Powerhouse

Jonathan Valin -- Sat, 01/31/2009 - 11:22

What amp outputs 70V RMS and 60A max? Is capable of 10,000W peaks? Has a power bandwidth that goes from DC to 2MHz at less than 0.00058% distortion and a signal-to-noise ratio greater than 108dB? 
 
Give up?
 

 
It's a pair of the $100k+ Soulution 700 monoamplifiers, currently residing in my third-floor listening room. I haven't heard the 700s yet (I'm waiting for the Magico M5s before hooking them up), but I'm expecting great things based on my experience with Soulution's stereo amp, the 710, and the sound I heard from the 700s (with Magico speakers) at CES. Stay tuned to this thread for further news.

Cemil Gandur -- Sun, 02/01/2009 - 02:38

The Soulution / Mini 2 room sounded great, one of the very best ones at CES, but I wouldn't swap my ARCs for them. Having said that, they do have an advantage in hot summer days ...

sheepherder -- Sun, 02/01/2009 - 10:38

 Yes but can you weld with it?  How many of these will be sold in 2009?  TAS is as bad as TOH. TAS goes orgasmic about speakers, amps and preamps that less than 1% of its readers  can afford. TOH does home renovations on homes that less than 1% of its viewers can afford.
Must be the liberal bias in each mag that causes them to go to the extreme.
 
 
 

Sheepherder
Shenandoah Valley, VA

brian -- Sun, 02/01/2009 - 23:36

I am not so concerned with the cost of products reviewed. I think it is far better for TAS to review upper high end components, even if only they are within the reach of a few, than to "dumb down" the magazine for the sake of reviewing only "budget" or "moderately priced" (how do you define either?) components, to the exclusion of those products whose designers endeavor to further the state of the art. By the same token, expensive products that do not deliver top notch performance should be identified.
 
I think preliminary comments could and should be qualified, however, and that raves be reserved for when the reviews hit the streets. There are too many unknowns under show conditions.

Brian Walsh
Essential Audio  ~  Chicago area ~ 773-809-HIFI (4434)

Jonathan Valin -- Mon, 02/02/2009 - 04:48

 <<There are too many unknowns under show conditions.>>
 
I've had the Soulution 710 in my system at home for four months.

brian -- Mon, 02/02/2009 - 10:34

How soon I forget :-)

Brian Walsh
Essential Audio  ~  Chicago area ~ 773-809-HIFI (4434)

Jonathan Valin -- Sun, 02/01/2009 - 14:37

 Sheep,
 
Yeah, conservatives never go to extremes.
 
Zeb,
 
Heh-heh! The 610Ts are definitely cool-weather amps!
 
JV

Antonio (not verified) -- Sun, 02/01/2009 - 14:43

JV,
How do the Soulutions combo compare to the Dartzeel combo, in general.
To make it even more complicated, the WAVAC combo (pre-amp and 833 V1.3 amp).
Only an overall difference between them in terms of there attributes to a system.
Thank you,
Antonio
 

Jonathan Valin -- Sun, 02/01/2009 - 15:44

 Antonio,
 
The short answer is: I don't know. My experience with Dartzeel amplifiers and preamps is limited to shows and, generally, to shows with Von Schweikert (or Von S-like)  loudspeakers, which (until the Unifield 3 powered by Audio Space electronics) have not greatly impressed me. In general, the Dartzeels have seemed to be on the warm and lovely side. The Soulutions are, by comparison, neither warm nor cool, neither lovely nor clinical; they are neutral to sources, sounding as "good" or "bad" as the recording is.
 
Although I reviewed a WAVAC amplifier many, many moons ago, I don't have enough non-show experience with the combo you mentioned to speak to your question with any confidence, save to note that the presentation of something like a WAVAC amp is going to be very different than that of any solid-state amplifier.
 
JV

Robert Harley -- Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:31

To address Sheepherder's complain, if TAS doesn't review products like the Soulution amplifiers, who will? Should there be no venues for a critical evaluation of such products?

SundayNiagara -- Mon, 02/02/2009 - 18:55

"Robert Harley -- Mon, 02/02/2009 - 10:31
To address Sheepherder's complain, if TAS doesn't review products like the Soulution amplifiers, who will? Should there be no venues for a critical evaluation of such products?"
 
Post of the day!

