Mr. M. Kontor
Thank you for your fax. I receive the replacement grilles
Sorry not to write sooner, but I have been overseas on
business. You asked me how business is going here with the NotePerfect
distribution. We have appointed no new dealers since last year. This is
because the economy here is very bad. This year 5 high end shops close
Everyone here who has heard the NotePerfect
speakers agree that they outperform all other high end brands like Wilson,
ProAc, etc. We will continue with promotion and hope to have and order
for you soon.
The names and addresses of the writers of the following letters are
withheld in the interests of security. The letters were unsolicited and
are reprinted verbatim. Highlighting and italics are my own - M. Kontor,
Leading Edge Audio
I'd just like to let
you know how excited I am with my new speakers, the Note Perfect
I have had quite a few speakers over the years,
including Apogees, Acarian Alons and Whatmough Monitors, but none have
given me as much musical enjoyment as the Note Perfects.
the usual quest for the perfect sound I have been changing equipment
almost yearly. A recent change to 160 watt valve monoblock amplifiers
(from a Classe DR9) improved my soundsystem, but the major improvement has
come from buying the Note Perfect "Symphony" speakers. They are
beautifully transparent, the soundstage and the dynamics are superb, the
tonal qualities rich and seamless. I am hearing musical details and
instruments that I never knew were in the recordings. As a friend
remarked, the musicians seemed to be in the room with us.
present system includes an Aura turntable with SME 5 and a Benz-Micro MC3
Ruby cartridge, 160watt De Silva valve mono amps, a Meridian CD200 payer
with Analog Research DAC plus Classe DR6 preamp.
With the Note
Perfect "Symphony" speakers as my latest and finest addition I feel that
my quest for musical bliss is over. The music that blooms so
effortlessly from these speakers is just wonderful.
best for the year,
The DAX and PASSION V that I puchased from you are
performing very well in conjunction with a WADIA WT3200 Transport,
TUBEWORKS JC8 valve power amps and most recently a pair of NOTE PERFECT
I would like to draw your attention
to these speakers as they are most impressive. They are manufactured here
in Australia and beat everything else I have owned or auditioned,
including Martin Logan CLS and Quests, Apogee Duetta Sig. And Diva,
Acararian Alon IV, Aerial 10T, Avalon Ascent, etc.
manufacture is looking for export distribution and intends to show this
product in his own room at the UK HiFi Show in September. I have taken the
liberty of giving him your name and contact details in case you might be
interested in evaluating this product for distribution.
no commercial interest in this matter but would like to see the product
succeed as I think it has reference class sound. Please give it a listen,
I am sure you will be impressed.
The manufacturer is Mike Kontor of
Leading Edge Audio and I expect he will contact you in due
(name withheld for security
[Mr. Heaton was most impressed when he heard the speakers
at the show, in fact, he wanted to buy the pair of Symphony's that were
there, but of course KJ WEST ONE took the line on.]
It's time I set pen to
paper to tell you how pleased and happy I am with the NotePerfect
"Symphony" speakers. Without doubt, these are the best speakers I have
heard. Previous speakers I have owned (Magneplanar, Duntech) do not
compare - nor do various brands (Castle, Mirage, Monitor Audio, ProAc,
Quad) auditioned at the recent Melbourne HiFi Show. None compare with the
NotePerfects - either in musical performance or value for
The NotePerfect's clarity and warmth have caused my
musical enjoyment to reach new heights. Electronics and
transducers cannot duplicate a live performance, but with the
contribution of the Note Perfects my system comes significantly closer to
the feeling of "being there".
Even poorly recorded CD's sound
better, and well recorded music sounds magnificent. With the Note
Perfects installed, positioned and run in, I have played CD after CD, and
always with the same result - increased musical
Please accept my thanks for introducing me to the
Note Perfect "Symphony" speakers,
Wishing you every
re: NotePerfect "CONCERT" speakers
I just want to
thank you for a most enjoyable demonstration last Friday, in your store,
of the NotePerfect "Concert'" speakers.
The manner in which they
provided musical enjoyment in the playing of Grieg's piano concerto, the
Adagio from the Delos sampler, and the Louis Armstrong tracks, was just
breathtaking and I just can't wait to receive my pair.
As agreed I
have much pleasure in enclosing a cheque for the change over from my
Duntech's. Looking forward to you call regarding freight
WE BOUGHT NOTE PERFECT SYMPHONY SPEAKERS
It really was an easy
decision to buy the NotePerfect speakers.
We had listened to them
at Leading Edge Audio and were so impressed that we requested an extended
home evaluation. Needless to say, that's where they stayed.
been hankering for an upgrade in speakers for some time and had listened
all over Melbourne for something we may have liked. Speakers brought home
for evaluation included Mirage and Martin Logan, but both were found
What we were looking for was a speaker that was as musical
as the Magneplanar MGIIc's we were then using but which were also
considerably better. The only areas of criticism with the Maggies were the
limited and flabby bass, imprecise imaging, lack of high frequency
extension and slight lacking in dynamics.
The NotePerfect's were
an answer to our prayers.
As musical as the Maggies and
better in every respect.
