August
2020

Country of Origin

Bali

Studio Monitor Up3

Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
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Main system: 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, Denafrips Terminator, Soundaware D300Ref SD transport & USB bridge; Preamplifier: Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature with WE VT52/300B or Elrog 50/300B; Power amplifiers: Kinki Studio EX-7B monos; Headphone amp: Kinki Studio; Headphones: Final D8000; Loudspeakers: Audio Physic Codex; Cube Audio Nenuphar; Aurai Audio M1 [on loan]; Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL3000; Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all source components, Vibex One 11R on amps, LessLoss C-MARC Entropic cords 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; 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
Second system: Source: Soundaware D100Pro SD transport; DAC/pre: COS Engineering D1; Amplifier: Bakoon AMP-13R; Loudspeakers: Acelec Model One w. Franck Tchang magnesium 360° super tweeters, Zu Submission subwoofer, LessLoss Firewall for Loudspeakers; Power delivery: Puritan Audio Lab PSM-156; Equipment rack: Hifistay Mythology Transform X-Frame [on extended loan]; Room: ~4x6m
Desktop system: Source: HP Z230 work station Win7/64; USB bridge: Audiobyte Hydra X+; Headphone amp: COS Engineering H1; Headphones: Audeze LCD-XC; Powered speakers: Fram Audio Midi 150
Upstairs headfi system: Source: Soundaware A280 SD transport; DAC: Auralic Vega; Integrated amplifier: Schiit Jotunheim R; Headphones: Raal-Requisite SR1a
2-channel video system: Source: Oppo BDP-105; DAC: Kinki Studio; Preamp: Wyred4Sound STP-SE II; Power amp: Pass Labs XA-30.8, LinnenberG Liszt; Loudspeakers: German Physiks HRS-120; Room: ~6x4m
Review component retail: $8'770/pr to $15'904/pr

Unobtainium. It's when the object of your affections slept with someone else and isn't coming back. It'd be silly of course to let sex be the decider. There's so much more to relationships. But replace sex with specs and people do the same in hifi. When it comes to actual unobtainium, today we learn that Hendry Ramli's 10th Anniversary Vermöuth Audio monitor is a limited edition of 10. Duh? By the time I got the memo, he had already sold six pairs. So peel away your lustful eyes from the above. Refocus on the image below.

Hello Studio Monitor. You even get one extra driver. Total Recall?

To begin with, this unlimited production speaker comes in five different levels of eroticism; if you're a parts not personality wo/man. If for sex appeal, most people focus on body parts, why not in audio? So pay attention. The standard version gets Jantzen Std Z caps, RSS resistors and 16-gauge Crosscoils with OFC internal wire. Up1 [$9'252/pr] goes to Jantzen Superior Z caps, Superes resistors, 16AWG wax coils and OCC copper. Up2 [$9'634/pr] gets you Jantzen Silver Z caps, Duelund resistors, Jantzen 14-AWG wax coils and more OCC copper. Up3 [$11'125] upgrades to a full Duelund set of wax/paper copper-foil caps, tinned copper resistors and 12-gauge wax-paper copper-foil inductors. Wiring upgrades to Hendry's own OCC copper Black Pearl. Up4 [$15'904] makes the 1.75kHz crossover external and packs it with more Duelund goods – tinned copper-cast caps, cast silver resistors and 12-gauge full-cast inductors again with Black Pearl wiring.

As you see, there's something for everyone's parts attraction: legs, lips, bums, shoulders and the rest. What remains unchanged regardless of trigger and wallet size is the d'Appolito array. It has two Accuton C173 6.5" ceramic mid/woofers bracket a Raal 70-20XR AM ribbon tweeter in a gloss-black side-ported enclosure. In the back are Hendry's own terminals of rhodium over tellurium copper. The lot ships in a stout wooden crate from Ngurah Rai, Bali's international airport.

So are you a butt or bust guy, a 6-pack or chest gal?

Coming off our racy horse, either model—the soon-to-be unobtainium and ongoing obtainium—stretches Hendry's brand ambitions in tandem with his cable range. That recently built out its Reference tier with speaker and USB cables. Now these gloss-black Studio Monitors step up and over the existing three speaker models into a no-compromise range.

Just how crazy rich the most exotic crossover parts can get we appreciate with the stretch from $8'770 to $15'904/pr of standard to most loaded iteration. It's only the filter and hookup bits which change. Here anyone with a parts fetish must let their imagination run wild. These items remain invisible inside their reflective enclosures. It would be interesting to learn what parameters beyond cost clients will employ to decide which version to get. After all, who of us has any experience with how these Jantzen and Duelund parts compare at the ear? Even if we did have some generalized notions, we couldn't be sure they'd apply to this particular crossover and speaker. I'll expect that buyers will ask Hendry on how he hears the sonic progression. I know that's what I'd do. So let's.