Welcome to Solid's Audio Blog!
First off, I must apologize to those wammers who tire of seeing this thread's header appear in the Review Section's Last Post column - with every new entry I put into this blog.
The reason I keep this thread bobbing up perpetually is not for narcissistic purposes. Rather, given the speed at which the threads disappear off the main page of the high-traffic 2 Channel Debate section, plus my decreasing participation in audio discussions, it is more convenient for me to have a single easily accessible thread where I stuff all my audio talk in.
So, your patience and tolerance is appreciated. Just think of this thread as a mini-forum residing inside the great forum that is HiFiWigwam. Oooh yeah, this blog is an audio Vatican! Totally autonomous.
Now there is only one AUP here: Standmount speakers rule! Advocates of big ugly wardrobes will be severely dealt with (either get hung by the Earl of Sodbury's pink feather boa or BANGED by Penance)
Someday this blog will break off and become an independent forum! It will then turn around and blast the Tent into smithereens, muhahahahaha!
INDEX of Entries
(sorry, link is dead. Wigwam's May 29 move to its new server and software upgrade has screwed around with a lot of things.)
The following are the post numbers of several of my past reviews on this blog. Happy browsing.
#2420 McRU Optimus In-line Mains filter
#2404 Naim NAP 100 power amplifier
#2384 Icon Audio LA4 MkIII valve preamplifier
#2307 Castle Conway 3
#2295 Tannoy Precision 6.2 (First Impressions)
#2286 Wilson Benesch Square One
#2156 Dynaudio DM 2/6
#2087 Q Acoustics 2020i
#2007 Psvane 12AX7 preamp valve
#1979 Belles Soloist 1, Hegel H200, Primare I32
#1971 Genesis I60
#1896 Genesis M60
#1887 PMC Twenty.22 (first impressions)
#1886 KEF LS50
#1782 Arcam FMJ A28 - Review
#1719 Arcam rDAC - Review
#1702 Rega DAC - the Filters
#1693 Rega Round-up: the Apollo, Saturn and Brio-R
#1680 Rega DAC (first impressions)
#1640 Arcam FMJ A38, Creek Destiny 2, Naim NAIT XS, Rega Elicit and Roksan Caspian M2
#1620 Audiolab 8200CDQ (first impressions)
#1602 QUAD Elite Pre (first impressions)
#1585 Talented Quartet (Sugden Mystro, Arcam FMJ A38, Rega Elicit and Roksan Caspian M-2)
#1533 Neil's (Nsherin) Arcam rDAC first impressions
#1516 PMC DB1i, ProAC Response D1 & D2, DALI Mentor 1 and Spendor SP3/1R2
#1508 ELAC BS244 - first impressions
#1507 Divine Speakers - Dynaudio Excite X12
#1488 Spendor S3/5R - under sscrutiny
#1445 Mighty Mini - Harbeth P3ESR
#1441 Musical Fidelity X-A2 - Retroreview
#1435 NAD C326BEE - the Moratorium
#1405 Spendor S3/5R and NAD C326BEE
#1390 ProAC Studio 110 (a rethink)
#1329 Spendor S3/5R vs Spendor SA1
#1322 Spendor S3/5R (first impressions)
#1310 ATC SCM11 (review)
#1292 Droodzilla's speakers
#1257 NAD C326 BEE
#1256 Roksan Kandy K2 and Rotel RA-1520
#1225 Chord Signature jumpers
#1206 Naim Nait XS
#1205 V-DAC PSU upgrade
#1204 V-DAC vs DacMagic
#1194 Creek EVOs (Moratorium)
#1166 Cambridge Audio DacMagic (review)
#1146 Cambridge Audio 840A V2
#1138 Leema Xero (review)
#1137 Dali Ikon 6 (Moratorium)
#1134 Cambridge Audio DacMagic
#1120 ATC SCM11 (mine mine mine!)
#1105 ATC SCM11 (first impressions)
#1104 Cambridge Audio Azur 740C (Moratorium)
#1098 Musical Fidelity X-T100 (review)
#1079 Leema Xero (first impressions)
#1044 Dali Ikon 5 (review)
#984 Musical Fidelity X-T100 (first impressions)
#849 Dynaudio Focus 110 (Moratorium)
#817 Dali Ikon 5 (first impressions)
#781 old index page
#752 Sonicgear Sonata 300 tabletop radio
#642 Dynaudio Focus 110 (review)
#597 Musical Fidelity X-T100 vs Creek Destiny
#584 Cambridge Audio Azur 740C (review)
#579 Sonic Impact 5-66 "T-amp"
#555 AVI Neutron IV (review)
#539 Cambridge Audio Azur 740C (first impressions)
#518 Dynaudio Focus 110 (running in)
#427 Marantz PM-7001 KI-Sig
#392 Dynaudio Focus 110, Ruark Sabre III, Spendor S3e, and AVI Neutron IV
#341 Dynaudio Focus 110 (first sight)
#330 cable jumper tweaks for Epos M12.2
#320 locating my local ProAC dealer...
#309 QED Qonduits and Tacima mains conditioner
#294 Richard Black's review of Creek EVOs on HFC
#278 Marantz CD-7300
#162 Quad 12L Moratorium
#76 Monitor Audio RS1
I know I shouldn't because I'm already upgrade-proof, but I keep sneaking off to the hifi galleria to browse the latest arrivals in the shop windows. This weekend I saw a pair of fatally attractive, curvaceous beauties. That's right. These Monitor Audio Radius 90 babies were sitting behind the window pane in various hues: silver, black and rosemah. Their sheeeeer visual presence, OMG! For US$300 that real wood veneer is absolutely first-class and I am shocked to admit that it looks and feels more expensive than my Epos M5s'. Sigh...
What do they sound like? I am usually hesistant to demo any equipment which I know I won't be buying on the spot. However, for these gorgeous Radius 90s... I was thick-skinned. Anyway being so diminutive they are easy to set up.Well, their voicing is sheer class.Very fine and clear in the upper registers with an articulate midrange and respectable soundstaging. The Achilles heel is their high bass rolloff (85Hz), because they are primarily intended as quality satelites (doh!) for HT systems, and there's a compact sub to complement them too.Whatever. These are the most beautiful, most exquistely made mini speakers I have come across to date. The temptation to get a pair is very great, even if it's going to be a superfluous purchase. Had the Radius 90s' bass rolloff been lower, somewhere around 65Hz, I'd have snapped them up immediately as pretty mates for my Sonic T amp. They look SOOOOO DAMN GOOOOOD.
As it is, my mind is still brooding over them.