I have missed the AE Super Show last
summer, so this my first encounter stepping into the Divin Lab.
I try to keep an open mind as usual knowing
PT always brings along something truly special and it does take some effort to
really figure out the philosophy and ideas behind the design and what it is
trying to achieve.
First impression is the proportion of the
image relative to the size of the speaker.
It didn’t sound as big as the speaker look at first. We played a couple of tracks and I soon relies
what this speaker is capable of.
The soundstage is simply the deepest and
widest I had ever experienced in any system, and the density is so rich packed
full of details that you feel you are completely immersed into the music
instead of observing the soundstage from a distance. What you get is a realistic proportion of
every piece of instrument especially vocal, while being surround by a huge and immersive soundstage.
This is the complete opposite to many of the
very large system I had experienced in the past where everything is oversized and out of proportion, and this is also the reason I was never a big fan
of supersized speakers. This experience changed my perspective permanently and sets a new standard for me in
what music reproduction is really about.
Another feature that stands out
instantaneously is the speed and control especially the bass. With speed and control, it can fill-in a lot
more details and texture in between. I
think Trinity Golden Reference definitely played an important role in this. This really stands out when we are playing
rock and pop music. The thing that
still leaves me very confused is how it can be done with a tube amp driving
such a big speaker.
What really stands out after listening to a
variety of music is how all rounded this conventional speaker is capable of. From vocal, jazz, to classical, there is not
one thing that I can pick on no matter how critical I am trying to be. Ironically, there is one thing that Divin can
do better than anything else I had experienced and that is the reproduction of
rock and pop music.
Surprisingly what strike me the hardest is
when PT played something that is very close to my heart which is rarely used as
a test piece by X Japan. I never knew
how important these songs meant to me until now. These are the music that I grew up
with. They mean a lot to me, but I never
really had a chance to appreciate it at its finest, probably because the hardware
never really delivered the kind of impact it is supposed to. But having
the ability to reproduce something as powerful as what you can experience in a
live rock concert is an unique experience. When
it come to speed and intensity with a high level of refinement, nothing comes close
to what Divin is capable of in this department.
I think PT your hard work and perseverance had
paid off once again. This is an
extraordinary level of achievement. I
just hope you can you find a way to shrink down to a size so that can fit into
my living room.
I have been delayed
in writing this review or experience on Divin laboratory. Promised Chris to
write something about this, cause I was the first customer to visit . But I
felt difficult to start and hard to grip a solid thing to write ,because I
visited too many times. I witnessed it’s step by step changes by first simple
setup, just to turn it on, to what it is right now. Each time I thought it reached the top but it was the beginning after the next visit. Instead of writing about the “sound”,
let me write more about this laboratory.
It is really a laboratory
instead of a showroom to me and to all AE member here and to every music lover.
Let me tell you why.
I asked Chris why
you named this laboratory instead of showroom. He want this place become a
“Must Go” place for all music lover, like a 3 star Michelin Restaurant in Hong
Kong guidebook. It is a place to share, to learn and to educate for both the
product and the music lover. How music can touch your soul and recall the deepest
emotion. Become a point of interest in Google that people are really to pay a
trip to visit.
“Anyone?” I asked.
“Yes, anyone” he replied. Then I am sure he will be busy like hell and spending
all your weekend here. And he did after open this lab. Visitors from abroad,
non audiophiles, friends ,all AE members and anyone who are interested to
visit. I think he regret this decision. Hahaha.
All the people who
visited this lab, Chris will take their comments seriously, not matter what
age group or experience. He digested them and Intergraph into his lab. Some are
good and some are bad. But the open mind approach is the key for the next
wonderful product. This is his belief and setup this laboratory. This is the
real Laboratory, Not a showroom, that we all build together. “To push the
limit” as AE spirit. This I really respect. Of course, the by-product is business,
to sustain this laboratory to sustain and keep running.
i witness the first day of setting up
The first time we "open sound"
Some sound treatment added after Chris spent almost every nights there for weeks
The first group of people to come by and listened when the room is not fully ready yet.
Her first time to listen "HiFi".
Chris was nervous since it was the first group of visitors. Even there are inexperience people here. he listened.
How I become a
first customer to visit?
