We didn't want to wait for the next High End show to come after everything was cancelled this year. So we decided to recreate the brands collaboration that was intended to show up for the first time at the High End in Munich this year and do it in Berlin in our own listening rooms. Together with J. Sikora Schallplattenspieler, Marek Dyba from Hifi Knights and Vitus Audio Elektronik we celebrated 2 days of finest listening pleasure. An excerpt from Marek Dyba's experience report speaks volumes:
The scale of this sound, the power of the (active) bass, the incredibly clean, crisp treble, full, rich, colorful, but uncolored midrange, and of course the very good overall coherence, which is not always the case when combining active bass module with passive mids and treble, made a great impression on all of us. We listened to some of the tracks at normal levels because it was more than enough to hear the full range of information from every recording. Several times however, Michael turned the volume knob hard up to show us that even then, at levels way beyond „normal” the sound is still perfectly well controlled, there is no distortion or compression. I was hard to resist the effortless, clean, powerful, huge in scale sound, the ability to resolve even tiniest details, build a huge soundstage filled with air and precisely located phantom images. Aidoni with every track, chosen either from Michael’s or Janusz’s (sample) collection, impressed us more. Even though I new more or less what to expect I still got wowed.
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"Aidoni's vibrant character, even though intended for listening to pleasure, could also work as a listening monitor. The foundation for this bandwidth of performance is a freshly conceived and unique concept that strives for the perfect approach in each of the frequency ranges. The active 15-inch bass are powered by four times 500 watts Class D per speaker, and a digital signal processor (DSP) provides control. The low-frequency potency is time coherent and the design does not apply any bass reflex tricks."
"Goosebumps are inevitable. While listening to Both Directions At Once by John Coltrane with Aidoni, the feeling of sitting right in front of the musicians is overwhelming. No music for the masses, no loudspeaker for the masses. But exactly what Plessmann founded SoundSpace Systems for: musical emotion."
"The loudspeaker Pirol performs extremely enthusiastic and doesn’t leave the listener indifferent. By now it's clear to me: Michael Plessmann must have thought through some matters extremely well. I am not necessarily interested in the efficiency of a transducer. Be that as it may, the representatives from Soundspace Systems made it obvious that after all I ought to somehow think about it: Even when listening to the most familiar records, there suddenly was fine detail to be more clearly audible than with transducers whose efficiency lies around 90 decibels. Actually, I could get used to the active bass of the Pirol in the long run. Even if the bass level is clearly set to joyful listening, the lows of the Pirol remain rhythmically thrilling, resilient, nimble, fast and outlined. And such a constellation is a very difficult thing to achieve with pure passive concepts. One usually has to decide between the earmarks just described or immersing in pleasant low bass waves."
"SoundSpace Systems Aidoni speakers deliver copious amounts of detail and unexpected resolution that exceed any close-minded expectations. More than that, SoundSpace Systems‘ flagship speakers can reveal mircro-timing deviations with mind-blowing precision. This feature alone is worth all of the excitement. Anything related to timing is crucial for the recreation of a believable aural illusion and Aidoni is splendid in this regard. Aidoni speakers are making their statements with their confrontational nature that instantly ignites all the rights inner triggers by bypassing the usual sensual safeguards. This is another rare feature that most high-end audio loudspeaker designers should strive for. It also puts Aidoni in the league of their own. These speakers were clearly designed from the ground-up to provide a purest and uncompromised music pleasure."
"Over the course of this review I listened to Pirols paired also with several other amplifiers … There was actually one key lesson to be learned from all those setups, namely that Pirols don't really care about the technology behind amplifiers. What does matter is their performance. Because the more refined the partners, the more Pirols are able to spread their wings … As you've probably noticed I didn't go through with a standard checklist of the qualities we value so much as audiophiles. Why? The answer is simple – when it comes to the top components, speakers, amplifiers, sources and so on, individual sonic qualities don't matter anymore … what really matters starts beyond it. Simply because at this level it's not about bass, treble, midrange, timing, space, resolutions and so on anymore. Once you set Pirols up properly and start listening you will forget about all these now irrelevant sonic features and focus on music, on how it makes you feel, how immersive, personal and unique the experience will get. Whatever music genre is your favorite, whatever mood you're in, whether you need to relax or feel like dancing, Pirols will be there for you."
"There is something fundamentally right in the way Pirol speakers present the essentials of music ... Pirol’s rigid internal structure and ceramic shell is surely a key point of taming the enormous energy while not killing the music. It’s too easy to rip out the music’s rawness, but Pirol’s well-thought innards are properly acoustically balanced. It’s not exactly easy to achieve a level of acoustical control where no frequency is having their forte. That is only one quest with the speakers’ design. The biggest challenge is getting the timbre, tone and color right. While some speaker’s design allows the thunderous rendition of the music, they’re too often sound like a pro-audio system; shouting and nervously delivering the sonic content. It takes a lot of sweat and blood to get any speaker to the real high-end audio plane, where high-end stands for the believable converting of music where little or nothing is lost in translation … This is exactly what Pirol offers … a no constrained aural enjoyment with a far grander sonic projection than what one would expect from their size."