Jim E, from Austin, Texas, USA
On the Kabuki (at Newport Audio Show 2014)
I was lucky to
find the nice people at dc10audio. Their room was very pretty -- very
artistic setup. The beautiful tube amplifiers were on slabs of 200 year
old curly maple not resting on the carpet. Many of the rooms were just
jammed full of gear, some done in poor taste -- not this room! The
Kabuki speakers were especially good looking and I asked if they would
mind playing a drum solo on the system. The gentleman said yes with a
slight tone of excitement. I told him that I made the recording and it
was me playing the drums, so I knew how it should sound... and I
explained that I'd taken it around to more than a few rooms, and it has
not sounded right yet -- quite bad actually -- so the heat was on... He
smiled and loaded the disc into a vintage Sony CD player -- obviously
must have been a special one, it had a puck weight and looked nice. The
guy said it was better than many new units but a bit of embarrassment at
the same time.
necessary! I was amazed! Absolutely unbelievable sound reproduction. So
dynamic, and to think it was playing on 30 watt tube amplifiers! Snare,
kick, cymbals with the dynamics of drums, which
are very dynamic instruments -- like the most dynamic! This was the best
and only room I could find that made the recording sound real.
Kabuki is on this year's Christmas list. Unfortunately the amplifiers are well over my budget!"
I usually don't like reviews more than to know what are the news but this one seems interesting since the guy was comparing with his own recording.
Think for yourself, do not be sheep.