Time for a final review:
Been listening to these extensively for a couple of weeks now and think I’ve reached a final conclusion. It has taken this time for me to acclimatise myself to the different sound presentation these generate: it is clearer, more accurate, more defined, more detailed, and more delicate than anything I have previously heard. What I initially thought was brightness and thinness is actually better control and definition.
The volume control isn’t a louder button it’s more akin to a “more” button. You appear get exactly the same at low volumes as you do at higher volumes, it just feels smaller, increasing in size as the volume is increased. This is wonderful for my neighbours as a nice listening level is now 60dB peak, whereas on the old system it was 75dB before you felt it was beginning to open up nicely. Haven’t pushed the volume much past 75dB as we are still in a lockdown situation. Allied to the DB1’s low level abilities this set-up fares exceptionally well at low volume listening.
I played with speaker positioning and have found that the existing distance between speakers is optimal, the only change has been listening on axis with the speaker face pointing directly at the listening position.
Bad recordings can sound frail, they are not embellished, but are treated fairly with a softness and compassion which doesn’t make them sound too jarring. Good recordings sound stellar whether on CD or SACD... still haven’t spun any records yet.
I have treated the amp and speakers to new QED speaker cables, didn’t hear any difference, I didn’t expect to and didn’t listen for any anyway, I just wanted a cable with a smarter dinner jacket.
All in all I am very chuffed with these Ruby’s. They may not suit everyone’s ear but they certainly suit mine.
Mark me a very happy man