Another day, another set of speakers :) We got our first taste of Amphion loudspeakers at the 2011 Asuntomessut in Kokkola. We were intrigued by their minimalist appearance, and their apparent usability compared to most other speakers. You see, Amphion speakers are designed to be used in real-world environments - up against walls, on desktops or shelves, basically anywhere that one might want to place a speaker but supposedly shouldn't in order to achieve the best sound quality. In other words, Amphion allow you to have your auditory cake and eat it. For our cottage, we'd be tempted to plump for a pair of Argon 3Ls, their beautiful minimalism (especially in cool all-white) providing fitting visual stimulation to the post-sauna chill out experience. Not to mention their angular lines complimenting the angular feel of Talo Luck in general. They'd require an amp to drive them, of course, as well as a suitably stylish sound source. Time for some kind of high-low combination, me thinks :) To be continued… More info from Amphion.
In many facets of life, when selecting a candidate from a range of options, some people tend to focus on performance, while others are more concerned with looks. As many of you will no doubt agree, in no area of decision-making is this dilemma more pronounced than when selecting a piece of audiovisual equipment for the home (!) Personally, I prefer a bit of both (looks and performance), especially when choosing something for Talo Luck since we have the chance to really integrate the audiovisual equipment both sonically and aesthetically with the house. Thankfully, there is equipment out there that ticks both boxes. We've seen some such higher-end gear from Bang & Olufsen in previous posts, but what about something a little more affordable?
For all you vinyl lovers out there on a budget, I present the Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie turntable (in fact, it's worth checking out Pro-Ject's other turntables, as the Genie is certainly not their only offering I'd seriously consider). I must confess that I don't own a huge amount of vinyl, but it would be great to be able to listen to what some consider to be the most pure of audio forms on something as pure in form as this turntable. Wrapped in a thick coating of high-gloss paint, the Genie's stripped-down chassis, quiet-running synchronous motor, and resonance-optimised platter combine with a one-piece aluminium tone arm and external power supply in a manner clearly designed to please both the ears and the eyes. Given the choice, I'd take mine in red, and proudly display it front and centre in Talo Luck. The only decision remaining would be which amp and speaker combo to pair it with? Stay tuned for some suggestions :) More info from Pro-Ject.
One of our favourite design features of Talo Luck is that we'll be able to take in the atmosphere of the living room fireplace while catching a movie in our dedicated "home theatre" - basically, a separate room with a TV in it :) Thus, one thing we're going to need (darling!) is a decent TV. After all, if Talo Luck has a dedicated TV room, ahem, home theatre, we may as well splash out on some decent gear, right? Enter the Bang & Olufsen Beovision 11. I know I know, I'm honestly not a B&O fanboy, but the Beovision 11 is one suitably beautiful TV. I could go on and on about its advanced 3D technology, adaptive picture mode, built-in apps, controllability options, etc., but this TV has one feature that really separates it from virtually all others - beneath the screen, behind the fabric insert (available in a range of colours), lurks some serious "Audio Dynamite", as B&O puts it. A total of six speakers, including two subs, all with their own separate 32 watt amp, make this a veritable powerhouse in the sonic department (almost 200 watts of power from a TV) - and a convincing all-in-one solution, since there would be no need for a dedicated home theatre setup (although the integrated surround system can feed up to 12 separate audio channels if so desired). Despite my inclination towards audio purism, that makes the Beovision 11 a very attractive option given the dimensions of the space available. Combine all that with the set's stunning minimalist looks, and I do believe we might have ourselves a winner. AND we'd only have to sell half a car for this! What a bargain! More details from Bang & Olufsen.
When we began this blog, we discussed in which language it should be written in light of our bi-lingual household. Since Talo Luck is being built in Finland as part of the Finnish Housing Fair, it was an easy decision to initiate the blog in Finnish. All along, however, we wanted to reach a more international audience. So we've decided to start featuring posts written in English, too. The only question we faced was how best to implement these English-language posts? We first considered simply writing the Finnish posts in English as well, but soon realised that the nuances of the Finnish language were often hard to translate into English, even for a multi-linguist as capable as Lady Luck. Next, we explored what the mighty Google could do with the text. Not a lot it turned out, as the following translated excerpt from an earlier blog post shows: "Not in it, I guess it can not even wait, but it still takes a pan and says that the second or third actually already knows how to build a house without a hair tearing." Anyone care to take a stab at which blog post this is taken from?
So we decided to feature regular posts hand-crafted in the Queen's English. By a native. No translation required. At last, the man of the house will have his say! Still, with my better half doing such a great job already, and with major construction work largely behind us, what should I write about? After much deliberation, and in the great tradition of manblogs, I've decided to focus largely on the technology side of things. With perhaps the odd chair- or lamp-related post thrown in for good measure. We don't plan to go technology-crazy with the house, but obviously we'll need a few toys to help us through the long winter months and the long summer days!
To kick things off, here we have a pair of very special loudspeakers I've had my eyes on for a while - the Bang & Olufsen Beolab 5. I'm by no means a B&O fanboy, but these speakers are the real deal. Hugely capable, beautifully designed, these space-age bad boys look like they could beam straight down into Talo Luck. Weighing in at 61 kg a pop, with 2500W of class D amplification built-in, and extension down to 14 Hz, these would provide the perfect sonic accompaniment to our living room. Whether we could justify selling our car for a pair is, of course, another matter, for cheap they are not. Still, with the high-low philosophy of Talo Luck, we do need something on the high end, right? RIGHT…? More info from Bang & Olufsen.
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