Ocellia loudspeakers

Next door to Cabasse, Samuel and Jean-Pierre of L'Atelier-Audio had somewhat less English—and my command of French is virtually non-existent. But I had no trouble understanding the music played through their Ocellia Calliope 30 Twin Signature loudspeakers (exhibited in pre-production form, price TBD), driven by their Quaero 300B push-pull amps ($15,000/pair) and Quaero Signature preamp ($9000). As with all Ocellia loudspeakers, the very efficient Calliope 30 Twins use high-sensitivity drivers from the French company Phy, and the exquisitely beautiful cabinets are built with intentionally very thin walls, braced in a manner not unlike a guitar or violin, and equipped with an adjustable port/open baffle system for matching the loudspeaker to the volume of air in the listening room. The performance was lovely, insofar as I could tell in such an unavoidably setting, and I've requested a pair for review.

Geoff Kait's picture

Ah, yes, time passes so quickly. But not that quickly. If the company Cabasse was founded in 1960, it would be celebrating its 50th anniversary, not its 60th as mentioned in the article.

Nick's picture

Heard them today and they did sound quite nice, he makes the preamps and the speakers. Schprockets is a really nice guy, very polite. Did not see his pet monkey though.

Eric Shook's picture

I can't believe someone beat me to the Schprockets comment.

Dieter's picture

There were many Shprockets comments on this before, but they were removed. No Free Speech here.

Nick's picture

It's true, I made the initial Schprockets comment long time ago but I think stereophile's editors insecurities get the best of them. You are correct Dieter there is no free speech here. Still Mr. Schprockets was a very nice man and very open to questions and to show his gear...he took the time.

Stephen Mejias's picture

We believe strongly in the freedom of speech. We decided to delete the earlier "Schprockets" comments because we found them to be offensive and even racist; and we do not feel comfortable with personal attacks made against the manufacturers we cover in our show blogs. (Personal attacks against us, the reviewers, are common and we endure them.) But we have to make a judgment call in regards to comments that toe the line between humor and hatred.

Nick's picture

I must disagree, during the CES there were some really good comments made by some people who not only criticized the outlandish cost of some of the products being posted but also why they were being reviewed so glowingly. I thought some of the comments and replies by Stereophile crew were quite interesting, yet when I visited the site the next day some of those comments were removed. Why?

Stephen Mejias's picture

I don't know, Nick. I'm sorry. I can't answer without knowing exactly what comments you're talking about, but I trust that if Jon Iverson or John Atkinson deleted them, they had good reason.