A huge three dimensional sound
stage, imaging that was preicse, incredibly detailed, and extended bass
response that deemed an sub-woofer unnecessary, a tight and fast bass
response, and open and extended top end. Very
We have still not heard any speaker that could
equal the Symphony's. Not that we are looking too hard.
[Cate & Paul re-iterated the last
paragraph of their letter after a recent around the world trip during
which they listened to severtal mega-buck speakers, including the big
Genesis! Praise indeed! - Mike Kontor]
Leading Edge Audio
I just want to thank you for recommending the NotePerfect
Concerts. As you know, I previously owned STAX electrostatics which were
notoriously hard to drive. Although with thousands of dollars spent on
amplification (VTL), we eventually got them sounding exceptionally sweet
but still bass-less.
The Concerts are a whole new ballgame. They
have renewed my interest in music. I have them connected to a high end
surround sound amplfier. I use them for playing records, CD's and
listening to videos. They were easy to set up and sounded rich and sweet
from the moment they were connected. I followed the set up
recommendations, not fitting the spikes until I had found the best
listening area. I was reasonably happy with the sound, but the spikes gave
a dramatic improvement. The sound stage improved, the bass went even
deeper and the top end extended. They now fool me into thinking I have
electronics with superb bass. I love these speakers. The more I listen to
them, the more I enjoy them. I have now set up a surround sound system and
am enjoying it thoroughly. I was dubious at first, thinking it a gimmick.
I was very wrong. The Concerts involve you in the soundtrack, adding
new dimensions to movies and making television worth
I have never been interested in aesthetics of
speakers, preferring performance, but the finish on the NotePerfects is
like having a grand piano in my living room. Thanks once again for a
superb product. I have no hesitation in recommending them to
Born Again Music
I didn't have much of a chance to speak to you at the recent
Melbourne Hi-Fi Show, but I wanted to tell you that after doing th rounds
at the show, there was only one speaker I like better than my recently
acquired NotePerfect "Concerts", and that was the NotePerfect "Virtuosos"!
And that should be so, as these are more expensive than the Concerts.
Despite all the expensive equipment at the show, I found all the other
well known speakers - ProAc, Duntech, Martin-Logan, etc. - to be very
coloured and unnatural sounding, compared to the NotePerfects. To
me this was very re-assuring, the NotePerfects being Australian made and
not nearly as expensive as many of the imports. Nice to see we can be just
as good and then some!
I wanted to tell you this, because you
will remember my apprehension when I bought the speakers, as they were
relatively new and unknown then, and my faith at that time was in the
English made speakers. Now that the NotePerfect's reputation is firmly
established, I'm glad to have been one of the first to trust his ears and
take the plunge.
As I mentioned last week, I ordered a pair of
Note Perfect Alpha Pro monitors (www.noteperfect.com.au)
of people said they'd be interested to hear what I thought of them so here
are my initial impressions.
First off, I have been using Event
20/20 bas powered monitors for the last few years. One problem I always
had was judging the low end with them. If I got the bass sounding good on
the Events, on any other system the track would be _very_
One of the first things I noticed with the Note Perfects is
how revealing they are. I put in a CD I am very familiar with and started
hearing subtle parts that I had never noticed before. Just to be sure, I
listened again on the Events (and my roommates KRKs) and I could barely
make out the part I could hear quite clearly on the Alphas Pros
midrange reproduction on these is something else! Amazing clarity and
I pulled up one of my mixes I have been working on and
noticed right away that I could judge the bass level much more accurately.
This was confirmed by listening to a quick mix I did for the car and home
stereo. The levels were very even and the mix translated very well to
different systems. No longer will I have to second guess what my monitors
are doing and try to compensate for them. I still need to learn to mix
well, but that's another story and I think the Alphas will play a big role
in that. :)
ESQ.- I can finally hear subtle adjustments in EQ!
Before, I would have to cut/add about +5/-5 db to really hear the
slightest change in the midrange but now even small adjustments are very
noticeable. I feel like I can more accurately tell when I need to cut
something, especially in the midrange on things like guitars, snares
Another thing I noticed about the Alphas is what happens when
you turn them up and give them some volume.
On my old monitors,
turning them up was very addictive because the sound would get "hyped" The
bass response would change.... everything would change.... it wasn't the
same mix anymore but it sounded good. ;) (Fletcher/Munson curve
The Alphas don't do this. When I turn them up, they get louder
but the mix does not change. I do not sense any "hyping" and I think this
is a very good thing. I usually get the best results by mixing at very low
levels but I thought I would point this out.
I do want to mention
what a great guy Mike Kontor of Note Perfect is.
He makes them upon
order and it took about 4 days total for him to build them and show up on
my door from Australia. (I was thinking it would take much longer and be
much more expensive LOL!)
To top it off, he spent about 4 hours one
day helping me find a good power amp for them on EBAY. That was very cool
as I know don't know squat about power amps and what to look for. I feel
he really went out of his way for me on that one. For the record I ended
up with a B&K ST202
For the record, The Alpha Pros cost in the
$2000 range but the exchange rate for American currency is almost 2-1 to
the Australian dollar so for under $1500 (including the amp and shipping)
I think I have a very accurate monitoring system.