Cemil Gandur -- Tue, 02/03/2009 - 03:47

It would be fascinating to have a sidebar comparing the Soulutions with something like the ARC 610T or VTL Siegfrieds - assuming that JV finds the Soulution top of class solid state (which I am pretty sure he will, based on my few auditions of them and his few comments so far).
 

Elliot Goldman -- Tue, 02/03/2009 - 13:27

 Leave it to Sheep to beat a dead lamb with a stick. It doesn't matter what the post the thoughtsa re always the same. It is beyond me why he bothers to read this stuff if he finds it so offensive to his financial health.
Jon have you heard the Evo from Krell? I obviously do not have the Soulutions ( financial reasons for sure) but I do have the big Krell gear and it is amazing in my systems with both Magico's and Grands.
I did hear the Soulutions at t CES but my system is different and my room far better.

Jonathan Valin -- Tue, 02/03/2009 - 19:23

 Elliot,
 
I haven't heard the Krell EVOs in my home, so i can't comment.
 
Zeb,
 
I will certainly cross-compare the Soulution gear with ARC. (I'm not as much of a VTL fan as some on our staff. To me VTL amps and preamps still sounds a bit "old-fashioned" tubey, although, in fairness, a lot of people prefer--and expect--that kind of sound from tubes.)
 
JV

Chris Hie (not verified) -- Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:29

Hi Jonathan, could you explain what "oldfashioned tubey" sound is? Do you mean that it is highly colored sound? Some fellow audiophiles become very angry (like grrrr) when you mention the term "tubey" sound, because to them there is no such thing as "tubey" sound.
Chris

bh (not verified) -- Wed, 02/18/2009 - 23:16

JV,
Can you go through some of the differences of running the 700s on bridged vs. bi-amped --> sound quality, technical advantages, etc.  i see most pictures of them in bridged version and was somewhat surprised by that, but maybe i shouldn't be.
BH

Jonathan Valin -- Fri, 02/20/2009 - 03:33

 BH,
 
I apologize for taking awhile to reply to your post.
 
I haven't played with the 700 in bridged mode enough to comment on the sonic differences between it and bi-amp mode, although I will definitely be able to do so in time. The 700 is an unusual amp in that it has two identical amps (with two separate but identical power supplies) inside each chassis.To use a 700 as a monoblock, you must bridge the two amps inside it (to do this Soulution provides a thick metal bar that links the grounds of each of the amps at their output posts--if you remove this bar, you can use each amp inside the chassis individually to bi-amp your speaker). The technical advantages of using the 700 in bridged (monoblock) mode are power, slew rate, voltage, and bandwidth. According to Soulution, in bridged (monoblock) mode the 700 generates 430W into 8 ohms, 860W into 4 ohms, and 1560W into 2 ohms. In bi-amp mode, the power drops considerably to 2 x110W into 8 ohms, 2 x 220Wpc into 4 ohms, and 2 x 440W into 2 ohms. Again, in bridged mode the 700 has twice the slew rate that it has in bi-amp mode and twice the voltage and twice the bandwidth (DC-2MHz, as opposed to DC-1MHz). The reason you have seen the amp pictured in bridged mode may be because the majority of speakers cant' be bi-amped. The Magico M5 happens to be an exception.
 
Jon

bh (not verified) -- Fri, 02/20/2009 - 04:25

Thanks JV,
This helps, when i saw the 'bridged' icon in the photo shoots, i was confused by what it meant as i didn't realize there were two power supplies in each chasis.  I am sure you or others stated this and i just missed it along the way as my experience to date has only been with the 710.  Can't wait to hear your review of the M5 and the 700.
BH

Antonio (not verified) -- Sat, 02/21/2009 - 14:31

Mr. Valin,
I have been reading all the posts on Soulution and was wondering what the difference between the 700’s & 2 x 710’s. You can bi-amp the 710’s and have the same result (would it be the same result is the question) for $25k less. It’s also a better up grade path if someone buys a 710 and then at a later date adds a second one.
Thanks,
Antonio
 

Jonathan Valin -- Sat, 02/21/2009 - 16:36

This is a darn good question, Antonio, and one that actually occurred to me, as well. You are correct in saying that two 710s are substantially cheaper than a pair of 700; they would also take up less real estate. Whether two 710s would sound as "good" as a pair of 700s in a bi-amped setup...I just don't know. I can't imagine that they wouldn't sound fabulous. OTOH, if you weren't bi-amping the trade-off in sheer available current and wattage would be enormous (120Wpc versus 480W into 8 ohms, peak power of 3000W versus 10,000W). Soulution does claim that the 700 is even lower in noise than the standard-setting 710 and, of course, you get the advantages of monoblock design. I'd have to run the experiment to answer you confidently and, at the moment, that isn't do-able.

