All theory is gray, before examining each individual piece of equipment - we just want to simply listen to music now. First, a CD from the Chinese musician Xie Jiao Ping is loaded into the CD player that still looks a bit unfinished at first glance. By the way, it is also a prototype. (Not the Chinese musician!) I don’t like to repeat myself, but I'll mention it once again anyway. It is, of course, powered by batteries (Not the Chinese musician either!) Whereby the gripping question for me is, how do you get batteries to produce the 5 volts normally required by the DAC chips? Without A/C of course. In any case, the Chinese musician is playing a Qin, a traditional stringed instrument with over 3000 years of history. The music, with its exotic harmonies for our ears, well let's just say, it takes some getting used to. For me these harmonies are not quite as strange as they seem to my colleague, Mr. Sommer. He looks somewhat aghast. Immediately after the first few bars we could hear just how much potential this system has. I have just one word: amazing! This system plays with more dynamics than I have ever heard and I’ve heard quite a lot. But not only that - tonality, airiness, imaging, and the illusion that real musicians are playing in the room are all at their finest. Nonsense - at their very best! These properties are, of course, not only evident listening to the Qin, but on all subsequently played tracks – irregardless of whether playing a record or a CD - a stunning performance was delivered. Drums played on a hifi system usually sound like “feet that fell asleep.” Whoever does not want to believe this should take a seat right near my drummer. It sounds like a shooting gallery with impressive reality and that reality very close by. Of course, a big horn speaker system could also have its say.
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