Archive for April, 2015
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“Regardless, there I was, at midnight, ahem, enjoying Bolero. And Keith Johnson’s excellent recording certainly allowed the VTL gear to shine. My Maggie 1.7s performed a pretty impressive disappearing act, with a stage as wide as the room and a depth that seemingly stretched far outside its rear wall.”
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” Another nit to pick with the Taurus is that I somehow found myself preferring the sound of the single-ended outputs over the balanced with my headphones. I am not savvy enough to know the technical reasoning behind these findings. I just know that the single-ended output seemed to offer left-to-right imaging that, while a touch narrower in width, seemed a bit more relaxed and natural to my ears.
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” The over-ear pads provide a less bassy sound, reducing both impact and depth compared to the on-ear configuration. Bass bloat is also diminished slightly. Perhaps the over-ear option was tuned for less bass on purpose, in order to compete with more balanced, higher-end full-size headphones.”
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“I was told that the chassis of the units were B-stock but that the internal build parts were A-stock. They were running low on stock and wanted to get review samples into my hands. I appreciated this effort! Having units with a B-stock chassis explained why the cosmetics weren’t 100% perfect.”
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” he P5’s balance is attractive, especially if you value a clear midrange. Its treble is also better than most. Instruments and voices are conveyed with a smoothness and level of detail reminiscent of the way things sound in life. Seductive-sounding, comfortable, easy to drive, and relatively portable.