His low-cost, high-end system consisted of a $1,000 Cyclops integrated amplifier and a pair of $1,000 Epiphony stand-mount loudspeakers. Klaus actually sells them together as a system, including Groneburg speaker cables and interconnects, for $1,800. Yep. $1,800. And for that money, this system was enough. I mean that — most folks, seeking high-end sound, would not only be quite content to rest their laurels here, but they’d be thrilled with what that would get them. And that was jus the beginning.
There was a bit of a secret, not quite hidden, in this room. Okay, GIK Acoustics room treatments were kinda all over the place. The walls, the corners … all carefully arranged with bass traps and acoustic panels. If the old bromide is even a little true, that the room is the most important element in any room, then this room may have started way ahead. Clever, clever.
Moving next door took you to Klaus’ “reference demo”, again, with a healthy dose of help from friendly GIK, this all-in commitment hit a still-modest $6,700. That investment netted you a pair of Khartago mono block amplifiers, a Candela tube-hybrid pre, a pair of Kismet floor standing loudspeakers with Scanspeak beryllium tweeters and Scanspeak mid/woofers and all the necessary cables from Groneburg. Just add source, and you were off.
As a writer and sometime reviewer, this kind of room is a treasure trove of easy superlatives. Detail, air, and 3-D dimensionality, paired with speed, slam and intimacy … yeah, all that and more. Nestled into a room with absorption and diffusion, the sound here was laugh-out-loud good. I’m still shaking my head. And given the number of orders Klaus has attributed to this demo, and the ones that came in from this same demo at Newport, I think that saying “it was a big hit” wouldn’t quite cover the success. This was great stuff.
These last two shows, Odyssey Audio has consistently demonstrated the best value for a no-compromise audio experience, and warrants my unqualified and hearty recommendation. Ska-doosh.
Last note — prices on all the “little bits” that go into audio components have gone up considerably in the last 10 years, but Odyssey prices have not. That is, unfortunately, about to change (if just a little). Coming in September, all individual components will see an incremental uptick of $100 (so, mono amps would cost $200 more) to help cover those costs. Whatever. This sound is a bargain in today’s high-end.