Spain's southern coast progresses, west to east, from the Costa de la Luz to the Costa del Sol, then Almería to the Costal Caldia and finally the Costa Blanca before it reaches Valencia and, much later, Barcelona. As part of Spain's Andalucía region, Málaga with its airport sits squarely on the Costa del Sol. It's loosely surrounded by the famous towns of Seville in the West, Cordoba in the north and Granada in the east. This is quintessential Flamenco country. It's where British expat Clifford Orman of Vibex has made his home for the last thirty years. Actually, he's based out of the royal city of Ciudad Real of the eponymous province to the north, in the autonomous region of Castile–La Mancha. Just so, we'd meet him in Granada, flying the direct 3-hour stretch out of Ireland's Shannon airport to Málaga, then taking a cab into the mountains. For the world premier of his new Mónico power filter block and Calatrava modular rack; and the launch of new Granada firm Kroma Audio with their Julieta and Carmen speakers, Cliff had invited a group of hifi fans to gather at the hotel Darabenaz—the widow's house—on Carretera De la Zubia on the city's outskirts. Regular readers will know that the previous top Vibex filter duo of Granada and Alhambra has been our go-to DC/AC filtration solution for the big system. A Model One 11R does duty in the media room, a single i/o Vibex DC filter precedes the Zu Submission sub to prevent transformer hum. Being invited to learn about his latest and finally meet the man in person outside a brief prior Munich show encounter; that prospect hit all the right notes. Blondie the cat would be mouse and master for three alone days in our County Mayo crib. Unlike us, she'd sleep through most of it.

To make sure I wouldn't, Cliff emailed the following two days prior to departure. "Here is a sneak preview of the loudspeakers we will be presenting in Granada with the Vibex Calatrava and Mónico. These loudspeakers are manufactured in Granada. This will be the first time they have ever been shown. Kroma are a brand-new company with some very interesting ideas. I was involved with their design as you can probably see from the photos!" Sure enough, I recognized Cliff's footers and what looked like heavy reliance on Krion, a Corian-type synthetic stone containing aluminium powder in resin manufactured by the Porcelanosa company.

Despite descending into Flamenco country, there would be no sufrimiento on the hifi front. Olé!

And so it turned out.