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  • Auf den Punkt gebracht Der exzellent verarbeitete Audio Valve Solaris DAC sieht... View

    Freitag, der 2. März 2018
    Thanks Lieven for this great review.
    You confirmed what I already knew. I also use the Solaris for my Hifiman with a noir hybrid hpc headphonecable from Forza Audio and Siltech cables for connection. Together with the cd-player Lua Appassionato GS NOS I’ve super sound. The midrange and voices are not to beat and the tones are very very clear. For me this is one of the best equipment I’ve ever heard.

    Kind regards, Wim
    - admin
  • Der Audio Valve Luminare ist aktuell schlicht einer der  besten DAC/Kopfhörerverstärker der... View

    Freitag, der 2. März 2018
    hier noch einige Bemerkungen von der AudioVista Krefeld ...

    Am Westdrift-Stand habe ich mit Genuss den Stax SR-009 am Luminare gehört. Für meine Ohren ist und bleibt der SR-009 ein ganz, ganz Großer, der sich auch vor den ganzen neuen Flagships nicht verstecken braucht! SR-009 plus Luminare - für mich ein (noch bezahlbarer) Traum.

    Richtig gut hat mir aber auch der Hifiman HE1000 V2 (der am Westdrift-Stand ein wertiges Nachrüst-Kabel dran hatte) am Luminare gefallen (komisch, als der HE1000 damals auf den Markt kam, hat er mir erst gar nicht so gefallen...). Da war mehr Fleisch am Knochen als beim SR-009 - ohne dass es gleich zu basslastig wurde.

