Originally Posted by Transmaniacon
I think if you are expecting the Q100s to sound comparable to the LS50s, you are going to be disappointed. I also am not sure why they sound so bad to you with the Denon. They can only handle 100 watts of power so it's not like you are severely under-powering them...
I would wager you are expecting too much from the speaker, and probably are in a larger space. The most these speakers put out is 107dB, at 1 m, so if we assume you are maybe 10' away, you are losing 10dB, so you can probably expect about 93-95dB with these speakers cranked. Less if you are farther away. If you need more than that, then maybe you should look into a different speaker.
Hi there. Sorry, you must have misunderstood me. I never expected them to sound the same, but they sure do sound similar. That is to be expected, the driver is very similar too. I am very happy with the Qs, I heard them before but testing them at home, with my gear, comparing directly to the LS50, that is just very very exciting to me! I just love to play and try and test sound. I am pretty obsessed with sound. I have very good hearing and a critical ear.
To be honest, I am far from the only one who hears the Denon deficits. I had my friends over and they all greed that it sounds terrible.
I can be specific. Compared to my old NAD C320 a 35W/channel amp, the Denon lacks resolution, immensely so! You just lose so much detail. This is in all modes, with/without audyssey, and in pure direct. I am no electrician but my friend who is blames the weak transformer and capacitors. Probably the first moment when I realised the Denon is doing something wrong was when I lacked midrange and vocals in music. It all sounded so hollow. The NAD then brought the midrange back, almost as if raising a veil. The music also loses a lot of transparency and the sounds of an orchestra are muddy, colored and lost in a big mixture of it all. The NAD brings everything back where it should be, all layers are clear, focused, almost life like. The Denon sounds as if from another room, in comparison.
I believe the transformer and capacitors are the cause. They simply run out of juice when in fact more power is needed. I measured the Wattage with a meter and when driving 5 speakers and in mid-volume, the Denon consumed only 80W. The NAD consumes 70W while driving 2 speakers. I think that explains it all.
It must seem to you I am bashing Denon, but far from it. I have been a fan of the company since my childhood. I am simply saying what I hear, nothing more. I am afraid that Wattage on paper in the Denon specifications is not true. Again, the Denon sounds thin and weak, dull, even at low volume with both of my speakers I have at the moment.
I am not expecting too much. I auditioned them in a much larger room than my living room and in fact I just heard the with my NAD producing unbelievably beautiful sound! Both the LS50 and the Q100 sound amazing in my living room with the NAD, but so much worse with the Denon. You see, my NAD, even at half the volume level produces so much clear and loud volume, I cannot go any louder. The Denon, even at MAX produces low volume and very weak and thin at that.