CON LUCAS TELOS DISTRIBUTION
Three men gathered at Con’s place on the coast to listen to an audio system aspiring to Jay Gatsby’s ideal—‘the unattainable dream’ of perfection—the ideal system in their case, cost no object. The green dock light in the Scott Fitzgerald novella is said to represent that unattainable dream, the ‘dream so close that one could hardly fail to grasp it.’ The light on the pier near Con’s home blinked in the wind between the tea trees as he placed the stylus on the opening groove. In the opinion of those seated in the room, the night air was charged with arguably the finest ‘life-like’ audio they were ever likely to hear.
They nodded in agreement about the detail beginning with the Helix turntable and MySonics Labs cartridge and ending with the Apogees. Each of these men had more than 40 years of audio experience and each of them had not heard those recordings so clearly. The cabling alone was worth more than a year’s salary; the power supply was isolated from the mains to the house—every detail examined—and from that pure source the rest of this über system fired into Riders on the Storm.
Audiophiles know that this famous Doors recording has rain falling from the very beginning of the song to the very end—but most systems aren’t sophisticated enough to resolve this level of detail. For those privileged to be invited, it was a remarkable experience to hear layers of woolly audio stripped back, revealing the crystalline clarity of the original recording.
The green light in the Gatsby novella is said to represent the unattainable dream, the ‘dream so close that one could hardly fail to grasp it.’ That night, Riders on the Storm had physicality to the sound: you could nearly grasp it. The rain pounding on the windows was virtually indiscernible from the rain in the recording.
The quality of the equipment is the result of Con Lucas re-channelling his business acumen into his love of audio. Telos is his audio distribution company. He imports the Ypsilon Hyperion monoblocs that produced the scintillating sound via the Apogee Scintillas (no pun intended)—in a specially sound treated room.
‘I have been interested in audio since I was about ten,’ he said, reclining back. ‘My interest really took a step when I built a Klipschorn from blueprints at school with a whiz kid classmate of mine. At sixteen, I purchased a Harman-Kardon Rabco ST-7. Vinyl was still the way I mostly listened to music through the CD era. I first had a pair of Altec Lansings, then Celestion Dittons, plus a Benchmark, a Meridian CD player—I bought the best George Secher had in his shop. I had spent too much time working and I was yearning to return to my childhood interest. By this stage, the importance of cables was noted and a whole new ballgame in hi-fi had to be learnt (points to his audio wiring).’
Left to Right: Matt Jelicich (Melbourne Audio Club— former president); Con Lucas (Telos Distribution) and Professor Paul Boon (Victoria University, Melbourne).
,The quality of the equipment is the result of Con Lucas re-channelling his business acumen into his love of audio.