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High End 2017: Kharma! (finally)

 

Kharma has never been on my radar. Besides being wayyyy out of my league I have always considered the company to be more of a luxury proposition than a true high end audio manufacturer. I’m in this hobby because I enjoy music and showing off was never a goal, not even a secondary one. This year Kharma sent me back to school.

First of all the room and especially the new Enigma Veyron-4 speakers sounded damn good. Airy, open and coherent like never before. System consisted of Kharma’s own amplification and cables with a little help from some friends, namely a top of the line Clearaudio Statement turntable and the complete dCS Vivaldi digital front end. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, this is a 650.000 whatevers system, it has to sound exceptionally well but you would never guess how many 500K+ systems sound so-so in Munich.

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The second thing that struck me was Kharma’s founder, Charles van Oosterum. While discussing with him he asked me if I am aware of a Greek company called Ypsilon and explained me that he thinks Mpaklavas designs some of the best gear money can buy. Of course I know Ypsilon and not because I am Greek, they make fantastic gear no doubt. What stroke me was the fact that the owner of a high end brand spoke openly so well of a “contenders” designs. Not only, I later bumped on van Oosterum listening to music in the Ypsilon room. He actually owns an entire Ypsilon set up.

So there you have it, a gentleman who had one of the best rooms in Munich and still appreciates other designers. Respect.

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About Panagiotis Karavitis (161 Articles)
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2 Comments on High End 2017: Kharma! (finally)

  1. David Wiles // June 15, 2017 at 10:29 AM //

    No power conditioning? No vibration control? Is the equipment made so well that there’s no need for it? To quote Lord Vader, “impressive, most impressive.”

    • I went again though the list of components and my pics, nope, no power conditioning and no vibration control whatsoever.

      “I am altering the deal, pray I do not alter it any further…”

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