July
2022

Country of Origin

Spain

Violeta

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, Singxer SU-6 USB bridge, Sonnet Pasithea DAC; Active filter: icOn 80Hz/4th-order hi/lo-pass; 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 D1300Ref SD transport clock-slaved to Denafrips Terminator +; DAC: Denafrips Terminator+; Preamp/filter: icOn 4Pro + 4th-order/40Hz hi-low pass; Amplifier: Goldmund Job 225; Loudspeakers: sound|kaos Vox 3awf, Dynaudio S18 sub; 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/DAC: iFi iDSD Pro Signatur;  Headphones: Final D-8000; Active speakers: DMAX SC5
Upstairs headfi/speaker system: Source: smsl Dp5 transport; DAC: Auralic Vega; Integrated amplifier: Schiit Jotunheim R; Phones: Raal-Requisite SR1a
2-channel video system: Source: Oppo BDP-105; All-in-One: Gold Note I-1000 Deluxe; Loudspeakers: Zu Soul VI; Subwoofer: Zu Submission; Power delivery: Furutech eTP-8, Room: ~6x4m

Review component retail: TBA

Kroma. In ancient Greek, chroma was color. In music, chromatic separates any octave into twelve equal intervals called half tones. Spanish speaker house Kroma Atelier thus carry all the rainbow's colors and all the musical notes across all the possible scales in their DNA. For some extra color commentary, re-read my June 2016 Granada feature about their brand's launch. Then forward back to May 2022 just when the two coincident Munich shows had concluded. As I wrote in an editorial…

Collage assembled with photos compliments of Mono & Stereo's show coverage.

… "on February 20th, Kroma Audio's Facebook page had posted a video of Blink High End showing their Elektra, Julieta and Mimí speakers at the Florida Audio Expo. By February 26th, Mundorf's air-motion transformers mysteriously appeared in a new Facebook post with no additional comments."

"Thinking observers could predict what was in the wind.

"By May 19th, Munich High End at the MOC and the alternative show of the Marriott Hotel opened their doors. Now Kroma Audio had changed name to Kroma Atelier so the logo remains unchanged. Et voilà, new models like the now range-topping Turandot flying folded Mundorf tweeters fore and aft plus new Purifi 6½" mid/woofers. Even an open-baffle version called Violeta bowed, a completely unexpected development from Javier Millán, chief architect at the Granada speaker house since former partner Miguel Castro departed to form Lorenzo Audio Lab during Covid lockdown."

Photo and ambient tweeter overlay compliments of Mono & Stereo's show coverage. We see Kroma Atelier's new Turandot flagship with elite Wadax, Technics and Gryphon gear.