Originally Posted by commsysman
I have the Bryston 3B-SST amplifier with a Audio Research LS-26 preamp in my main system at one house, but that is about $11,000 worth of electronics, though. It definitely gives sound to die for, in any case...lol.
A very old-school approach - the idea that every component sounds different and that spending the big bucks is a prerequisite for the best possible sound.
Run a DBT between a 3B-SST and the power amps in a $75 receiver and the likely results are a very frustrated listening.
At my other house I have a Musical Fidelity M3i integrated amplifier, and that sounds very very nice. I highly recommend it to you. It will sound much better than what you have now.
They hype may make uninformed people believe that, but really now folks:
From their web site:
"The M3i integrated amplifier has low distortion, typically less than 0.02% from 20Hz to 20kHz. Most amp manufacturers do not bother to measure high frequency performance. They claim that because you cannot hear such high frequencies, the distortion and other artefacts are irrelevant. We could not disagree more strongly. "
I'll take their word for their claim that their integrated amp has less than 0.02% THD 20-20k, because that is not really an exceptional claim or exceptional performance. What follows after that is IME sheerist BS:
"Most amp manufacturers do not bother to measure high frequency performance. They claim that because you cannot hear such high frequencies, the distortion and other artefacts are irrelevant. We could not disagree more strongly. "
In fact just about every halfways decent amp manufacturer measures high frequency performance. Even $75 100 wpc receivers often measure this good. If they are rated at 0.05% THD or 0.1 THD at full output, backing power off 10% will bring the distortion right down into the 0.01% range.
I would decline to purchase audio gear from a manufacturer that maligns his competition by making self-serving false claims like these, as a matter of principle.
Your speakers have absolutely nothing to do with the problem.
They are excellent speakers that will sound wonderful with the M3i amplifier.
They will sound wonderful with a wide selection of good amplifiers.
There is nothing "bright" about those speakers; that idea is nonsense.
Any speaker can sound bright with a bright sounding recording or in a bright sounding room.
Audessy is not a substitute for good-quality equipment. It is not going to fix your basic problem, which is the poor sound quality of your amplifier.
Again we see a very old-school total ignorance of the strong effect that recordings and room acoustics have on system sound.
Audessy isn't a fix, its an adaptation of your equipments' tone to the rest of your listening environment. By bringing your system's sound closer to a over-all proper balance, recordings that may be a recorded with turned-up high frequencies will be easier to enjoy.
Audessy is designed to adjust for any acoustical problems your room may have.
And what listening room, particularly one that has not been carefully designed for good performance doesn't have some acoustical problems. Not adapting your equipment to its acoustical environment is like pretending that the acoustical environment is already perfect.
Fact is that even rooms with highly tuned acoustics are often improved by minor adjustments of the frequency response of the electronics, such as is done automatically using Audessy.
It can not do anything about fundamental equipment problems.
The presumption that electronics that don't have megabuck price tags necessarily has audible problems is just that - a presumption. With the dramatic improvement of audio electronics price performance, this presumption is very old school and not backed up by the relevent facts.