TAF2023: Fyne Audio, Canor, EAT, Melco, Skyanalog, Swisscables, Gutwire, Plixir, Puritan

TAF2023: Fyne Audio, Canor, EAT, Melco, Skyanalog, Swisscables, Gutwire, Plixir, Puritan

,

Prices listed in CA$.

Be honest: When you saw the speakers in the above photo, did you immediately think, “Tannoy”? Me, too. They’re actually the Vintage 15 model ($49,950) made by Fyne Audio, and they looked gorgeous — and massive — when I saw them in person in retailer Gramophone Audio’s room.

They also sounded very good connected to a Canor IA 1.20 class-A, 50Wpc solid state integrated amplifier ($9495) and a digital stack consisting of a Melco N50 server / streamer ($7195), a Melco D100 transport / ripper ($2050), and a Canor tube DAC 2.1 ($5395). Items being demoed that I didn’t audition included an EAT Fortissimo turntable ($21,500 w/tonearm), an EAT E GLO S phono stage ($4095), an EAT Jo №5 cartridge ($1350), and a Skyanalog G3 cartridge ($2700). The system used cables by Swisscables and Gutwire, and power conditioners by Plixir and Puritan.

On streamed music, the sound was harmonically full, naturally sweet, and tonally vibrant. The system produced a big, colourful soundstage and a beguiling rhythmic flow. The source may have been digital, but there was nothing “digital” about the sound.

2024 PMA Magazine. All rights reserved.


Dear readers,

As you might know, PMA is an independent consumer audio and music magazine that prides itself on doing things differently. For the past three years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing you an authentic listening experience. Our commitment? Absolute authenticity. We steer clear of commercial influences, ensuring that what you hear from us is genuine, unfiltered, and true to our values.

However, independence comes with its challenges. To continue our journey of honest journalism and to maintain the quality of content you love, we find ourselves turning to you, our community, for support. Your contributions, no matter how small, will help us sustain our operations and continue to deliver the content you trust and enjoy. It’s your support that empowers us to remain independent and keep our ears to the ground, listening and sharing stories that matter, without any external pressures or biases.

Thank you so much for being a part of our journey.

The PMA Team

If you wish to donate, you can do so here.

Search for a Topic

and receive our flipbook magazines early

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER

Email field is required to subscribe.