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In Reply to: RE: Devialet Expert 200 (A game changer) posted by morricab on April 02, 2017 at 14:20:39
A few of us did some extended listening with the 200 vs. my custom tube amp setup. Here is what was noticed:
On some recordings, the Devialet 200 sounded better than the tube setup. The recordings that preferred the Devialet tended to be high resolution classical piano concertos, symphonies, and most studio rock/jazz offerings.
On other recordings, the tube amps provided a degree of warmth that is often associated with realism. These recordings tended to be live DVD rock/blues recordings. This was not the case with live classical recordings.
Piano music almost always sounded more like a real instrument on the Devialet. The Devialet also had more transparency and inner detail. It seemed to be better with older recordings from the late 40's through the early 60's.
No doubt personal preference play a part into people's preferences. These days, I primarily attend live non-amplified classical music, which has changed my perspective of what a reference playback system should sound like.
"What this country needs is a good 5 watt amplifier!" (Paul Klipsch)
Edits: 04/02/17Follow Ups:
Piano reproduction does require power for any accurate power and timbre , as to the Devialet , i do find them pretty good with the right load and is definetly worth a look ...
A friend has the Devialet 400 monoblocks, which is basically a monoblock that evolves from integrating the two Devialet 200 that's driving his KEF Blades speakers. I would agree with morricab's assertion that largely the Devialet sounded awesome in all aspect of music reproduction however, it's lacking that organic component of sound, which makes the music more involving. Even my friend said that to me first before I even open my mouth with regards to my opinion on the overall sound characteristics of his system, which saves me from apologizing later.
But despite that, he still loves it and intend of keeping it, until he finds another power amp that will play nicely with the KEF Blades speakers in the future.
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