Finished in stunning true black piano finish with hand-polished stainless steel driver reinforcements—a feature whose design serves functional and aesthetic purposes—M1 loudspeakers are made to exacting standards in the Petrof Piano factory, near Prague in the Czech Republic. Real Mastering's system used two M5 Telikos amplifiers per channel in bi-amp mode, a total of four mono amps for stereo. The M5 has built-in 18dB/octave electronic crossovers, which make bi-amping easy.
As the M6 was not yet available, the front end for the system was Real Mastering's custom built Inward Technologies' preamp and Merging Technologies' Pyramix DAW. Diehard rockers all, those in attendance agreed that they'd never heard anything approaching the sheer dynamic level of Daniel Hertz. The recording and mastering worlds will never be the same.
The audiophile market will soon be similarly transformed. Dealers in Hong Kong, Dubai, Moscow, New York, and other key cities are awaiting shipments of the first Daniel Hertz products. The loudspeaker drivers are designed in the US to professional concert toughness. All the electronics are built in Switzerland with the craftsmanship you’d expect from the personal involvement of Mark Levinson. For those with the passion and the budget for the best playback on the planet, Daniel Hertz's combination of power, refinement, and ease of use will prove hard to resist.
Daniel Hertz is "the culmination of all my years in music and audio," says Levinson, founder of Mark Levinson Audio Systems, Cello, Ltd., and Red Rose Music.
Despite his long history of cutting-edge products, Daniel Hertz shouldn't be considered an extension of his previous brands, Levinson says. "Don't expect me to copy anyone, not even myself," he cautions. "Daniel Hertz takes a totally new tack with audio, combining the dynamics of the best outdoor concert sound—think massive amounts of air moving at lightning speed—with the vitality and transparency that record producers and musicians want to hear. Daniel Hertz products are designed to reproduce the softest, most delicate musical material up to the sound of a helicopter landing in front of you."
Levinson adds, "The name 'Telikos' was given to the M5 amplifier for an important reason. In ancient Greek, 'Telikos' means 'ultimate' or 'final.' Daniel Hertz products will likely be my final statement in audio. As a musician, recording engineer and audio designer, I have always searched for the most faithful way to recreate a musical event.
"Daniel Hertz systems set a new standard for the industry based not on personal taste but on fact. Daniel Hertz systems can reproduce music and sounds that other systems simply cannot handle. Daniel Hertz takes us to the next level in audio, and will most likely become the most prized audio equipment of all time. Are you ready for a paradigm shift or not?"