Music flows effortlessly from the Direkt and its lightning speed, potent dynamics and hear-through transparency feels like a speaker with few compromises. The Heco represents a serious new choice for the discerning listener and doubly so if you enjoy low-powered
I kick of listening with Hello by Adele on vinyl. The opening piano notes have fantastic weight and richness. Pianos are notoriously tricky to portray convincingly, but the Direkt gets straight to the point, combining rich timbre with a lightness of touch. Adele’s voice appears centre stage at head height and the Direkt reveals outstanding imaging. Her vocals have real presence and focus and every tiny infection of her voice seems to hang in the air above the speaker. This holographic quality is often the preserve of electrostatic panels, but the Direkt seems equal to the challenge.
By way of contrast I leap back over 400 years and play a hi-res download of Harry Christophers conducting Nisi Dominus from Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. Within the first few bars the Direkt paints a rich, wide and deep tapestry of lush voices and Baroque instrumentation. Here the speaker’s sensitivity gives excellent light and shade between the intimacy of individual voices and the more opulent choral sections in the large acoustic space. It’s this sensitivity that enables quieter elements to be just as communicative as more dramatic dynamics, and the highly nuanced midband performance creates a sumptuous layering of male and female voices alongside a genuine ability to resolve the subtle timbre of the more unusual period instruments used here. The speed of the speakers also helps the excellent timing and so the music just flows through the drivers absolutely unfettered. In short, it’s spellbinding.
The Heco Direkt caught our eye when we read the stunning review of them in Hi Fi Choice. There a relatively few high sensitivity speakers, designed especially for low powered valve amplifiers at this price point in the market. The ingredients wetted our appetite; a quoted 95dB efficiency and a 4-8 ohm impedence. We got in contact with the distributor who sent us a pair over. Immediately we feel in love with the sound. The wide baffle and paper cones give the Heco Direkt an effortless sense of musicality. When paired with the wonderful Audio Note OTO or Audion Silverlight 300B there is a sense that real instruments are being played before you.
Heco Direkt Reviews