Originally Posted by cb5300
Hey mtrot, have you had the chance to hear the Aeris with the Raven amp yet?
Hey, I today got to hear the Aeris with Raven Audio amplification at Dave's new location. All I can say is run, don't walk, to hear this combo!! James from Legacy was in town, which was great because he is THE man when it comes to Aeris setup. He was able to employ the Xilica processor to perfectly set up the Aeris for the room.
We played audio files off of a PC, using JRiver. The PC was connected to a Mytek Manhattan DAC, which was connected to the Xilica, which fed the Raven amp. Most of the music files were 500 to 600 kbps of various codecs, but don't let the fact that they were not quite "CD quality" fool you. The sound on some of the tracks with vocals was practically a religious experience! We heard an acapella group which has male and female singers. The placement of voices and the incredible, accurate, and open reproduction of both male and female voice is amazing. Everything just sounds so "live", like the performers are in the room.
Another track had a male vocalist with a very deep voice, and I've never heard male voice reproduced with the marriage of grace and power that I heard today. Female vocals were beautiful as well. With musical instruments, the resonance, microdynamics, and tonality is just "right there". Bass goes super deep, but under control, and very open sounding.
I was in the last two weeks able to hear the new B&W 800 D3 series speakers at two different locations. I heard the 802D3 and 803D3 in both locations. One shop used Classe amplification, while I think the other used Macintosh. I thought they were very good speakers, but after today I realized the Aeris is in another league altogether.