A hymn that expresses gratitude to every day we exist. Far from the rustic approach that Eleanor Farjeon envisioned, in the hands of Cat Stevens, Morning Has Broken took on a whole new dimension, affirming the simple life and an individual’s search for values. Disarmingly deceptive simple vocals along with the genius piano work of Rik Wakeman, brought refreshing, emotional fortitude to a humble tune. The track has been a favourite of mine for over 3 decades, and I have heard and relished it in all formats, right from cassettes [still have an original tape with me], CD, FLAC and most recently, on vinyl. So when I visited Rembrandt Labs Suite at CES Las Vegas 2020 for a demo of the Rembrandt Labs Model V and Founder and CEO Ray Imblum played ‘Morning Has Broken’, I knew what to expect.
Except, it turned out, that was not the case. A few minutes into the recording, I found myself emotional, tears in my eyes, deep in thought and totally submerged in the sheer beauty of the words and the uplifting voice of Cat.
I asked myself, how did this simple song, one that I had heard so many times before, resonate so differently?
Ray, an engineer for over 50 years with a long stint at NASA, had a simple explanation: Engineering with a goal to create an emotional experience for listeners unlike any other. Design aspects include nonparallel sides to ensure reduced distortion, and an expanded soundscape and pioneering tech, including a Distributed Mode Planar Transducer and a Helmholtz Chamber. The Model V powered stand speakers let you experience 100db of massive room-filling sound while staying under 0.1% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) over the full range of the speaker.
Watch this space for a full review of the Rembrandt Labs Model V!
The Rembrandt Labs Model V powered stand speakers retail at $3,500 for a pair