perpetually fascinating 47 Laboratory 4724 Koma turntable, reviewed in Stereophile by Michael Fremer, pioneered the latter but lacked the former.)
The sample on display was fitted with an SME 312 tonearm and Lyra Kleos cartridge, and drove a Nagra VPS phono preamplifier, Audio Research Reference 5 preamp and Reference 210 mono amps, and a big, beautiful pair of Sonus Faber Stradivarius loudspeakers, with Siltech cabling throughout.
The sound was, you’ll pardon the expression, fucking amazing: How LaFlamme manages to achieve a combination of both openness and sheer flesh-and-blood solidity in his recordings is utterly beyond me. Incidentally, the price of the Kronos is projected to be in the neighborhood of $25,000$30,000, and Desjardins plans a first production run of approximately 200 turntables.