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大開耳界:Monaco V2.0/3.0 turntable by Grand Prix Audio



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    Fuuga 風雅 with Thales Gold Statement 
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    Monaco 3.0 is true cutting edge technological tour de force. 
  • Thanks for the pictures Chris ! 
    Lovely Fuuga.
  • Finally, I see no speed adjustment on the control unit, does it mean GPA thinks there’s no need for that?
  • MichaelM - there is no speed adjustment on the version 2.0 Monaco.  GPA used the same controller box with that as they did with the 1.5, but where the +/- buttons did adjust speed on the 1.5, they have no effect on the 2.0.  So it looks like the 3.0 carries on with that same approach with a new control unit.
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    Guys, there is absolutely no need for speed adjustment for Grand Prix as the ballpark is so far ahead of other so called references that are oriented to audiophile fantasies of size/weight. Can you tell me which turntable could adjust speed 7-8 figure after decimal places? And why would someone spend such effort to improve attributes that eyes can’t see? That is not business.  Instead, maybe he should listen to some Audio Uncles to make it much bigger to justify the price tag, emphasise the heaviness of the platter, and the exotic materials employed. Then call in AS to do a review on the front page and pay some internet army on WBF to trumpet the pros and down play the cons.  Anyway, we tend to trust people never meet before on the internet more than our ears. And we are increasingly suspicious of real people than net ghosts. 

    Alvin is a true engineer that don’t care the market. Such attitude conclude achievement in scientific terms. It is left to the job of PT who uses such extreme means to talk music.  
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    Titanic Audio flagship cartridge: Model G
    The cartridge domain has always been dominated by the presence of Japanese manufacturer due to their meticulous craftsmanship.  What about a cartridge from Belfast, Northern Ireland? I was neither looking for polished beauty nor pristine clarity. I was determined to find out as diversity is important.  

    It has been quietly serving in Divin Lab for a month mounted on a Thales Black Statement arm on the Hartvig statement turntable. The beauty of the mid range comes from the dynamic nature of the vocal/instrument. Agility of attack is evident in the whole range instead of restricting to the upper bass area. The pianism of Martha Argerich and the vocalism of Hibari Misora explode flamboyantly when the passage/lyrics call for such emotions. 
    I never understand why André Previn, the conductor of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 on the evening of May 3, 1977 introduced Martha Argerich the following way until today.  He said, “It is probably the most popular of the post-Romantic piano concertos, and for very good reason: it is very fast, very Russian, and extremely difficult. But the pianist who will perform it for us tonight obviously does not know the meaning of that last adjective.” 

    In Divin Lab, the Titanic Audio Model G alongside rest of the system let me see Martha moving her fingers almost too quickly for the camera proves it.  I immediately reckoned its quality deserves a place in Divin Lab.

    It will be demonstrated together with Monaco 3.0 turntable and Thales Statement Arm from Aug 5-7 at the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Room S226.

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    Grand Prix Monaco V3.0: Humility in Extreme Form
    Roy Gregory recommended me to explore the Monaco analog turntable of Grand Prix Audio almost 4 years ago at Divin Lab.  My first reservation was the relative compact size of it to Da Vinci Gabriel and Hartvig statement.  I didn’t take it seriously until  I had a few correspondences with Alvin Lloyd of GPA one year later.  He is a serious engineer who doesn’t want to compromise science to market needs.  He is the type who would spend a fortune to improve a nanosecond or so in car racing. I admire such attitude more than squeezing brain juice to sell more.  This type of personality fits AE profile.  In fact, he invested in machinery with higher manufacturing precision to enable match machining of bearing and drive system parts on each individual unit to ensure perfect assemblies on each execution. Even the cable is a new design of much better quality and performance.

    Alvin let me understand speed precision is way much more important than weight of the platter because “speed error is cumulative”. Monaco turntable is over ten times more accurate in every aspect than anything else made at any price. That is not to say other attributes are not important.  It is about holistic assessment of the whole project. It is about maintaining a balance of key parameters.  When speed is precise, musicality blossoms, diction penetrates, energy radiates, emotion perpetuates. One shares the same space with artists going back in time. 
    Marketing tactics however often magnify features that aim to satisfy the eyes.  Suffice to say consumerism matters; aesthetic matters even more.  Physical beauty is easier to comprehend than spiritual satisfaction. After all, ego matters. 
    Monaco V3.0 is humility in extreme form. Scarcity is beauty. Great mind thinks alike. 
    It will be demonstrated with Titanic Audio’s flagship Model G cartridge (from Northern Ireland) with JMF Audio PHS7.3 phono stage (from France) in Room S226 on Hong Kong Hi End Audio and Visual Show from Aug 5-7. 

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