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Feastrex Makoto Loudspeaker System Review

Constantine Soo reports on living with objects created by master craftsmen and national living treasure of Japan

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The purpose of all audio system is to reproduce music in the most alluring manner possible, and sometimes certain designs may conjure up incredible levels of musicality and realism; but is it being reproduced at the expense of chronic fidelity? Certain performance parameters of many designs are often accomplished at the expense of the listener’s sanity, and we soon grow numb to all the hyper-spatiality and proceed to regard less detailed-sounding designs as inferior.

The nature of resolution of the Feastrex Makoto was unlike those of many other speakers, and even the Tannoy Churchill Wideband and MaxxHorn Immersion could be regarded as more hi-fi-ish. Then again, where can one ever hear such massive dynamics and probing prowess coming from not the largest of drivers with all its atmospheric pressure, but from a compact 5-inch that is as comfortable to the eardrum as the most tender of steak to the palette?

As expensive as the Permendur alloy incorporated Feastrex field-coil driver is, even a miniscule application of the alloy, such as that in Audio Note UK’s top MC cartridge, the IoLtd, commands an MSRP of $17,225, complete with its own outboard DC power supply for the electromagnet coils, in a similar operating system that is as visionary as that of the Feastrex driver. For something at the Feastrex’s level, the question is not whether it is worth my or your pouring tens of thousands of our hard earned dollars into it, but if an extremely wealthy connoisseur who, being used to spending this kind of money, can close his eyes when listening to the Feastrex and know for sure he has invested in an extremely refined products, one that is entirely handmade by the concerted efforts of three individuals: a designated national living treasure, an award-winning master craftsman of yet another designated national living treasure and finally, a visionary driver designer.

Feastrex Makoto transmission line ports

In order for any given reviewer to appreciate the uniqueness of such unusual product as the Feastrex Makoto properly, he has to have the necessary personal and professional background, or the complete lack of it, so that he is either capable of the utmost in objectivity even in the face of utter unfamiliarity with a certain type of speaker design, or he is not tainted by his own preferences because he doesn’t have one. I ain’t speaking for myself. But for a design as substantial and vested as the Feastrex Makoto to be in the hands of inexperienced reviewers is utterly unthinkable and counterproductive, while the more experienced reviewer who is completely bias-free doesn’t exist.

Reviewers can muster tremendous influence, and negative comments from one such reviewer on the sound of a pair of loudspeakers in show conditions can often obliterate the future of that company. For the benefit of our readers, I feel it is important to cast contrasts on sonic preferences. If you have been listening to multi-driver designs with complex crossover networks, it will be reasonable to believe that you will not be drawn to the sound of single-driver designs, much less so in show conditions.

The audio hobby today is as much about the beauty of sound as that of aesthetics, although we prefer that a predominant cost of any given budget component to be vested in the pursuit of superior sonics and not so much of its exterior adornments. However, if we have to pay an extravagant amount of money on a CD player, for example, we will demand that it looks as good as it sounds, otherwise it will not be worthy of a prominent display in our system, apart from the risk of certain doom for us in front of our spouses.

When the time comes for those among us with significant disposable income to start shopping around, it can become a very different experience than what the rest of us know of in our normal, budget-conscious endeavors. In our humbleness, we say we hope that such distinguished connoisseur is constantly contributing to a charity of his own heart, and that he bases his audio purchase decision not solely on the flamboyancy factors of the products but the more intrinsic elements of its coming into being.

To such connoisseur, I recommend the Feastrex Makoto loudspeaker system. For the Feastrex Makoto is a result of a convergence of artistic visions from Mr. Haruhiko “Hal” Teramoto, Mr. Ichibei Iwano and Mr. Makoto Tanaka, a triple-collaboration of masters in their own craft, and an unprecedented feat not likely to be seen in any other audio products.

As we move forward, audiophiles worldwide will soon realize the meaning of products as unique and rare as the Feastrex Makoto, and will marvel at the vision at its conception and the beauty of the result.

The decision to acquire the review subject or not will not merely be about one’s sonic priorities, or if the friends of the owner will approve of its sound, or even if there will be a used market for it. Consider an object created meticulously and painstaking by hand, via the most superior and stringent engineering parameters, employing materials crafted from the hands of a nation’s officially designated living treasure, and finally wrapped up in an exterior only the most prized heirloom pieces are known for.

The decision to acquire the Feastrex Makoto will be if the wealthy buyer is a true connoisseur who looks at a piece of art beyond its intended functionality. Of course, the Feastrex is a no-brainer for the guy with the dough who, instead of getting the same kind of watch for himself every birthday, gets the Feastrex Makoto and displays it proudly in his system. Soon, this lucky individual will know such sounds of music that the rest of us will never have the chance to; me excluded of course.

One Response to Feastrex Makoto Loudspeaker System Review

  1. John says:

    Thanks for the info on Feastrex. Their site does not list their speakers or prices. At $5k for their cheapy speakers it is within the realm of possibility I could get a pair. I just bought a pair of Coral Flat 8 drivers that I intend to put in single driver boxes. They are 40 or 50 years old. I lived in Japan for 6 years, learn to speak Japanese, so I came to understand their rabbit attention to detail in a lot of the stuff they do. I intend to go back now that I am retired and find Technical Brain and Air Tight amps I can afford used in Akihabara. Your writing was a pleasure to read. I think even rich people want to believe they are getting good value for money. Japanese lacquer is pretty, especially nice in Kamakura. Cheers

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