Originally Posted by Masterkale
I know it sounds stupid bij placing the Rs20i below the Av8802 whats on their website. But let me explain it. The best is to go yourself to Cinemike and ask for a demontration.
Does somebody listen to music on this Rs20i? Did anyone compare it`s RS20i to the Theta CB4? Or maybe the theta DAC generation 8? Everybody knows the Theta is better with music.
The RS20i is good is placing object and it gives a lot of detail, but lacks with music scenes. The movie fury (1h 14m), the bombs are dropping on the village and it sounds awesome, after that the music is comming in. But the music sounds without en lacks of present, no surround sound feeling for me.
After the tuning i still kept the great peformance but now got the best of the best... of 2 worlds.
- Very big surround bubble, before it was hardly there.
- Deeper soundstage
- More realistic sound, a violin sound like a violin and not like a shoebox with a snare.
- Details are even better present.
Why i wanted the RS20I, soundwise i preffered the Theta but lacked on functions and looks. The AV8802 Cinemike was an option but lacks on a good correction. So the Rs20i was the option. I bought it but almost sold it because i missed things in the Datasat, that`s the point where i started to talk with Cinemike. It was my last hope, otherwise i would have bought the Theta.
I don`t want to sell anything but just share my experiences, it`s all about prefer with audio. I was sceptic to and lucky i am very satisfied with the results.
Thank you for your explanation and I am happy to hear, that the modification helped you to love your RS20i even more. I do not share your opinion, that the RS20i is not good with music regarding movie tracks. I will give you an example, this is the Ponyo movie from Hayao Miyazaki. I wanted to test it, because it has a relatively minimalistic yet very beautiful soundtrack - only my opinion. I started to test listen but I couldn't stop watching. The music was beautifully - I always call it - modeled out of the air, that I watched the whole movie until the end. The RS20i does three things for me, no other SSP, I am aware of, does:
1. Best dynamics - audio suddenly happens with high dynamics and gives me goosebumps
2. No distortion and thus clear sound - others tend to distort especially the second part of an impulse
3. Modeling the sound objects into the air - that I feel, I can touch them. No other words to describe this, and is most likely related to the first two points
I have no idea, how you could improve anything of the above described points, because you find these characteristics not in capacitors, resistors, op-amps or the power supply. All of the items mentioned can influence the above mentioned characteristics but not in a very significant way.
The most important part is that you are happy and you have spent your money well - in your sense. For me, this would be no option.
But if you are looking for a blind test, I have an RS20i and I live in the area around Cologne in Germany. But it is a lot of effort to do this and the environment e.g. an 8 or 9 channel XLR switch should be available, in my understanding.