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    Re: Testing the all new Ilumnia Magister!!

    Last track that I'm going to discuss before my end conclusion:

    Secret Key Masters




    Another (SA)CD I got to know via Ben from Acoustic Matters.
    A very exigent album for speakers.
    Simply because a grand piano is a pain in the a** for any transducer, especially when a piece like 'Apollo 14' is played.

    The same strengths and weaknesses became obvious: mids and highs that are rarely equalled, bass that comes into troubles a bit too soon.
    The notes of the lower registers were a bit muddled. Individual notes didn't come out clear enough.
    Vivid Audio - Burmester - Hegel - Marantz - Oppo - Pioneer 60" - Wireworld

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    Re: Testing the all new Ilumnia Magister!!

    My conclusion.


    I may appear too severe.
    Because I compared these speakers with my reference Vivid Audios that cost 38,000€ a pair, retail price.
    But, if you claim to have the best driver in the world, and recommended retail price is 20,000€, you have to confront this kind of comparison.

    It might in fact be true, that they have developped the best driver.
    It seems that Marten is already interested in it.
    Jacques and I both thought that an even better implementation of this driver would make it shine even more.
    If you for example would cut it off at 50 or 60 Hz, so that it could focus on its strengths, upper bass, mids and highs, then it could surprise us even more.
    Think a monitor, and then combine it with a very fast sub for the lowest octaves, and you really would have a world class speaker system.

    Now, you have a true high end speaker that shines in all kinds of acoustic music, where it throws a very good image, and gives you good insight into the music.
    But it falls a bit short when you for example like electronic music with lots of heavy beats.
    With Ilumnia, you won't have the visceral impact of Drum-'n-bass or jungle tracks.

    In the end we compared the Ilumnia with a 4500€ pair of EgglestonWorks on the other side of the room.
    It was not a real fight.
    The EgglestonWorks were outgunned in every aspect.
    It was like a thick cloth was hung in front of us, and the soundstage collapsed entirely.

    So yes, a big welcome to the world of high end speakers Ilumnia!!
    A fantastic effort, with still room for improvement, but already quite an accomplishment.
    A new paradigm in the world of transducers, it doesn't happen every year.
    A couple of pairs have already found their way to listening rooms, and I'm sure lots more will follow.

    I'll end with a couple of pics that show the finish is fine also:




    Birch is the only version there is at the moment.







    Vivid Audio - Burmester - Hegel - Marantz - Oppo - Pioneer 60" - Wireworld

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    Re: Testing the all new Ilumnia Magister!!

    Thank you for the very nice and detailed review. The million dollar question is what the speaker was doing with the room in terms of its interaction. Did you turn the ports? That was mentioned during the 6Moons review.

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    Re: Testing the all new Ilumnia Magister!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Geardaddy View Post
    Thank you for the very nice and detailed review. The million dollar question is what the speaker was doing with the room in terms of its interaction. Did you turn the ports? That was mentioned during the 6Moons review.

    The brothers Nuyts have followed some of our suggestions and made the enclosure steadier.
    Jacques and I are going to test these again at my house, in our decently treated living room.
    We'll probably use the H590, but also my Halgorythme tube amps.
    We'll try to do this early next year.
    Vivid Audio - Burmester - Hegel - Marantz - Oppo - Pioneer 60" - Wireworld

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