June
2022

Country of Origin

Poland

Bellatrix

Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
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Main system: Sources: Retina 5K 27" iMac (4GHz quad-core with Turbo, 32GB RAM, 3TB FusionDrive, OSX Yosemite. iTunes 14.4), PureMusic 3.02, Audirvana 3, Qobuz, Tidal, Sonnet Pasithea, Soundaware D300Ref SD card transport & USB bridge; Preamp: icOn 4Pro S w. hi/lo-pass filter; Power amplifiers: Kinki Studio EX-B7 mono, Enleum AMP-23R; Headamp: Kinki Studio; Phones: HifiMan Susvara; Loudspeakers: Aurai Audio Lieutenant w. sound|kaos DSUB 15 on Carbide Audio footers, Audio Physic Codex, Cube Audio Nenuphar Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL; Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all source components, Vibex One 11R on amps, Furutech DPS-4.1 between wall and conditioners; Equipment rack: Artesanía Audio Exoteryc double-wide 3-tier with optional glass shelves, Exoteryc Krion and glass amp stands; Sundry accessories: Acoustic System resonators, LessLoss Firewall for loudspeakers, Furutech NCF Signal Boosters; Room: 6 x 8m with open door behind listening seat
2nd system: Source: Soundaware D100Pro SD transport clock-slaved to Denafrips Terminator +; Preamp/filter: icOn 4Pro + 4th-order/40Hz hi-low pass; Amplifier: Goldmund Job 225; Loudspeakers: sound|kaos Vox 3awf, Dynaudio S18 sub on Divine Acoustics Kepler footers; Power delivery: Furutech GTO 2D NCF; Equipment rack: Hifistay Mythology Transform X-Frame [on extended loan]; Sundry accessories: Audioquest Fog Lifters; Furutech NFC Clear Lines; Room: ~3.5 x 8m
Desktop system: Source: HP Z230 work station Win10/64; USB bridge: Singxer SU-2; Headamp: iFi Pro iDSD Signature; Headphones: Final D-8000; Powered speakers: DMAX SC5
Upstairs headfi/speaker system: Source: smsl SD-9 transport; DAC: iFi Pro iDSD Signature; Integrated amplifier: Schiit Jotunheim R; Phones: Raal-Requisite SR1a
2-channel video system: Source: Oppo BDP-105; All-in-One: Simon Audio; Loudspeakers: Zu Soul VI; Subwoofer: Zu Submission; Power delivery: Furutech eTP-8, Room: ~6x4m

Review component retail: €9'000/pr

Divine. In the Tara Labs Zero, we had the cable God listens to; according to designer Matthew Bond who is on his third company since. Doing business with God seems to pay. What about the rest of the heavenly hifi? We've not heard much about it. If we ask Piotr Galkowski of Ozimek in Opole County of Poland, he might suggest a pair of Bellatrix with his Halley ribbon speaker cables. When the Pope can be Polish, why not God's loudspeaker?

On earthly specs, this 120cm 2.5-way tower with a 25mm soft dome from ScanSpeak's Illuminator range plus twin 7" embossed paper mid/woofers from Eton's Orchestra series (the lower one enters on a 1st-order at 250Hz, the upper one on a 1st-order at 2'900Hz) uses a very complex octagonal cabinet and 51-part filter behind an acrylic spy glass with carbon-trim walls. Window shoppers see copper Miflex and Jantzen aluminum, Z-Superior and Z-Standard caps, metallized non-inductive resistors and cotton-wrapped OFC inductors.

Even the included Kepler footers go extra miles by handling up to 20kg each whilst containing 40 elements across 7 dissimilar layers. Inside is a rectangular ceramic bar coupled to synthetic sapphires. Chromium-nickel steel, copper, titanium, molybdenum and auxiliary elements of wood and polyamide also factor. To use under components or speakers, a set of three sells for €350, a quartet gets €450. I reviewed them here and bought a quad for my upstairs subwoofer.

If that's how elaborate footers and filter get, what goes inside the cab? It's no even-sided octagon. It leans back. It steeply slopes up on top. It flaunts a narrow spine and mixed surface treatments. To show how well it braces internally and subdivides into chambers without any loose fill but creates a hybrid quarter-wave tapered line with large downfire port, Piotr has a whole "making of" page. There we also learn about single-point grounding, decoupled driver mounting, hand-made copper hookup wiring and more. Even the outer binding posts are Piotr's own design. One comes away thinking that he's an extremist of the first order. He rolls off very gradual if at all. He even trims the leads of all filter parts down to the matched millimeter. That's proper obsessive.

It adds up to an 88dB/4Ω load of lowish 29kg mass recommended for 16-40m² listening dens. To fully form the many filter capacitors, we read about 500 hours. Available finishes are mocca and smoke. Snakewood as the right unit of the trio above is limited to just 10 pairs so possibly sold out by the time you read this. Divine Acoustics. A bit of perhaps sonus Faber in the overall shape meets Wilson for the peekaboo xover meets Polish ingenuity. She's called Bellatrix like the 3rd-brightest star in the Orion constellation; or to get less celestial, the character Lestrange of the Harry Potter books as played in the movies by Helena Bonham Carter: "My Lord, I'd like to volunteer for this task."

What the witch said; about this assignment.

Tweeter mount subassembly for strategic vibration isolation via synthetic sapphires.