As I have received a lot more archives from Alain Wacquet, I thought it was time to share with you...
This poster is a nice reminder of our first encounter in Lille, Northern France.
Tam-Scall would become one of my best dealers and I guess Sonor was more in tune with AW Audio, selling more high-end gear than Tam-Scall, and for proof, you can see what Alain was using for his demos during this event: Conrad-Johnson, Pink Triangle, Thorens and
Lynn Sondek turntables with Audio Tecnica and Grado cartridges and curiously a Nakamichi tape player.
Note the timid apparition of a Yamaha CD-1 (sic...) CD player in one of the settings.
Also, to be noted, the care taken by Alain in recording every single demo configuration...
It was the same with the music he was playing.
Alain was trying to show that you could drive his system with as little equipment as a NAD preamp and a Hiraga 20W amp, or with a big gun like the Conrad Johnson.
Microphase is also duly recorded on top of the page as one the exhibitors!
We were showing our SAT+SWS system using my just retired NAD 7140 with a Rega Planar 3 and a Grado cartrige, but no CD player at the time...
Well, this is not the best photo on the planet, but it will give you an idea of the new gear I was gifted by my family for my recent birthday.
It was a tad sad to retire my NAD 7140, but after 27 years of loyal service, it is time to send it to our friends at Len Wallis for some surgery before giving it to one of my children to use for another few years...
You might remember my ramblings about reference systems...
Finally, when all was considered, I went for a NAD C326BEE integrated amp with an external phono stage NAD PP3i, recently released.
I am using only the preamp section at the moment to drive the Bryston 3B (can't change that...) and it proves to be a winning combination.
It is particularly spectacular in the bass department, both on vinyl and on CD and Blu Ray (see reviews on my latest listening sessions in the "Music" page)
I want to try to use the amp section to drive the SATs and the 3B to drive my SWS subs separately.
The C326BEE has a very convenient set of features to do so, as it has a removable connection between the preamp and the amp section (a feature I have enjoyed on the 7140) and an additional preamp output labeled SUB that I will use to connect the Bryston. And the added bonus of a remote control!
I am a very happy man...and it might well be that this will last me a very long time indeed.
Obviously, if I were to come into an unexpected large amount of money before my ears become too old to enjoy the difference, I would certainly go for a Bryston preamp, but with my current setup, I can enjoy a great leap in performance and listening pleasure at a fraction of the price.
The addition of a Samsung Blu Ray player BD-C6099 has also made a great difference on CDs and Blu Ray discs. It does not seem to do much better than my DVD/SACD Pioneer on regular DVDs though, but I probably need to do more listening on this.
Overall, this system is very homogeneous and provides me with a beautiful tool to enjoy all the musical landscapes that are in my library.
Jadis in French means "in bygone days"...
As AW Audio started promoting their EA12, another Alain (Calmettes) was spending his free time designing tube amplifiers and in 1983 created Jadis to market his products. Almost 40 years later, Jadis still makes the most beautiful tube amps and has also ventured into the realm of digital electronics with a CD player and D/A converter, hence the well deserved motto: Jadis, aujourd'hui et demain.
Not too surprisingly, the two Alain met and did a few exhibitions together, using an ancestor of the JA30 pictured here.
I personally do not remember such a pairing, but can certainly accept the fact that it would have made a formidable combination.
Jadis is now renowned all around the world and are indeed distributed as far as Australia, but no other than Advance Audio, bringing to our "fatal shores" the likes of Martin Logan and Clearaudio to name a few.
I would fancy a demo of the Ethos with a Jadis amp and Clearaudio turntable: I will have to convince my friends at Audioconnection to organise that for me - stay tuned and in the meantime go and roam their website: www.jadis-electronics.com
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.