With companies such as Classe Audio and Bryston, Canada is a major force in high-end audio. Now a contender for state-of-the art from across the border has landed on my doorstep in the form of Verity Audio’s Lohengrin loudspeaker. The Lohengrin has been thoroughly upgraded, resulting in a Mk. II designation. It’s also a very efficient loudspeaker, running at a nifty 95dB. So I was eager to hear it.
Over the past two days, John Quick has installed and fine-tuned the Lohengrin, which, as you can see, is set up in my basement. Quick ran a variety of computer programs as well as relying on his ears to try and achieve sonic nirvana. Quick, who is a representative of dCS as well, was quite sporting about having to use my, by dCS standards, modestly priced Playback Designs CD/SACD player.
I could go into all the complicated aspects of the loudspeaker’s design, but that’s for later. For now, it’s enough to note that it follows a diametrically opposed design philosophy to the Wilson Maxx 3 loudspeaker that I recently reviewed. Verity seeks to dissipate vibrations rather than render them inert. The Lohengrin is made out of 1” MDF and features irregular bracing. It’s awfully pretty, as you see from the pictures. In the opera “Lohengrin” the most famous chorus is “Here Comes the Bride.” Which raises the question: will the mating of the two Canadians--the Classe Omega mono blocks and the Verity Lohengrin--prove a match made in heaven?