A tribute to Ken Ishiwata, aka The Golden Ear
If there's a name that's synonymous for quality sound, it's Ken Ishiwata. Known as The Golden Ear, Ken was able to use his incredible knowledge of sound to tune and enhance audio products to ensure they delivered the maximum quality possible. Before he passed away in 2019, he tuned two final products, the Rotel A11 integrated amplifier, and the Rotel CD11 CD player. These units have been redesigned with components specifically chosen by Ken to deliver brilliant clean, accurate and engaging sound at a surprisingly affordable price-point. These are the Tribute series.
Along with the Tribute components, we've packaged them with the new Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo turntable and Monitor Audio Silver 100 Bookshelf speakers. The new Debut Carbon Evo builds on the long-established Debut Carbon but further enhances it improved motor isolation and enhanced feet to further reduce vibration and the noise that can affect the sound from vinyl. The plater has also been further enhanced and dampened to improve the sound.
The Silver 100s from Monitor Audio deliver incredible full, room-filling sound. Bass is not lacking, nor are the highlights and detail missing. These speakers sound far larger than they look and there's a reason they're referred to as the 'Floorstander lover's bookshelf speaker'.
If you're ready to step up and get a system that will last and deliver quality sound for years to come, this is a perfect choice and a fitting tribute to Ken Ishiwata, the Golden Ear.
The A11 Tribute is a Class AB 50W Integrated Amplifier developed in cooperation with the audio engineering legend Ken Ishiwata as a Tribute to his legacy. Upgraded components and meticulous tuning of all critical circuits deliver a richer, expressive, and true-to-life experience from the Bluetooth, RCA and MovingMagnetPhono Stage inputs.
Rotel's CD11 Tribute CD player was an engineer with hands-on support from audio legend Ken Ishiwata utilising a custom selection of acoustically tuned components delivering an even higher level of performance and acoustic clarity standing ready to playback the 200+ million CD’s that been sold over the past 30 years.
The Silver 100 is a serious audiophile speaker capable of producing remarkable resolution, from the most intricate musical scores to the loudest rock concert, with superlative ease. High output and effortless dynamics make the Silver 100 an ideal choice for medium to large rooms in two-channel stereo or multi-channel application
Silver 100 features a massively powerful 8-inch C-CAM bass/mid driver rigidly fixed into a relatively compact two-way cabinet in a configuration that while relatively traditional by modern standards has a lot to offer. There is no real substitute for big drivers and their relative ease of moving air efficiently. Thus, they can deliver incredible dynamic headroom and bass extension, a feature normally reserved for floorstanding speakers.
The Debut Carbon is already nearly the perfect turntable, especially considering the price badge and the used materials. Now we took our time to think again. We have done a lot of research to make the Debut Carbon even better, but our main objective has not changed over the years. We still want to build an affordable high-performance turntable that not just looks incredibly luxurious and modern, but also features a great sound quality.
The Debut Carbon EVO focuses on the core aspects that make a turntable sound great. Technically correct design - expert craftsmanship - handmade in the EU. This turntable is built to last you a lifetime!
LeylineX has been designed to bring out the best performance from today’s increasingly sophisticated yet affordably priced electronics and loudspeakers and provide consistent and reliable service in environments where cables may be non-removable.