Chario Aviator Amelia loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog sources: Clearaudio Performance DC Wood turntable with Tracer tonearm and Talismann v2 MC cartridge; MoFi Electronics UltraDeck turntable with tonearm and StudioTracker MM cartridge and weight.
Digital sources: MBL N31 DAC/CD player, MacBook Air (M1, 2020) as Roon Core.
Preamplification: MoFi Electronics StudioPhono phono stage.
Integrated amplifiers: MBL Noble Line N51, Soulution 330 (with onboard phono stage, w/o DAC), PS Audio Sprout100.
Loudspeakers: MBL Radialstrahler 120.
Cables: AC: AudioQuest Monsoon and NRG-Z3, Ansuz Acoustics D2; Ethernet/LAN: AudioQuest Vodka; loudspeaker cables and interconnects: Ansuz Acoustics D2.
Accessories: Critical Mass Systems Maxxum equipment racks, AudioQuest Niagara 1200 Low-Z Power Noise-Dissipation System Record Doctor VI record cleaning machine, AudioQuest Anti-Static Record Brush, Onzow Zerodust stylus cleaner, Zanden Audio AT-1 proprietary foam bass traps/tubes (corners, 2×), AP-1 proprietary foam acoustic panels 4× 35.5" H by 23.75" W by 1.5" D (removable and custom attached to PVC frame).
Room: 18.5' × 17.5' × 12'.—Julie Mullins

US distributor: Monarch Systems Ltd.
16 Inverness Place E, Building B
Englewood, Colorado 80112
(720) 399-0072

Glotz's picture

in the bass were 48hz, given the down-firing and rear-firing woofer arrays.

I'm sure they are very tuneful and articulate though.

ednazarko's picture

Maybe it's because I performed for years - as a trombone and tuba player in a wide range of groups - and as an actor and singer/dancer - but I'm very sensitized to how some speakers make live recordings sound amazingly alive. Live recordings have led me to my ultimate speaker choices going back to the mid-1990s. In every case, the speakers I bought made live recordings sound more live than the other speakers I was auditioning.

One thing in common, I've noticed (with only recent exceptions.) In every case, the speakers I chose had speakers pointing in multiple directions. My Gradient Revolutions remain my favorite speakers of all, because they created an actual sound stage at the end of whatever room they lived in. Open baffle woofer, cardiod mid range. Their ability to create images of live performances bordered on creepy. More than once I had guests in a different room get up and walk into where the speakers were, looking around. Sadly they lost a crossover and a speaker (in different units) and since they're not sold in the US... no repair possible.

Replaced by Golden Ear Triton 2, and then Triton 1. The bass radiators on the side drive the sound stage. When I asked Sandy (at a new speaker into event) how much of the SPL was coming from the radiators, he said 3/4 or more. Well. The Golden Ear speakers created spooky enough live images that our dogs have gone looking for animals in the room when animal sounds were in a recording.

The exceptions were KEF active speakers, LSX and LS50. They had an identifiable sound stage when I first heard them. In both cases, when I added an external sub, the sound stage got round and robust.'s picture

Well- done.

tonykaz's picture

I've been reading and writing for well over 7 Decades and never once came across the usage of this term. What inspired you ?

Sitting close to a String Quartet will stimulate my nervous system but I don't recall my little hairs being electrified like being in a Science Exhibit.

So, if you buy the premise you buy the bit!

I bought your premise of "surprising degree" but your final summary doesn't seem to offer an electrified experience.

Can I presume that your MBLs are just too dam good to allow a lessor's hopeful comparison?

I'm writing because "horripilation" was click bait.

Like it or not, I'm flopping around in the bottom of your little boat.

Nice catch!

Tony in Florida

MikeP's picture

We heard these KMD Orchestalls Reference speakers at Axpona 2022 and they were hands down the Best Of Show Period ! They should be back at Axpona 2023 again maybe Stereophile could listen to these this time around. "The World's First Speakers that Sounds Like LIVE MUSIC in your home" More info on You Tube too.