March
2020

Country of Origin

Poland

Attyla

Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
Financial interests: click here
Sources: Retina 5K 27" iMac (4GHz quad-core with Turbo boost, 32GB RAM, 3TB FusionDrive, OSX Yosemite. iTunes 14.4), PureMusic 3.02, Audirvana 3, Qobuz Hifi, Tidal Hifi, COS Engineering D1, Denafrips Terminator, Soundaware D300Ref,  AURALiC Vega, Jay's Audio CDT 2 MkII & DAC-2 SE
Preamplifier: Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature with WE 300B/VT52 or Elrog ER300B/50; Nagra Classic, Wyred4Sound STP-SE Stage II, Vinnie Rossi LIO (AVT module); April Music Stello HP100 MkII
Power & integrated amplifiers: Pass Labs XA30.8; LinnenberG Audio Liszt monos; FirstWatt SIT1 monos, SIT-3, F5, F6, F7; Goldmund/Job 225; Aura Note Premier; Wyred4Sound mINT; Nord Acoustics NC500 monos; April Music Stello S100 MkII;  Crayon Audio CFA-1.2; SAG AIO; Bakoon AMP-13R
Loudspeakers: Audio Physic Codex; Acelec Model One; Cube Audio Nenuphar; Kroma Audio Mimí; Albedo Audio Aptica; EnigmAcoustics Mythology 1; Boenicke Audio W5se; Zu Audio Druid V & VI & Submission; German Physiks HRS-120; Eversound Essence; Fram Midi 150 & 120; sound|kaos Vox 3f [on loan]
Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL3000/5000 and Zu Event; KingRex uArt, Zu and LightHarmonic LightSpeed double-header USB cables; Tombo Trøn S/PDIF; van den Hul AES/EBU; AudioQuest Diamond glass-fibre Toslink; Black Cat Cable redlevel Lupo; Ocellia OCC Silver
Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all source components, Vibex One 11R on amps/sub, Puritan Audio Labs PSM156 & PS106-DC
Equipment rack: Artesania Audio Exoteryc double-wide 3-tier with optional glass shelves, Exoteryc Krion and glass amp stands 
Sundry accessories: Acoustic System resonators
Room: 4 x 6m with high gabled beam ceiling opening into 4 x 8m kitchen and 5 x 8m living room, hence no wall behind the listening chairs
Review component retail: €4'900/pr

Who ya gonna call? For goat's butter, St. Helen's Farm. But for speakers in solid wood and leather? The deeply ingrained reflex would call on Sonus faber. Whilst other have followed, Franco Serblin's creations were first to explore that particular path in a lasting way. Now looking east, well east of Italy, we find one Polish company dedicated entirely to such inspired aesthetics. Hello Aida Acoustics.

As a 9-year sprout playing the clarinet, I was part of a youth band. We held weekend concerts in Schleswig-Holstein's lake resorts. One crowd pleaser was Verdi's "Grand March" from Aida. That's because for the theme starting at 2'00", the conductor's 19-year old very curvy daughter and her boyfriend fronted our charges. With straight bugles raised high, they blasted away the fanfare like two Roman legionnaires in Asterix & Obelix. This invariably elicited applause well before their number was up. Since then, in my mind Aida has been synonymous with this fanfare and valve-less trumpets. As just one cursory glance at her Polish portfolio confirms, curves do factor once again. After wood and leather, they become the third cosmetic leitmotif throughout the range.

For Aida's offspring Attyla, not the ransacking Hun but hammy monitor, this includes gold-traced decorative outlines and faceted cheeks. More echoes of contemporary Sonus faber, even Kaiser. Whilst beauty is in the beholder's eye, I believe that few indeed would not find Attyla most becoming. Unlike perhaps some of the same catalogue's bigger egg-shaped floorstanders, the industrial design of this stand-mounted monitor with integral stands hits rather timeless notes. Would the same prove true for musical notes? To find out, I contacted the company's Katarzyna 'Kate' Hilczer.

"Thank you very much for your inquiry. Naturally we are interested in a review. Please let me know how you see our cooperation. You collaborate with Marek Dyba with whom we’ve already arranged a review on HiFi Knights. Shall we set up loaners with Marek or would you like us to send you the speakers directly?"

I'd not known of Marek's prior overtures. From five Aida Acoustics models, he'd picked the very same. Timeless indeed.

I had no intentions of hijacking an assignment. Did I have to go pear-shaped with a three-way instead? I'm old-fashioned. I prefer two-ways. I most fancied the 30kg stand mount. Delayed childhood gumption. Of course it was up to Katarzyna and her designer Mateusz Balabanski. Would they want double play? I kept my fingers crossed when I learnt that Marek had already taken delivery of his pair.

"We checked on the possibility of sending you a pair. The current covid 19 situation is simply worsening by the day. Freight forwarders have suspended shipping abroad. None can guarantee whether the package will arrive or when. Accordingly, we shall syndicate Marek's review on your site. However, we are presently working on a unique Attyla version in an exclusive finish. When the global situation resets, I'm going to send you that because we would love a separate review." More fingers crossed. I had ten.

… to be continued…