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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, Qobuz Hifi, Tidal Hifi, Fore Audio DAISy1, COS Engineering D1, Denafrips Terminator, Soundaware D300Ref as USB-to-I²S bridge, AURALiC Vega
Preamplifier: Nagra Classic, Wyred4Sound STP-SE Stage II, COS Engineering D1, Vinnie Rossi LIO (AVT module)
Power & integrated amplifiers: Pass Labs XA30.8; FirstWatt SIT1 monos, F5, F6, F7; Crayon Audio CFA-1.2; Goldmund/Job 225; Aura Note Premier; Wyred4Sound mINT; Nord Acoustics NC500 monos; LinnenberG Audio Liszt monos
Loudspeakers: Audio Physic Codex; Cube  Audio Nenuphar; Albedo Audio Aptica; EnigmAcoustics Mythology 1 with Sopranino super tweeter; Boenicke Audio W5se; Zu Audio Druid VI with Submission; German Physiks HRS-120; Eversound Essence
Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL 3000; 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 [on loan]
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: SGD $3'998/pr [€2'540 at publication time]

"Do you think that sending you an EX-P7 preamp and matching mono amps for review this year would be too much? If so, we can easily move things to 2019." That was Alvin Chee of Vinshine Audio, following up my three Kinki Studio reviews penned across July/August this year. With designer Liu's monos not yet publicized, I just had to ask. "250Wrms into 8Ω, twice that at instantaneous burst power. Max voltage swing 84V. Max output current 20A. Dual Amplimo power transformers. Four pairs of Exicon lateral Mosfets backed up by copious Vishay BC power reservoir caps. Price per pair? 25% more than the EX-M1 integrated."

A fly on the wall could have heard a needle drop, then the penny. And a very pretty penny it was.

Too much?