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    30 April 2012

    This journal entry is just me thinking aloud...

    3 a.m. and I'm still awake. That's from concluding this Friday and weekend of auditioning super standmounts in the 1.8-2k range. Musically I'm very satisfied with what my main rig is giving me but my birthday's looming up and I want a shiny new toy. But I also want to make it 'count' i.e. improve on the ELAC BS244 it's superceding (big task).

    In a nutshell, the contenders ProAc Response D2, Spendor SP 3/1R2, Neat Momentum 3i and B&W PM1 went down tamely to the winner. I didn't feel any one from this quartet outperformed my ELACs decisively. The main drivers of two in particular were simply pussy weak compared to the powerful AS-XR cones on my ELAC.

    The winning standmount matched the ELAC for power and drive, and while it didn't offer the extreme transparency of the JET III tweeters, it countered with a very beguiling presentation of high frequencies. In fact, it was intoxicating to listen to here. Seductive tweeters. It overtakes Quadral's Aurum Altan VIII as the next alpha standmount poised to enter solidschateau.

    Yet, for all its prowess... this winner (codenamed 'Nadal' )... it's performance still won't kill the ELAC outright, I fear... If I put the BS244's ability as 90%, 'Nadal' is 93%. Fiscally, it does seem a bit ridiculous to fork out close to 2 grand just for that 3% lift.

    Maybe greater sonic improvements could be had if I spent that money on a DAC, thus bringing the averaged value of the three components in the main rig to 1.6k-ish each? With that in mind, I'm putting 'Nadal' on hold and having a look at more exorbitant DACs.

    A trusted wammate recommended the Young DAC. But, it's struckoff my itinerary. I simply hate its fugly ergonomics! It looks like a deadline rush by a rubbish IKEA designer for IKEA's winyl-wrapped kiddie furniture range. My Philips table clock radio looks much better than the Young. Seriously. It may sound the biz, but I can never live with that on my rack. So, no need to bother.

    Leema's Elements DAC, Naim's DAC and Arcam's FMJ D33 SuperDAC are on my shortlist. I'll try to see if I can hear them before the end of May. Maybe one of them will provide a greater sonic lift than adding 'Nadal'. Hmmm.... ???

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    keep the Elac's you silly statesman. They, along with the rest of your system have kept you very happy. Treat yourself to a huge pile of the CD's from your wanted list, and leave the rest in the bank until the speakers you are destined to have beat you about the head.
    Music is a colourfull outburst of the soul, Can I use the colours I choose, Do I have some say what you use, Can I get some greens with my blues?

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    But... but... duddy, sensibility was never my middle name. Even if I refrained from splurging this time, part of that fund will divert towards more pizzas, Nespresso coffee and rarified Chinese Oolong teas. On that reasoning, surely its better for me to buy more speakers that shall be around much longer than just one day in my digestive tract?

    As for my music wishlist, there's nothing much on it. I have days' worth of vintage classical music FLACs to listen to, plus my classic pop and jazz music collection. And there's free internet radio which I use a lot these days. I have given up on the current pop music scene, current artists are shit. Whitney is dead, Celine has run out of material and Sade, alas!, releases one album every ten years, so not much to buy here.

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    Expand your horizons, be a sensible states man
    Music is a colourfull outburst of the soul, Can I use the colours I choose, Do I have some say what you use, Can I get some greens with my blues?

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    You should put the money towards coming to Scalford next year. It will make you richer in character than any Nespresso or Oolong tea would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudywoxer View Post
    Expand your horizons, be a sensible states man
    Yes duddy. Mebbe it's time to start trawling Whizzkid's music threads and take a chance on his recommended music. Could do with something wild and weird in my life. Only downside could be Dean's music picks may induce me to invest in Naim kit --- because that's the only way to appreciate it.