    Kurzum, mit dem Luminare als KHV ist man meines Erachtens wirklich sehr gut und variabel aufgestellt, ohne in übertriebene Preiregionen abzudriften.
    - admin
  • Montag, der 26. Februar 2018
    Confrontation of the SRM 727 007t2 and RKV-WEE on 009 and 007
    Good evening, I finally passed in the listening in the afternoon of 3 systems of development of foots the bill
    Stax SR 007 mk3 and
    SR 009
    at my disposal: amplis Stax SRM 727-II (mine); SRM 007t2 (that of Pierre)
    and combi RKV MK2 + WooAudio WEE; every ampli connected on good phase sector (what obliged me to
    invert the sense(direction) of the cordon sector between the WEE-RKV and the amplis Stax (having no same
    visible sense of it phase)
    . Results on the listening of a test CD (Stéphane Grappelli and
    Michel Petrucciani
    in the album Flamingo)
    Reserved CD because very well registered(recorded), but however quickly hard in the treble with a bad
    system; quickly lung and dislocated in the grave (followed by the double bass) with a bad system; brief,
    quickly unpleasant to listen to with a bad system 😉
    And the winner is.
    ... The
    walkman
    MP3 of my wife:mdr:
    It is not true, because it is so small that I did not find him where he hides and thus I was not able to
    test him ...
    And the winner(conqueror) is ...
    To go to you quickly the knowledge 🙂
    I proceeded with method 😉
    At first listening of the range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my 727 + 007 mk3: results : intimist sound
    stage (that is not extra wide); soft and inarticulate basses (not obvious to follow), but there is of the curvature
    ( a soft curvature); the violin and the
    piano
    are not unpleasant to hear, stamps are rather fine, but with a
    rather curious presentation of " clearly - dark ".
    I am understandable: the top-medium is rather dark (set back), the low medium is rather carnal, but there is
    also a bright aura and a sparkling of the very clear acute extreme, being able on this recording, by its
    insistence(emphasis) for the acute percussions and harmonious acute of the violin, the tiring future.
    By listening to the same range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my 007 mk3, but this time connected on him
    007t2 of Pierre, I found the a little better listening in the sense than 007t2 limit, in my ear, the sparkling of
    the acute extreme which I find with 007 mk3 + 727. Stamps are also more refined; the a little wider, more
    clean sound image. The basses of 007 mk3 + 007t2 are a little bit set back with regard to that of 007 mk3 +
    727, not very dynamic, but maybe be a little more articulated
    than those of 727 with 007 mk3. The listening
    of 007 mk3 with him 007t2 is globally more pleasant, less tiring in the acute extreme than with 727, a little
    more refined, but without being an outstanding leader in dynamism.
    Thus I have in the end a small preference of 007t2 + 007mk3 with regard to727 + 007mk3.
    Now let us cross tuned tothe range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my 727 + 009. Then there, it is one any
    other listening: as said it my friend Jean-Marc, as 007 seems round, as 009 appears by clear and defined
    contrast; it is almost the day and at night :wink:. First of all, the sound stage of 009 is wider and
    detailed(retailed) that that of 007 (most open sound). The dynamics is much better, with low sandbanks,
    articulated, very readable, less intense than those of 007, but far clearer; the grave extreme is very present.
    The sound is more clear with stamps of the violin and the more realistic, hard-hitting
    piano
    for the piano, but
    regrettably a little bit hard for these instruments at high level of listening. The acute extreme is less present,
    less twinkling than with 007, what in the end is more restful and more natural more also. The sound is rather
    alive, dynamic, but a little bit hard, " a little bit raw ".
    When is it now the listening of 009 with 007 t2 of Pierre? (Always with the same test CD)
    And well I am going to surprise you, it is not for me the best listening, and I prefer that of 727 with 009 (by listening to
    not too hardly). 007t2 differs from 727 by a little less presence in the grave, even if very clean(appropriate) with 009,
    but it is a little bit it's a pity to listen to one 009 the presence of which in the grave is sometimes little " just " (especially
    by comparison with 007); also, he limits slightly the acute extreme (always with regard to 727), what is rather good for
    007 mk3, but a little bit it's a pity with 009 which has him no problem in the acute extreme.
    Certainly stamps are
    more refined than those of 727 who in comparison make more "raw", but is missing something in 007t2
    (with regard to 727), a stalk of life. Indeed, I find the listening of 007t2 very civilized, very sophisticated, but
    being strangely lacking life, as disinfected. It is "squeaky clean", but "slightly too squeaky clean" for my
    taste. It is very clear for the listening of this CD Flamingo: with 727 + 009 we want to stamp with the rhythm
    of the musicians and to increase the volume of the sound, until be called in to order, because the sound of
    727 eventually becomes hard and the tone of the piano and the unpleasant violin at high level of listening;
    but the rhythm is there, the life is there
    .
    With him 007t2 we can increase more easily the sound, but that if disinfected rest (too squeaky clean, "not
    rather" "raw"("gross")).
    Damage.
    Well, I finished it with my comparative degree ...
    Except that I forgot to speak to you about the listening of 007mk3 and about 009 with the combi
    RKV + WEE (with the good phase sector (inverted with regard to that of the amplis Stax) for the
    WEE)
    And well, it is necessary to speak to you about it 😉
    First of all, listen to of the range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my RKV-WEE + 007 mk3: results :
    improved sound scene(stage) and ...
    And the
    headphones
    007 mk3 becomes unrecognizable, transfigured in its dynamics by the RKV-WEE: and
    well that moves and 007 wakes up finally: powerful, robust, rhythmical, very readable basses: we stamp; we
    go up the sound, there is of the life, but we are called back by the acute extreme, always too present, which
    becomes getting tired for a too high level of listening. The neutrality is certainly not the key point with grave
    sound everything in acute curvature, this high a little bit set back medium and this extreme sparkling
    (however not unpleasant to listen to on the condition of not pushing too far the
    potentiometer
    of volume).
    The best rest to be told you for the end, the listening of 009 with the RKV-WEE: and well, as said it
    Jean-
    Marie
    , it could be completed, because gathering the best of each of the previous listening: the sound stage:
    she is strangely wide, of course with regard to(compared with) that of 007 mk3, but also with regard
    to(compared with) that 2 amplis Stax (727 and 007t2) with 009. There is of the life, the rhythm, it is without
    appeal with regard to the listening of 009 on him 007t2 who by contrast made disinfected, as too much
    civilized ; there is some strength and the power: the rhythm of the bass and the percussions urges you
    instinctively to go(take) up the sound, and the more one goes up the sound, the more it is good, and we still
    increase the potentiometer of volume of the RKV, without limit or almost.
    ( If it is the small voice which
    says to me, stops there, because it becomes unreasonable; we are not in a concert live, and you are
    quickly going to become deaf if I continue to go(take) up the sound like that. But in the hearing,
    none limits visible; more we increase the sound, better is the scale, the rhythm, the life ...
    As for stamps, the RKV-WEE + 009 manages of the exploit to obtain the quality of the stamps of 007t2, but
    with the life in more (with a contrasted, dynamic, alive sound, being able to be rough (percussions at strong
    level of listening), but also of a very big sweetness and a subtlety, on different musical passages), and not a
    little bit flat and disinfected as that of 007t2.
    I thus let on you decide on the winner of this confrontation 😉 🙂
    Unless the
    walkman
    MP3 of my wife knocks down the situation ...
    Eric
    - admin
  • Der Audio Valve Luminare ist aktuell schlicht einer der  besten DAC/Kopfhörerverstärker der... View

