I have been making a lot of changes to my setup lately. I sold my Soulution 710, and disconnected my Berkeley Alpha DAC II and Alpha USB, Aurender S10 and even my trusted Transporter.
My revised setup is as follow:
- Mac Mini with Pure Music
- Soulution 590
- 2x Devialet D-Premier in Mono Block mode
- DSPeaker AntiMode 2.0 Dual Core
- Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generator with Torus Amplifier
- Magico Q1
The system is much simplified from what I had before, yet, I believe this is giving me the best sound I have ever had.
In my previous post, I talked about the DSpeaker Anti-Mode 8033S-II. It was so good that I ordered their current flagship product, Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core.
So how does it measure?
This is all done with the Torus with 8033S-II (not yet updated with AM2DC yet) and a pair of Q1. This is pretty remarkable. I will be tuning this more, but I am getting a very very smooth response as is. The Q1 alone has plenty of bass extension, but I am currently crossing using the Devialet’s digital crossover, at 100Hz, 2nd order crossover to the Q1. I want to ‘free’ the Q1 up and give it even more headroom and lower the distortion. At the same time, I can place the Q1 where I think they are best in terms of imaging, and let the Torus takes care of the bass.
More to come…
A fantastic little device.
I try this on a Wilson Benesch Torus subwoofer, probably one of the fastest subwoofers on the market.
The Torus is a passive subwoofer which comes with its own dedicated subwoofer amplifier and crossover but lacks automatic equalization which I think is essential for subwoofers.
The Torus was placed in the center of the front wall, mid point between the two main speakers as recommended by Wilson Benesch.
Now, this is the Torus running full bandwidth with no eq.:
As you can see, the Torus has significantly less output after 50Hz without eq.
So how did the 8033S-II do after the calibration?
I am very impressed. With the one 42Hz null, the Torus is now essentially flat from 20Hz to 200Hz. With the 8033S-II in place, the bass is far smoother and has more ‘power’ throughout. Fantastic unit!. Highly recommended!
I watched the Apple WWDC event thinking how life would just be so much simpler if I adopt the Apple ecosystem. From the whole iTunes store/catalog to the iCloud services, I would have access to my music everywhere. I can have all iOS devices accessing all my music all the time. Life would be so simple and wonderful.
But I am cursed. 320kbps of any codec for orchestral music just does not cut it. Yes you hear all the notes on 320kbps, but you miss the nuances, the fine touches, and ultimately, the soul. Apple seems to be standardizing on 256kbps AAC, which I suppose satisfy 99% of the population. How I wish I was one of those 99%.
I always felt Redbook PCM (CD) is already marginal to begin with, and while the whole compressed music trend is being embraced by the new generations, ironically, high resolution formats such as 24/96 to 24/192 files are starting to make their way through speciality download websites but are being ignored by the public in general. I do wish that Apple would at least offer lossless formats as a premium service so people who want to use iTunes but cannot accept anything lower than Redbook could also enjoy their services.