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Sound & Vision Show 2020, Athens – Part Two

ΗΧΟΣ & ΕΙΚΟΝΑ SHOW 2020, ATHENS

SOUND & VISION SHOW 2020, ATHENS

PART TWO

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Suddenly, one day before the opening of the Show #hes2020, Greek Ideon Audio switched from a suite to a larger hall. The background of this movement was something like an epic episode of negotiations between the expo’s production and the brand owners. For the better.

Ideon’s Audio flagship: The Absolute DAC (~28.000,-€). Without a doubt, a reference-level product that made the Greek designers famous worldwide. Ideon worked hard to create their magnum opus without regard to price, his goal was to make, in absolute words, “one of the top five digital sources in the world.” So, here it is, the Absolute DAC in all its glory against the best high end digital sources on the planet!

Ideon Audio and Exclusive Audio distribution are shaking hands. So, the speaker selection here is from the famous UK audiophile brand ProAc model Response D30S (~6.000,-€).The sound was very different than ProAc Carbon on the 5th floor suite of Exclusive Audio and equally extraordinary as a two way classic design with a lot of editions – revisions. The major change to ProAc Response 30S is to the tweeter and its environment. Also the sound moved up a notch with the use of Ideon’s Μasterclock and the latest edition of 3R USB. Another ‘secret’ exposed to the massive crowd of music lovers & audiophiles, the PC digital-file transport used MusiChi server edition program, that is by far the best we ever auditioned feeding a DAC.

British school of sound entered 2020. Such a great “interpretation” of music in this large hall, despite the modest size of ProAc Response newest two-way speakers.The already airy ambiance was further augmented to a cathedral-like atmosphere.

Multi-awarded and well respected Ideon’s 3R USB redrive-reclock-regenerator received honoring reviews from The Absolute Sound, www.hiendnews.gr, 6moons.com, Hxos+ and many more magazines. A must-have USB bridge if you have a pc/mac as a transport for digital audio files.

Ayazi mk2 is the value for money suggestion of Ideon, for those who set the price-bar limit at 3.000 euros. An excellent measuring (of course) and performing digital to analog converter.

On static display, another Greek audio company, “Echo Diastasis”. All products I encountered were some of the most interesting, but also some of the most wanted to hear — because they’re only available in Greece, Germany and USA. I would love to see these sell a lot overseas. They are excellent at their price point. Also, for a limited time-period there is a special discount.

The Echo Diastasis Pre amplifier model 79, Dual Mono Class A with E-Core transformers.

And the Power Amplifier A-79, solid-state. Delivers 100 watts per channel, E-Core transformers,too. Price asking for the pair (pre-power) was about 5.000 euros.

A solid-state Integrated delivers 2x70W at 8Ω, 2x110W at 4Ω, its remote controlled, a zero negative feedback design and a lot of sonics for money asking. Echo Diastasis prefers E-Core transformers for all models.

The phono-stage from the current line retails ~3.000 euros. The company’s products are known for their crystal clear sound, bold personality and the wide and deep soundstage. Great news for vinyl lovers searching for a great phono without breaking the bank! 

The Echo Diastasis all-Greek designed Integrated, a choice with excellent value and sonics as far as I remember on previous EXPOs.


If having all those separate boxes and expensive speakers seems excessive to you, Thonet & Vander from Germany showed another way to applause sonics and enjoy your beloved musicians.

Believe it or not… prices are for a pair of speakers and you can READ them below. Here is the KÜRBIS ™ set that can be easily combined within any room, providing a unique sound experience. This 2.0 speaker offers crystal clear sound, with exemplary soundstage for the category and above. It will not be a problem to listen to music with an impeccable definition, perfect for purists of sound who are looking for power and Bluetooth® technology all-in-one. Extreme ? The visitors brought a lot of pairs ! Grats !

Price list for the 2-way bluetooth line. Bigger models also available like Titan & Koloss big brothers at prices up to 500 euros. Great !

 

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