What kit are you listening to today?


#343

Where ?


#344

Jerry


#345

I (it turns out unfortunately) shared a room with him at Scalford. I had some Kharma Ceramique speakers at the time and was using a 150 wpc EL34 Tube Technology Synergy amp to drive them. It was ok and going reasonably well until Jerry decided his Viva amps should be introduced along with his copy of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

I apologise now to anyone who heard that. It was so embarrassing that I had to leave the room to have a serious guffaw with @ciderpig (who had just walked in and was looking rather shocked) in the hallway.

I have no objection to Viva amps whatsoever btw, but this occasion was comedy gold. I ‘restricted’ their use from that point onwards. The fact that he also brought a ‘T-amp’ to ‘try’ with the Kharmas was moot as I informed him of the amp/arse interface that would have been implemented if he even suggested using it.

Happidaze :roll_eyes:


#346

Ahh, did you buy the green 2.3 or what ever number they were Karma’s from Chris Smeagol? They were one of the worst speakers he ever had, missed 70% of the music and only seemed to come alive if you thrashed them a bit.

Jerry, that is bad judgement. :mask:


#347

@Wayward also runs a set in his horn rig and has done for a long time.

I also raved about them after Munich 2016


#348

:eyes:


#349

Viva with the right speakers are stunning amps, a bit like Wavac. Taken outside their envelope of comfort and they stink the place out.


#350

Controversial opinion time

I thought they sounded fucking fantastic partnered with Wilson Benesch. Less so with Viva’s own speakers (although far from being outrightly awful)


#351

I’ve tried Wilson Benesch floorstanders (forget the models - 2.5 way things) with moderately powerful valve amps, and the combo worked really well - way better than the usual solid state stuff they tend to get demoed with.


#352

In all my 55 years, yet to hear a system with Wilson Benesch speakers that sounds any good, perhaps I am unlucky. Usually at shows and the sound there is usually poor anyway.


#353

Wilson Benesch anything.


#354

Didn’t you have one of their arms?


#355

Yes. It was shit. Their speakers always give me a headache - I think it’s some nasty come breakup or something.


#356

Yep, hard and nasal.


#357

Looked them up - WB “Curve”. And aside from that one time I’d agree - heard WB Arcs in a couple of systems and hated them - terrible driver integration and overblown bass, and all the rest was hifi shows where they sounded awful every time. :+1:


#358

So, we are basically saying that @TMC is as deaf as a post. :grin:


#359

What’s this ‘we’ shit Tonto? :scream:


#360

Oh, just some narcissistic voyeurism…


#361

Forum tagline right there.


#362

Not sure if they were the same pair, but yes, the same model. I kept them for a few months.

No issue with Viva amps btw, just not with those Kharmas.