Originally Posted by TechnoG
I am seriously considering purchasing the X2100, but I would like to know what people who have purchased this unit think about it's sound quality. The only professional review I have read was from What Hi Fi that said it lacked some excitement and a bit of bass punch. Of course, everybody's ears are different, but does anybody find this to be true? Any other thoughts about the general sound quality of this unit? Thanks for any help!
I wouldn't worry too much about anything 'What H-Fi' says. Their reviews are entirely driven by advertising revenue from the manufacturer of the product being tested for starters. And they feel they have to find some difference in SQ between a cheap unit and an expensive unit. If the X2100W cost ten grand, it would have had a glowing review.
The fact is, so long as a modern SS unit is being operated within its design parameters, it will sound pretty much identical to any other modern SS unit. They say it 'lacks excitement'. What does that even mean? I am stabbing in the dark to think that what they might mean by that is that the unit is somehow restricted in its dynamics, and I'd say to that: baloney. When they say it lacks 'bass punch', is that with or without Audyssey, with or without adjusting trim levels a little, or what? I am assuming they tested it with a subwoofer in the system, so how can it be lacking 'bass punch' if the subwoofer is good and the unit is correctly set up? I’d take it all with a pound of salt.
In reality, all modern SS units from the big players all sound as good as each other, assuming they have the power you need to drive your particular speakers cleanly, in your room, to the SPLs you require, and assuming that all DSP and tone controls etc are bypassed in this context. The idea that units sounded inherently different to each other goes back decades, when they actually did.
So if the X2100 meets your requirements, throw What Hi-Fi into the trash, where it deserves to be, buy the unit and enjoy it. And be sure to run Audyssey.