I agree that when expectations are super high it is natural to be more critical at less than expected SQ than if expectations weren’t as high. That’s human nature
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Hate to say it but bass sounds a bit much and not as tight as I'd ideally like it, second and third tracks. Not in room so can't say for sure. Maybe comes down to personal preferences and maybe you think it sounds perfect - I wouldn't argue. But if me I'd be looking to tame a bit. Don't take it as a negative, still sounds amazing. Just one person's opinion.
On the idea of G1 (or the top Rel, whatever it is called) subwoofers helping out the 20.7, don't discount the idea that they could help out the Alexia 2's also. As I've mentioned before here, I've heard them improve Alexx, the step up from Alexia 2.
You can tell when WC is super satisfied with his component mix like he is now with Alexx, Gryphon, Boulder because that is when he gets heavy into cables and accessories.
The last time it happened was when he had Sasha DAW, Collosseum, m900u and c900u (remember all the cable shootouts and conditioner shootouts), and now it appears to be happening again.
Sorry Wilson haters, but the Alexx will likely be here for awhile....
Only question at this point is "Wenge" or "Violin Red." I say "Wenge"
I'll expand more. Just my opinion, and not claiming to be expert (far from it).
I thought 13A bass was not only overwhelming but also sloppy. Not tight at all. Loose and boomy. Assuming room correction can fix.
I didn't think the midrange and highs were great either. Preferred Maggies. Thought clarity much better there. Granted the Maggies are more settled in.
I also don't care which of these two wins. But I think it'll be fun.
I doubt if too many hate a brand of anything just for the sake of it.
Perhaps they just don’t like how it sounds.
Nothing wrong with that, as long as the criticisms are reasoned and not over the top or full of hyperbole.
Let’s see how it goes
My guess is that this speaker gets replaced by AlexxV within 2 months
Crazy - I had just come upstairs tonight after listening to a long set of Dire Straits on my ARC/Spendor system, concluding with Romeo & Juliet (my personal favorite DS tune) and You and Your Friend. Eerie.
Anyway, I preferred the Wilsons. To me when the switchover occurred, it sounded like the Focals were missing some sound layers in the mids as compared to the DAWs. The Focals sounded like a wider soundstage, but it was almost like a big stadium that was half full with half the excitement - something was missing - like too much social distancing with the presentation in a negative way (ugh, can’t even make an audio comparison without slipping into virus jargon...).
The DAWs sounded fuller and more beautiful to me across the sound spectrum, more intimate like a packed smaller venue just teeming with excitement and energy. Good video, thanks.
What I sincerely wish is that the sanctimonious know-it-alls would actually recognize when the OP calls them out by name and asks them to stop. Just go read OPs last post for an example. Or any of the countless other examples of OP sometimes subtly and other times brute force directly asking the offenders to knock it off.
It’s a pattern that has recurred ad infinitum over these 190+ pages. Eventually, thankfully, the perpetrators tend to finally get it for awhile, but sadly, and all too often, only for awhile....
Yeah dealer shilling isn’t needed. Fine, the dealer stated his case. Once was enough (and I know it’s more than once). We don’t need to hear about those speakers any more ON THIS THREAD unless or until WC actually decides to test them. If he does, then by all means. But so far he hasn’t despite too many suggestions he should. So move on. Beyond that it’s just bothersome noise. That’s my opinion anyway. Go start another thread on those speakers and have at it!
It’s entertainment, nothing more. Something to pass the time in these crazy times. What’s the harm? Don’t take it for more than it is. Arguably a better gauge of one's personal preference for sound than blindly relying solely on a mag or website reviewer’s personal perceptions, without hearing at all oneself, right, or at least no less "bizarre?"
And V please stop the nonsense that clarity even at the possible expense of emotional engagement is "better." For you and a minority of listeners, perhaps (and that’s fine - I won’t try to dissuade you from what you like). The problem comes when you try to project that view onto everyone, or belittle views that do not align with it.
I submit that most audiophiles want a sound quality that makes them forget everything and provides the best enjoyment of the music; that they can listen to for hours on end at the volume they prefer without fatigue or loss of engagement. You throw the word "euphonic" around as a pejorative, again and again.
I’ll say it again. Your descriptions of what WC likes (or should like) are themselves EUPHONIC to his actual reviews, in the truest sense of the word. Your attempted colorations, yes colorations, (see above for just one example: "WC seems to be in love with the specific euphonic flavor of the Lux 900") contaminate, yes contaminate, WC’s reviews in a bothersome and tedious way. Let his reviews speak for themselves, without characterizing them to meet your sense of what is "best." We are all smart enough to make our own judgments about what he says and how to interpret what he says as it pertains to our preferences.
To be clear, my suggestion is not personal - I’m sure you’re a fine chap, and you often post interesting observations. You were doing so well since the turning of the yearly calendar page.... Don’t stop posting; just please stop putting down or making snide comments like the above quoted re those whose views on sound don’t align with yours.
WC, which integrated is that in the video? Lux's numbers are all so similar. I think you said 509 but 30w class A seems closer to the current 590 int than the current 509??? Just want to be sure I know what that is in the video. Thx! I have no familiarity with Lux and they all look very similar too.
I like when you give pronouncements like, "best for the money." That's helpful to those of us on budgets.
Seems in last video that WC gives very clear statement that in his opinion, the best amps at $10k and $20k pricepoints are both Luxman. He is emphatic in his conclusion.
I wonder if anyone will try to gaslight and convince us that WC did not say that or does not really think that, but instead prefers something else at those levels????
Which speaker is #1 and which is #2? Or is that intended to be part of the suspense? The Dynaudios were never shown, and DAWs remained in same spot for both clips, meaning dyns (assuming they were playing in one of two) had positioning very different than daws. Not saying that’s wrong just an observation.
My tongue in cheek conspiracy theory is both were daw with different power conditioners (Denali and AQ). 😂
Oh, forgot that one. Got a gold, silver and bronze ranking on your preferred SQ for those three (with caveats that you had them at different times with different equipment, but you are experienced and can probably extrapolate), and in particular which perhaps come closest to your preferred non-class-D amps? (if it’s not asking too much, some of us are class D fans and cool to see how you stack them up since many of us haven’t owned any of those three, let alone all three). I don't think this specific class D comparison question has ever been asked of you. Thanks!
This is a side question, but which class D amps has WC reviewed over the course of this thread (outside of his initial, very first posting where he listed like 30 amps, some of which were class D, but I think most/all of which were surpassed in his opinion by the later stuff (ie, stuff since first post))?
I remember Rowland 925's and Bel Canto Black, and he seemed to really like both at the time. But I'm struggling to remember any others. Anyone remember, or were those two the only class D?