Newport Beach 2015 report!
We have a nice report of our Kairos in duty in the Lotus Group room in Stereophile!!!
We won the PFO Audio Oasis award from Positive Feedback Online at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach 2014!
More praise from The Absolute Sound about our tonearms, this time about the Kairos mounted on the Sperling L-1 turntable, at the 2014 Munich Show.
The Talea mounted on the Sperling L-1 turntable received the highest praise from The Absolute Sound at CES 2014: best analog sound - by far!
“If you crave musical soul, the longer you live with the Talea, the more you will love it. An amazing combination of high tech materials and hardwood, the Talea allows VTA and Azimuth to be set on the fly, making it an incredibly easy arm to set up and live with.”
(Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio Magazine)
The Talea receives the TONEAudio Magazine Publisher’s Choice Award for 2012!
Read the full review here.
Durand Tonearms received the 2012 Circuitus Maximus Award from Positive Feedback Online!
Chris T. recently heard the Telos™. Here is what he had to say:
“What an arm..... air, space and more air in spades, again with great bass like the Talea, only with greater resolving capabilities. I am at a loss to how any uni-pivot can accomplish bass like this, bravo!”
The Talea™ on the new Hartvig turntable:
Allen F. (Hong Kong) has his Telos on a Transrotor Artus. He commented shortly after receiving it:
“The Telos is distinctive in all hifi dimensions -- pitch stability is outstanding, soundstage is expansive, and resolution, oh, the resolution, is at another level altogether from anything I have heard before.
But what is most distinctive about the Telos is the sheer grandness of the music it conveys, especially with symphonies and concertos. Some people confuse grandness with dynamics. I have listened to many systems which provide great dynamics but when you step back you still feel you are listening to music in a small room with the orchestra packed inside the room. The Telos is more and much more. It gives you flashes of that feel of being in a concert hall. This is not a warm sounding arm per se, yet there is also so much more body and flesh to the music (which is why many of us prefer vinyl to digital in the first place).
Is this the best tonearm in the world? As I said, I don't know, and I am sure the arm will continue to improve as we refine the set-up. But it blew me away, so much so that if today I am to invest 200-300k in a vinyl system, I might consider putting the bulk of the investment in this arm and put it on a low-priced turntable!”
(The full text can be found here--post from April 13, 2012)
The Talea™ on the DaVinci Colibri turntable:
Durand Tonearms received the Positive Feedback Online Audio Oasis award for its participation in the Blue Light Audio room at T.H.E.Show 2012 in Newport Beach!
The Absolute Sound’s Paul Seydor came to the Lotus Room at T. H. E. Show in Newport Beach 2012, where the Talea II was playing on a Hanss turntable, with the Ortofon MC Windfeld cartridge, and liked what he heard. Read it here.
The Talea™ on George Thomsen’s Prometheus Audio turntable:
John De L. has now installed his new Telos on his Beat turntable:
John came up with an ingenious system to do fine adjustments of the VTA with the Telos; please see in our section "Tips and Tricks / Telos" in our Customers' Corner section for details. Thanks, John, for coming up with the idea! It can be implemented on any turntable which allows free access under the armboard.
David S. (California) commented on his Telos:
“An astonishing achievement. Tonal colors are vibrant and make it easily apparent how relatively washed out they had been (my number one favorite attribute if I was forced to pick one:-)). Dynamics from the minuscule to full tilt boogie are exemplary at all frequencies that enables a capability to go from delicacy to gestalt back to delicacy on a dime. From the leading edge through the body, purity and inner detail of the note and on through the lingering decay, it is paradoxically resolute and natural in its flow. It accomplishes this with everything going on at the same time such as a full orchestra. Although it unravels everything in the recording it does so without unraveling the whole. Never loses composure. This partial audiophile checklist just scratches the surface when considering its abilities as a whole to sound very much like real music. By far the most fun and joy listening in analytical mode. When I shift to listening for immersion the experience becomes sublime. Music makes much more sense. I do consider that my turntable and Straingauge contributed to the success of the front end as a whole. If your ancillaries are up to task it will be a defining moment in your music reproduction journey. The Telos richly rewards all your efforts and will continue to do so.”
