MAF 2024: Villeneuve Audio Vidéo, Marchand Audio Vidéo / Fyne Audio, Luxman, AudioQuest

MAF 2024: Villeneuve Audio Vidéo, Marchand Audio Vidéo / Fyne Audio, Luxman, AudioQuest


Prices listed in CA$.

If there had been an award given out at the Audiofest for “Most Vintage-Looking Component”, the Fyne Classic Fifteen speakers ($50,000/pr) in the Villeneuve Audio Vidéo / Marchand Audio Vidéo room probably would have won it. The design is a point-source system whereby a bass/midrange cone is coupled to a high frequency unit on the same driver, also called a full-range driver. Many people believe that this sort of coaxial design provides better stereo imaging, especially with high performance electronics such as those that were part of this demo. They included a 110Wpc Luxman L-507Z integrated amp ($12,595), a Luxman NT-07 network streamer ($10,495), a Luxman D-03X CD player / DAC ($5875) capable of playing hi-res files, and cabling by AudioQuest.

Across a few tracks on the album Hell or High Water by Sara K, the sound was smooth, coherent, expressive, with rich tone and an effortless delivery. Despite the fact there wasn’t a single chair set up to listen to this demo (I had to kneel) and that people were talking loudly as the music played, I was captivated by what I heard, to the point it affected me emotionally.

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