Thanks for your fax.
The absence of brochures isn't a
problem [these had not arrived yet in England at time of this writing -
M. Kontor ]; I think if
a product is good enough then it doesn't need literature - it stands up in
its own right.
We are getting on really well with the speakers. We
knew they were good when we first heard them [at the London Ramada
Hi-Fi Show] (that's why we took them on!) But it's only just dawning on us
just how good they are.
It's rare for us to get a product which
all the staff like, but your speakers have attained this, and Phil is
thinking of getting a set for himself.
They are certainly one of
the best, if not the best, brands we have and we will probably be getting
rid of the Wilson Witts! (Please don't quote me on this!)
we've already sold our Virtuosos, so would be grateful if you would send a
Proforma for another set in piano finish.
Incidentally, we only
noticed after some time that the colour of our Virtuosos was a very sublte
green! Was this intentional [yes ] or accidental?! If it was
intentinal, we'll have another set the same.
Note from :
that KJ WEST ONE sold in one afternoon's auditioning were bought by a dyed
in the wool audiophile who normally takes months to make a decision about
a new piece of gear. The green finish is piano black with a green
metallic sheen deep within the black, noticable only in certain lights.
It's an "optional extra", at a small increase in
Mr. M. Kontor
Thank you for your fax. I receive the replacement grilles
Sorry not to write sooner, but I have been overseas on
business. You asked me how business is going here with the NotePerfect
distribution. We have appointed no new dealers since last year. This is
because the economy here is very bad. This year 5 high end shops close
Everyone here who has
heard the NotePerfect speakers agree that they outperform all other high
end brands like Wilson, ProAc, etc. We will continue with promotion
and hope to have and order for you soon.
names and addresses of the writers of the following letters are withheld
in the interests of security. The letters were unsolicited and are
reprinted verbatim. Highlighting and italics are my own - M. Kontor,
Leading Edge Audio
I'd just like to let
you know how excited I am with my new speakers, the Note Perfect
I have had quite a few speakers over the years,
including Apogees, Acarian Alons and Whatmough Monitors, but none have given me as much
musical enjoyment as the Note Perfects.
As in the usual quest
for the perfect sound I have been changing equipment almost yearly. A
recent change to 160 watt valve monoblock amplifiers (from a Classe DR9)
improved my soundsystem, but the major improvement has come from buying
the Note Perfect "Symphony" speakers. They are beautifully
transparent, the soundstage and the dynamics are superb, the tonal
qualities rich and seamless. I am hearing musical details and instruments
that I never knew were in the recordings. As a friend remarked, the
musicians seemed to be in the room with us.
My present system
includes an Aura turntable with SME 5 and a Benz-Micro MC3 Ruby cartridge,
160watt De Silva valve mono amps, a Meridian CD200 payer with Analog
Research DAC plus Classe DR6 preamp.
With the Note Perfect
"Symphony" speakers as my latest and finest addition I feel that my quest
for musical bliss is over. The music that blooms so
effortlessly from these speakers is just wonderful.
best for the year,
The DAX and PASSION V that I puchased from you are
performing very well in conjunction with a WADIA WT3200 Transport,
TUBEWORKS JC8 valve power amps and most recently a pair of NOTE PERFECT
I would like to draw your attention
to these speakers as they are most impressive. They are manufactured here
in Australia and beat
everything else I have owned or auditioned, including Martin Logan CLS and
Quests, Apogee Duetta Sig. And Diva, Acararian Alon IV, Aerial 10T, Avalon
The manufacture is looking for export
distribution and intends to show this product in his own room at the UK
HiFi Show in September. I have taken the liberty of giving him your name
and contact details in case you might be interested in evaluating this
product for distribution.
I have no commercial
interest in this matter but would like to see the product succeed as I
think it has reference class sound. Please give it a listen, I am sure you
will be impressed.
The manufacturer is Mike Kontor of Leading Edge
Audio and I expect he will contact you in due course.
(name withheld for security reasons)
[Mr. Heaton was most
impressed when he heard the speakers at the show, in fact, he wanted to
buy the pair of Symphony's that were there, but of course KJ WEST ONE took
the line on.]
It's time I set pen to
paper to tell you how pleased and happy I am with the NotePerfect
"Symphony" speakers. Without doubt, these are the best
speakers I have heard. Previous speakers I have
owned (Magneplanar, Duntech) do not compare - nor do various brands
(Castle, Mirage, Monitor Audio, ProAc, Quad) auditioned at the recent
Melbourne HiFi Show. None compare with the NotePerfects - either in
musical performance or value for money.
clarity and warmth have caused my musical enjoyment to reach new heights.
Electronics and transducers cannot duplicate a live performance, but with the contribution of the
Note Perfects my system comes significantly closer to the feeling of
Even poorly recorded CD's sound better, and well
recorded music sounds magnificent. With the Note Perfects
installed, positioned and run in, I have played CD after CD, and always
with the same result - increased musical enjoyment.
accept my thanks for introducing me to the Note Perfect "Symphony"
Wishing you every success,
re: NotePerfect "CONCERT" speakers
I just want to
thank you for a most enjoyable demonstration last Friday, in your store,
of the NotePerfect "Concert'" speakers.
The manner in which they
provided musical enjoyment in the playing of Grieg's piano concerto, the
Adagio from the Delos sampler, and the Louis Armstrong tracks, was just
breathtaking and I just can't wait to receive my pair.
As agreed I
have much pleasure in enclosing a cheque for the change over from my
Duntech's. Looking forward to you call regarding freight
WE BOUGHT NOTE PERFECT SYMPHONY SPEAKERS
It really was an easy
decision to buy the NotePerfect speakers.
