Marja & Henk
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Sources: PS Audio PWT; Dr. Feickert Blackbird MKII/DFA 1o5/Zu DL-103; Phasure XX-PC;
DAC: Phasure NOS1 DAC; T+A DAC8 [loaner]
Streaming sources: XXHighEnd; iTunes; Devialet AIR; La Rosita Beta; Qobuz Desktop, Tidal Desktop; Sound Galleries SGM 2015 [loaner]
Preamp/integrated/power: Audio Note Meishu with WE 300B (or AVVT, JJ, KR Audio 300B output tubes); dual Devialet D-Premier; PTP Audio Blok 20; Hypex Ncore 1200 based monos; Trafomatic Kaivalya; Trafomatic Reference One; Trafomatic Reference Phono One; Music First Passive Magnetic; DIMD PP10 [loaner]
Speakers: Avantgarde Acoustic Duo Omega; Arcadian Audio Pnoe; Podium Sound One; WLM Sub 12; Sounddeco Alpha F3; dual Zu Submission MKI; Soltanus Virtuoso ESL.
Cables: complete loom of ASI LiveLine cables; full loom of Crystal Cable cables; full loom of Nanotec Golden Strada; Audiomica Pearl Consequence interconnect; Audiomica Pebble Consequence;
Power line conditioning: PS Audio Powerplant Premier; PS Audio Humbuster III; IsoTek Evo 3 Syncro; AudioMica Allbit Consequence
Equipment racks: Solid Tech and ASI amplifier and TT shelf
Indispensable accessories: Furutech DeMag; ClearAudio Double Matrix; Franc Audio Ceramic Disc Classic; Shakti Stones;; Kemp polarity checker; Akiko Audio Corelli
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Room treatment: Acoustic System International resonators, sugar cubes, diffusers
Room size: ca. 14.50 x 7.50m with a ceiling height of 3.50m, brick walls, wooden flooring upstairs, ca 7 x 5m with a ceiling height of 3.50m, brick walls and concrete floor downstairs.
Price of review item: €3'990/pr

As the regular reader may have noticed, we love to discover audio gear that's not yet a household name. We like the odd ones out, those who dare and innovate. We like their thinking out of the literal box, of designers and manufacturers driven purely by one goal: to bring out the best-sounding music. Passion is a good thing. It just carries the danger that one who gets so passionate loses his grip on reality; or at least suffers a challenged perspective.

As this story goes, we were contacted by a Dutch manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio accessories, Club-27, which until now was unfamiliar to us. The term 27 club did ring an obvious bell. We're of the generation that likes the music of most its members. You see, 27 Club is the only club in the world whose members are all inducted post mortem. Though gruesome it may seem, its members were powerful musical influences. From Alexandre Levy, blues man Robert Johnson via Brian Jones to Jim Morisson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse to the club's most recent member, Bosnian singer Slađana Guduraš, they all lived hard and died young - at the age of 27 to be specific.

Dutch Club-27 names each of their speakers after a member of the original 27 club. With almost 50 members by now, there are plenty of opportunities to pay tribute to musicians we have lost. Armin Bos of Club-27 asked if we were interested in reviewing their latest model christened Jimi. When we learnt that Robert Bastani designed it and that it was an open baffle with Bastanis drivers, our interest stirred. When he mentioned 100dB sensitivity, 16Ω impedance and active subs, we were intrigued. We asked Armin to contact Srajan for the administrative stuff and told our countryman that we were all set for delivery. Not long after that we made an appointment with Armin to have the speaker set up in our listening environment. At the arranged date and time, we not only met Armin but Robert Bastani who joined him. The Jimi arrived packed in four pieces; two heavy baffles and two separate subwoofers.