Seattle Hi-Fi's Hegel, Lumin, Legacy, and Nordost on the Butcher Block

No, this blog isn't about slaughter. It's about the components in Seattle Hi-Fi of Redmond, WA's room, some of which were displayed on Butcher Block Acoustics shelving.

Nor was there anything about the sound Burt Goodman drew from his system deserving of slaughter. True, the music selections were all standard audiophile fare from previous generations, but the sound was here, now, and excellent. Diana Krall's "Let’s Fall in Love" was bright, lovely, clean, colorful, and fully detailed.

"Easy to love system" I scribbled as the Legacy Audio's Wavelet 2 DSP DAC/preamplifier ($7950, above), which now runs a 64-bit DSP environment and offers a robust USB connection, helped generate fine sound through Legacy's Aeries loudspeakers (from $21.477.50/pair). With strong kudos for a room equipment list filled with detail, these part-active, 4 ohm nominal impedance speakers include a dual air-motion tweeter (AMT), an 8" midrange, a 10" mid-bass driver, and dual 12" subwoofers powered by an internal 1000W of ICE amplification.

It wasn't just the speakers that nailed the growling bottom notes of the organ in the classic early-digital Dorian recording of Pictures at an Exhibition. Hats off to the Hegel H30 stereo amplifier ($17,000), which puts out a phenomenal 1100Wpc into 8 ohms and is said to be able to handle loads down to 1 ohm. That's ONE OHM, as in OMG.

Equal credit goes to Lumin Music's P1 Network Music Player ($10,000) with leedh and Lundahl. Ask John Atkinson about them. Suffice to say they're not a comedy duo from Canarsie. Lumin's Mark Gurvey characterizes the leedh volume control as "like somebody just opened all the windows."

A final hats off to Nordost's Tyr 2, Frey 2, and Heimdall 2 cabling, all abetted by a QRT QBase QB8 Mark 2 AC distribution unit. Oh, and to Burt and his crew. For more information on the store, which also carries Dynaudio, VTL, and Jadis (amongst many other brands), see

The Tinkerer's picture

Is that the new U2? Possibly to feed the Wavelet DAC?

windansea's picture

Krall for hifi demo makes me roll my eyes. Well I suppose since it's such a well-known recording, it offers a baseline.

Krall connotes Krell, i.e., old school, passe, cliche, 90s, corny. (and I do own this album, which I played on my Krell through Martin Logans, so I know whereof I speak)

OTOH, I love Dorian recordings, so that evens out my reaction to Krall.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Krell is hardly passé. See my review of the K-300i integrated. New amps are coming from them. I'll talk about them in a future show report...

windansea's picture

After those private equity guys pushed out D'Agostino, I don't know if the brand ever recovered its halo. I had the KAV-300i way back when. But what I really wanted was the KSA 150. These days I can't imagine the energy bill here in SoCal with one of the big Krells. Now I only use the Class A amp in the winter.

David Harper's picture

I own one Diana Krall album. I listened to it once. Never again.