Isol 8, Frank Power Bank and Frank Ultra Bank, Nordost odin cable,
ISOL8, Nordost odin cable, Frank power bank, Furutech
Mimesis 32.5 - Processor
Mimesis 32.5 - Processor
Orpheus Lab Heritage SACD
GOLDMUND APOLOGUE ANNIVERSARY
GOLDMUND APOLOGUE ANNIVERSARY installation.
Apologue Anniversary - Speaker
Celebrated in 1987 for its unique design by the New York
Museum of Modern art where it was displayed, and for its unique audio quality
by worldwide audio enthusiasts who bought one of the 50 pairs then produced,
the Goldmund Apologue stands forever as a major milestone in Goldmund history.
25 years later, Goldmund is paying a tribute to this
extraordinary product by issuing a Limited Series of 25 Goldmund Apologue
Anniversary with an exactly identical design but with all the technological
progress made by the company during those 25 years.
The 1987 edition of the Apologue was a 3-way passive
speaker. The Apologue Anniversary comes with twice as much drivers and built-in
amplification totalizing 3600W for a pair.
To this extreme power, Goldmund added the latest signal
corrections developed by Goldmund Fundamental Research Department. If it is
scientifically correct to say that the Apologue Anniversary is 100% corrected
both in amplitude and phase, providing for the first time a “perfect response”
from a pair of Speakers, we prefer to look at the technical achievements in
this model from another angle. We do not develop technologies or manufacture
equipment just for the sake of it.
Our ultimate objective and reward is to create emotions.
We believe that the more perfect the sound reproduction, the
more intense these emotions will be. So we focus on the results the
technologies we develop can provide in this sense. These are listed below:
Each instrument is positioned at its correct place,
Complete stability of the image,
Perfectly well defined trebles,
Extremely neat bass,
Ultra high definition and precision in the voices,
Higher playback levels without distortion,
No fatigue to the listener, even at extremely high levels.
To the perfection of the sound, we also wanted to add the
highest level in the design, ease of use and installation.
The signal feeding the Apologue Anniversary is
sent exclusively wirelessly, so the 2 speakers of a Stereo System can be presented
without any cable, except for an AC plug that can be installed below the
speaker. So the superb design, with all its details can be admired by walking
around the speakers, a possibility usually dangerous due to connecting cables.
Goldmund thinks there is no reason to admire
Frank Acoustics is the first company to release a downsized
commercially available consumer grade industrial shunt reactor into a domestic
sized power conditioner package suitable for any home based Hi-fi audio or AV
systems as well as critical audio processing equipment in recording studios.
The Product is known as Frank Ultra Bank UB-25000Ws and Frank Power Bank
The shunt reactor is an absorber of reactive power, thus increasing the energy efficiency of the system. It is the most compact device commonly used for reactive power compensation in long high-voltage transmission lines and in cable system. Frank Acoustics has modified this system using a proprietary system for domestic abodes. The Frank Power Bank Storage component is essentially a scaled down version of this unique system for maintaining AC power to your Hi-fi system.
It is impossible not to notice the ‘new
blue’ speaker towering over you as you step into the room. In a high gloss
spray paint finished, this Pacific Reference speakers – a 4-piece configuration
- demand attention. Equally attention seeker is this world first counter
rotation dual platters turntable called KRONOS Reference Turntable. With both
the platters rotating at opposite direction is a very unusual sight, it gives
one a sense of something so uniquely different from the rest of the turntables.
Amplification is by Magnet with Nagra phono and pre front end. The treacherous
power in hotel environment is handled by 4 pieces of Frank Power Bank that
provide unimpeded power supply from the power reservoir they formed. All cables
are using the mighty Skogrand cables from Norway which I am also using – a
cable that I considered to the best cables I have ever come across. The system
seems to be quite “ready” for any kind of music thrown at it in the sense that
it adheres closely to the dynamic of the music closely. This is especially
apparent in the rise and falls or swing of big band music of Duke Ellington
that Louis Desjardins care to demonstrate; a poor recorded piece makes it
sounded quite listenable with all the right attributes of spatial and context
information that allow one to be transported to the typical music scene of that
era. It is also especially comfortable playing the extended version with
electronic mixed entitled “Honey” by Mariah Carey; that the continuous thumbing
of the electronic bass and the constant changes, the variables found in the mix
shows absolutely no trace of hesitation or has any pitch issue; it just sail
through picking up all the ups and downs, starts, stops in the music. Louise
said that the music makes him wanted to dance and he pick those words out of my
inner bones! As if Louise thought that I was not impress enough, he, at the end
of the demo, took out his i-phone with vibration measuring App, he put it on
one of the four corner posts which shows acceleration readings of the vibration
caused by the pounding Honey track of Mariah Carey. What freak me out is when
he put the phone on the upper plate of Kronos Turntable which shows absolutely
zero reading! This is so wired!
