If you really want to impartially compare two audio products, there are two conditions that must be fulfilled, you really shouldn't know which component you are listening to ,so the comparison should be un-sighted.
The second is the outputs of both devices should be level-matched to within .1dB.
Your brain hears something louder and most always assumes louder equals better.
I would like to thank Serge Auckland for all of his technical assistance, he recommended a voltmeter with the correct range, which would be suitable for my purpose.
The meter used is a REK RVT-322 available for around £100 from Ebay. It is a dual channel un...
Just arrived Kii THREE's in light metallic silver,
Set-up in preparation for the arrival of our first 'Kii control' ,the remote for the Kii THREE which can be used to control all of the Kiis' functions, and even some that are not currently actionable, for example the Kiis have an 'auto-off' function, which can be turned off via the remote.
The Kii 'control ' should really have been released with the speakers because it turns the Kiis into a complete system ,everything is already built in, preamp ,power amps, dacs,adcs, volume attenuation , latency mode, boundary and contour filters .
Now it is no longer necessary to reach behind t...
Purité Audio's first pair of Dutch&Dutch loudspeakers arrive this week, their 8C model, Martijn Mensink is D&Ds acoustician and designer of the 8C,we were discussing the specification of the 8C and whether the addition of a subwoofer would be beneficial even though in standard form the 8C extends down to 20Hz at only -3dB, below Martijn's reply.
In theory the advantage of a cardioid is that it excites more modes (it is both a velocity source and a pressure source), whereas a dipole (velocity source) and a monopole (pressure source) excite fewer modes but transfer more energy to them. In my experience this might indeed be an ad...
I first heard Christof Faller's 'Illusonic' processors at the Munich Hi-End show, Christof was demonstrating a simple three speaker multi channel set-up, using the Illusonic IAP processor to switch between two speaker 'stereo' and three channel ,the Illusonic has a clever 'up mix' facility that allows you to up mix ordinary CDs into multi-channel.
The Illusonic can up-mix or play multi-channel files natively, just one of its innovative features.
The difference when Christof switched to 'tri-field' was incredible, the soundstage was solid,palpable, ordinary stereo seemed flat in comparison.
The Avantgarde 'Zero' horns arrived this morning, the design and execution of the packaging is excellent the speakers themselves exude quality, I am not sure from which material they are manufactured ABS perhaps but they look and feel great.
Convert kindly lent me the semi-passive versions, bass is active and the mids and treble can be driven by the amp of your choice. I used Benchmarks AHB2 amp and the Illusonic IAP processor as preamp, files were Tidal via ROON.
Here are the Zero's next to the Cessaro 'Liszt' ,
The Zero's are extremely versatile in that the bass can be adjusted, Avantgarde can supply a room correction kit, microp...
Dutch & Dutch as their name would suggest are a young technology led loudspeaker manufacturer based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, their offices are actually 10 metres below sea level!
Purité Audio receive our first pair of their 8C monitors next week, the 8C measurements are to say the least spectacular, the best I have ever seen, better perhaps than even the Kii THREE's!
Here are 'our' 8C's on the bench, Dutch&Dutch are are one of the new generation of loudspeaker manufacturers,they are not hide bound by any traditional ideas or by their own existing loudspeaker range.
Dutch&Dutch, kii Audio and Bang & Olufsen ( their Beo...