Riviera Labs - Italian School of Super Hi End Audio
Introducing the Italian School of “Super Hi End” on June 15, 2019 at AE Sheung Wan Branch.
AE proudly presents Riviera Labs of Italy to connoisseurs in HK/China. Luca Chiomenti and Silvio Delfino of Riviera Labs will come to greet us all this weekend. As founder of AE, the gears I use at home often illuminate attention. The front end is JMF Audio 3.7 universal transport/DAC 2.2, which needs no further introduction given endorsements worldwide. The lesser known is the amplification chain. I have been using the Riviera Lab APL-01 line-stage and AFM-50 mono amplifiers (Class A) driving the Goebel Epoque Reference speakers (85db sensitivity) for almost a year. Until now, I have not experienced a better amplifier driving this relatively inefficient German speakers.
A professional clarinet player, Fred Fung, had visited this system once in Dec 18 and subsequently wrote a review article: http://www.hiendtower.com/?uid=22.214.171.124
The theory of Luca Chiomenti involves neuroscience. The distortion distribution of Riviera Labs’ amplifier follows the human ears after certain threshold of sound pressure level (SPL) is reached. The human brain could then recognize it as if this distortion is generated within the brain. Why is this important? Because our brain generates wave to neutralize such distortions automatically.
Minimisation of distortions from the measurement perspective is still crucial according to Luca. But there is a catch here. Audio electronics are made for the ears to consume musicality. The ends are not made for measurement instrument which is a linear input-output system. The construction of human ears is a non-linear system, however.
Which approach convey musicality better? Absolute annihilation of distortion should safeguard certain level of standard. I have no doubt about this point. But does it always translate better in musicality terms? That I don’t know until I encountered Luca’s school of thought.
Indeed, my home system under the baton of Riviera Labs naturally commands the grandeur of symphonic crescendo, tranquility of music conscience (Milstein’s violin for example), and the spontaneity of a countryman singing a folk song. The picturesque experience is further enhanced by Tripoint Troy Elite.
For the sake of running a full Italian course, I shall introduce the Elettra, the flagship speakers by Casta Acoustics from Italy. I admire the 2-way design concept of it very much. I replaced the original feet of Elettra to Revopods. And it really touches me and a few connoisseurs. Please read the last post on http://audioexotics.vanillacommunity.com/discussion/11444/when-lars-finally-meets-cessaro/p12
They will be driven by APL-01 SE line stage and the world premier of AFM-100 SE mono amplifiers. Digital front end is Wadax Arcadia DAC. Analog source is the almighty flagship Vertere record player with top configurations in partnership with Robert Koda Takumi MC One phono stage.
In fact, Riviera Labs also makes very high end headphone amplifier: http://gpoint-audio.com/new-riviera-audio-laboratories-aic-10-headphone-integrated-amplifier-test-by-fidelio-on-musicalhead/
See you all
1st session: 10:00am to 12:00pm
2nd session: 2:00pm to 4:00pm