One day, Chris rang me up and asked me to build a NAS for his Lab. Cause I have a very Unique
way to build my NAS and network system; learning from never ending experiments. So
I told him why not let me do an experiment with Edison,
applying all the knowledge we know about CAS and network, come up a unique
solution for AE as a whole package instead of just a NAS. Of course, based on
AE Spirit, he said YES, without knowing what it is.
We want to prove
that CAS replay can be as good as Vinyl or CD, if one setup them right. To
eliminate “Network noise” is the key and with the help of the best Ethernet
cable in the market, Goebel, Dalby and Vertere. Thanks for Chris trust and allow this workshop to focus on
CAS first to change the perception of what CAS can really do. With the top
league system in the world, sure we can come out with the best CAS in the
world. Based on this belief, we start this little small project in Divin Lab, focusing the back part of the system that no one want to pay attention to. The result, i think the rest of the testimonies can tell the story. We learned
a lot from this experience together and Thanks for Divin Laboratory.
Some tasteful artwork to make this place more personal. His Rhino and A beautiful artwork.
one simple report!
I never heard something like this before......i think i said that before repeatedly right after i visited AE in this past few years ... They always surprise me.
Zanden's KuAn + Goebel.......
Man! how further can we go? it is a never ending game! Salute to Yamada San and Oliver
Time has flown by and the Divin Lab is now one and a half
years more mature. With anything
living, if fed well, it will develop and improve. Obviously the rate -determining step will be the amount it
is being fed and the stimuli being induced by its parents.
Physically it has matured to becoming a very relaxing and
inviting abode. The finished
entrance, furniture and art pieces are just a taste of what will be seen when one
enters “The Lab”.
How I felt after my experience in the Divin Lab
As I entered, I noticed, yet again why it called the Divin
Lab. Those Majestic’s looked as if
they have grown another foot taller.
I immediately noticed the footprints left by Stirling in the form of
blue pieces of tape on the floor, annotated with measurements. Fascinated by the effects of his work
in Sheung Wan, I approached and slowly tried to decipher the numbers in the
hope I could do a “Stirling “ of my own at home.
Then came Javiers masterpiece, the Wadax Atlantis Reference
DAC. It absolutely dwarfs the
Wadax Atlantis Server sitting below it.
Three chassis placed in series, which looks like a central DAC console
flanked by dual mono power supplies.
With 4 sets of Arthurs’ Revopods mechanically stabilizing the Reference
DAC, we can just about "guestimate" its weight. The digital side was further supported by Wadax Atlantis transport.
The Wadax Reference Dac braced by the Arya RevoPods
The central electronics were held up by Yamada’s Zanden
Chukoh and Kaun. Beautifully
built, these aesthetics flow into the Jinpu phonostage which accepts the
transcription of analogue from the Hartvig Statement battery supplied
turntable, Thales Statement tonearm and the Miyajima Destiny cartridge.
My "I have to worked harder" face.....
Going around to the back shows the arteries, veins and
nerves that integrates these.
Skogrand, Dalby Audio, Argento, Vertere, Goebel and JMF Audio are all
synonymous with Audio Exotics.
Then appears a new comer that makes an appearance in both Divin and
Sheung Wan by the name of LA Sound (Lozzo Atestino Sound, not La as in “the” in
French). I presume Lozzo Atestino
is the municipality where the Marchetti family originates from.
The unsung heros!
It is not a system created by Chris if it didn’t have a
barrage of artillery that defends electrical and mechanical “additives”. One of the stars of 2018 was the Arya
Revopods. This can be seen under
the Reference DAC, Server, Power supply to the Jinpu and Chukoh (all placed on
the ultra highend SRA and FalkenOhr racks and stands) and hidden in the back
under the two arrays of the Vertere Phase AC Management Centre. The latter, being another winner in
This unassuming orange power distribution bar looking
contraption ultimately allows one to toggle with the phase of the incoming AC
currents. Now how clever is
that?! So what, one might
say? My answer is “day and night!”
Next, comes the Tripoint Audio’s Troy Elite Next Generation
and the Empress. Nestled behind
most setups, Divin Lab included, these components unassumingly sit there. Its best not to ask what they do, as it
will only raise the skepticism and audio witchcraft has been written elsewhere. Do an A-B-A (then please keep it
on) comparison. As the grounding
units of Troy move into the next century with the NG, will there be an Empress