Home entertainment also came from Dutch Kharma
but in a much different way. Owner Charles van Oostrum is not only passionate about audio, he loves art as well. As a token of that love, he took a copy of the 450-page 35kg book Rijks
which is an elaborate homage to the painters of the Golden Age. The book not only contains high-quality pictures of famous paintings from the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, it also contains very close-up sections of said paintings. This book was so intriguing when leafing through its pages—with white gloves of course—that we almost forgot the music. Flip through the book here
. Now to the room. Every year Kharma strives to do something special with it. This year the walls were partly covered with panels of living
Icelandic moss. Spray the wall occasionally and the moss stays healthy, the room pleasantly humid and reflections are naturally damped. The addition of some plastic butterflies was perhaps a tad fluttery but colourful it was. Contrary to this green approach were the electronics in use. One of the sources was an UHA
Tascam Phase 12 tape deck with outboard power supply. UHA owner Greg Beron was present to operate the deck. Next to it was another rack filled to capacity with four dCS
components for just digital playback. From these source components massive Kharma cables sent the audio signal to four Exquisite MP1000 monos and finally the now amplified signal hit the new Enigma Veyron EV-2 loudspeakers. At this end of the Kharma karma, costs are not relevant for either R&D or the final retail price. The name Veyron is probably a wink at the Bugatti model and not to the Swiss river. In true luxury fashion, the EV-2 is built from solid tankwood used to house a 1" diamond tweeter flanked by a duo of 2" tweeters. Then a duo of 7" Omega-F drivers bracket these tweeters for the mids and finally two 11" Omega-F woofers conclude the front array. At the back there is another duo of now passive Omega-F 11" radiators. Wherever possible, these Omega-F drivers are completely made of carbon fibre. Think baskets, cones and voice-coil formers. Say goodbye to eddie currents.