I am going to jump in here. As all who have dealt with Klaus can attest, there is a very significant wait time (some might say interminable) for equipment. That said, good things come to those who wait. I have been a long time Odyssey customer, having owned a Tempsest pre-amp, Stratos Stereo, Stratos Monos, and finally a pair of RG4s that Klaus built back in 2002 (or thereabouts). I've also owned a pair of SL Legatos since that time.
Well, about a year ago, Klaus and I started discussions regarding not just an upgrade, but in essence what amounts to a complete system replacement - (i) Candela pre; (ii) Suspiro reference phono; (iii) Kismet monos; (iv) SL CD player; (v) pair of Liquids; and (vi) Van den Hul Condor (soon to be upgraded to a Colibri). After what has seemed like a more than extended Christmas season waiting for Santa, yesterday was Christmas come in March. My Kismet monos, Suspiro reference, and Liquids (a bit of a story here) arrived. Like the rest of the group that has received goodies from Klaus, I was gobsmacked. The amps and the Suspiro are totally gorgeous (that's not to take away from the Liquids - just that I was so anxious for my electronics). I spent a significant amount of time with set up yesterday, fine tuning, and after about 3 hours believe I have it nailed (now I know why it takes Klaus as long as it does to do a proper set up at an audio show).
What puzzled me most during my set up, was "how does Klaus do it?" And by that, I mean how does he package those amps. These things are beasts. It was enough for me to get them from my van upstairs to my listening area while they were fully boxed. When I cracked them open, they were professionally packed and wrapped. I had to struggle just getting these things out of the boxes because of how massive they are. If getting them out is that much work, I don't know how he gets them in easily.
Anyway, now the fun begins. Going to need a significant amount of break in time. The amps, phono, and Liquids sounded awesome right out of the box - so can hardly wait for the break in time to run. Also can't wait for the arrival of the Candela - as I have it from more than one source that the synergistic sound of the Candela matched with the Kismets is another audio pleasure to behold. Just as Klaus has been doing at shows as of late, I am using a loom of Magnan cables and interconnects (replaced my Nordost Blue Heavens). So have really looked to replicate (but at a higher level) what Klaus has been showcasing ever since he introduced the Liquids.
Klaus, thanks again. I know that I have been anxious and probably more annoying than you would have liked. The reality is, if your stuff wasn't so damn good, people wouldn't be so anxious to get their hands on it. Kudos to you!!!