More AXPONA Coverage: Odyssey, Graham Engineering Inc, Magnan Audio Cables

I walked into the pitch-black room operated by the affable Klaus Bunge, manufacturer of the popular Odyssey amplifier. I stumbled into a seat.

After my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I noticed candles, a lot of them. 47 to be exact—I counted. Most were assembled in small groups on the floor, on ledges, in corners, behind lamps, peering like malevolent jack-o'-lanterns.

The back half of the room was devoured by a curtain of inky black linen. No light could escape or enter. Was this the prelude to some unholy pagan sacrifice out of a fever dream? Were we about to be bled dry in service of some forgotten god from Bunge's twisted mythology? Was I about to meet my maker?

“Ken!” Klaus roared, “Finally, we meet!” I don't know how he recognized me in the dark.

I smiled.

“What do you want to hear?” Klaus asked, handing me a remote so heavy it must’ve been made of cast iron. That's when I noticed on the floor: small lights recessed into hollow shells made of tin, covered in pinholes arranged in a leaf pattern. Were these lanterns meant to illuminate our demise, a final, morbid show before a hidden bolt from the remote control silenced any report, good or bad?

Klaus played Santana’s Abraxas and all was well.

The setup consisted of a VPI Avenger Direct turntable with a Graham Engineering Phantom Elite tonearm running a DS Audio 003 cartridge and DS Audio Grand Master equalizer and power supply, feeding a Symphonic Line Die Erleuchtung tubed preamp (starting at $8000), and his Odyssey Stratos Mono Amplifiers (180Wpc into 8 ohms, $2700/pair). Speakers were Klaus’s two-way Odyssey Kismet Reference floorstanders with Scanspeak-sourced Beryllium tweeters ($4200/pair). Magnan cables connected the components.

Clean highs and bone-thumping bass transformed the room into a rock concert. Klaus, in top form, captivated the audience. I was relaxed, but I always kept one eye open.

Glotz's picture

First room next year no questions, no one else keeping me from auditioning his amps, system.

Aja1's picture

Those speakers don't match what is shown on the Odyssey website...seems like a remarkable price for what look like impressive speakers, but I fear something is amiss.