Sonics sex

When Kam Leong Leung aka Sonics sex requested a review of his new Raysonic CD128 with the above press shot tease, I knew nothing – about him, it or the company. Well, I had heard “Canadian-based, with Chinese origins”.

Ontario and the manufacture happens in Raysonic’s own Chinese plant. 1,099 and backed up by a US importer who jointly owns the brand with the designer and practices a very strong service ethos. 100dB, dynamic range 102dB and power consumption 22 watts, with distortion given as less than 0. One glance again at the CD128 and those struck down by yellow fever will make feeble jokes about dumb blondes – that she’s a looker but little else. Finesse your appearance and they’ll assume mediocre sonics. Provide sterling performance with blah cosmetics and they’re perfectly content. But then there’s regular customers who want it all.

Without remortgaging the house they haven’t bought yet. I somehow think the CD128 was created for them. Perhaps the bronze’n’silver two tones of Raysonic’s integrated amps? Thankfully for those who don’t fancy them, the CD128 avoids ’em. Those do recall Shanling or Simaudio, albeit in the square rather than round. While present owners of Raysonic amps could wish that the matching CD player was more styled to actually match, shoppers interested in just the source component might prefer that it doesn’t. The firm’s tag line The fusion of sound and style on their trade show banner is by no means an ambition statement exclusive to Raysonic.

In fact, Ayon from Austria, as per website photos of their CD-1 as well as Spirit and Spark integrated amplifiers, seems to have contracted with Raysonic to pursue similar cosmetics. Considering Ayon’s existing lineup, that’s a nice compliment for Raysonic. Heathrow, I reflected on how most of us remain blissfully oblivious. To the dizzying mix of parts origins in most anything we own.

Then add the protracted journeys some of it travels before we spot it behind a store window. Does any of it matter beyond appearances and ego? Don’t ask whatever happened to home-grown food. High-end audio descriptions may be peppered with equivalent parts listings. Perhaps they’re hoped to inspire snobbery or add cachet. If you enjoy and use the component as much as you can, surely not. Our concern — especially with audio goods containing moving parts — should be support.