By Rafe Arnott
And really, Holger’s accent isn’t bad at all, turns out I just needed more coffee.
So it was I found myself first thing Friday morning at T.H.E. Show sitting down with Holger and Time Bandit amplifier designer Raymond Koonce to hear Holger’s Voxativ 100 dB efficient 9.87 System (Approx. $21,000 US) which consisted of Neodymium full-range drivers with a spruce cone and dual dipole 12″ bass drivers crossed over at 80 Hz paired with the Time Bandit SE 50, a single-ended, transformer coupled, Class-A triode integrated amplifier providing the juice and the French Total server ($5,000) and Total DAC ($10,000) units handling source duties.
The sound was very linear and cohesive with the single drivers giving pinpoint imaging and 3D-sound staging and the spruce cone and Japanese-paper whizzer lending a life-like timbre to strings and voices with tight, authoritative bass that never gave a hint of boominess or disconnect from the midrange.
For those looking for full range speakers without a crossover that can do mid-20Hz bottom end thanks to the dipole bass drivers, I think your journey ends here.