I like them a lot. The improvements they bring are subtle but well worth the expence. They seem to clean up treble, reducing any "hash" and harshness but without softening the presentation.
22 responses Add your response
I use them on my Soundlab U1. My findings are much like Markxii, but feel the bass is enhanced and overall distortion reduced as well.
We also tested Walker HDL on ProAc Future Ones, Vandersteen 5 and Dynaudio Evidence Temptations with nearly identical performance gains in each case.
This is positive (and unusual) in that they appear to be neither system nor equipment dependant.
I've had them for the past three years on my Dunlavy IVa's. I love them, they do take layers! of hash away and allow better vision into the soundstage. I use two pairs, one on the bass and the other pair on the mid/treble. I have taken them off in the past year just to hear if they really mattered, they went right back on. A must have cheap (relitively) tweek!
Just bought a pair of HDL Mk 111.
There is an immediate positive thing going on that will only get better as time passes they say.
I use them on Meadowlark Heron i,Cary 300B SEI, cabled with Shunyata Helix speaker wire, Shunyata Aries IC, Shunyata Hydra 2, Annaconda Helix power cord,Furman IT1220 balanced power and a dedicated 30 amp line.
Even with all the upfront conditioning these things work at the speaker wire /speaker connection like nobody's business.
Anyone thinking about changing their speakers ought to try these first.
They just might change your mind.
I recently put Ultimate HDLs on the tweeters and MK III on the woofers of my Audio Note kit 3 (E silver) speakers which are bi wired with Lexus and hooked up to Audio Note Soro SE amp.
The improvement is obvious and I agree with others. Layers of hash are removed throughout the audio spectrum, I am more able to hear more 'into' the music, deep into the smallest corners - information is more obvious, spatial cues are more apparent, bass is less tubby and everything is more defined.
I do sometimes wonder if the sound is less open than before but I suspect my ears are just missing all the extra grain in the high end. I have no desire to switch back just yet but will eventually and will report back if I find any fault with the HDLs. I do not expect to.
At this point they are among the most significant tweaks I have done. Almost to the point of not being a tweak but instead a component upgrade.
FWIW, if I could remove the HDLs and instead upgrade my AN-VX ICs to the superb AN-VZ ICs I do not think I would do so even though the AN-VZ is the best IC I have ever heard, the HDLs are a bigger step up allowing more information thru (come to think of it I would like to hear the AN-VZ WITH the HDLs hooked up!)
That is all. I am so happy with the HDLs I wanted to share with others. Several years ago I read a rave review of them in TAS and have wanted to try them ever since and am very glad I did and encourage others to do the same.