Originally Posted by emjayoh
My JBL car stereo sounds about as good as this amp - but at least that had a midrange adjustment - and that is exactly where the 'hole' in the sound is. Timbre, resonance, richness, or whatever you call it, is hollow and thin sounding. I hate it actually, but the connectivity and convenience this combo offers for the cost makes it tolerable. Cranking the bass up only affects the deep low end of the spectrum not the mid-bass at all.
Damn. I just got my new C368 2 days ago and out of box, connected to coax CD Player, straight Redbook CD...it was flat as a pancake with my new LS50s. I spent a day rearranging placement of the speakers, fiddling with settings, bass/treble, different CDs...all sounded flat. I didn't have anything to compare it with until I was updating my CD player firmware (last hope) and for giggles played the CD through my Pioneer TV soundbar with a mini sub (sub was SPL matched to the soundbar). Quick SPL level match to the NAD and boom, punchy, lively sound I'd been missing...pissed me off to no end. No way a soundbar and a mini sub should compete.
I came here looking for suggestions and just found this thread.
There's got to be something screwy with their software or DAC...like others, if I turn it up to 100+ decibels it SOUNDS GREAT but at 70-75, reasonable listening level, its dull flat like Kansas flat.
Has anyone experienced this and solved it? Its almost like it needs an old fashioned "Loudness" button to get the proper equalization...but you should only need that at much lower volume. There's no snap to the snare, not enough thud to the midbase, attack in guitar strings is muted (not enough twang). Sultans of Swing sounds like a muddy mess, which is my gold standard.
I haven't played with the other inputs or the new BlueOS 2i MDC module...but as I understand it, that MDC module uses the amp's DAC, so doubt it would be different.
Gold star to anyone with suggestions before I send it back.