    Montag, der 26. Februar 2018
    Confrontation of the SRM 727 007t2 and RKV-WEE on 009 and 007
    Good evening, I finally passed in the listening in the afternoon of 3 systems of development of foots the bill
    Stax SR 007 mk3 and
    SR 009
    at my disposal: amplis Stax SRM 727-II (mine); SRM 007t2 (that of Pierre)
    and combi RKV MK2 + WooAudio WEE; every ampli connected on good phase sector (what obliged me to
    invert the sense(direction) of the cordon sector between the WEE-RKV and the amplis Stax (having no same
    visible sense of it phase)
    . Results on the listening of a test CD (Stéphane Grappelli and
    Michel Petrucciani
    in the album Flamingo)
    Reserved CD because very well registered(recorded), but however quickly hard in the treble with a bad
    system; quickly lung and dislocated in the grave (followed by the double bass) with a bad system; brief,
    quickly unpleasant to listen to with a bad system 😉
    And the winner is.
    ... The
    walkman
    MP3 of my wife:mdr:
    It is not true, because it is so small that I did not find him where he hides and thus I was not able to
    test him ...
    And the winner(conqueror) is ...
    To go to you quickly the knowledge 🙂
    I proceeded with method 😉
    At first listening of the range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my 727 + 007 mk3: results : intimist sound
    stage (that is not extra wide); soft and inarticulate basses (not obvious to follow), but there is of the curvature
    ( a soft curvature); the violin and the
    piano
    are not unpleasant to hear, stamps are rather fine, but with a
    rather curious presentation of " clearly - dark ".
    I am understandable: the top-medium is rather dark (set back), the low medium is rather carnal, but there is
    also a bright aura and a sparkling of the very clear acute extreme, being able on this recording, by its
    insistence(emphasis) for the acute percussions and harmonious acute of the violin, the tiring future.
    By listening to the same range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my 007 mk3, but this time connected on him
    007t2 of Pierre, I found the a little better listening in the sense than 007t2 limit, in my ear, the sparkling of
    the acute extreme which I find with 007 mk3 + 727. Stamps are also more refined; the a little wider, more
    clean sound image. The basses of 007 mk3 + 007t2 are a little bit set back with regard to that of 007 mk3 +
    727, not very dynamic, but maybe be a little more articulated
    than those of 727 with 007 mk3. The listening
    of 007 mk3 with him 007t2 is globally more pleasant, less tiring in the acute extreme than with 727, a little
    more refined, but without being an outstanding leader in dynamism.
    Thus I have in the end a small preference of 007t2 + 007mk3 with regard to727 + 007mk3.
    Now let us cross tuned tothe range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my 727 + 009. Then there, it is one any
    other listening: as said it my friend Jean-Marc, as 007 seems round, as 009 appears by clear and defined
    contrast; it is almost the day and at night :wink:. First of all, the sound stage of 009 is wider and
    detailed(retailed) that that of 007 (most open sound). The dynamics is much better, with low sandbanks,
    articulated, very readable, less intense than those of 007, but far clearer; the grave extreme is very present.
    The sound is more clear with stamps of the violin and the more realistic, hard-hitting
    piano
    for the piano, but
    regrettably a little bit hard for these instruments at high level of listening. The acute extreme is less present,
    less twinkling than with 007, what in the end is more restful and more natural more also. The sound is rather
    alive, dynamic, but a little bit hard, " a little bit raw ".
    When is it now the listening of 009 with 007 t2 of Pierre? (Always with the same test CD)
    And well I am going to surprise you, it is not for me the best listening, and I prefer that of 727 with 009 (by listening to
    not too hardly). 007t2 differs from 727 by a little less presence in the grave, even if very clean(appropriate) with 009,
    but it is a little bit it's a pity to listen to one 009 the presence of which in the grave is sometimes little " just " (especially
    by comparison with 007); also, he limits slightly the acute extreme (always with regard to 727), what is rather good for
    007 mk3, but a little bit it's a pity with 009 which has him no problem in the acute extreme.
    Certainly stamps are
    more refined than those of 727 who in comparison make more "raw", but is missing something in 007t2
    (with regard to 727), a stalk of life. Indeed, I find the listening of 007t2 very civilized, very sophisticated, but
    being strangely lacking life, as disinfected. It is "squeaky clean", but "slightly too squeaky clean" for my
    taste. It is very clear for the listening of this CD Flamingo: with 727 + 009 we want to stamp with the rhythm
    of the musicians and to increase the volume of the sound, until be called in to order, because the sound of
    727 eventually becomes hard and the tone of the piano and the unpleasant violin at high level of listening;
    but the rhythm is there, the life is there
    .
    With him 007t2 we can increase more easily the sound, but that if disinfected rest (too squeaky clean, "not
    rather" "raw"("gross")).
    Damage.
    Well, I finished it with my comparative degree ...
    Except that I forgot to speak to you about the listening of 007mk3 and about 009 with the combi
    RKV + WEE (with the good phase sector (inverted with regard to that of the amplis Stax) for the
    WEE)
    And well, it is necessary to speak to you about it 😉
    First of all, listen to of the range 4 of this test CD Flamingo with my RKV-WEE + 007 mk3: results :
    improved sound scene(stage) and ...
    And the
    headphones
    007 mk3 becomes unrecognizable, transfigured in its dynamics by the RKV-WEE: and
    well that moves and 007 wakes up finally: powerful, robust, rhythmical, very readable basses: we stamp; we
    go up the sound, there is of the life, but we are called back by the acute extreme, always too present, which
    becomes getting tired for a too high level of listening. The neutrality is certainly not the key point with grave
    sound everything in acute curvature, this high a little bit set back medium and this extreme sparkling
    (however not unpleasant to listen to on the condition of not pushing too far the
    potentiometer
    of volume).
    The best rest to be told you for the end, the listening of 009 with the RKV-WEE: and well, as said it
    Jean-
    Marie
    , it could be completed, because gathering the best of each of the previous listening: the sound stage:
    she is strangely wide, of course with regard to(compared with) that of 007 mk3, but also with regard
    to(compared with) that 2 amplis Stax (727 and 007t2) with 009. There is of the life, the rhythm, it is without
    appeal with regard to the listening of 009 on him 007t2 who by contrast made disinfected, as too much
    civilized ; there is some strength and the power: the rhythm of the bass and the percussions urges you
    instinctively to go(take) up the sound, and the more one goes up the sound, the more it is good, and we still
    increase the potentiometer of volume of the RKV, without limit or almost.
    ( If it is the small voice which
    says to me, stops there, because it becomes unreasonable; we are not in a concert live, and you are
    quickly going to become deaf if I continue to go(take) up the sound like that. But in the hearing,
    none limits visible; more we increase the sound, better is the scale, the rhythm, the life ...
    As for stamps, the RKV-WEE + 009 manages of the exploit to obtain the quality of the stamps of 007t2, but
    with the life in more (with a contrasted, dynamic, alive sound, being able to be rough (percussions at strong
    level of listening), but also of a very big sweetness and a subtlety, on different musical passages), and not a
    little bit flat and disinfected as that of 007t2.
    I thus let on you decide on the winner of this confrontation 😉 🙂
    Unless the
    walkman
    MP3 of my wife knocks down the situation ...
    Eric
    - admin
  •   “They feature a unique parallel push-pull Class-A design using six beam... View

