To many, Dartzeel is the only house that strikes the delicate balance between engineering precision and musical correctness. Usually, when the presentation of sound is overtly transparent, ear-fatigue develops (since listeners tend to lose focus). Such is not the case with Dartzeel in spite of the ultra high resolution nor its indefatigable transient capabilities. Instead, the listener starts tapping feet naturally to follow the tempo, which is uncommon with many brands, to be so easily drawn into the recording venue.  This is not a brand that brings the musicians to your room. Rather it is a brand that, in a sense, teleports anyone to the recording venue. It is this correct rendition of melody and tempo that yields musicality under the baton of the Dartzeel marque. With Dartzeel, there is neither inflation of mid range warmth nor protrusion of upper bass attack to create a ‘sensational’ sound. The delineation of massed strings in any symphonic recording is riveting. The innocence of a child's voice is not only angelically rendered, but one is able to comprehend the different tonality of voices amongst the children in that choir. For electronic and rock music fans, the Dartzeel simply shocks. With all its finesse, it goes against the misnomer that Dartzeel is intended for western classical (such as most reviewers have commented over the decades). We can vouch that we have never experienced Queens’ “Bohemian Rhapsody” nor Pink Floyd’s “Money” in an “all-hell-breaking-loose” situation, such as when Dartzeel is partnered with the Cessaro brand of horn speakers!

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Divin Nobleness 中神曲with a pair of 岳飛 sovereign subwoofers at headquarter of Goebel in Germany.  #audioexotics #goebelspeakers
Last night, I was touched by the cooperative spirit of Elliot Leung (the composer), Henry Chu (digital artist) and the whole crew of HK Philharmonic.  The whole idea is creative in concept and innovative in execution.  The premier performance of Metaverse Symphony No.1 blended digital arts with classical orchestration in a very coherent storytelling manner.  The giant digital screen on top of the orchestra generates ever evolving digital images corresponding to the tempo (the mood) of the symphony.  It is abstract to a certain degree but it offers a graphical venue for me (audiences) to walk through the symphonic mindset of Elliot. The 1st movement is theatrically exciting. The 2nd is serene and beautiful. The 3rd is retrospective and inquisitive, and the 4th is flamboyant with a favor of Gustav Mahler. 
I was blessed to meet Elliot Leung at Divin Lab in Jan 2022.  I am honored that Audio Exotics played a small part in this magnificent program. Our society needs new ideas in order to move on to the next stage. The success of the Metaverse Symphony Number 1 will illuminate the hope of many dream-chasers out there with new ideas. 

Chris Leung 

當年情 in memory of Leslie Cheung renditioned by Grand Prix Audio’s Monaco 3.0 powered by battery.  The Thales Statement Arm is navigated by Fuuga 風雅 cartridge on the groove feeding to JMF Audio PHS 7.3 phono rendered realism in uncharted territory. 

Tripoint Troy NG, Subbase Vividus and Pranawire Nirvanda respectively mitigated ground noise, RF noise and AC noise, notwithstanding everything is connected to JMF Audio PCD102 AC conditioner.  The Dartzeel NHB-18NS preamp and Model 2 are heavenly matched to drive the Cessaro Qianlong to maximum potential. #audioexotics #lesliecheung