falco (not verified) -- Sun, 02/22/2009 - 03:15

I visited the souloution website and studied the specs of both of their power amps in depth and the same question popped up in my mind and I thought them to be technically the same amps so where does the substantial price increase for a pair of monos compaired to two stereo amps come from?
1-Yes you can bridge the monos to get more power but this is not a costly option.
2- to bi-amp with two 710syou'll need a pre with two pair of identical balanced outputs and an extra pair of interconnects compared to bi-amp mode with a pair of monos but does that mean that the buyer has to give this potential saving to the manufacturer to go the simpler way?
.

Jonathan Valin -- Sun, 02/22/2009 - 17:57

 Antonio and Falco,
 
The rub here is the difference in the way the two Soulution amps sound. The 710 is a model of transparency and neutrality; the 700 is highly transparent too and just as high in resolution, but more purely gorgeous-sounding (given the right source), with a top-to-bottom liquidity and density of tone color that the 710 doesn't quite achieve. I could live happily with either amp but I tend to think that a majority of listeners would probably prefer the "more beautiful" sound of the 700 to the more "scrupulously honest" sound of the 710.
 
Jon 

tc (not verified) -- Wed, 07/22/2009 - 10:34

I've listened to the soulution 710 at HK's HiFi show, driving a pair of Eventus Nebula, sounded great.
I am doing some research on what amp (and preamp) to get to drive a pair of mini2, both the soulution
and the spectrals (dmc30ss + dma360s) are under my radar. Unfortunately neither company provides
a lot of imformation about their specs. The spectral dealer in HK also carries the magicos so I will have
a chance to listen to the combo at their showroom. Pairing the soulution with mini2 for an audition is
not possible. Both the soultion and spectral claims have very hi speed width bandwidth specifications,
how would you describe the differences between the two ?

Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 07/22/2009 - 11:15

 tc,
 
Robert would be the one to ask about Spectral since, as far as I know, he is the one and only writer whom Spectral actually allowed to review the 30SS and the DMA360s in his home system (quite a testimonial, BTW, to our Editor In Chief). Judging by Robert's review, I would imagine that the Spectral and the Soulution 710 sound more alike than different. I'm sure both are superb.
 
I'd be curious what you think when you hear Spectral with the Mini IIs. Please post your findings (and if possible how you think the Spectrals compare with what you've heard from the Soulution gear).
 
Jon

tc (not verified) -- Thu, 07/23/2009 - 08:04

Thankyou Jon, I will certainly post my thoughts after I listen to both systems.

tc -- Tue, 08/04/2009 - 10:10

Dear Jon,
I had to chance to listen to the spectral 360/30ss and source driving the magico v2 and M5 but unfortunately not the mini 2 due to unforeseen circumstances, had I not listened to the M5, I would have been quite impressed with the V2, now that I have listened to the M5, the V2 sounded like a wimp (no offence there, the M5 is just that much better). It's beyond comprehension how good the M5 sounded, enough is written about them so I'm not going add to that. I am now hoping my Mini will sound somewhere in between the two, I will find out later in the week. I have also listened to the soulution, which led to more questions. I am wondering if I can ask you a few things thru email.
thanks, tc

Jonathan Valin -- Sat, 08/08/2009 - 01:08

 tc,
 
The Mini is a truly great loudspeaker that you will be entirely satisfied with if you don't listen to music with a lot of very deep bass. Given my taste in music, I could live with it happily. OTOH, the M5 is, overall, the best loudspeaker I've heard--and it has no limitations when it comes to different kinds of music.
 
Generally speaking, what is it you want to know about Soulution? (I'm a little loath to post my e-mail address on line.)
 
Jon

tc -- Sun, 08/09/2009 - 06:11

I had the chance to listen to the soulution driving the Eventus Lysithea, I think the speakers was relatively new therefore not fully broken-in yet. That said, the impression I got from the system is articulate and precise, it's got superb control and authority over the speakers. There's so much control that music sounded tense, even on recording that is supposed to be very relax and 'fun'. It's like watching batman or latest Harry Potter movie. The spectral's on the other hand sounded much 'brighter', not in the sense that it is edgy, but sunny and 'sparkling'. Have you had the same experience with the soulutions ? I won't be surprised if the state of the speakers had a big role on what I experienced.