    Donnerstag, der 15. Februar 2018
    von S. Mengel aus Hamm am 28.10.2014 11:23
    Hallo Herr Becker,
    wie versprochen, ein Bild meiner Anlage mit den neuen Audio Valve Challenger 115.
    Lautsprecher B&W 802d
    CD Player LUA Appassionata MK III
    Philips C104 NOS mit OPA 627
    Philips C104 NOS mit OPA 2132
    Laufwerk. Transrotor FatBob s Reference TMD, Tonarm SME 3500 mit Benz ACE-S,
    Sun Wire Phono Reference
    Phonovorstufe. Trigon Advance
    Vorstufe Classé Audio CP 500
    Dac. Northstar Essensio
    Netzwerkplayer. G-Sonos
    MacBookPro mit M2tech HiFace 2 und Amarra 3.0
    Kabel alle Sun Wire Audio Reference
    Lautsprecherkabel Kimber 8TC
    Endstufen. Audio Valve Challenger vom Meister der Röhrentechnik Helmut Becker
    Und nun zum Klang:
    Mit den Audio Valve Challenger 115 einfach ein Traum, druckvoller Tiefbassbereich, ausgewogene Mitten und seidige Höhen - So kann man "Klangträume erleben"!
    Audio Valve Challenger und die B&W 802d - das passt, von mir für die Endstufen 5 Sterne plus!

