What must happen that a hardened FIDELITY-author in the mistaken assumption to know almost everything, to have heard almost everything, sitting in front of his plant and weeping weeps? Apparently not much, it only needs a reasonably reasonable stereo, Brahms lullaby and a pair of quite rustic Schallmöbel, already æowed the tears. Where are the Kleenex when you need them?
Music can be consumed today in many different ways. Some have a beer can with speech recognition, others love their living space compatible design pieces or are of active cubes in shoebox size back and forth. All well and good, because with each speaker (apart from the voice-controlled beer can), who was my guest over the last few years, I would have been satisåed with more or less small smears. The biggest drawback of many speakers so far, no matter how pretty, fancy or technically sophisticated they are, is their inefåciency, which also means that they need certain levels to bring the music to its full potential. Which in turn bothers my roommates when working on a text takes time again until the early morning. A dilemma
This is now, after disc transport to the third æoor, in the small listening room. In the form of a pair of Thivanlabs Eros 9 in the Anniversary Edition: Sound transducers, built as if they had fallen from a time machine compared to the last test objects. As old-fashioned as the Eros 9 looks, its discovery for the European market is thanks to social networks. While surång through the contributions of his Asian Facebook contacts Eckhard Derks, owner of TCG Handels GmbH, came across very interesting sound transducers and tube ampliåers in Germany completely unknown manufacturer. Especially the speakers had aroused his curiosity, Eckhard Derks began to investigate more intensively. He found what he was looking for in Vietnam, a country more known for its delicious cuisine and friendly locals. That Vietnam has a fairly lively high-end and DIY scene was new to me, but a quick search on the net also closes this educational gap. Since a business trip including photo story would actually be overdue, if you allow me this disinterested reference to the editor
The two founders and namesake of Thivanlabs, Mr. Thi and Mr. Van, have built a fulminant reputation in the eastern continent over the last decade. Her philosophy follows the effort to produce not only the best possible sound, but a deep, sensual emotionality that deeply touches the listener. And yes, class goal met! I have just ordered my Eros 9, notiåcation for the beginning of February. Fresh from the ship, virgin and fortunately not recorded. The åve hundred hours they will need to ripen to their fullest will make me look like Bolle. Why does he just want to send his audio physics Seemon to the old part, you probably ask yourself now. After 22 years of faithful service! Yes, why?
For the simple reason that in 30 years of intense fun listening to music, I have barely found a speaker that completely captivates, sucks and transports all the shades of emotion that my record shelf provides effortlessly and moodily. If need be comforting, but if necessary raging, screaming and raging when you have to be silent yourself. At the same time able to disclose all the timbres in Tiamat’s Wildhoney, despite the sound of sleep and whispering mode, , which otherwise only become visible when the walls have long been shaking?
In principle, the Eros 9 are certainly too big for twelve square meters, correspondingly suboptimal then looks like the reverberation time. With spontaneous pressure on the mute button the room rattles for a felt second after saving money and room tuning. But as long as the music plays, the Eros 9 puts you in a different sphere. What else is left for the air in the room to follow without contradiction even the ånest voltage modulation in
the signal? Here push two highly sensitive 15-inch model, as in a small space evasion is impossible. Since in the opinion of Mr. Thi and Mr. Van the best turnout is not a switch, the basses work broadband up to nearly six kilohertz, before the frequency response decreases by means of mechanical åltering. What’s missing from 2000 Hertz take over sparingly åltered compression drivers with titanium diaphragms and horn extension. Thanks to the square horn mouth, a strikingly natural-sounding coupling to the broadbands succeeds one æoor lower. The ratio between membrane area and direct energy, between broad bands and horn drivers åts like Walter Röhrl in a nine-wheeler without four-wheel drive.
Fine spirits like Eckhard Derks and the two developers rave about the sensual, gentle characteristics in combination with cuddly tube amps in the smallest performance range, sales expert Tim Hoffmann is back and away from the station wagon with ultra-precise, lively and powerful Class D ampliåers. Glass bulbs glow so far not in my ampliåer collection, jagged and tightly guided Watt in the three-digit range, I can offer in sufåcient choice. How ordered pile up here just a Trigon Excceed (test soon in FIDELITY) and a Goldnote IS 1000, which demands attention for the future. Both “classically” designed ampliåers with transistors, thick transformers and satisfactory performance data.
So far, I have the Trigon as a direct, transparent aufspielenden, doing extremely fast-acting drive, which can bite powerful if necessary. His sensitive, soft side was embezzled by the previously connected sound transducers. Chet Baker’s “I’m A Fool To Love You” nebulises almost in the room, airy, direct, wide, crystal clear as never before, while warm as a log åre, with never-heard tenderness in Baker’s play. The level control of the Trigon stands in the almost
imperceptible area, only a red dot visualizes that power is being generated. The music is more of a hint, an idea than serious perception. Yet full of body, dynamics, energy, immediacy, which suggests one was physically present and leaned casually on the piano during the concert with a gin-tonic in his hand and the world stood still for a moment. Baker’s trumpet tugs at my auditory nerves full of charm, breathing freely in the room, his orchestra sorting absurdly on the mediated stage, yet self-contained, compact and alive like never before. All at a level of intensity that allows a muted conversation among gentlemen effortlessly possible. It’s amazing how efåciently the Eros 9 instantly transforms every pinch of electrical voltage. “Kiss off” the violent Femmes shakes in the usual LoFi garage sound, but at the same time tears at his own inability from the lethargy of everyday life with never before recognized fun and wit. Again, the level control is just before the left stop,
The key to the Eros 9’s deep musicality lies in the reduced construction, the renunciation of anything that could escape the æow of music. The interaction between direct wired broadband and Hornerweiterung succeeds thanks to components in homeopathic dose in the signal path without energy loss.
One reason for the striking response of the Thvian is likely to be the monumental case. The developers spent a lot of time adjusting the material and power to make sure all the energy they put into the chassis came to the chassis instead of vibrating the case. Only through a hole in the æoor is something of the internally generated pressure directed towards the æoor, which gives the thrust of the åfteen-inch model the appropriate draft. A little leeway exists here 26/2/2019 Test: Thivanlabs Eros 9 Anniversary – FIDELITY online https://www.fidelity-magazin.de/2018/12/22/test-thivan-labs-eros-9-anniversary/ 5/16 when experimenting with the distance between the reæector tunnel and the æoor. The sophisticated combination of highly sensitive drivers and ascetic switch in a piece of furniture made of resonance-optimized åberboard results in the most physically present and musically sensitive loudspeaker that I know.
But woe, when they are let go! Should it require (despite all meekness and serenity) account balance, environment or supervisor to let off steam once properly: let it scream the Eros 9 in your place instead. Whether Rammstein, Manson, Wagner, Stones or Scooter. Anything that seems necessary to make the environment aware of your momentary displeasure is allowed. The level stability of the Eros 9 under extreme conditions, not only entertains the household, even distant neighbors could still have something of it, if one happens to slip off with the volume. Once Prodigy too loud, pictures are already falling from the wall and the glasses crumble. If he did not produce that comforting feeling in the epigastrium, one could misinterpret the sound pressure the Eros 9 is capable of as an attempted bodily injury.