Cessaro Carmen

Cessaro Carmen

About Cessaro Carmen

AE had the idea to ask Cessaro to design a horn tower with built-in active subwoofers, as this would be relatively easier to fit into the smaller homes of Hong Kong, (compared to the larger Beta system, for example). This gave birth to the Cessaro Lizst. The integrated solution resulted in a 4-way reference horn system which exudes an aura of individuality and sculpture. (The colour of the signature horn can be chosen to match any apartment to meet the best visual intention). We then wanted to push the envelope further, by using a 16” bass driver instead of the 12” inch for a better energy balance. The mid-range of the model Lizst is loaded via a gigantic horn, thereby directing a huge amount of energy more than the 12” bass driver. For superior driver integration, AE asked Ralph to design the Carmen Reference as a 4-way horn system. Carmen was premiered first in the 2nd AE Super Hi End Show, driven by the Robert Koda K15EX preamp and the Zanden Chouku monoblock amplifiers. The result shocked the audiences as the speakers filled up the 100 sqm (1000 sqft) room with abundant musical energy. Notably, Lincoln Cheng played the “PINE OF ROME” loudly, thereby evoking the system’s effortlessness in handling very complex structures at scale. As the Carmen system evolved, Ralph integrated an active field-coil bass driver to improve the extreme overall performance still further. Carmen is now the reference horn system of the Lux studio in AE Singapore.

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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