2020-09-20 / IX. International record competition "Grand Prix du Disque Frederic Chopin"

On the 11th of September 2020 in the National Institute of Fredric Chopin in Warsaw took place final hearings of records submitted to the competition. P.A. LABS company had a privilege to participate in this event as a supplier of audio equipment of the highest class.

The GigaWatt PC-4 EVO conditioner and the Marton Opusculum Reference 3 amplifier were used in the referential system of playing records during the IX. International record competition "Grand Prix du Disque Frederic Chopin".

Many specialists believe the piano to be the most difficult instrument to be properly recreated by the audio devices. We are proud that our products have fulfilled all the expectations of the high jury, head of which this year was professor Bronisława Kawalla.

The host of the competition is The Frederic Chopin Society which mission is expanding the knowledge of Frederic Chopin and promoting his works. The goal of the competition, of which the first edition took place in 1985, is disseminating and rewarding the best Chopin records by phonographic studios all around the world.

The following devices of the Hi-End audio class have been used for the referential playback of the submitted records:

  • GigaWatt PC-4 EVO+ power conditoner by P.A. LABS
  • Marton Opusculum Reference 3 amplifier by P.A. LABS
  • GigaWatt LS-2 EVO power cords by P.A. LABS
  • CDT3-MK2 CD transport by Jay’s Audio
  • DAC 2-Signature converter by Jay’s audio
  • Revolution 9 speakers by ESA
  • Edge Series power cords by Metrum Lab
  • Edge Series interconnects by Metrum Lab
  • Edge Series speaker cables by Metrum Lab
  • Edge Series digita linterconnect by Metrum Lab

Jury evaluated 51 albums, (one or two discs) submitted by 7 phonographic companies.

Since the 9th edition of "Grand Prix du Disque Frederic Chopin" Warsaw 2020 competition the awards have been given in 3 main categories.

  • Recordings played on modern instruments (done after the 1st January 2020)
  • Recordings played on historic instruments (done after the 1st January 2020)
  • Re-editions of historic recordings (done before the 1st January 2020)

The list of the full jury and all the awards can be found here