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Playback Pioneers 2018: Metaxas & Sins

  • Best in show awards as they relate to sound quality – this publication gave them up several years ago. Experience tells us that they’re a silly side effect of a play act undertaken by commentator and (unwitting) exhibitor. Show-based awards flatter both parties whilst remaining meaningless for the rest of us.

    This audio reviewer’s self-imposed brief for Munich High-End 2018 was not only to take a snapshot of what’s new and to go long on video in the process but also to un/cover and profile manufacturers whose work stands out as markedly different. Metaxas & Sins are one such manufacturer.

    Where art meets technology. A strapline that undersells the hi-fi products designed and made by Kostas Metaxas, a Greek-Australian recording engineer now living in the Netherlands. How about: art pieces that also reproduce sound? Better – but still not quite there.

    Metaxas and Sins’ (read: sons) latest additions to their hifi gear range are a £35,000 ‘Phonographic Perambulator Turntable’ whose outboard motor-mount oozes – literally – Salvador Dali and the ‘GQT Portable Recording Device No. 1’ (£TBC), a reel-to-reel machine that channels Max Ernst. As the man himself says of his turntable, “It’s a luxury object…but it’s a piece of art.”

    How about this then: Metaxas & Sins work stands as alone as a Giorgio De Chirico in a hifi world dominated by John Constables and William Turners.

    From the floor of Munich High-End 2018, I spoke with Kostas Metaxas about why his gear looks like it does and what motivates him to make it so:

    Further information: Metaxas & Sins

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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