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    is that mod calling me sshallow?!!
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    I hope not, but equally Scalford may be a leap of faith too far.
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    Blazingly hot, this on my off day. But now safely escounced in my listening den with the aircon on and the windows behind my head rolled up, and playing Sade's 'Cherish the Day' - the perfect song for hot days like this. The blue sky and clouds are reflected on the gloss black front of the Elacs, what a charming sight. Which reminds me, the next alpha standmount to enter solidschateau has to be available in metrosexual gloss black. So, it's just as well the ProAC, Spendor, Neat and B&W fell out the audition shoot-out last weekend as none offers a shiny black finish. The winner 'Nadal' does. Maybe I should just restrict my new speaker choices to gloss black finishes, that would shorten the list. (Oh, i'm sshallow indeed.)

    That said, the gloss ebony on the Acoustic Energy Ref 1 and 2 looks smashing. Hope to make it to the AE stockist this weekend. That plus the Leema and Naim DAC dates.

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    Ever looked into the Ref3a speakers SSM?

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    Now about the more manly version.....



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    Too many holes... the AE2 could be mistaken for a bird condominium.

    I hope to hear the new AE Reference standmounts this weekend, although I suspect both the 1 and 2 will have an uphill task out-performing last weekend's standout speaker - the formidable 'Nadal'.

    Now, it's just a matter of me hearing for myself whether new speakers or a super dac will make the bigger improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSM View Post
    U bitch!

    I beg to differ. Escounced in a cosy audio den with rich velvet drapes, it will look very classy.


    ^ any espresso-lover's dream colour scheme.

    Also dig the concentric Vifa tweeters which look like erect male nipples.

    SS
    very impressed with these when i heard them at the Bristol show. also agree they are easy on the eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hearingisbelieving View Post
    very impressed with these when i heard them at the Bristol show. also agree they are easy on the eye.
    Thanks for inspiring hope. The Ref 2's drivers are like a floorstander's rearranged in standmount form. I hope it will give 'Nadal' a run for its money.


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    dont.you like my link audio k100, sss? i think they are beautiful....epitome of great aesthetic design,.gorgeous sound

    you.should def expand yer tastes. get away from cher, ricky martin....


    get into.rufus wainwright, gavin degraw, mayer hawthorne, tegan and sarah, jonsi, the xx, janelle monae, esperanza spaulding.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncdrawl View Post
    dont.you like my link audio k100, sss? i think they are beautiful....epitome of great aesthetic design,.gorgeous sound

    you.should def expand yer tastes. get away from cher, ricky martin....


    get into.rufus wainwright, gavin degraw, mayer hawthorne, tegan and sarah, jonsi, the xx, janelle monae, esperanza spaulding.....
    What's the price on those K100s? Can't find any price info on teh interwebs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagraboy View Post
    What's the price on those K100s? Can't find any price info on teh interwebs
    about 4500 EUR
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncdrawl View Post
    dont.you like my link audio k100, sss? i think they are beautiful....epitome of great aesthetic design,.gorgeous sound
    Errr, with that sole finish option, it's not beautiful for my tastes. I don't like rough grain - wholemeal or on my speakers. Prefer a smooth shiny monotone finish - like on a well-glazed donut.

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    S&M,

    have a look at these.

    http://www.amphion.fi/en/products/ion-plus/
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    A trip down memory lane...

    A decade ago. I bought my first serious music system after starting working life. I purchased a pair of 1k Castle floorstanders and the dealer recommended adding Arcam's CD72 cd player and DiVA A85 amp. The A85 was a very well-received Arcam product at that time by audio mags and it indeed sounded very nice with my chosen speakers. In the end though, I chose other components elsewhere (can't let the one same dealer make so much off me): Musical Fidelity's Darth-Vader-glossy E624 cdp and Audio Analogue's Puccini SE amp. I preferred the Puccini SE as it reproduced opera voices better than the A85. It had slight euphonic colourations compared to the more neutral A85, but those were the traits that made it more appealing. The Puccini was more rounded and rosy.

