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Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
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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
Preamplifier: Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature, Nagra Classic, Wyred4Sound STP-SE Stage II, Vinnie Rossi LIO (AVT module), COS Engineering D1 & H1
Power & integrated amplifiers: Pass Labs XA30.8; FirstWatt SIT1 monos, SIT3, F5, F6, F7; Goldmund/Job 225; Aura Note Premier; Wyred4Sound mINT; Nord Acoustics NC500 monos; LinnenberG Audio Liszt monos; Bakoon AMP-13R, Simon Audio AIO; Crayon Audio CFA-1.2: Linear Tube Audio ZOTL Ultralinear integrated [on review]
Loudspeakers: Audio Physic Codex; 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 120 & 150; Acelec Model One
Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL3000/ZL5000 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
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: €2'460/pr
February 2nd, 2018. "Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Gediminas Racevicius, managing director and designer at AudioGE in Lithuania. I grew up surrounded by music. My father Rimvydas was a composer and pianist as well as chief sound engineer for Lithuania's national television and radio network. As child I spent many hours on the floor of the recording studio facing orchestras and big bands. This provided me with a unique perspective of the sounds they produced. My love and appreciation of music was further nurtured by weekly visits with my father to the opera or ballet.
"After studying engineering and electronics at university, I began to build speakers for friends as a hobby. Finally I expanded into a business with the aim of producing speakers that could faithfully reproduce the quality of clear sound that I had heard in the studio during my childhood. It was clear that high-end speaker construction was the path to follow. After many years of studying sound reproduction specializing in loudspeakers, we constructed our first high-end system and presented it to the market in 2014. Almost 20 years of research into designing speakers—trying many different enclosure designs, drivers, filter designs and much more—have resulted in our range of naturally clear-sounding and good-looking speakers. We are driven by the desire to keep searching for the best ways to enjoy music at the highest possible quality. With exclusive use of ScanSpeal drivers and Jantzen audiophile parts for crossovers, we have developed two ranges of high-quality products our customers love. We have the Sincerus and Rautilio ranges, a stand-mounted speaker and a subwoofer. We are also very excited to announce our recently released R&R Sound integrated class A tube amplifier, a tube DAC, a preamp and a phonostage. As our website is currently under reconstruction, please find enclosed some photos of our products. Further information and photos are available on our Facebook page."
February 24th, 2020. "Hello Srajan, how are you? Hopefully well. Can we come back to my earlier request to review one of my speakers? It took a long time but I'd like to ask you now to do that. Thanks in advance." Again Gediminas had attached photos of his Rautilio80 speaker but this time also the new Teddy. With AudioSolutions and 8mm audiolab, Lithuania now had three speaker houses I knew of. Add LessLoss for cables, DACs and power accessories, Reed for turntables and tone arms. This country was turning into quite the hifi magnet. I asked today's Gediminas in Ignalina—Gediminas Gaidelis heads AudioSolutions in Vilnius—what model he had in mind.
Whilst awaiting his answer, I went shopping myself to pick Teddy as a down-ported 10" two-way. That old-timey concept of a big-woofer'd two-way in a short box was far more unusual than yet another 7" equivalent. At 5cm shy of a meter, Teddy is stumpy, has a pert footprint of 34x44cm and nicely manageable weight of 29kg. In-room response is given as 33-26'000Hz. Rautilio80 would be 2cm taller, has a 25x40cm footprint and 36-25'000Hz claimed response. Curiously its 2'700Hz filter hinge is lower than the 3'400Hz where Teddy's 26cm ScanSpeak paper cone hands over to its 2.5cm ScanSpeak silk dome. Also, Rautilio80 demands €200 more and ports out the rear.
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