Another eloquent review. As I hoped, perhaps this is indeed the beginning of a new era of subtle 49 write-ups, and not the end at all. I am crossing fingers for a significantly larger room once you move that will force a whole stream of purposeful commentaries on larger loudspeakers. Bring on the Dev / Quad ESL review!matt49 said:Some quick and dirty initial impressions of the Dev after 24 hours of ownership.
It’s hard not to lapse into pretentious metaphors here. Bear with me. If I said the presentation was smooth, you’d know what I meant. Not the slightest hint of roughness anywhere. The complete absence of grit in the top end is remarkable. Even when pushed to the limits of my hearing’s tolerance, it’s utterly smooth.
And if I said it was sharp, i.e. percussive strikes cut like a razor (particularly noticeable in the higher register of the piano), again you’d find that pretty clear.
What this is leading up to is that the combination of smoothness and sharpness is extraordinary. It has the quality of (cue pretentious metaphor) a cut diamond. That’s the best I can do.
I’m also enjoying the long decays. In the wine business people talk about a wine’s length, how long the flavour lingers on the palate after the wine’s slipped down. 30 seconds is good. Two minutes is exceptional. Somehow with the Dev the decay of acoustic instruments remains audible for longer. I guess that may be something to do with the fact that the noise floor is so low.
OK, enough already.