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January 2013:
The Talea receives the TONEAudio Magazine Publisher’s Choice Award for 2012!

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Durand Tonearms was at the C.E.S. in the Estelon / Alfred & Partners room at the Venetian, January 8-11. The Talea was on a Hanss T60 turntable, with the Ortofon Winfeld cartridge; electronics by Vitus Audio, cabling by Kubala Sosna. Speakers were the Estelon X-Diamond.

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The Talea on the Hanss T60 at CES (photo courtesy of My-hiend):

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We were also at T.H.E Show, in the Playback Designs room, where a Telos was running on the Wave Kinetics NVS turntable, with the Ortofon MC Anna cartridge; electronics by DarTZeel and Playback Designs, and speakers and cables by Evolution Acoustics.


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The Telos on the Wave Kinetics NVS at T.H.E. Show 2013 (photo courtesy of My-hiend):

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December 2012:
Durand Tonearms received the
2012 Circuitus Maximus Award from Positive Feedback Online! Thanks, PFO !!

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July 2012:
Durand Tonearms was at the Capital AudioFest in the Washington DC area, July 13-15. The Telos was on a Verdier turntable, Suite 219.

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June 2012:
The Talea II was noticed by The Absolute Sound’s Paul Seydor; read about it here.
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Durand Tonearms received the
Audio Oasis Award from Positive Feedback Online, for its contribution in the Blue LightAudio room at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach 2012!

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Durand Tonearms was back at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA, June 1-3, 2011. The Telos™ was playing on the Wave Kinetics NVS, with an Ortofon MC Anna cartridge, in the Blue Light Audio room (418, at the Hilton--electronics by DarTZeel and speakers by Evolution Acoustics) and the Talea™ on a Hanss T-60 turntable with an Ortofon MC Winfeld cartridge, in the Lotus Group room (313 at the Atrium--electronics by Esoteric, speakers by Lotus Group).

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The Talea II in the Lotus room, on the Hanss T-60 turntable (photo courtesy of TAS)

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January 2012:
Durand Tonearms was at the 2012 CES and T.H.E. Show, January 10-13. The Talea II was playing in two rooms:
- CES, in the Venetian Hotel; Room 29-133, on a Palmer 2.5 Turntable, with the Jan Allaerts MC1B MKII cartridge, courtesy of Sonare Coeli, in conjunction with Estelon / Alfred & Partners.
Equipment also included Estelon speakers, Concert Fidelity amplification, Kubala Sosan cables, Running Springs power conditioners.

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The Talea in the Estelon / Alfred & Partners room at CES:

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- T.H.E. Show, in the Flamingo Hotel: Valley of Fire Boardroom, the Lotus Group had a Talea II on a Hanss T-60 turntable (with Hanss rack), with the Lyra Olympos cartridge.
Equipment also included Lotus Group Granada G2 speakers, SMc Audio VRE-1C Remote Controller Amplifier, WAVAC electronics (HE-833MkII, MD-805Mk-II amplifiers; PR-T1 preamplifier; LCR-X2 Phono Equalizer Amplifiers), PranaWire cables.

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And the Talea in the Lotus Group room at T.H.E. Show:

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November 2011:
An interview of Joel Durand with Dagogo’s Laurence Borden came out in November. You can read it
here.

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October 2011:

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Durand Tonearms was in Room 1117 (Playback Designs), Suite 1130 (Galibier Design) and Room 517 (Estelon Speakers/Alfred and Partners)
Here is the photo of the Telos™ and Talea™ on the Wave Kinetics NVS that was in room 1117:

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August 2011:
The Talea™ II has been chosen by the London-based mastering studio ELECTRIC MASTERING to check their test pressings!
A photo of the Garrard 301 with the Talea™ can be seen in our
What they say section.
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Durand Tonearms received the
Audio Oasis Award from Positive Feedback Online, for its contribution in the Blue LightAudio room at 2011 T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach! The Talea™ II was mounted on a Wave Kinetics NVS turntable, with an Ortofon MC A90 cartridge doing groove duty.

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July 2011:
The Talea™ was at the Capital Audiofest July 8-10, 2011, in the Albright Room.

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June 2011:
Durand Tonearms was at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA, June 3-5, 2011. The Talea™ was in the Blue Light Audio (418) and ModWright (217) rooms.

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May 2011:
Durand Tonearms was at the Lone Star Audio Fest 2011, May 13-15, in Dallas, Texas, in the Found Music room.

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January 2011:

REPORT from 2011 CES and T.H.E. Show: the
Blue Light Audio room was voted Best sound at the shows by Positive Feedback while it was playing vinyl--with the Talea™, on the Wave Kinetics NVS turntable!
The Talea™ was on the new
Wave Kinetics NVS turntable at The Home Entertainment (T.H.E.) Show at the Flamingo during CES, in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2011. It was in the Blue Light Audio room, 4044. Thanks to all our visitors who stopped by!
You can find a link to a review of the Talea™ at T.H.E. Show from the online magazine Positive Feedback
here.

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November 2010:
Joel Durand is appointed
University of Washington Entrepreneurial Fellow, in recognition for his work on developing the Talea™ and bringing it to production.
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We’ve added a new section:
Great recordings. We’re hoping to compile in the next few months a selective list of great analog recordings--not just audiophile-quality stuff, but simply excellent music in all genres. Come back regularly as we update the list.

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October 2010:
The 2nd generation Talea™ was introduced at the 2010 RMAF in Denver. It was on display in the Galibier and Deadalus suites, as well as in the TT Weights Audio room. This new version includes features that some of you have requested: an arm rest, and a different, more ergonomic system for tightening the VTA tower, as well as several other improvements. There are numerous changes in materials in the arm base, as well as for the armwand.
You can find links for a number of reviews of the Talea™
here (scroll down to the 2010 Rocky Mountain paragraph).

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September 2010:
New section in the Support Page: Customers’ Corner.
Here you will find some useful information about the Talea™, such as the User Guide, mounting templates, arc protractors, and Tips and Tricks. Don’t hesitate to email us your ideas and tricks that you’ve discovered while using the Talea™. We will share them in that section. Thanks!


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June 2010:

The Talea™has been in production since March 2010, and the first batch has sold out. A big THANKS to our first customers!

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March 2010:
The first production unit of the TALEA™ was on display at the
Audio Expo North America in Jacksonville (FL), in the Lee Island Audio room (March 5-7, 2010).
See a short review of the Talea™ at the Axpona in Dagogo

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October 2009:
2009 RMAF, Denver, Colorado: first public showing of a prototype of the TALEA™, in the Galibier room

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