Amphion Krypton3 ervaring van een klant uit België.
Amphion Krypton3 experience from a customer in Belgium.
After listening to my new set for a week, this is what I think of it. I don’t know which part counts for what, but it’s a match made in heaven.
The system offer some of the most beautiful, smooth, and expressive sound I have had the pleasure of hearing, they are so engaging and articulate, so completely expressive and fluent, they almost burst with life.
On track after track, I was both impressed (and seduced) by the smoothness, the purity, the effortlessness, the deep bass extension and the stability of the sound. From bass to treble, from low level to high level dynamics, it was as though the sonic tapestry were out from a single cloth. Instrument fundamentals from piano, violin, guitar, and especially the human voice, are rendered so realistically that they seem to conjure a living, breathing quality.
Another thing that the set does very well is to set up a cavernous soundstage, albeit with the locations of instruments still clearly perceived without exaggeration or etch.
On the album “Coming Home” from Bas Bulteel (Belgium), it presents the trio of Bas Bulteel on piano, Bruno Castellucci on drums, and Bart De Nolf on bass with a remarkable presence and sense of space.
The tautness of Bart De Nolf’s bass is beautiful delineated, a real thud on the deepest notes, not to mention a warm, deep, and rich sound to the piano, particularly in the bass area, where it resounds thunderingly.
It’s a versatile system that doesn’t discriminate between musical genres. It’s just as happy reproducing the finesse of an intimate jazz setting, as playing house music.
The system does not have an easily identifiable dominant sonic character such as “lively”, “warm”, “aggressive” or “silky,” nor does it have an apparent bottom-up or top-down tonal balance. Rather, it seems to simply convey the content of the recordings it is tasked to play back, without adding apparent character of its own.
I had perhaps not realized that music reproduced in the home could be quite like this.
I would like to thank Bernard of Knooppunt Audio and Frederic of Klinkt Beter for their expertise in the high-end consumer/professional electronics market, their people-oriented attitude, and their understanding of the Amphion and Densen philosophy and positioning.
My set: Amphion Krypton3 speakers, Klinkt Beter 432 EVO Music Server, Densen B-350 Mono Power Amplifiers, Densen DenDac 50 , Densen DP-06 Phonomodule, Project RPM 9 turntable with Ortofon Element.
Anssi Hyvönen: Proprietor, Amphion Loudspeakers Ltd. reacts to Geert his message:
This kind of feedback keeps us going and I thank you sincerely for it. With one relatively simple paragraph you have clearly identified what hifi could be, but which it unfortunately very seldom is:
“The system does not have an easily identifiable dominant sonic character such as “lively”, “warm”, “aggressive” or “silky,” nor does it have an apparent bottom-up or top-down tonal balance. Rather, it seems to simply convey the content of the recordings it is tasked to play back, without adding apparent character of its own. I had perhaps not realized that music reproduced in the home could be quite like this.”
It seems self-evident that experiencing what artist or producer intended us to experience should be the ultimate goal of hifi. It seems send-evident that people selling hifi products would be able to create synergistic systems for all their customers. It seems self-evident that the industry, which does not have means to advertise their products outside a tiny dedicated circle of devotees would try to exceed customers expectations, so that they would turn into your best salesmen and get their friends and neighbors into the joys of emotionally involving natural sound.
Unfortunately. Not. Happening.
World is full of audiophiles, who deeply love music, but do not really know how to reach to their goals. Sometimes those goals might be even a bit hazy, which makes them free prey to powerful marketing machines. Should your speakers be “neutral”? Should they be “musical. Should they be made of impressive materials with superior specs, so that even those who have difficulties to evaluate how they sound could have a clear strong opinion on what is the best product at any given time? Surely they should have treble extension, which would make the bat(man) in you green with envy? Surely, despite having 4 moving parts, they should cost more than your car, which the car company used hundreds of millions to develop?
How do you find something, which might fit your room, your requirements and your budget? How do you know if the person recommending something to you does it because he makes an insanely high margin on it, or because it actually is a good fit for your needs? A company can put the money into the product. Or it can put it to marketing. Never both.
There are good guys out there like Bernard from Knooppunt Audio and Frederic of Klinkt Beter, but there are also quite a few, who sell you the latest and the greatest, even if it would not be suitable to your room and required placement. Doing one’s homework always helps, listening to different things to find out what kind of sound you like is beneficial, but one should always remember one thing: You can never evaluate the speaker without the room it is in and therefore the only way to make a decision is to use your own ears in your own room.
Understanding the philosophy of manufacturers may help in shortlisting them. Do you want a rich sounding hifi speaker, which always sounds “nice”. Or is your goal to hear how your favorite album really sounds like?
A loudspeaker finds its final form in a R&D phase called voicing. Depending on tiny value differences between coils, or a few resistors and capacitors the end results can be very different.
One major question is: What does a manufacturer use as evaluation tools, when their voice your speakers? Do they only measure? Or do they also listen? If they also listen, what do they use as listening material? Is their signal chain tilted in one way or another? Do they really know how the music they listen to was meant to sound?
I have been told some major manufacturers, how they want things to sound “sweet” and “musical” as this is good for the business. Why don’t we add a bit of make up on this somewhat pale lady and make her more commercially appealing?
For Amphion our place in the food chain has always been very clear. We are only here to serve and not to meddle with what was created by people way more talented than ourself. Music to us is something sacred. It is perfect as it is, without us messing with it. We as a mere speaker manufacturer have no right to start interfering with what the music makers decided is correct. Our job is to reproduce what is on the recording as faithfully as possible without adding nothing and without leaving out nothing.
We are fortunate to have access to mastering files, as well as hearing the material in the mastering rooms. Without a reference point on how the music should sound we could not voice our speakers in a manner, which is needed for our “experience as artist intended” or “beautifully honest” approach demands.
The somewhat ironic nature of the like of the loudspeaker manufacturer is that you are happiest, when your products “disappear”. I guess it takes a particular type of person to work like dog to be forgotten. It sounds like it happened in your case. Team Amphion is very very happy. Thank you Geert!