Yves Bernard André has been a staple of the French Hifi scene since 1981, when he started YBA officially. He has been involved in designing hifi products from 1971. In 2012, he decided to sell a majority stake in his business to very famous and well regarded Chinese company Shanling. I have a sweet tooth for some of their products and even considered buying one of their flagship products for my daughter - a work of art and music!
Interestingly enough, until recently YBA was not distributed in Australia, although the CEO is no other than my good Australian friend Jacki Pugh, nor even in France, where it originated! It took two years to persistent but picky Jacki to find suitable partners in both countries! So, let's the drums roll and announce that Audio Heaven in Melbourne and JFF Diffusion near Lyon in France (JFF comes from the initials of the owners Jean-François Richard and Fabrice Thievon) are the new distributors of YBA in Australia and France respectively.
Both companies are very well versed in high-end audio products and I encourage you to visit their websites to find out more. I will certainly make sure that I review the "outside the square" DC10 Audio speakers later.
I would also recommend you read this Australian Hifi Magazine reviews of YBA products here and a review of the new YBA Heritage CD 100 is published in the latest issue of the magazine and should be on line soon.
Some very good news for the hi-res digital files enthusiasts out there, and I am one of them.
Whether or not this will translate into mass produced products, and we would all welcome Apple for instance to join the flow and invent a high-res iPod or iPhone and iPad, or an entirely new product all together.
Obviously you can spend big money today on a Astell & Kern, the Rolls Royce of the hi-res portable player, or wait for a Pono if you cannot afford the A&K...
An agreement to formally define high-resolution audio technology has been reached by the Consumer Electronics Association, The Digital Entertainment Group, The Recording Academy, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. "The contributions made by our Audio Division Board will help consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers alike in their efforts to market the latest compatible devices and help provide more clarity about HRA for consumers," CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said
And a bit of warning before we start! This is in no way a criticism of the magazine I extracted these measurements from or the reviewers involved, or the measurements methodology, as I have been reading Hifi News for decades and I personally know a few of these people personally.
This is just an attempt to show another side of the story, and in this particular case, a look into assessing the relative qualities of four very good turntables from the point of view of the measurements of their mechanical performance only. I have not had the luxury to listen to any of these turntables, so this is not about judging which one sound the best, but more about an objective assessment of the quality of their mechanical design.
Prices range from UKP575 to UKP21690 for the deck and arm - no cartridge, no stand (if applicable)
The one on the left is by far the best mechanically, as it as both very good stability and very clean waterfall resonances measurements. then, things get worse once you move to the right.
So which one would you choose on these criteria alone? Some important ones really...
Now, look at their respective prices, and tell me which one takes your fancy...
Obviously, before I reveal the four products in question, I have to state that the the two best ones and less expensive ones are somehow "mass produced", where the other two are in the realm of high hifi and have other attributes that will get some people to choose them...
It just happen that the one on the left is from my favourite "budget" brand of turntable, pure coincidence!
Have you guessed yet? Maybe I should let you find out: I will come back tomorrow and give you the answers...
So, if I were on the market, I would go for the Rega, unless i were very cashed up and then i would go for
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.