What $45,000 sounds like

Ottawa Magazine - - NEWS - By Matt Har­ri­son

What you don’t know, you don’t miss. That is, un­til some­one points out what you’re miss­ing. Then, sud­denly, what you had be­fore is no longer ad­e­quate. This holds true, I sus­pect, for many raised in the dig­i­tal age, which sees mu­sic files com­pressed to the point where in­for­ma­tion is sac­ri­ficed for con­ve­nience. The tunes sound fine un­til you ex­pe­ri­ence a piece of mu­sic played on a solid brass top-of-the­line record player.

Meet the Kuzma XL2, a Slove­nian-made turntable de­signed and crafted by a mas­ter ma­chin­ist.

“As soon as you put the nee­dle on, the sound blows your mind. It’s so huge, so ex­pe­ri­en­tial. It’s as if you are in the same room as the mu­si­cians,” says Kathy Frankiewicz, man­ager of Planet of Sound in Old Ot­tawa South.

Did I men­tion that the Kuzma is most of­ten paired with a 10,000-nee­dle car­tridge and a 4-point Kuzma con­trol arm? And high-end amp and speak­ers, of course. Ob­vi­ously, this piece of tech­ni­cal per­fec­tion is out of reach for most.

But con­sider this: a “me­chan­i­cal tour de force,” as Frankiewicz af­fec­tion­ately calls it, the Kuzma is also an aes­thetic marvel — a piece of func­tional art, the cen­tre­piece in any room. And if you’d pay tens of thou­sands for an art­work, why not one that puts you in the same room as Pink Floyd?

$45,000. Planet of Sound. 1194 Bank St.

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