    Auch der Service von Helmut Becker bekommt von mir die 5 Sterne - Danke.Kann gern bei mir probegehört werden - bitte mail ..
    26.10.2014
    - admin
  • Auf den Punkt gebracht Der exzellent verarbeitete Audio Valve Solaris DAC sieht... View

    Donnerstag, der 15. Februar 2018
    Weiter möchte ich mich nochmals für Ihre prompte Abwicklung meiner Bestellung bedanken.
    Alles hat zu meiner Zufriedenheit geklappt, und ich freue mich auf weitere Kontakte !
    Das Gerät sieht nicht nur toll aus, sondern tönt auch herrlich….“Freude herrscht“ !
    Die Bedienung ist selbsterklärend und gut gelöst, und der erste klangliche Eindruck ist hervorragend.
    Wie ich Ihnen kurz erläuterte, betreibe ich die STAXE 009 – und gelegentlich den älteren 007 – , sowie einen älteren SONY MDR R-10, wie auch einen ETHER „O“ (offen) am SOLARIS.

    Grüezi Herr Becker, gerne dürfen Sie das veröffentlichen !
    Ich gratuliere Ihnen und Ihren Mitarbeitenden für ein gelungenes Gerät, auf das Sie Stolz sein dürfen !
    Ich wünsche Ihnen ein schönes Weekend…ich “muss” halt Musik hören…!!!
    Freundlicher Gruss, Urs M.
    - admin
  • Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com, April 2018 concluded: "...the upshot is that it's not... View

    Donnerstag, der 15. Februar 2018
    Wir haben Ihre Balduren 300 ausgiebig an unserer Triangle Grand Concert mit einem Ayon CD3s (mit eingebauter Vorstufe) getestet und mit unseren bestehenden Cayin 9088 (2x845/Block) sowie den NAT Transmittern verglichen.

