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    Michael

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  1. Indeed, @unclemack, they are utterly astounding. As the current custodian of this phenomenal system (and also of a more compact, 1.2 metre [4 ft] high, pair of brand new and still protectively shrinkwrapped Sarabande 4-way active ones, which are in my front lounge) on loan to me for both safekeeping and demonstration purposes, I can vouch for how breathtaking and spine-tingling they are to hear. No other home system that I have experienced, in more than five decades of being a very keen high fidelity music reproduction enthusiast (even including a hideously expensive custom installation that I heard in the early 1980s, for which a friend's two storey house was purpose-built, integrating hollow concrete columns through the floors for greater bass extension) has even come close. As I mentioned to you when I joined, using this one tonne, larger than life, 4-way active Lenard Audio stereo system is not so much like listening to a hi-fi system as tearing a two metre high by four metre wide portal through time and space to attend a performance. It is a system that I will be devastated to lose, now that my friend, who conceived it, is advertising it on this site. Friends, including highly experienced professional musicians, have heard detail in their favourite albums never before detected, with such subtlety, clarity and depth that it is as if the artists are standing, disembodied in the room. Production techniques are laid bare. One even hears some artists breathe as they play, the creaking of music stands in a chamber orchestra, the internal workings of cathedral organs, the lightest touch on instruments, at high or low volume. This white Opal system is absolutely uncanny. The greatest albums become time capsules on a system this revealing. I wish whoever invests in this once in a lifetime home system opportunity the very best with them. May they be enjoyed as much as their designers intended, by someone who truly loves music as much as I do. I will miss them greatly. Cheers, Michael
  2. MickyG1958

    A bit about me.

    Thanks @Wimbo and @unclemack for your welcoming comments. Indeed, as much as I dearly wish that they were mine, my pension does not make acquiring such masterpieces of audio engineering even so much as a remote possibility. Rather, I have been loaned them for safekeeping and careful use in a suitable home environment. both to enjoy and, where applicable, to demonstrate to genuinely interested parties, by appointment through their owner. "The Shed" that they were in, whilst a solid and relatively secure place, purely from a storage perspective, presented a far from ideal demonstration environment, being relatively inaccessible, lacking air temperature control, and being subject to external noise and electrical interference from nearby farm equipment. A stop-gap measure to simply keep them safe, after transportation to Victoria . Recognising this, their designer requested that he could install them properly in a real world, neat and quiet home demonstration environment. So, now they are in a fully furnished room of suitable proportions, with vaulted timber ceilings, in-floor hydronic heating (set to maintain a room air temperature of at least 19°C, which keeps the speaker cone suspension systems supple in the colder months for ideal bass extension) and such a meticulous in-home installation has worked. In the designer's own words, this is the best he has ever heard them sound. I have had several musician friends comment, at separate sittings, playing their own respective albums that, despite having recorded said albums at some of the finest commercial studios available, they heard a new range of detail, through this system, that they had not ever experienced from their own recordings. One of my friends even described them as "full body headphones". Friends, including highly experienced professional musicians, have heard detail in their favourite albums never before detected, with such subtlety, clarity and depth that it is as if the artists are standing, disembodied in the room. Production techniques are laid bare. One even hears some artists breathe as they play, the creaking of music stands in a chamber orchestra, the internal workings of cathedral organs, the lightest touch on instruments, at high or low volume. These Opals are absolutely uncanny. The greatest albums become time capsules on a system this revealing. They are as "Unforgettable" as an early Nat King Cole recording heard through them. You hear exactly which Beatle plays what ... and where in the room. In some ways, I wish I had not installed them in my home because, I despair that, once they go, I shall never hear my favourite music with such fearsome, breathtaking realism ever again. Cheers.
  3. MickyG1958

    A bit about me.

    Greetings. I am a 60 year old disability pensioner, resident in Sale, Victoria, Australia, who is a keen photographer and videographer of local (mainly Gippsland) live music. I publish my photos in publicly accessible albums on Facebook and my videos (over 2600 so far in three years of doing this) on my own custom YouTube channel. As such, I treat my pension as a psuedo "arts grant" to help me give something tangible back for free for the music that means so much to me, and to give local performers a boost that they can use and share for posterity, as well as capture their performances that would otherwise be lost. In terms of my interest in hi-fidelity sound reproduction, that goes back to when I received my first music LP as a gift, in 1971. Ever since then, I have pursued creating the most spine tingling audible realism possible in my home. At the moment, apart from my own systems, which include a variety of wonderful equipment, I am the fortunate and grateful custodian of an ultra high end, one tonne, larger than life, 4-way active Lenard Audio stereo system, the use of which is not so much like listening to a hi-fi system as tearing a two metre high by four metre wide portal through time and space to attend a performance. A system I will be devastated to lose, now that my friend, who designed it, is advertising it on this site. So I have joined to see what this site is all about. Cheers, Michael
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