Old vintage tubes: as good an indicator
as any to the reference Holger Stein uses to create his
designs. I've his Masterclass SP 1.1 single driver
loudspeakers and Masterclass Two 20-watt stereo amp and can
hereby testify that his sound is one of sheer purity and
musicality over power and muscularity.
An older iteration of the Stein Music
Harmonizer. Actually, I think it looks rather cool.
And old Stein Music CD player. Stein
Music Ltd. has been a successful up and running company
since 1989 and boasts more than a few satisfied customers
The Stein Music crossover-less
Masterclass SP 1.1 loudspeakers ($10k, 93 dB).
Each of the listening rooms were huge
and spacious. I am a near-field listener and would have
preferred my chair closer to the speakers. Nine-feet would
be an ideal listening distance. In my listening room, I
don't have such space luxuries as Stein....Oh well...
A very impressive sounding all-Stein
Music system were shown in three different listening rooms.
Talking shop. Park and Swanbon in
Interestingly, we never got to photo
all the measurement equipment or the manufacturing side of
Stein Music Ltd although I did see the "lab". This was more
of an opportunity for all invited to
rather than see
what Stein Music is about. I was more than happy to oblige.
The lasting impression I have of Holger
Stein is his wonderful passion for our hobby. Stein's
undying energy in the pursuit for audio excellence is
apparent throughout his lovely home. Here's a man that wears
his passions on his sleeves. I don't know if I can remember
being in a home of this size that had at least three or four
different systems running concurrently at the same time and
to such a high standard (and each using Stein components
exclusively). It was also nice to see Holger Stein on
his own terms: as a man more than a manufacturer. Especially
with regard to his family. To see this human side of the man
- who has most certainly impacted a few of us here with his
products - proved as impressive as the wonderful sound that
was coming from seemingly everywhere!