WSLam -- Sat, 08/15/2009 - 23:01

tc, you from HK?
I also heard the soulution a long time ago and it was also driving Eventus speakers. the sound was not impressive, but as I was only casually 'wandering', i never bothered to find out if it was soultion or Eventus that was the culprit.
ws
 
 
 
 

tc -- Sun, 08/16/2009 - 09:01

yes I am.
I heard the soulution in the hifi show before and it was the only system I stayed and listened to for a long time, I can't remember which year it was though, it's one of the last 3 years. The speakers with new drivers I listened to recently was the most likely suspect of the 'tense' sound I think. I wouldn't want to take any chance with this kind of investment so I ended up going with the spectrals which suits my preference better.
tc

Jonathan Valin -- Sun, 08/16/2009 - 00:16

<< Have you had the same experience with the soulutions ?>>
tc,
 
The short answer would be: "No." Indeed, the first time I heard the Soulution 710 with the MartinLogan CLX I thought I'd never heard an amp that was that transparent before. It just wasn't "there" the way other amps were and still are. Though I think the 700 monoblocks have a bit more "character" than the virtually characterless 710 stereo amp, I also think that most people would prefer the monoblocks. Though still incredibly neutral and transparent, they are warmer than the 710s. Actually, I think they sound a lot like ARC 610Ts with better grip in the bass, more extension in the treble, faster transients, more detail and control overall (though not everywhere), the highest level of neutrality and transparency to sources I've yet heard from an amplifier, and less bloom and dimensionality. 
 
However, I can understand your point, tc and ws. The damn thing doesn't sound like other amps, including the Spectral and the BAlabo. Though I wouldn't call the Soulution "polite" by any means (in fact, when the music has strong dynamic contrasts it's a killer), it doesn't hype the sound or any part of it (save, maybe, for a bit of inflation of the low bass). It just doesn't have a coloration like the "brightish, airy, zingy" thing that Spectral does or the "meltingly gorgeous" thing that BAlabo does (although here I will have much more to say about the dilemmas that amplifiers put us in). It sounds, to my ear, more faithful to what it's fed that any other amp I've tried. Some might find this fidelity dull, pedestrian, or unexciting. I find it extraordinarily exciting. But...see my blog called "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" for a more complicated view and, as noted, wait for my commentary on the BAlabo, which presents a third and equally valid opiton to the Soulution and the ARC 610T.
 
Jon

tc -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 10:49

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Jon,
 
I’ve had the Spectral DMA 360 series 2 + DMC 33SS for almost 2 weeks, your points : “coloration like the brightish, airy, zingy thing that Spectral does" pretty much sums it up and perfectly describes what I feel. This ‘coloration’ the Soulution doesn’t quiet have is exactly what I think IMHO is needed to bring a lot of music to life. I never thought an Allman Brothers Band Live cd from the early 90s could sound so lively, I could hear the band getting high and the audience going crazy, this is how a rock concert should sound.
 
Another thing I notice is that while the Spectrals give older, lower resolution cd’s a vivid sound, like the guitar and violin just got new strings, drums got new skin etc, it does not give newer hi-res or ‘hi-fi’ recordings as much extra dynamics which I think the Soulutions did (again it could all be related to the speakers it was driving), which sounded a little un-natural to me.
 
At last, what I considered an unexpected bonus, is that the 2 mono blocks + the pre-amp was hardly using more than 250 watts when played very loud in my small apartment, a relatively green system given how much power it delivers.
 
tc

tc -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 10:50

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Jon,
 
I’ve had the Spectral DMA 360 series 2 + DMC 33SS for almost 2 weeks, your points : “coloration like the brightish, airy, zingy thing that Spectral does" pretty much sums it up and perfectly describes what I feel. This ‘coloration’ the Soulution doesn’t quiet have is exactly what I think IMHO is needed to bring a lot of music to life. I never thought an Allman Brothers Band Live cd from the early 90s could sound so lively, I could hear the band getting high and the audience going crazy, this is how a rock concert should sound.
 
Another thing I notice is that while the Spectrals give older, lower resolution cd’s a vivid sound, like the guitar and violin just got new strings, drums got new skin etc, it does not give newer hi-res or ‘hi-fi’ recordings as much extra dynamics which I think the Soulutions did (again it could all be related to the speakers it was driving), which sounded a little un-natural to me.
 
