I don't think I would want a system that was more dynamic than what I heard at your place with the Chord amp, Martin!
Was it a track from the Decca Chabrier Espana that had me laughing out loud at the sheer percussive visceral SLAM of those transients?
Dynamics and slam and pin you to the wall transients are all great fun and impressive - but I think there does come a point when it goes over the top and you simply wouldn't hear that at a real musical event. Great for when you have your mates round and you want to impress them, though.
Martin and Justin (user211 on AOS) have a very similar appraach and objective in putting a dream system together. I prefer a somewhat more relaxed approach to music making!
That's quite a lot of ironmongery for a pre-amp! I was wondering last night what sort of account that big power amp is giving of itself, Jerry.
The Pass is extremely good. Martin would know what I mean if I said it was a lot like the Parasound Halo A21 I took to his place, but without the slightly rolled off, 'cumfy' character. It's high rez, very powerful and fast. The A21 was a bit of a gentle giant, the Pass X150 is rather less gentle!
Compared to the Philips 380 power amp (which I still rate very highly) it has a rather more 'liquid', less stark presentation. Imaging is fuller, more 3D. There's a sense of awesome sweep to larger scale music that the Philips lacks with my speakers.
It's a great amp - I'm still getting to know it but I suspect it is a stayer of similar or greater proportions than the A21 which was with me for 18 months or so. Definitely still in the honeymoon stage, I can't imagine wanting to move it on at the moment.
MBL 116F speakers, Pass X150 power amp, Pure Sound L10 preamp, NOS TDA1543 DAC, Spotify Premium streaming
It probably sounds better on Spotify. To my bafflement, a lot of older/poorer recordings seem to!
Some older CBS / RCA screechers, for example, come up surprisingly well on Spotify! Bernstein's CBS recordings with the NYPO, Previn's Vaughan Williams symphony cycle on RCA and many others have been brought to remarkably listenable standard on Spotify. Or so it seems to me.
Massively powerful performance by Karajan and the BPO. However, it's a 1970s DG recording so dismally shit. Shame.
Wow - a powerful performance indeed!
I'm a bit more relaxed about the 1970's EMI ( ) recording. OK, with the smoothed over fine detail and the rather murky ambience it's like being up in the mid-balcony seats rather than my preferred mid stalls, but it's a valid perspective and I think it quite suits the majestic sweep of the performance.