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The third entry to final Audio’s B Series, the B3 is a dual Balanced Armaure that serves as an exercise in speed and resolution, an all-rounder performer. The B3’s clear and concise nature allows the listener to mine for and better appreciate micro-details in their music. Despite the signature, the B3 also allows for a fast and accurate bass that is by no means anemic.
Characteristics: Balanced, clean, concise with full mids.
This playlist was designed to showcase the B3's detailed, but nevertheless musical nature.
Kinou no Wadachi, All That Jazz
Full, slick, jazzy and jovial, this rendition of Southern All Star’s Kibou no Wadachi allows the listener to hear the way the B3 presents layers within the track. Listen for the soothing vocals and the charming interplay between the piano, vibraphone and xylophone, with the vibraphone’s resonance serving as quite the highlight, tying the song together.
Dance Me To the End Of Love, Madeleine Peyroux
This track’s simple instrumentals show off the B3’s cohesion and consistency through its presentation of the drums, bass, guitar, piano and vocals. The excellent recording quality means that listeners are able to discern the timbral quality and character of each individual instruments, layers of detail the B3 mines expertly.
Moon River, Carla Bruni
This classic was originally composed for the move Breakfast at Tiffany’s, performed by the legendary Audrey Hepburn. Carla Bruni’s rendition is comparatively raw and sincere. The B3 makes apparent Bruni’s unique method of breathing and enunciation, bringing the listener along on an emotional journey, where every tiny change in pitch makes the listener’s heart flutter.
When You Wish Upon A Star, Daichi Miura
This acoustic version of When You Wish Upon a Star by Daichi Miura is a simple, delightful listen, Miura’s velvety vocals does favours for the B3’s vocal’s reproduction, allowing the song’s meaning and emotion to shine through.
Perfect Symphony, Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli
This track juxtaposes the vocals of two great singers in distinctly different styles, Bocelli’s vocals joining Sheeran’s in a sweet, peculiar harmony that’s made even more refined by the way the B3 reproduces vocals.
Better Than, John Butler Trio
Folksy and scattered with peppy vocal moments, the B3 handles these high pops in a more concise and smooth manner without any noticeable sibilance, all while retaining the resolution needed for the listener to immerse themselves in the guitar and the vocals.
Just The Two of Us, Jose James
This track makes apparent how rich and emotive the B3 can sound despite being a dual BA set up, the bass kick and snare drum work wonderfully together, with the B3’s surprisingly natural bass and sweet clear mids making for a tight groove.
What a Wonderful World, Stacey Kent
The B3 highlights the track’s mid-range allowing each emotion and movement within Kent’s voice to shine, showing off the incredible depth and contrast in her vocals.
Payphone, Sungha Jung
Sungha Jung’s virtuosic articulation is with clarity by the B3, allowing the listener to access the nuances tucked away within each pluck and strum, further showing off the B3’s lucidity and clarity
Lorde’s smoky vocals make a statement from the track’s opening, the reverb from the bass beat make Royal a very interesting, textured listen, juxtaposing itself against slightly faster vocals.The B3 presents these contrasts in a nimble, controlled manner that make an intriguing listen.
True Colors, Ane Brun
Brun has an awkward, vulnerable voice that shivers as it sings, something the B3 plays up to an immersive effect.
Billie Jean, The Civil Wars
A folksy interpretation of the Michael Jackson favourite, listen as the singers and instruments layer and harmonise, synergising together to create the grand harmony that serves as the centre of attraction in this track.
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