Reviewed By Joki LS3/5A Club
Addacio Supremo, Arpeggio loudspeakers
The 8 unit Frank Power Bank will Energizer Level 8 floor from 24 room to 40 room.
VITUS AMP, GOBEL, SWEDISH STATEMENT, CHARIO, ACOUSTICAL SYSTEM
The Frank PB-15000Ws Power Bank Storage has been making waves in the Malaysian audiophile community for a while now. What is remarkable is that the raves for the Power Bank are not limited to a certain group, everyone, from the ultra high End to the entry level, is not immune to the Power Bank's efficacy. Among them are users of flagship systems such as Wilson WAMM, Wilson Alexandria XLF, Wilson Alexandria 2, and EgglestonWorks Ivy Signature. You can't get stronger endorsements than these.
It is apt to call the Frank PB-15000Ws Power Bank Storage a rare phenomenon in hifi. I myself have never come across any hifi component that could so unite the opinion of such a wide spectrum of audiophiles, who not only praise it but also put their money where their mouth is by installing at least one unit of the Power Bank in their system. Many are so enamoured that they do not stop at just one, but have gone on to their second and even third units. The Power Bank's effect apparently is cumulative, and its creator Frankie Voon mentioned that in his experience 3 units seems to be the magic number for optimum performance.
The demand for the Power Bank has been outstripping supply, so it was certainly my good luck that Frankie agreed to send me a completed unit temporarily for this writeup.
The Power Bank is built into a very sturdy chassis that is suitable for a power amplifier. It had to be, as the finished product is as heavy as or heavier than many power amplifiers. Weighing in at a substantial 38.5kg, moving it is a 2-person job. The side fins on the chassis are purely decorative as the Power Bank remains absolutely cool to the touch even after many days of being left on continuously. The Power Bank is installed parallel to the electrical circuit feeding your system (meaning none of your hifi components is plugged into the PB). There are 2 versions, one that is directly connected into your house's power supply board, to one of the MCBs; and another version that can be plugged into a wall outlet near your system. Frank told me that the former is better, the latter version is only about 70% as effective. I got the latter version as it involved less work to install for the purpose of this writeup.
I was advised to let the Power Bank plugged in for a few hours to a few days to bring out the Power Bank's full effect. There is a switch at the back panel that switches the Power Bank on/off and for selecting different electrical phases.
As to the Power Bank's operating principle, honestly I do not have the required technical / engineering knowledge to explain it properly, so I quote Frankie directly, "The Frank Power Bank works like a fuel surge tank. The design of the Frank Power bank is a modified Autoformer, meaning that the Autoformer is connected parallel to the incoming mains power. The electrical current for the equipment does not run through the Power Bank itself. It is not current limiting, and it lowers the impedance."
After leaving the Power Bank on overnight, I sat down for my first listen. Normally, at my place, the sound quality between night and day, while not 'night and day', shows quite a bit of difference. At day time, the sound is cleaner and showed better coherence. With the Power Bank, the first listening, which was done at night, showed that the sound quality difference had diminished a lot. The second effect that caught my attention was the black and silent background, which allowed the sonic images to stand out and proffered much better dimensionality and focus for the soundstage and images. These effects held true in every one of my listening session. The Power Bank was acting very much like an excellent mains treatment products in this regard.
A longer acquaintance with the Power Bank also showed its other effects on the sound quality – bass was slightly stronger and better defined, the little nuances in the music became more pronounced and easier to hear, the sound became just that little more articulate. Musicality was the main beneficiary.
The Power Bank also softens the sound (as opposed to ‘hardening’ it), giving the music a more flowing quality. The treble especially, became tame, and had an almost languid quality, which I believe will benefit tremendously systems that sound aggressive, hardened or bright in that region. Your system will not be fatiguing during long listening sessions.
With so many audiophiles adding the Power Bank into their system, I’d think that the Power Bank's effect is rather universal, it is not system dependent or location dependent. Will the Power Bank also capture your audiophile heart like it has done to the others? Well, try to listen to it yourself. Call up Frankie, discuss with him and see what arrangement you can strike up.
But be forewarned, as many are waiting for their unit, patience is a required virtue before you get to savour the charm of the Frank Power Bank PB-15000Ws.
The price for the Frank Power Bank PB-15000Ws is USD2,600/unit.