put that yamaha A-S3000 with the right speakers and your get loads of bass control and warmth i do with my dali opticon 8sQuestForThe13thNote said:Sorry Ellis but I walked in and straight out of this room. This was one of the worst performing hi Fi’s at the whole show, as well as some monitor audio speakers around £500 on the end of some roksan amps which sounded really bright. The Yamaha was going for transparency but had no decent control of bass or any warmth to the sound.
I didn't spend much time in there either. Presuming Yamaha have done a good job with the speakers, it sounded like they needed something a little more in line with what they're capable of.QuestForThe13thNote said:Sorry Ellis but I walked in and straight out of this room. This was one of the worst performing hi Fi’s at the whole show, as well as some monitor audio speakers around £500 on the end of some roksan amps which sounded really bright. The Yamaha was going for transparency but had no decent control of bass or any warmth to the sound.
Sugden/Proac is a magic combination....and can see how it would work with Cyrus + TT. Clever synergy.QuestForThe13thNote said:What did you guys think of the £2k pro ac dt8, sugden a21se same price I think, with a Cyrus phono signature and tt?. I though that a terrific sound.
totally agree with you on the monitor audio and roksan as I think I already said. I went in and straight out it was so sharp. The wilsons were good with devialet amps but the phantoms pretty pants. I did have one of those isotek premier evos. Regrettably it didn’t make a difference in my system so I sold it.Kubs said:I went yesterday - took the family with me (wife and two young daughters 4, & 2). The girls loved the show, lots of space to run around, loud music and colourful lights ...
Anyway, the room that impressed me was hosted by Ultimate Stream (I think) where I heard a pair of Amphion Krypton (I think - very large floorstand), powered by a T&A amp and was fed by a Merging Streamer/DAC. Wide spacious sound with pressence (not in your face). They swapped the speakers out for a pair of AEquo Ensis model - ununual looking speaker but had a great sound - very wide soundstage.
I hadnt heard of the Merging or AEquo so when I got home I thought I'd do some research but 5 mins in, I lost interest ...... the price!
Ophidian also made an impression - I happened to walk into the room when they had a pair of Minimo on demo - tiny speakers but the sound they made was unvelievable - very impressive. I'd love to hear the rest of their range.
The Musical Fidelity room was great too: Encore > Nu Vista 800 > KEF REF 1: lovely sound - rich and powerful.
Probably the worst sound (for me) was the new monitor audio (the ones recently reviewed by WHF) powered by Roksan - very bright, grinding, headache inducing sound (IMO!).
I left the family in the bar area while I looked around some more - my wife brought along a friend (proseccos' in hand) and kids where running around, so they were happy while I went off.
The Devialet room was great - didnt hear the Phantoms (not that interested anyway) but I did hear one their amps powering some Wilsons (not sure of model but they look like transformers) - the speakers just disappeared, it was like you were in a concert hall listening to a 16 piece orchestra.
I didnt leave empty handed - got myself a power lead: Isotek Evo 3 Premier.
absolutely. I bought it before I knew that from what lots are saying, and just as a test. But if you were buying 6 or 7 of these for different components I’d sooner buy a mains conditioner or mains regenerator for the money instead. I reckon it would have more an impact assuming ones system benefits it or it benefits the system. Tried an isol 8 mini sub axis at home and that worked really well. The isotek stuff works well, like the Aquarius. Expensive though.ellisdj said:Need do the whole system with them - just changing one is not going to show the full benefit, bear that in mind
Make sure you can return it, just in case.Kubs said:The best results were achieved swapping out the amp power cord ... The resolution and separation improved. When I tried the cable on the DAC the sound lost some weight.
I may order another for the DAC as ellis suggests.