At last, what I considered an unexpected bonus, is that the 2 mono blocks + the pre-amp was hardly using more than 250 watts when played very loud in my small apartment, a relatively green system given how much power it delivers.
 
tc

tc -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 10:52

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Jon,
 
I’ve had the Spectral DMA 360 series 2 + DMC 33SS for almost 2 weeks, your points : “coloration like the brightish, airy, zingy thing that Spectral does" pretty much sums it up and perfectly describes what I feel. This ‘coloration’ the Soulution doesn’t quiet have is exactly what I think IMHO is needed to bring a lot of music to life. I never thought an Allman Brothers Band Live cd from the early 90s could sound so lively, I could hear the band getting high and the audience going crazy, this is how a rock concert should sound.
 
Another thing I notice is that while the Spectrals give older, lower resolution cd’s a vivid sound, like the guitar and violin just got new strings, drums got new skin etc, it does not give newer hi-res or ‘hi-fi’ recordings as much extra dynamics which I think the Soulutions did (again it could all be related to the speakers it was driving), which sounded a little un-natural to me.
 
At last, what I considered an unexpected bonus, is that the 2 mono blocks + the pre-amp was hardly using more than 250 watts when played very loud in my small apartment, a relatively green system given how much power it delivers.
 
tc

dazzdax -- Sun, 08/16/2009 - 11:32

Hi Jonathan, would the Soulution power amps sound at their best only with the matching Soulution preamplifier or could you mix and match with other brands without compromizing sound? A few posts earlier you mentioned the term "oldfashioned tubey sound", could you explain what "oldfashioned tubey" sound is? Do you mean that it is highly colored sound? Some fellow audiophiles become very angry (like grrrr) when you mention the term "tubey" sound, because to them there is no such thing as "tubey" sound.
Chris

Jonathan Valin -- Sun, 08/16/2009 - 19:07

 Chris,
 
Though I think most amps from any given manufacturer tend to go best with the preamps that were designed to accompany them, I wouldn't say that the Soulution 700/710 amps "only" sound great with the Soulution 720/721 preamps. I've tried the 721 with mbl's 6010 D and thought the combination was fantastically good. I've also tried the 700 with the ARC Ref 3 and, though not as mind-boggling as the 6010D/710 combo, the sound was superlative.
 
Jon

dazzdax -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 08:09

Jon, are the Soulution 700 mono blocks better than the big MBL power amps? The MBL's tend to sound a bit slow and syrupy with an exaggerated space, don't you think? Do you have experience with the Silent Running Audio Ohio class bases under the Soulution? I wonder if they have any influence at all on sound.
Chris

Chris Martens -- Mon, 08/17/2009 - 10:06

Hello all,
 
I've recently noted a few  back and forth posts on this thread that appeared to have devolved to the level of personal attacks between forum participants. Needless to say, these contributed nothing to this otherwise interesting discussion, and I have therefore deleted them.
 
Let's keep things civil, shall we?
 
Best,
 
Chris Martens

Chris Martens
Editor, Avguide.com/Playback/The Perfect Vision 

dazzdax -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 08:10

Jon, are the Soulution 700 mono blocks better than the big MBL power amps? The MBL's tend to sound a bit slow and syrupy with an exaggerated space, don't you think? Do you have experience with the Silent Running Audio Ohio class bases under the Soulution? I wonder if they have any influence at all on sound.
Chris

Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 14:05

 Chris,
 
I wouldn't call the big MBL power amps slow! The most thrillingly large-scale-dynamic sound I've heard in my home has come from the 9011s and 101 Es or 101 X-Tremes. They are also (coupled with the 6010 D) among the very best solid-state amps I've heard at reproducing the full duration of notes. They simply hang onto overtones for what seems like forever, until they finally die away into the noise floor. They are, however, dark and liquid ("slow and syrupy" is a little strong) in personality, which is to say they have a sonic signature (albeit a very attractive and musical one).
 
