Cayetano Castellano of
Artesania Audio arraigned our exclusive world first review of their
all-new four shelf Prestige Suspended Audio
Rack system with the special turntable platform. It took quite some R&D to
finish the suspended system design of the Artesania Audio Prestige model, as
this completely upgraded system evolved from the top-of-the-line Reference
model. The trickled down technology of the Reference series incorporates its
advantages, yet with the absence of the shelves. All the components are
suspended and float in the air, yet still offer the rigidity and stability of
the shelf system. The double design structure of the Prestige equipment rack is
still the same as with their Reference model. It this in the way each shelve can
be used if needed that has changed. Along the dealing with the resonances
and micro vibrations, the Artesania Audio Prestige Suspended Audio Rack system
also implements the freedom of air circulation. This provides electronics to
operate within their desired working temperature to continue in offering stable
performance and durability.
The Rack Impact
This audio rack is substantial! It took two grown man in moving it and setting it up. With the included turntable platform, Artesania Prestige weights a hefty 200 pounds! The feeling of sophistication continued with the fine setup details. This platform needs some time with adjusting as each shelf has to be leveled to the exact height for each component. Prestige actually doesn't work like a typical audio rack shelf, but four feet can be adjusted and move around to let it fit and levitate almost anything. It takes a bit of time for the proper setup, but it is still relatively easy to get everything setup correctly. I do recommend having someone with you to aid in stacking the equipment on the Prestige feet.
The Listening Part
Hans Theessink and Terry Evans's album Delta Time was bestowed some inherited richness. Listening to this album with my audio equipment placed on the Artesania only helped music to come more alive, more transparent and more effortless. Theessink's voice and foot stamps were filling the room with a crescendo-like feeling and details such as the floor he is stamping on showed impressive increase in the realism. The feelings and emotions of the album were flowing with much more energy. The layers of music seemed less complex and reproduction felt closer to life-like experience. It got under my skin with much ease when my reference setup was being used. Artesania seems to possess the ability to deal with resonances in the way that makes music sounds closer to its origin as the artists intended.
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Memories (studio edition) did indeed give life back to the music.
With other racks, this music sets my whole room in motion with too
much bass and reduced midrange. When listening to "Give Life Back To
Music," the Artesania Prestige eliminated the bass boom and the midrange became
more glowing. The lower frequency dynamics become enjoyable and actually
starting to put a smile on my face. Finally! The previously harsh upper
frequencies were gone with the wind. This clearly shows how very important it is
to decouple your equipment in the proper way. I didn't even know that this album
can be so transparent. Certainly the Artesania Prestige rack is an elaborated
foray into the epicenter of the hubris of resonances and micro vibrations.
Further on within my listening tests the 1612 Italian
Vespers just grew into something even more magical. The sheer size and level
of details in this recording become of the grand scale. Voices spring free and
become much more potent in their three dimensionality. The organ was projected
in the proper size and with the natural resonant power. It felt like transitions
from pitch black silence to the huge dynamics was as fast as blink of an eye and
thrown at you without the glitz of holding anything back. Was it a lucid
reconstruction? It wasn't real, but felt so avidly real! Artesania Prestige
equipment rack raised the level of performance to the new level! No matter
what sort of music I've played during my time with Artesania, my listening notes
repeatedly produced the same patterns. Music simply became more alive, more
naturally open and with the details. There were many more focus points in
recreation to the entire musical event. This rack system somehow organically
allows your audio components to work in the way they were designed. I dare you
to try this rack system and experience these improvements. You won't be let
down, but thrilled.
If we learned something in our audio journey with all the mileage, then it has to be one major thing in the enjoying of our beloved music besides the critical room and loudspeaker interface: "There is no way around it with making things right!" You'll need to deal with the proper decoupling down the path of creating a true balanced system at some point. Coming to a certain point in the task at hand in refining one's audio system, you need to approach the resonances and vibrations with seriousness in order to achieve a truly musical and balanced system. Just for the fun of the experiment, I tried to put a cheap turntable on the special upper dedicated platform. And guess what happened!? The change was big... and good. The little old table just came back to life with the Artesania platform underneath it. What an awesome experience this was! Simple and effective.
For anyone trying out the Artesania Audio rack system, listening to music without it may be a painful experience. Some things in audio work to a great extent, yet others simply don't. Artesania Audio's Prestige Suspended Audio Rack system offers a distinctive change without need of other special, and usually very expensive, tweaks. It simply works with the music.
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