Reviewer: Edgar Kramer 
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Source: AMR CD-77.1 CD player, MacBook with BitPerfect player and AIFF files 
Preamplifier: Supratek DHT Reference with Bendix rectifier tube; NuForce P9, NuForce P20, DEQX PreMate 
Amplifier: NuForce Reference 18 monoblocks; Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblocks 
Speakers: Wilson Audio Specialties Alexia 
Cables digital: Cerious Technologies; Harmonic Technology Magic; NuForce digital cables; ZenSati Seraphim; analog interconnects: Bocchino Audio Morning Glory; Cable Research Laboratory (CRL) Gold with Bocchino XLR and RCA; Cerious Technologies; DanA Digital Reference Silver; Eichmann eXpress 6 Series 2; ETI Quiessence Reference; Exakte IC; Harmonic Technology Magic and Truthlink Silver; MIT Giant Killer MPC; NuForce IC-700; PSC Audio Monolith AG; PSC Audio Pristine R30 Ribbon; ZenSati Seraphim RCA & XLR; speaker cables: Cerious Technologies; ETI Quiessence Reference; Exakte speaker cable; MIT Giant Killer GK-1 loudspeaker cables; NuForce SC-700; ZenSati Seraphim; power cords: Cerious Technologies AC; Eichmann eXpress AC power cables; Exakte AC; Harmonic Technology Fantasy; PSC Gold Power MKII; Shunyata Research Diamondback 
Stands: SGR Signature racks 
Sundry accessories: Blue Horizon Spike Shoes; Burson Audio Buffer, Bright Star Audio IsoRock Reference 3 and BSA IsoNode feet; Bocchino Audio Mecado isolation diodes; Black Diamond Racing cones; Stillpoints E-Loops; Stillpoints ERS paper in strategic positions; Shakti On Lines; Densen & IsoTek CD demagnetizer; Auric Illuminator CD Treatment 
Room size: 6.4m wide by 7.1m long with high ceiling and narrow cavity behind speakers. Room has been professionally measured and found to be extraordinarily flat and neutral 
Review component retail: €14,500 including SDSS stands, €12,500 with spikes only

What goes around. In this age of industrial wealth and manufacturing proficiency, the audio industry has leapt forward with a proliferation of companies now capable to adopt engineering and construction techniques that elevate quality to unforeseen levels. One only has to look at the manufacturing marvel that is a D’Agostino Momentum, Boulder amplifier or Continuum turntable to appreciate that such levels of design, fabrication and fit and finish were once only dreamt of. This unprecedented level of build quality has also been adopted in the loudspeaker realm. Here a number of companies have produced state-of-the-art flagship models of truly extraordinary quality in every design aspect. Subsequently, these manufacturing techniques and technologies have trickled down to lower rungs in their product ladders.

Dutch Kharma are certainly among those engineering-driven companies with an astute eye for aesthetic design who offer ‘ne plus ultra’ products whilst steadily enriching their more affordable ranges with trickle-down tech. Witness here the S7 speaker from their Elegance line, Kharma’s so-called ‘entry’ level range. Rarely have I seen such manufacturing and aesthetic excellence as in these stunningly beautiful speakers. Every aspect of their overall gorgeousness has been elevated to an absolutely immaculate outcome. Such striking beauty beggars a get-go description of physical appearance which then will lead to more profound matters related to specifications and performance. The review pair came in a flawlessly applied gloss white with subtle gold speckle, no ripple, orange peel or imperfection in sight. Nowhere. Absolute perfection. Equal care was applied to all aspects of the construction. The cabinet feels extremely solid and the knuckle test passed with flying colours. The thing is resonance dead.