    After this encounter with Arcam, I embarked on a decade-long dalliance with MF gear and largley ignored Arcam's following products.

    cue Oct 2008... I was a happy owner of the MF X-T100 and Creek EVO amps, although looking for a new amp to take over the latter's duties. I bought the Hifi-Choice Oct issue as it had a supertest featuring the EVO (Best Buy, yippee) and the pricier Cambridge Audio I was looking closely at - the 840A V2 (Best Buy too). Also featured in the test was Arcam's newish FMJ A28. It didn't get a recommendation from Mr Black and I didn't pay it much attention either as it was the 840A V2 I was eyeing...

    cue Dec 2010... The 840A V2 had long since fallen by the wayside as I found it a bit bright at the demo, with hints of congestion in the midrange when the music got busy. Instead, after a surprise stop at the Arcam shop, I chose the FMJ A28 for my New Year's Day present. (The Naim NAIT XS was to be the purchase but it was sold out and would take months for new stocks to reach Tipoca). I almost bought the FMJ A38 instead but the sound was very similar between both Arcam siblings so I decided to save some cash by making the A28 my first-ever Arcam amp.

    cue Apr 2012... Fifteen months later, the A28 still has pride of place at solidsoffice serving up immaculately clean sound through the Spendor S3/5R. This amplifier has staying power, I like it! Although I reckon I should have gone all out then and bought the A38 the first time. But then, I wouldn't have got the even more superb Rega Elicit last September, so maybe it's a good thing I bought this A28 instead. Audio destiny works in mysterious ways lol.


    Build and Design
    Mr John Dawson is very likely a man with conservative, countrified tastes. The A28 is cast in the classic styling of the FMJ series. Depending on one's own tastes, it either looks neat and discreet. Or rather, in the silver finish with that black display window juxtaposed on the fascia, an antique video-cassette recorder - argghhh. An amp for vicars and Conservative backbenchers. A18-owner Nsherin had more hindsight and opted for his FMJ in the all-black finish. The matte silver photographs badly and looks grey in daylight fluorescent light. Bathed in warm fluorescent light, it's much more adorable.

    The build quality is exemplary though. Unlike my Creek EVO which had a few sharp edges along certain sides. Or Cambridge Audio kit. I could run my fingers over any area of the A28 and not risk getting a cut. The A28's entire surface - side to side, knob to arse - is a smooth matte finish. That is good QC.

    The FMJ series incorporates Arcam's proprietary Stealth Mat and MASK of Silence technologies. They are supposed to eradicate any deleterious effects of thermal excess on sound quality. I reckon they do their job. The A28 needs little warm-up time when powered on to produce its sonic consistency, nor does its chassis ever get worryingly hot when driving heavy low-impedance speaker loads.

    Its 'video-cassette window' is an interface for the A28 owners to activate other features like AV bypass and record out selection. I don't use any of these except the Input Trim which increases the sensitivity of the line inputs from 0-8. To my ears it doesn't seem to have a polluting 'tone-control' effect on sound quality, offering useful gain only. The minimalist purist in me would rather prefer that this feature was not provided at all though. Better if Arcam had set this Input Trim at '8' or max all times and not offer the option for A28 owners to change the setting.

    (NB: The Input Trim on the A38 goes from 0-12. That one would have triggered my OCD!)

    Nominal power is quoted at 75W. The HFC test suggests 102W, while a Polish mag measured 91W and 131W at 8/4 ohms. I found the A28 to have sufficient power for real world needs.


    Sound Quality

    Using the FMJ A28 brought me back to the time I first heard an Arcam amp - the DiVA A85. Clean, neutral and tidy are the shared traits. I reckon the A28 does have a performance advantage over the A85 though. I had bought the Audio Analogue Puccini SE over the A85 as its handling of voices was better than the A85's cooler treatment. In contrast, like its bigger sibling the A38, the A28 reproduces voices in a manner that is even more involving than the Puccini. Singers are very well-focused, clear and palpable yet shorn of the Puccini's euphonic tube-y warmth. The effect is very enjoyable. In this sense, I reckon Arcam's current FMJ range must have improved upon the earlier DiVA amps. I had demo'ed the A38 before the A28 and it was this ability with vocals that astounded me.

