Before asking my question, let me give the necessary background. Readers that are comfortable with the language of universal and reduced compact quantum groups may skip the following two sections.

**Definition:** A pair $(A, \Delta)$ is called $C^*$-algebraic compact quantum group if $A$ is a unital $C^*$-algebra and $\Delta: A \to A \otimes A$ is a unital $*$-morphism that is coassociative and satisfies the quantum density rules.

**Definition:** A pair $(A, \Delta)$ is called an algebraic compact quantum group if $(A, \Delta)$ is a Hopf$^*$-algebra together with a positive functional that is both left and right invariant.

**Some constructions**. Full details can be found in e.g. Timmerman's book "An invitation to quantum groups and duality".

(1) Given a $C^*$-algebraic compact quantum group $(A, \Delta)$, we can define the space of matrix coefficients of unitary finite-dimensional corepresentations. This becomes an algebraic compact quantum group for the induced comultiplication and the Haar state. Constructing the antipode and the counit takes some work.

(2) Given an algebraic compact quantum group $(A, \Delta)$, one can associate two C*-algebraic compact quantum groups:

(i) The universal one: This is the $C^*$-envelope of the space of matrix coefficients.

(ii) The reduced one: One forms the associated universal $C^*$-algebraic compact quantum group $(A_u, \Delta_u)$ as in (i) and considers the Haar state $h_u:A_u \to \mathbb{C}$ on this quantum group. One then considers the associated GNS representation $\pi_u: A_u \to B(H_u)$ with respect to $h_u$ and gives $A_r := \pi_u(A_u)$ the structure of a compact quantum group by extending the comultiplication $\Delta$ on $A$.

Now, let $(A, \Delta)$ be a $C^*$-algebraic compact quantum group and let $(A_0, \Delta_0)$ be the space of matrix coefficients, which has the structure of an algebraic compact quantum group.

With this algebraic compact quantum group, we can associate $(A_r, \Delta_r)$ as in $(ii)$ (thus first consider the universal compact quantum group and consider the GNS-image).

However, in the literature, the following construction also occurs:

One considers the Haar state on $(A, \Delta)$ and one associated the GNS representation $\pi_h: A \to B(H_h)$ to it. One then defines $\widetilde{A}_r = \pi_h(A)$ and shows that the comultiplication $\Delta:A_0\to A_0\odot A_0$ extends to a comultiplication on $\widetilde{A}_r$ (note that the Haar measure is faithful on $A_0$, so that $\pi_h$ is injective on $A_0$). Thus, this construction "skips the universal compact quantum group".

I have the impression that $A_r$ and $\widetilde{A}_r$ are used interchangeably, so they must be somehow related.

**Question:** How are these $C^*$-algebraic compact quantum groups related? Are they canonically isomorphic? I.e. do we have $\pi_u(A_u)\cong \pi_h(A).$