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Topic: My new amps
Posted By: Ernie
Subject: My new amps
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2015 at 10:14pm
Evening All,
I just completed my first 2 weeks with my new Majestic DAC and Proprius amps. They are absolutely gob smacking. I've got instruments playing outside of the speaker boundary, how the hell does that work? How can I be hearing sounds to the left of the left hand speaker and to the right of the right hand speaker?

I've got the amps hooked up to an old LP12 with an Era V, a Cyrus CDT and Sonos, with Cusat and Lautus cables and Apple laptop and Apple TV via optical. Speakers are ProAc Response SC1. To start with I was listening to 256kps AAC files via Sonos from my NAS and they sounded wonderful. The best way I can describe the sound is very exact with instruments pinpoint between the speakers. Hifi but still musical, I was sat down for hours playing all sorts.

Next I wondered what Spotify would sound like streamed from an iPad to an Apple TV. Wow, I didn't think you could hear the difference between 320kps and 256kps, well you can. Like another layer being added, voices standing forward in the sound stage, some depth appears.

At this point I didn't have a CD player with a digital out so hooked up the laptop with an optical lead, setting the port to 96KHz/24bit. Loaded a CD as an AIFF (44.1/16) and hit play. I did not expect to hear anything quite so amazing. Everything jumped out at me spreading out wider than the speakers. So now I got to think what hi res would sound like and so got a download or three. Like I said at the start I've got instruments in pin point focus outside of the speaker boundary. HTF!

I've now got a CD transport (mainly for the wife's convenience) and that sounds fantastic. I'd definitely say it edges the optical output from the laptop at CD resolution. I'd need a copy of the hi res stuff on CD to compare the 96 and 192kps stuff I downloaded.

I can't put in to words how pleased I am, especially breaking the golden rule of listen before you buy. I loaned the Proprii but bought the Majestic on spec.

Got to get some cables for the Majestic to Proprii connection. I'm using £15 worth TRS to XLR cable from Amazon at the moment. Can I borrow some Libran please? And to hell with it Spatia too.

Chris

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There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary and those who don't.



Replies:
Posted By: ICL1P
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2015 at 11:14pm
Thanks Ernie. I'll be sticking to my plan, which is the same as yours. Got to get the kitchen out of the way first.

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Ifor
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Reflex M, CuSat50, Majestic DAC, a Proprius pair.


Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2015 at 11:15am
Originally posted by Ernie Ernie wrote:

Evening All,
I just completed my first 2 weeks with my new Majestic DAC and Proprius amps. They are absolutely gob smacking. I've got instruments playing outside of the speaker boundary, how the hell does that work? How can I be hearing sounds to the left of the left hand speaker and to the right of the right hand speaker?

Chris


I borrowed them on the Loan program and thats what I noticed as well, freaked me out when first heard it, looked out the window to see if someone was tapping on the Windows.



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Steve

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Various bits of GSP Kit ..well two so far, unless you count the cables that is.


Posted By: CageyH
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2015 at 12:50pm
I guess I am have to stop putting off the inevitable, and borrow a Majestic to see how good it is with the Proprius amps.

I don't think I should, as I will probably only want one.

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Kevin

European loan coordinator


Posted By: msphil
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2015 at 1:00pm
Originally posted by CageyH CageyH wrote:

I guess I am have to stop putting off the inevitable, and borrow a Majestic to see how good it is with the Proprius amps.

I don't think I should, as I will probably only want one.

You will definitely want one! The Majestic and Proprius combination are IMHO unbeatable. This is especially true if you have the GSP cables. They all go together beautifully!


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'You are, through your soul not your body, a human being.'


Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2015 at 2:09pm
As some sentient being, somewhere, once declaimed: Resistance Is Useless! Wink

Once heard, you just gotta get 'em!


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Bob

Majestic DAC/pre-amp
Accession MC/Enigma, Accession MM, Reflex M, Elevator EXP, Era Gold V
Solo ULDE, Novo, Lautus USB and digital, Libran balanced, CuSat50
2 x Proprius + Spatia/Spatia Links


Posted By: Ernie
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2015 at 2:44pm
Hi all,
Playing different resolutions out of an old Apple laptop via optical. At 256 kps the sound is great punch but in a bit of a ball in the middle of the speakers. Moving up in stages from 256, 320, 44.1/16 and 96/24 the sound stage spreads until you get a who put that piano over there moment when the sound stage moves outside the speaker boundary.

Clarity, dynamism, dimensionality. I'm chuffed to bits. I've never heard my 18yo ProAcs sound like this or seen the cones move like this. Just brilliant, I can sit down and listen to this for hours.
Another interesting observation as you increase the bit rate of the music you're listen to is at descent volumes playing 256 files you have to raise your voice to be heard. However when you hit CD quality and above you can speak normally. Anyway I'm off to listen to the phantom piano in the kitchen extension!

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There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary and those who don't.


Posted By: CageyH
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 9:41pm
Well, the loan unit turned up today.

Guess who forgot to ask for the correct cables? I had assumed that "balanced = XLR", so imagine my frustration... Embarrassed

I knocked up an RCA to XLT adapter cable, but the RCA is fixed level, so tweaking the volume on Proprius allows me to listen to it. TRS connectors are on order.


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Kevin

European loan coordinator


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 11:25pm
Originally posted by Ernie Ernie wrote:

Evening All,
I just completed my first 2 weeks with my new Majestic DAC and Proprius amps. They are absolutely gob smacking. I've got instruments playing outside of the speaker boundary, how the hell does that work? How can I be hearing sounds to the left of the left hand speaker and to the right of the right hand speaker?

I've got the amps hooked up to an old LP12 with an Era V, a Cyrus CDT and Sonos, with Cusat and Lautus cables and Apple laptop and Apple TV via optical. Speakers are ProAc Response SC1. To start with I was listening to 256kps AAC files via Sonos from my NAS and they sounded wonderful. The best way I can describe the sound is very exact with instruments pinpoint between the speakers. Hifi but still musical, I was sat down for hours playing all sorts.

Next I wondered what Spotify would sound like streamed from an iPad to an Apple TV. Wow, I didn't think you could hear the difference between 320kps and 256kps, well you can. Like another layer being added, voices standing forward in the sound stage, some depth appears.

At this point I didn't have a CD player with a digital out so hooked up the laptop with an optical lead, setting the port to 96KHz/24bit. Loaded a CD as an AIFF (44.1/16) and hit play. I did not expect to hear anything quite so amazing. Everything jumped out at me spreading out wider than the speakers. So now I got to think what hi res would sound like and so got a download or three. Like I said at the start I've got instruments in pin point focus outside of the speaker boundary. HTF!

I've now got a CD transport (mainly for the wife's convenience) and that sounds fantastic. I'd definitely say it edges the optical output from the laptop at CD resolution. I'd need a copy of the hi res stuff on CD to compare the 96 and 192kps stuff I downloaded.

I can't put in to words how pleased I am, especially breaking the golden rule of listen before you buy. I loaned the Proprii but bought the Majestic on spec.

Got to get some cables for the Majestic to Proprii connection. I'm using £15 worth TRS to XLR cable from Amazon at the moment. Can I borrow some Libran please? And to hell with it Spatia too.

Chris


Please PM me

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Jon

Open mind and ears, whilst owning GSP Genera, Accession, Elevator EXP, Solo ULDE, Proprius amps, Cusat50 cables, Lautus digital cable, Spatia cables and links, and a Majestic DAC.



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