Gary R. has now installed his Telos on the NVS (2012):
Here is what he wrote us after having the Telos in his system for a while:
I have been wanting to express my feelings on the Telos arm on the Wave Kinetics NVS Reference turntable since I installed it. But, to be fair I wanted to live with them for a good while before I proceeded.
Let me start off by saying you have definitely pushed the envelope on this arm. There is no doubt about it!
The Telos conveys a very natural way of presenting the performances off the lps. The way it anchors the music / performers in space is simply amazing.
Again, the music travels through this arm with great emotion, dynamics, & a sense of ease that I have not ever experienced before.
I have been throwing everything I have at it... Jazz, Classical, & Rock. It does not skip a beat. If the recording is good & the information is there this arm will pull it off. Hearing is believing.
Yes, it has the excellent detail retrieval, with the richness, & body inherent to live music. SIMPLY AWESOME!!!!!!!
Congratulations to you & your staff.. as with all of your products, the highest attention to detail & craftsmanship, +++++++
Thank You for helping me achieve this level of performance.
The audiophile magazine from Taiwan, Audio Art has published online the introduction to an in-depth review of the Talea in early 2012. You can find the first three parts here:
Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
The listening review is available in the printed version of the magazine.
A review of the Telos has been posted on the “What’s Best Forum."
A new review of the Talea II has been posted on the “What’s Best Forum”; you can find it here.
Mike L. received his new Telos (fall 2011) and it is now mounted on his Wave Kinetics NVS. He posted his impressions on his Audiogon system page:
“a truly monumental achievement… simply astounding precision without strain. the most complex tonal colors and nuance. micro-dynamics are like live. overtones decay forever. beautiful, involving. you have no sense of reproduction chain. the music is just there.”
He added a few more comments on Audio Asylum:
“is the Telos the best arm in the world?
i’ve not heard every arm, but i have heard most of them… although likely not all in an ideal familiar setting. my opinion is that the Telos is better (by more than a little) than nay other (or more politically correct… i expect i would prefer the Telos to any other arm). the Telos is as good as my master tape… which is what i use for reference.”
Here is a photo of his new setup. The Talea II is now in the back, with the Miyajima Mono Premium BE. The Telos is mounted with an Ortofon MC A90.
John de L. (from Belgium) is enjoying his Talea™ II on The Beat turntable (2011):
“I will spare you an overdose of bad prose and over-used superlatives.
However if you want an arm which gives you it all especially timbres and instrument tone and colour, this is it.”
Gary R. is using the Talea™ II on a Wave Kinetics NVS. He wrote us (2011):
“I've been playing & fine tuning the NVS Turntable, Ortofon A90, & the Talea II arm for the better part of 2 weeks now & I'm very impressed with this combo.
I have to say your attention to detail from packing to the craftsmanship of the arm is the best I have seen to date.
The Talea II arm is a thing of beauty, & the music just flows through this arm, so natural, life like with so much emotion.
You have achieved another level with this arm & in combo with the NVS I feel it has to rank up there with the best out there if not the ...... I never like to use that word but people need to hear to believe what I'm hearing.... congrats.”
Durand Tonearms received the Positive Feedback Online Audio Oasis award for its participation in the Blue Light Audio room at T.H.E.Show 2011 in Newport Beach!
This Garrard 301 has been rebuilt and mounted in a new plinth. With the Talea II, it is being used by the mastering studio Electric Mastering, based in London, UK. The studio uses this set up to check their test pressings.
The Talea™ was noticed by Positive Feedback at T.H.E. Show in January 2011, where the room got Best Sound while playing analog. Read it here.
Mike S., owner of a Talea™ II wrote us (2011):
“When I heard the Talea II (in prototype) demo'ed in my own system this fall, I was awakened and thrilled. Evidently I gushed a bit -- because a friend asked me to "please try to put into words what it is you obviously like so much about this new arm."
