Hear, hear! We’re the Luxury!

Четверг, 27 Октябрь 2011, 16:01
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lux Vladimir Yelbaev of YelbTrib online review has been granted full-fledged membership in Luxury Spokesperson group within  Linked-In int’l online community of professionals. “Thank you for your appreciation of this group's initiative. Your profile will now display a key badge to denote your commentary expertise on the subject of luxury which shall be visible to your peers and press members. All efforts will be made to encourage publicity and awareness for your business and career via this group that unites luxury spokespersons with members of the luxury press”, stated Melissa Randhawa, Founder, Luxury Spokesperson, in an addressed message.

While sharing the group’s maxims «Truth is the Highest Luxury», «It is impossible to overdo luxury», «Luxury is not the opposite of poverty, but of vulgarity» – the YelbTrib’s media producer and main reviewer will spare no effort in advancing the luxury in both English and Russian languages like he’s been doing for decades – serving up thousands of media reviews on prestige hi-fi, music and movies, home interior.

From this point on, regular Hi End Home Audio reports – of brands by A&T Trade distribution and others — by this reviewer will also appear  in English in this space, linking with the Luxury Spokesperson group for worldwide attendance. Same has been offered to British prestige home interior makes as distributed by Rosbri company in Russia. As well as to other struggling importers to the market.  

YelbTrib, albeit non-registered and hence non-profit, hereby graduates as an immediate conveyor of “contributed expertise, comments and information… for articles, features and interviews” which “ensure that the group’s members are officially able to comment about topics relevant to the luxury industry”, according to the message.


Marantz Named Best in 2011

All "black boxes" are not born equal. Check out the latest Marantz for luxury sound quality.

All "black boxes" are not born equal. Check out the latest Marantz for luxury sound quality.

Stereo amplifier Marantz PM6004 is judged Product of the Year 2011 by the British “What Hi-Fi” magazine. While YelbTrib confirms the unique-to-the-brand “golden voice” of this component, there’s more to the mag review: A big step-up from the older 6003 version, the PM6004 is very tough – if not impossible – to fault. For — solidity and scale, but with precision and pace; excellent transparency, against — nothing of note.

It’s a bold move to change a product that most people consider to be at the top of its game, but so competitive is the market these days that resting on one’s laurels leaves one open to surprise challenges from eager rivals. That’s why Marantz is launching its updated and upgraded 6000-series amplifier. To that end, Marantz has instigated a thorough overhaul, ditching the integrated circuits of the past in favour of separate preamp and power amp sections built entirely from discreet components.

A thorough upgrade of the amp has achieved even more substantial improvements. It’s that ability to cut right to the heart of a track that’s most impressive. Even more impressive is the fact that this solidity combines with a lightness of foot that helps the amp dance from beat to beat without a hint of sluggishness. Do make sure you click the ‘source direct’ button to get the very best out of it, though.

Connect the PM6004 with the Marantz CD6004 CD player and it’s immediately clear that they’ve been tuned to complement each other. While the PM6004 is flexible enough to be partnered with other, non-Marantz electronics, as a pair they pull in the same sonic direction, and the resulting presentation is as fast-paced, detailed and dynamic as you could possibly hope for from a hi-fi pairing at this end of the market. Add a pair of Tannoy Revolution DC6 T floorstanders (£800) and you’ll be especially happy, but B&W’s 685s (£380) or KEF’s Q300s (£450), both standmounted designs, are also highly recommended partners for what is a simply superb hi-fi separates system.

YelbTrib's verdict: While Tannoy and KEF speakers pursue a somewhat different, relief stand-out, sound pattern, B&W’d sing better harmony with this component making for the soundstage of instant persuasion. CD (or any other, for that matter) source however is least important since the mighty Marantz electronics simply turn everything they touch into Gold. Beware of contemporary cold and fast sound quality though. The boons are the factory fresh unsoiled parts of purity which no vehement and warm-sounding vintage won’t boast.

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