boulevard/19-11-25_sihf
 

STATEMENT in High Fidelity

25.11.2019 // Dirk Sommer

During the Audio Video Show in Warsaw High Fidelity.pl and hifistatement.net awarded two prizes for the first time. Of course, they express above all our appreciation of the award winners and their award-winning products, but they also document the positive cooperation between the two online magazines over the years.

My colleague Wojtek Pacula awarded Nordost's QPoint, a so-called resonance synchonizer, whose tonal effects convinced him. As you can see from his review, he also appreciates the courage of the developers to look beyond the strictly scientific field and their openness to audiophile experiences.

Wojtek Pacula, Alex Brady, Johann Graham, Robert Hay and the author (f.r.t.l)
Wojtek Pacula, Alex Brady, Johann Graham, Robert Hay and the author (f.r.t.l)

Over the last twelve months, I have been most impressed by Garth Powell's developments and the products that have emerged from them, Audioquest's power conditioners and power cables. Garth Powell had already stressed in the interview about his products that they would show their positive effect in all systems, since the filters work linearly over a very large range. Of course we could not test Niagara and Co. in all systems. As a glance at the "listened with" sections in our magazine shows, that three Hifistatement colleagues have been infected by my enthusiasm and purchased a Niagara 5000 and the corresponding cables for each of their systems. If they hadn't been completely satisfied with the result, it would have been less easy for me to award a prize for Audioquest's "LowZ/Noise-Dissipation" mains technology.

The Award for Nordosts QPoint
The Award for Nordosts QPoint

Wojtek Pacula and I, of course, had not agreed to award prizes to companies that are primarily active in the cable business. That was pure coincidence, but also no reason to think about other award winners. Since we have known each other for more than 15 years now, meet again and again, talk on the phone much more often, and since my wife and I are members of the Krakow Sonic Society led by Wojtek Pacula, we have such a trusting relationship that we don't consider it necessary to hear the product chosen by our colleague for his STATEMENT in High Fidelity for ourselves. We also quickly agreed that we would not be hosting a prize-giving party. We invited the award winners, Johann Graham and Alex Brady for Nordost and Robert Hay for Audioquest, to a restaurant in Warsaw and spent an evening full of animated conversations with them. We will continue to do so – but not in November of next year in Warsaw, but most likely in Munich next May.

Not to many words: After the short award giving ceremony the evening was pure fun
Not to many words: After the short award giving ceremony the evening was pure fun

Wojtek Pacula had the idea of presenting an International Award, as he called the STATEMENT in High Fidelity in our advertisement in the Audio Vision Show catalogue, two years ago. However, I was very skeptical at first. The colleague distributes so-called Red Fingerprint Awards monthly in his magazine, which rank among the annual awards in various categories, and then there are also awards for the best sound during a show – not only in Warsaw, but also in Munich. That seems too much of a good thing to me. But perhaps after eight years of complete abstinence from awards at Hifistatement – in its current form – I also see it a little too critical. In addition, it seemed to me extremely attractive to make the cooperation between High Fidelity.pl and hifistatement.net a little more present through our award. And that's why from now on there will be the STATEMENT in High Fidelity twice a year. After the successful evening in Warsaw I can only say: Good that my colleague – and friend – Wojtek Pacula convinced me of the importance of this award.

The award for Audioquest's
The award for Audioquest's

  • Prototyped: Ansuz Darkz Zirconium, Sortz and Supreme

    In the review dealing with the best two-way loudspeaker I've come across so far, namely the Børresen 01 Silver Supreme, I already mentioned that Lars Kristensen and Michael Børresen had been experimenting with feet intended for resonance control made of zirconium. This material is now to be found in three of their product groups, some of which are still in the prototype stage. Lars Kristensen, one of the company's owners, and Morten Thyrrestrup, who is…
    23.09.2021
  • Erlkönige: Ansuz Darkz Zirconium, Sortz und Supreme

    Schon im Bericht über den besten mir bekannten Zwei-Wege-Lautsprecher, die Børresen 01 Silver Supreme, hatte ich erwähnt, dass Lars Kristensen und Michael Børresen mit Füßen zur Resonanz-Kontrolle aus Zirkonium experimentierten. Das Material findet sich nun in drei Produktgruppen, die sich teils noch im Prototypen-Stadium befinden. Diese Vielzahl von Neuheiten, die teils aber erst im kommenden Jahr Serienreife erlangen werden, nahmen Lars Kristensen, einer der Firmeninhaber, und Morten Thyrrestrup, der unter anderem für das Händlernetz und…
    27.08.2021
  • Ein Besuch bei Audio Exklusiv

    Schon 2010 tauchten die ersten Audio-Exklusiv-Komponenten in Hifistatement auf und beeindruckten mit ihrem sehr kundenfreundlichen Preis/Genuss-Verhältnis. Und seit Andreas Schönberg ein offenes Ohr für Freunde symmetrischer Schaltungen hat, findet man eine R7-Vorstufe in meiner Kette. Zu einem Besuch bei Audio Exklusiv kam es aber erst jetzt. Seit dem Bericht über Audio Exklusivs P7 und P1, in dem sich auch ein kurzer Abriss der Firmengeschichte bis zu dem Zeitpunkt findet, an dem Andreas Schönberg von Eva…
    16.07.2021
  • A visit to Chiemsee Hifi

    With some articles, the wording of the headline is the biggest hurdle to be taken. This one is no exception. I could just as well have chosen "A visit to Audiaz". But when you set off for the mountains on an autumnal Foehn weather day and can clearly see them already in Munich, the above title at least seems to be the most appropriate. Strictly speaking, we – unfortunately – did not head for Lake…
    24.06.2021
  • STATEMENT In High Fidelity – German Edition 2021

    Da die High End schon zum zweiten Mal in Folge ausfallen musste, konnten Wojtek Pacula und ich die beiden Awards von HighFidelity.pl und hifistatement.net den Preisträgern leider wieder nicht persönlich während der Messe übergeben. Die Statements in High Fidelity│German Edition 2021 gehen an RCM und Ferrum. Der Namenszusatz „German Edition“ oder „Polish Edition“ soll eigentlich nur darauf hinweisen, während welcher Messe die entsprechenden Preise des Jahres vergeben werden: Im Mai während der High End in…
    31.05.2021
  • Erlkönig: Audio Exklusiv R14

    Die meisten Hersteller lassen sich bei der Entwicklung nicht gern in die Karten gucken und und lehnen es daher ab, ihre Kreationen vor Produktionsbeginn in unserer Erlkönig-Rubrik zu präsentieren. Audio-Exklusiv-Inhaber Andreas Schönberg hingegen traut sich, nun auch das zweite Modell der Referenz-Serie in Gröbenzell vorab zu vorzustellen. Das war schon vor etwa dreieinhalb Jahren mit der vollsymmetrischen Referenz-Vorstufe R7 so: Er weckte mit einem noch sehr rudimentär aufgebauten Labormuster durch einen kurzen Hörtest bei mir…
    19.02.2021

Wir nutzen Cookies auf unserer Website. Einige von ihnen sind essenziell für den Betrieb der Seite, während andere uns helfen, diese Website und die Nutzererfahrung zu verbessern (Tracking Cookies). Sie können selbst entscheiden, ob Sie die Cookies zulassen möchten. Bitte beachten Sie, dass bei einer Ablehnung womöglich nicht mehr alle Funktionalitäten der Seite zur Verfügung stehen.