The Soulution 700s are "better" in these respects: They have the lowest amount of transistor grain, noise, and coloration of any amplification I've ever heard (including the BAlabo). I'll never forget my first listen to them--actually it was to the 710--through the CLXes, themselves paragons of clarity, transparency, and (where they play) neutrality. Where there had been low-level background color and texture with other amps, here...it was as if someone had taken the drapes and screens off the windows--or better still, thrown the windows completely open. It was as if nothing were there but the recording. And the level of resolution! It was just phenomenal to hear the engineering and mastering so plainly  on record after record, and on the best records to hear the instruments and voices sound so persuasively  "there." Dynamically, the thing was also a marvel. Most powerful solid-state amps can do hard transients at loud playback levels quite convincingly (the MBLs are superb at this), but they tend to compress the other end of the dynamic spectrum--the piano end. It is much harder to maintain dynamic range and contrasts in softer passages played softly, without compressing everything into the same uniform softness or into silence. The Soulutions are the best amps I've heard at preserving the individual dynamics of instruments playing softly or very softly. The result is an incredibly lifelike increase in overall dynamic tracking. When the low-level stuff is preserved as clearly at low levels (without you having to turn up the volume to make softer instruments and notes more audible), then you can set the volume pot precisely right for the recording's entire dynamic range. This is just the opposite of the way things usually work with hi-fi. Generally, we feel compelled to turn up the juice--to play too loudly in order to hear what is otherwise too soft or obscure, and in doing so destroy the dynamic scale of the music. (Instead of going from pppp to ffff, we change everything into mp or mf to ffff.) This improvement in dynamic scale is quite an achievement.
 
Jon
 
 

dazzdax -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 15:45

Thanks Jon, it's good to have someone who has actually heard some of the most awesome no-compromise gear! If you were asked to compose a Top-5 of power amplifiers (without ranking), which amps would you like to include? Would you include Boulder, BA Labo, Soulution, FM Acoustics and MBL? Would you also include a tube power amp in your Top-5?
Chris

Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 16:18

The ARC 610T, for sure, Chris, and probably the Lamm ML-3. The Soulution and the Boulder, for sure, in solid-state. Probably the Spectral (haven't heard it at length recently), the BAlabo, the MBL, and/or the Technical Brain (which I still haven't received). I just haven't heard the latest FM Acoustics (supposedly great) or Goldmund (ditto), and don't have enough hands-on experience with the Krell (ditto) or Rowland or Mac or Bryston. There are probably a few others I'm forgetting. It's a very good time for amplification, IMO. 

dazzdax -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 16:30

Several years ago Halcro was among the most celebrated amplifiers around. Now it seems that there are other brands that even eclipse Halcro (for example Soulution). Some think Halcro is albeit very clean and dynamic sounding also a bit bland or "sterile" and uninvolving. Do you think Halcro has lost some of it's popularity due to these characteristics?
Chris

Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 08/19/2009 - 16:49

 Chris,
 
I revlewed a Halcro amp way back when. On the plus side, it was incredibly detailed and very energetic; indeed, it set a new standard for resolution in its day (and is probably still fully competitive with the best). The problems I had with it were two-fold: a) it didn't seem to cotton to every speaker or every speaker load as uniformly as other solid-state amps did; and b) it was a little on the "analytical" side (i.e., a little thin in timbre, though, as noted, astonishing in the resolution of textures and very dynamic). Some at TAS were more enthused and others less enthused with it than I was, but...that's what makes equipment reviewing a blood sport. Note that I haven't heard the latest Halcro in my home; it may well have been improved in the two areas of relative "weakness" that I noted over the near-decade since I last heard it in my system.
 
Jon

bherlihy -- Thu, 10/29/2009 - 07:15

Hi JV,
Have you already, or are you going to, write about the Soulution 700s?  i thought I remember reading that you were going to but I haven't seen anything in TAS yet (but might have missed it).
Regards,
BH

Halcro -- Thu, 10/29/2009 - 18:52

 Dazzdax and Jon,
Having had the Halcro DM10 and DM58 Monoblocks in my system for 3 years, I can attest to the care in Jon's description of them and their sound.
Firstly, Bruce Candy philosophically does not believe that any speaker system should have very low impedance values anywhere in its chain.
Any speakers that show an impedence much below 4 ohms will not be a suitable match for the Halcros.
Apart from that, I believe there have been a few initial comments made by certain reviewers about a 'sterility' or 'analytical' flavour with the Halcros based on hearing them briefly at either dealers of Hi-Fi shows.
This I believe, has been latched onto by consumers and the audio press generally (most of whom have never heard the Halcros properly), and this myth has been propagated.
I have recently heard the Soulution preamps and amps driving the Magico M5s and I can tell you they sound almost identical to the Halcro electronics IMHO.

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