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RE: good measuring speakers

Well, you will be interested to know that last Saturday I had a friend come over and bring his Devialet 120 to hook up to my Odeon horns.

The result was...ok actually. It is smooth and the highs were not as disturbing as I usually find them with Class D. Bass was also surprisingly good (ok we boosted the Devialet by 4.5db...it has some eq function built in). However, and for me this is a big, HOWEVER, the soundstage and images within that soundstage flattened out considerably, thus significantly lessening the realism effect from the music. My friend heard this as well, sighed, and said he was happy it sounded as good as it did on the horns. He has Reference 3a speakers and I have heard this Devialet on those speakers too and it sounded better on the Odeons.

That was with digital. With analog (feeding the TT directly into the Devialet as it has my cartridge on file) it was not so great and we listened rather briefly to it this way because it was a rather large step back from my rig (Silvaweld phono pre, NAT Plasma pre, Ayon Crossfire III).

Resolution between the two systems (devialet vs. toobs) was pretty similar (i.e. there were no ear opening revelations from one to the other in terms of details and small sounds) but micro and macro dynamics were better served with the toobs and the above mentioned spatial qualities (more open and yet more 3d and palpable with the toob rig). The net effect was realism factor was significantly higher whereas Devialet kind of overdamped things. Not too badly, mind you, it was a pretty decent listen and if you didn't compare/contrast you might even really like that sound. In the end we went back to my setup and I was like AH and my friend was nodding his head as well. Still, he paid relatively little for his Devialet compared to my rig so he was satisfied on that point.

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