I've been looking at building a stero system again after years without,
and have been auditioning equipment. For auditioning I used CD's of
Eva Cassidy, Amy Winehouse, Rimsky-Korsakov and Thelonious Monk, which
broadly represent my musical tastes. After listening to a number of
speakers with different electronics, I've concluded that I really like the
PS Synchrony Ones.
I've listened to the PS Synchrony One initially with Arcam A38 and CD37,
and in a different store, with both the Arcam and the Naim
152XS/155XS/Flatcap XS/ CD5 XS. I liked the first test, but in the latter
test, I thought the Naim was clearly superior,especially in playing
Rimsky-Korsakov, which I thought was quite stunning.
Now, apart from the fact that I liked the Synchrony, it's comforting to
know that Hi-Fi Choice, Stereophile, and TAS like them too (TASpraises the
Twos, but to my ear the Ones sound better.) But naturally these
publications tested them with higher end electronics.
Stereophile tested them with Mark Levinson No.380S preamp and No.33H power
amps, Hi Fi Choice used Naim CDS3/555PS CD player and NAC552/NAP500
(forget that!), and TAShasthe Twosin their $15,000+ with the ARC SP17L and
ARC VS115 or Conrad-Johnson LP66S.
I'd like to listen to the Synchrony Ones with the Mark Levinson or ARC
electronics, but unfortunately the stores (in Toronto) that carry these
don't also carry PSB. So I may end up buying speakers and electronics
from different stores, which otherwise I would prefer not to do. So in
the absence of being able to audition, I'd like to ask readers of this
forum, but electronics do you think would be sonically well matched to
these speakers, and that would make sense given the level of these
And also perhaps a recommendation about source and cables, I'm thinking
about the Esoteric X0-5, at the moment, based entirely on reviews,
and I wouldn't have the opportunity of auditioning it with these speakers.
And I guess one last question, would anyone consider an all Naim system
with these speakers?