Engström ERIC Encore Mono Power Amplifers Review

November 20, 2021 § Leave a comment


Enchanted by their sound, we rounded up our last session with two favourite test tracks. The first was the dense and richly detailed performance of ‘The Carousel Waltz’ from The John Wilson Orchestra’s Rodgers & Hammerstein At The Movies [Warner Classics 3193012], which utterly delighted with its propulsive detail and the sense of conductor and orchestra having an absolute ball.

The other? ‘The Dance’, from the London Chamber Orchestra’s 1989 recording of Nick Bicat’s Under The Eye Of Heaven [Virgin Classics LCOCD 1], which can sound thin or even tinny on some systems. Here the bass weight and insight ensured a real sense of punch in Christopher Warren-Green’s solo amplified violin, the sparkling percussion and the deep, hard-hitting bass and drums.

The pounding yet very clean sound brought back the thrill of hearing the piece performed live at Hammersmith Odeon back in 1990, and the poster simply saying ‘Classical Music Bloody Loud’. And, yes, that’s just what these Engström flagships delivered!

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