We had listened to them
at Leading Edge Audio and were so impressed that we requested an extended
home evaluation. Needless to say, that's where they stayed.
been hankering for an upgrade in speakers for some time and had listened
all over Melbourne for something we may have liked. Speakers brought home
for evaluation included Mirage and Martin Logan, but both were found
What we were looking for was a speaker that was as musical
as the Magneplanar MGIIc's we were then using but which were also
considerably better. The only areas of criticism with the Maggies were the
limited and flabby bass, imprecise imaging, lack of high frequency
extension and slight lacking in dynamics.
The NotePerfect's were
an answer to our prayers.
As musical as the Maggies and
better in every respect.
A huge three dimensional sound
stage, imaging that was preicse, incredibly detailed, and extended bass
response that deemed an sub-woofer unnecessary, a tight and fast bass
response, and open and extended top end. Very
We have still not heard any speaker that could
equal the Symphony's. Not that we are looking too hard.
[Cate & Paul re-iterated the last
paragraph of their letter after a recent around the world trip during
which they listened to severtal mega-buck speakers, including the big
Genesis! Praise indeed! - Mike Kontor]
Leading Edge Audio
I just want to thank you for recommending the NotePerfect
Concerts. As you know, I previously owned STAX electrostatics which were
notoriously hard to drive. Although with thousands of dollars spent on
amplification (VTL), we eventually got them sounding exceptionally sweet
but still bass-less.
The Concerts are a whole new ballgame. They
have renewed my interest in music. I have them connected to a high end
surround sound amplfier. I use them for playing records, CD's and
listening to videos. They were easy to set up and sounded rich and sweet
from the moment they were connected. I followed the set up
recommendations, not fitting the spikes until I had found the best
listening area. I was reasonably happy with the sound, but the spikes gave
a dramatic improvement. The sound stage improved, the bass went even
deeper and the top end extended. They now fool me into thinking I have
electronics with superb bass. I love these speakers. The more I listen to
them, the more I enjoy them. I have now set up a surround sound system and
am enjoying it thoroughly. I was dubious at first, thinking it a gimmick.
I was very wrong. The
Concerts involve you in the soundtrack, adding new dimensions to movies
and making television worth watching.
I have never been
interested in aesthetics of speakers, preferring performance, but the
finish on the
NotePerfects is like having a grand piano in my living room. Thanks once
again for a superb product. I have no hesitation in recommending them to
Born Again Music
I didn't have much of a chance to speak to you at the recent
Melbourne Hi-Fi Show, but I wanted to tell you that after doing th rounds
at the show, there was only one speaker I like better than my recently
acquired NotePerfect "Concerts", and that was the NotePerfect "Virtuosos"!
And that should be so, as these are more expensive than the Concerts.
Despite all the expensive equipment at the show, I found all the other well
known speakers - ProAc, Duntech, Martin-Logan, etc. - to be very coloured
and unnatural sounding, compared to the NotePerfects. To me this was very
re-assuring, the NotePerfects being Australian made and not nearly as
expensive as many of the imports. Nice to see we can be just as good and
I wanted to tell you this, because you will remember
my apprehension when I bought the speakers, as they were relatively new
and unknown then, and my faith at that time was in the English made
speakers. Now that the NotePerfect's reputation is firmly established, I'm
glad to have been one of the first to trust his ears and take the
As I mentioned last week,
I ordered a pair of Note Perfect Alpha Pro monitors
A couple of people said they'd be
interested to hear what I thought of them so here are my initial
First off, I have been using Event 20/20 bas powered
monitors for the last few years. One problem I always had was judging the
low end with them. If I got the bass sounding good on the Events, on any
other system the track would be _very_ muddy.
One of the first
things I noticed with the Note Perfects is how revealing they are. I put
in a CD I am very familiar with and started hearing subtle parts that I
had never noticed before. Just to be sure, I listened again on the Events
(and my roommates KRKs) and I could barely make out the part I could hear
quite clearly on the Alphas Pros
The midrange reproduction on these
is something else! Amazing clarity and definition.
I pulled up one
of my mixes I have been working on and noticed right away that I could
judge the bass level much more accurately. This was confirmed by listening
to a quick mix I did for the car and home stereo. The levels were very
even and the mix translated very well to different systems. No longer will
I have to second guess what my monitors are doing and try to compensate
for them. I still need to learn to mix well, but that's another story and
I think the Alphas will play a big role in that. :)
ESQ.- I can
finally hear subtle adjustments in EQ! Before, I would have to cut/add
about +5/-5 db to really hear the slightest change in the midrange but now
even small adjustments are very noticeable. I feel like I can more
accurately tell when I need to cut something, especially in the midrange
on things like guitars, snares etc.
Another thing I noticed about
the Alphas is what happens when you turn them up and give them some
On my old monitors, turning them up was very addictive
because the sound would get "hyped" The bass response would change....
everything would change.... it wasn't the same mix anymore but it sounded
good. ;) (Fletcher/Munson curve etc)
The Alphas don't do this. When
I turn them up, they get louder but the mix does not change. I do not
sense any "hyping" and I think this is a very good thing. I usually get
the best results by mixing at very low levels but I thought I would point
I do want to mention what a great guy Mike Kontor of Note
He makes them upon order and it took about 4 days total
for him to build them and show up on my door from Australia. (I was
thinking it would take much longer and be much more expensive
To top it off, he spent about 4 hours one day helping me find
a good power amp for them on EBAY. That was very cool as I know don't know
squat about power amps and what to look for. I feel he really went out of
his way for me on that one. For the record I ended up with a B&K
For the record, The Alpha Pros cost in the $2000 range but
the exchange rate for American currency is almost 2-1 to the Australian
dollar so for under $1500 (including the amp and shipping) I think I have
a very accurate monitoring system.
Well worth checking