The best I could do for him was to recall those primitive cartoons they used to show on TV in the 1950s. An enchantress would be standing in a flower garden that was all shades of black and white and grey. She would touch the flowers with her magic wand, and one by one, they would turn the most beautiful colors! That, I told my friend, is what this tonearm does to musicians -- instrumental and vocal alike.
I had to wait just a few months for my own Talea II, and the time passed in giddy anticipation of this (very) guilty pleasure. Now that I've had it in my home for a month, I remain enchanted. This arm makes astonishingly beautiful music, no matter the genre. In my humble opinion, it re-defines what is possible. I am profoundly grateful for the privilege of enjoying it.”
This owner of Talea™ I, in Singapore, wrote us (2011):
“I am really shocked at what I am hearing with your arm. There is so much more information and everything is more realistic and natural. The music flows naturally and holistically. The dynamics staggering, the music swells with great scale. It is so unlike what I am used to hearing from other arms, no matter how hi end. Your arm sounds less mechanical compared to others and with that all the emotions can be felt, I am lost for words. I kept thinking to myself I have not heard that lines so clearly delineated before, its like hearing familiar music for the first time. Incredible work.”
The owner of a Talea™ II, in Canada, wrote us (2010):
“I would like to compliment you on your design of audio nirvana. The arm is spectacular.”
He posted on Audiogon:
“The Talea II has arrived, and let me start by saying that the packaging is fabulous. Attention to detail is the best I have ever seen.”
... a little later:
“There is something definitely different that I can't get my head around. The first album I put on was an 180 gm version of Sarah Vaughan. What I heard was too clear, too focused, too relaxed. This is something I am totally unaccustomed to.”
... the next day:
“12 noon and I just got out of bed. We were up till 4 am listening. 'Too clear has changed to 'Wow, that's amazing'.”
(the original comments are here,11/12/2010 and 11/13/2010)
Mike L., who once had two Taleas™ (I and II) wrote on his Audiogon system page:
“i expect that the issue in getting a 2nd Gen Talea will be how long you must wait, not the price. (…) it's the real deal. and i like my 1st gen Talea enough that i'm keeping it.”
He posted a few pictures of the turntables he had at that time. He had a second-generation Talea™ on The Beat turntable, and his first-generation on a modded Garrard 301:
More here (entries from Nov. 4 and 6, 2010)
The 2010 RMAF (October 2010) was definitely an intense experience. The new (second generation) Talea™ was in three rooms: the Galibier Suite, the Daedalus Suite and the TT Weights Audio room, and attracted quite a bit of attention. Read the posts from The Absolute Sound, Stereomojo, Positive Feedback and 6moons.com about the Talea™ in the Galibier room, and from Stereophile about the Talea™ on the TT Weights Audio Black Onyx.
Here is a photo of the Talea™ on the Galibier Stelvio II, in the Galibier Suite, as photographed by Stereomojo:
Another customer, who has a Talea™I, posted on Audiogon(2010):
“A new reference is born!”
Read it here.
One of our first customers has written a detailed review of his experience with the Talea™ (1st generation):
“The overall effect is startling realistic reproduction. The music is dynamic, while simultaneously, subtleties are coaxed from the grooves.(...) The Talea brings me closer to the musicians' vision and draws me deeper into the music. It sounds wonderful with delicate chamber music and captures the wild energy of The White Stripes. It is expensive, but the owner receives tremendous musical pleasure, i.e. value.
I take it as fact that there is no single piece of gear that will satisfy everyone's criteria for the 'best'. I have heard a prototype of the Talea on a Dobbin's modified Garrard and with ZYX Universe and Ortofon A90 cartridges. Not only did it sound wonderful with them all, it revealed their unique sonic signatures.
I believe the Talea deserves consideration as one of the best tonearms currently available. Highly recommended.”
You can read the full review on the Audiogon forum here. It's also posted here (see post from March 29), along with comments from Thom Mackris who owns s/n 021 and is one of our dealers for the US.
The first production Talea™ was introduced at the Expona in early March 2010. It caught the eye of dagogo.