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Velodyne SPL-800 Ultra
4.5
(17)
£1,495.00
3 years ago*
Big difference from regular SPL800 which I thought was ok but no more. Holds in with a couple of stars for the one who mostly uses it for music, then the small delay that DSP still means is a little too clear, which makes REL and the gang sound tighter. Then there is always the question of whether it is really worth having such a small sub that still gets a fairly narrow optimal frequency response.
*Edited 22 days
Rotel RB-1572
4.3
(14)
5 years ago*
Bizarre power mixed with a phenomenal speed. Little like a tiger, trained by Mike Tyson, played in double speed. Picked up new pages with old tired speakers that have been standing. Is not high-end which is noticeable when pairing it with more capable speakers, then notice some roughness, lack of flow and cohesion. But this only applies to more capable floors. With simpler speakers or tripods that need control and power it can shine. A little sophistication and it had become a full pot.
*Edited 3 years
Yamaha CD-N301
3.8
(3)
4 years ago*
Inexpensive, sounds good, stable and has all the digital outputs you need to upgrade when that day comes. However, now it is possible to get most features and the same sound quality for significantly less.
*Edited 3 years
Primare I22 DAC
4.7
(9)
3 years ago*
Along with a pair of Elac 310.2 and a Bluesound node 2 and at the price (10 000) as it goes for now it's the watches. Resolution, stereo perspective, balance, all in top. Releases everything and makes some recordings that you previously missed a fantastic experience when you notice all that, as it did not appear before. Most surprised that the dac is such a lift, it goes in eights around bluesound node 2's built-in dac, which, in turn, still managed to keep up with all separate Dacar up to around 8000 I tested. May agree with previous speaker regarding HD11 as well. It added nothing at all compared to the built-in, rather the opposite. Oppos Sonica, I feel as a snap better than the built in I22an, but then we speak a really underdeveloped day for 10,000. Another observation is that the I22 dac is the amplifier that made it easiest to hear the difference between cables. Have driven with 20 different amplifiers at this time and I have not always experienced that cable change made any further difference, but in this case it became very clear when you connected something a bit better both on the signal side and on the speaker side. In this price range I have not heard anything that sounds better.
*Edited 3 years
Oppo Sonica DAC
4.8
(9)
3 years ago*
A sounding sound against previous Musical Fidelity and Hegel dacs. Airy in a very natural way. Brilliant media player on the purchase .. Excellent!
*Edited 3 years
Shure M97xE Pickup
3.8
(4)
4 years ago*
After further testing, I have changed my mind. This is a totally ok pickup, a little lack of resolution, feels resolved. Perhaps poor synergy with the player, but most of it got better when I switched to Ortofon silver.
*Edited 3 years
Audiolab M-DAC
4.5
(7)
£495.00
5 years ago*
Compared to Dacar from Hegel, Meridian and Rotel. M-DAC lets you adjust, great sound, good dynamic and very detailed, maybe something gray in its appearance, you can tweak with different filters and settings for those who want, can be used as extensions and have a great headphone step. However, for my part, loses quite clearly against Hegel's HD11.
*Edited 3 years
Bose QuietComfort 25 for Apple Devices
4
(75)
£224.00
6 years ago*
Grim noise reduction, however, with the usual prudent background hum available in all noise canceling headphones. No one notices if you have music on, even extremely low volumes but if one decides to put on his headphones in a quiet room and turn on the noise reduction it is reflected. Bit pointless but still good to know about buying and testing them at home. Having said that reduces the background noise from the traffic in my apartment in Stockholm in a fantastic way, started to walk around with them at home, even without music ... The sound then, new out of the box they sounded really not fun, the base was uncontrolled and strange, they were at times sharp and seemed to have a really bad day in general. These headphones need to lie and play for a little while, need not take long at all, quickly becomes better, I pulled on the volume and played a disc after it worth it amazing much better. So, when you unpack them, drive them started and let it sit for an hour or so. You'll be a lot happier ... Maybe my copy but I have experienced the same thing with both my Sennheiser (HD 25 and 650) which took much longer time to be recorded. Once recorded, they have a nice, pleasant sound character that feels focused on not tire the listener and create music as a whole, not standalone details. They are not nearly as rap and "exact" such as HD25 headphones but tillochmed I like the hi-fi enthusiast notice that I go around with Bose headphones very often. The audio profile and noise suppression makes them a great fit for listening to a little lower volume. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the sound of dragging on but where I find myself constantly like to raise with my Sennheiser I notice that I can do with much lower volume of Bose headphones and still dig the music. There is so much difference I guess that Bose headphones will lead to that I may preserve my hearing a significant number of extra years than if I would not wear them everyday / commuter lit up. Conclusion: Yes, there are tricks that sounds more hifi, more detailed, more accurate, with a larger soundstage and all high-fidelity parameters one can enumerate. Sennheiser HD25 is a good example, they are cheaper and sounds better. But, I who have both and have a ridiculously expensive stereo, use the Bose headphones a lot more than my Sennheiser. They make life more relaxed, making it more quietly listening to music, traveling by train, sitting in a cafe and work or even be home in an apartment in town and is so comfortable to both carry and listen to that I have them to me in season and out. So, expensive, yes, but if you count cent per hourly use, they are a bargain. And since they clearly do not have any ambition to be number one in terms of accurate high fidelity reproduction, it becomes top grades, they are simply crazy good at what they purport to be.
*Edited 3 years
Rotel RC-1570
3.4
(3)
£945.00
5 years ago*
Overall a good fortune. Not the same sound as a purely digital or a purely analogue, but instead has much more features. Sure, an analogue step without vinyl steps for the same price will be cheaper but Dacen is in my ears a good 6000 crown dac, it does not really play with my old Hegel HD10 and M-DAC, the vinyl step is without a problem resolved in 1500 crowns class. So, sure it's a compromise, but getting around compromise costs.
*Edited 3 years
Guru Junior
4.6
(8)
£900.00
4 years ago*
Balanced, huge sound image, a bass that made several friends ask what I'm driving with for sub even though there was no sub, super-resolved without being sharp ..
*Edited 4 years
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