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Audio candy fulfills the visual cortex but with the Divin Lab, you no longer need to look. My audio epiphany started with digital replay with the Wadax Atlantis Server, Transport and Reference DAC. I selected pieces of music that I brought on vinyl for comparison. Though most of the songs were only of CD quality (44.1Hz), I must say the Wadax Reference DAC removed a tremendous amount of digitalness. The depth and width of the presentation mimics that of its analogue counterparts. My wife and I actually forgot that we were listening to a digital source. Then the discussion of the Vertere Phase AC Management Centre experienced in Sheung Wan was brought up. I was told by PT that the Divin Lab’s Vertere had not been calibrated yet. So we changed the phase of the Reference Dac to negative. Within the first 20 seconds of Diana Krall’s “Case Of You”, our jaws dropped! The system became more akin to an analogue setup. I can definitely live this it!
PT told me that the analogue setup had not been fully optimized. That didn’t deter me from wanting to experience it. I played my favourite piece from Stokowski and I noticed a reverse in the position of the instruments. I politely mentioned it to PT and we reversed the Skogrand Beethoven phono cables from the Thales statement to the Jinpu. Now, PT and I agreed that we were in audio nirvana! This is where I want to be.
The Vertere Phase AC Management Center has shown to be a vital essential to boost the system into the stratosphere. The difference in the musical presentation in positive and negative phase is akin to night and day. It brings that state of naturalness to unchartered territories. Though the device is not objective in telling which is correct, but a few pair of ears will definitely seal the deal.
Arya Revopods is another component that has simply refined the tonal character. This is most apparent in the depth and layering of bass notes. This emphasizes the importance of mechanical stabilization in each of our components. Definitely another winner!
Wadax Reference DAC has nudged a cord in my heart. With the near analogue reproduction, shear quality irrespective of sampling format and ease of attaining any song in the world through streaming, hmmm. I don’t want to say more. This may be detrimental to my health.
Tripoint Elite Next Generation grounding “nugget of gold”. This and the Tripoint Empress at the Divin Majestics’ just made every other system including mine sound noisy. Always understated but such a team player. I’m sure a Tripoint Empress NG is in the cards. Dreaming is free….
The last intangible thing that gelled all this together has been the optimization by Stirling. Being able to optimize the speaker placement based on single speaker sound pressurization and eliminating room acoustics requires patience, knowledge and strength. The Divin Lab has been tuned to PTs musical preference.
In concerts, he loves to sit in the front row where a truly pressurised and stereo image is felt. If playing vocals in the Divin Lab, try face the back wall painting and walk about 5 feet from the centre blue tape marked by Stirling. This is where I found Diana Krall singing. That will be about 5 feet from the centre Finn Juhl Chieftain chair. Horns and radial speakers respond and react differently. Hence the positioning to achieve the visceral impact of musical notes will be completely different. The final point of musicality is spot on. Like I said at the beginning, eye candy can take a sidestep.
Well done to all the designers! Well done Stirling! A big thank you and well done to Chris for going the distance. This is definitely a sensory epiphany.
KFM and the Family
PT and KFM
I found mist naturally forming in my eyes upon the lyrics of “Angel” performed by Sarah Mclachlan reaching the climax session - “It’s easier to believe in this sweet madness. Oh, this glorious sadness, that brings me to my knees.” The after shock of this emotional experiences still resonate in me after two weeks.
This is her Afterglow Live recording red book CD I brought over to Divin Lab playing through the Wadax Atlantis CD transport and the gigantic Reference DAC. I had completely forgotten the physical media of it the moment she started playing the grand piano. This is a very difficult song because the singer must comprehend the “state of mind” of a drug-taking individual. Wide swing of emotions in a weightless state of mind requires tremendous control of the vocalist. And the tonal quality of Sarah is glisteningly pure that projects powerful emotion when the lyrics call for it.
This man who eventually passed away because of over-dosing was a good friend of Sarah. She knew him well. She understood his state of mind. The cocktail of emotions without moral code is augmented by the eventual holy rescue by an Angel from heaven. This complicated song thus ends with a graceful composure. The sadness however lingers with the singer.
I was in total awe after the last note of piano buried by applauses of audiences. I and my wife exchanged tissue paper at this moment.
Divin Lab deserves a major international marketing push to increase awareness for the right group of people. This is indeed a path of illumination as VR rightly pointed out. And there is not a better song than Angel that exemplifies the merits.