    Its bass is well-articulated and taut and when paired with Arcam's Solo rDAC which has similar traits, the music-making is highly rhythmic and yes... PRaTty. This could be a surprise to people who have been sold on the idea often peddled on audio forums that the Arcam house sound is boring. Perhaps that applies to the older products, but I have not had a dull moment listening to pop and dance music. I particularly love the way the A28 handles percussive hits on hi-hats and acoustic drums, all the detail is there shorn of splashiness or excess reverb. It is all very taut and clean and makes it very easy to appreciate a jazz drummer's artistry.

    Besides vocals and jazz drumming, saxophones also sound glorious through the A28. This lovely midrange performance coupled with the articulate bass and good rhythmic timing makes the A28 a natural for instrumental or vocal jazz music. This is the genre I really like to play through the A28. It captures the interplay between jazz musicians very effectively.


    Weightier and more incisive rivals at solidschateau...

    To go off on a nit-picking tangent, the A28's bass is less weighty than my Quad 909 and doesn't offer the latter's eye-popping deep slam when powering out orchestral tuttis. It is nimbler than the 909's heavy tread and is the better amp to negotiate dance and pop music. The 909 could elicit more midrange weight and surprising bass extension from my smaller monitors the Spendor S3/5R and Leema Xero than the A28. With the more dynamic ELAC BS244 and ATC SCM11, the A28 offered better agility in the bass than the 909, which made them sound a tad ponderous with dance music.

    This comparatively lighter touch at the bass aside, I can't find fault the A28's sound much. It is clean and neutral, two adjectives that crop up often when people describe the Arcam sound. The treble is detailed enough although I definitely feel Arcam has done some subtle tailoring that makes it less brash with poorly mastered or compressed pop recordings. It's not recessed like the woolly treble of the NAD C326 I had but compared to my Rega Elicit, it doesn't go for broke when replaying treble-rich dance music. Consequently, the Elicit can sound etched and brightish with such music, whereas the A28 offers a more palatable reproduction that grates less on the nerves yet doesn't give the impression that the treble is smoothed off. The tailoring is very subtle IMO.


    Prefers higher sensitivities and lower impedances...

    The A28 didn't shine in that HFC grouptest where I noticed the test speakers were ATCs. ATCs are infamous for their insensitivity. Having tried the A28 with my 80.1dB SCM11, I think this partnership is not ideal. Despite the SCM11's comfortable impedance load, the A28 sounded boring and less dramatic. Which was the gripe of that HFC test. With the 84dB Leema Xero and 82dB Spendor S3/5R, the synergy was better. The Spendor makes a truly lovely partner for the A28 where the cultured smoothness synonymous with both brands meld to create a sonic canvas that was extremely bewitching with vocal and jazz music.

    However, when the program turned to large-scale symphonic music, the A28 struggled to nail the dynamic peaks with the Spendor during the big moments. My vintage Musical Fidelity X-A2, also rated at 75W, could rouse a huge wall of sound from the S3/5R during massive Mahler climaxes whereas the A28 hit a plateau of safeness. Amp volts figure more than current when driving high-impedance speakers. The X-A2's manual quotes some impressive peak-to-peak voltage figures. The A28 doesn't provide this spec but I suspect it's less well-endowed than the MF in this regard.

    When it comes to current, the A28 has enough juice to take on my 85dB ELAC BS244's sub 4-ohm bass driver. Here, with the same orchestral material, the A28 hit the peaks without any strain or sense of running out of power. It was dynamic and powerful where it was pallid with the SCM11. I can only surmise that the A28 shines best with a wide range of music when driving higher sensitivity and lower impedance loads. So, if you are considering it, best to choose appropriate partners.

    Despite this lack of gumption with big orchestral music, I have the A28 paired with Spendor S3/5R where the smooth, detailed sound never fails to please with pop, jazz and acoustic music. Such performance in these genres is worth the price of not quite succeeding with gunpowder orchestral. If neutrality and tonal sophistication are what you are looking for, and you have up to 1k to spend, the A28 should be top on your shortlist.



    ^ Arcam FMJ A28... a smooth operator worthy of Sade's music

    - clean, smooth and neutral
    - excellent reproduction of vocals
    - taut and rhythmic bass
    - challenged by large-scale symphonic music through insensitive speakers
    - it only fully reveals its dynamic chops with more sensitive speakers


    SS
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