Vimberg Mino loudspeaker $31,000 Review

May 6, 2020 § Leave a comment

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“In the midrange, the Minos sounded as clean and uncolored as the Dutch & Dutch 8c speakers that I also review in this issue. I found myself playing a lot of solo piano recordings with the Vimbergs. Not only did this loudspeaker love pianos, but its transparency and imaging accuracy clearly revealed the differences between different recordings. I followed Tor Espen Aspaas’s performance of the Maestoso from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 (24/96 FLAC file from Mirror Canon, 2L 2L-49) with my own recording, made in 2000, of Robert Silverman performing the same movement (24/88.2 ALAC file, OrpheumMasters, no longer available). Aspaas’s piano sounded powerful and close-up, set within a supportive (Norwegian church) acoustic, while the Vimbergs made it only too clear that Silverman’s Bösendorfer piano had been recorded in too small a hall in Santa Monica. (In my defense, I had not been involved in the choice of the” hall, and when I set up my microphones, it proved impossible to move the piano.) But this was offset by the Minos’ lack of coloration, low-frequency clarity, and impressive dynamics, allowing me to be caught up in Silverman’s engaging interpretation.”

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