    Hier die tabellarische, subjektive Zusammenfassung:
    + optisch sehr schönes Gerät (lediglich die blauen LED-Plexiglasscheiben fanden wir nicht ganz so schön, da dieses grelle Blau nicht zum warmen Klang passt)
    + relativ leicht (38kg; 55kg lt. Spezifikation im Manual)
    + passt elektrisch perfekt zu unserer sehr schwierigen Grand Concert (Impedanzminimum von 1.8Ohm)
    + breite Bühne
    + enorme Kraft
    + keine Hochtonschärfe
    + sehr kontrollierter und kräftiger Bass
    + sehr dynamisch



    Mittlerweile testeten wir die Baldur 300 Monos am 8 Ohm Anschluss - anstelle der 4 Ohm - mit der Triangle Grand Concert und sind hellauf begeistert, jetzt ist der Klang viel präziser und alles war wie gewünscht und wie unten bereits positiv beschrieben. Die Balduren sind also elektrisch der beste Antrieb, den wir bisher an dem LS gehört haben und das waren ca. 10 Endstufen.
    Meine Frau, die ja analytischer hört als ich, lässt Sie schön grüssen, und meinte dass Sie die beinahe eierlegende Wollmilchsau eines Verstärkers gebaut hätten und Sie ist von Ihrem Können schwer beeindruckt.

    In diesem Sinne bedanken wir uns sehr herzlich, Sie haben uns sehr geholfen und uns eine grosse Freude bereitet!
    Beste Güsse aus den Bergen

    Fritz und Monika Struber
    - admin
  • Propheten haben es nicht leicht. Kaum jemand mag auf sie hören, und... View

    Donnerstag, der 15. Februar 2018
    Seit gut vier Wochen steht nun der Audiovalve RKVIII bei mir Daheim.
    Da ich heute wieder einmal im Hotel übernachte und somit leider nicht Musik hören kann, wollte ich die Zeit nutzen, um dem Forum von diesem absoluten Ausnahmegerät zu berichten.
    Wie in meiner Signatur zu erkennen ist, höre ich bislang ausschließlich mit einem HD800.
    Es werden zwar demnächst noch ein bis zwei weitere Kopfhörer dazu kommen, der Senni wird aber bleiben.
    Nun kennen die meisten hier den HD800, seine großartige Weite in der Abbildung und die sehr genaue Wiedergabe auf der einen Seite, aber auch die manchmal etwas "technisch" wirkende Gangart auf der anderen Seite.
    Angefangen bin ich mit ihm mit einem Lehmann Linear.
    Mit der Kombi konnte ich jedes Musikstück sezieren...
    Und auch die Bühne war jetzt nicht so meins.
    Dann den Violectric V200 getestet.
    Schönere räumliche Wiedergabe, aber da fehlte es mir an Genauigkeit.
    Dann - aufgrund der sehr guten Berichterstattung hier - den Bryston BHA-1 getestet.
    Dummerweise bei meinem Händler zusammen mit einem Ayon CD-1SC CD-Player probegehört - und beide bestellt.
    Das war eine ganz andre Hausnummer und ich dachte, das könnt's schon gewesen sein...
    Letztes Jahr dann mein gesamtes Hifi-Budget in Stromoptimierung gesteckt - mit durchschlagendem Erfolg.
    Dann kam Otwins Bericht über den Luminare...
    Da ich schon immer Röhrenaffin war, wurde ich neugierig.
    Ich hatte die Möglichkeit, ihn ausgiebig hören zu können und war einerseits angefixt, andererseits konnte er nicht komplett alle meine Ansprüche erfüllen.
    Irgendwie gefiel er mir zwar besser als mein Bryston, aber z.B. die Durchzeichnung war nicht so da, wie ich es vom BHA-1 gewohnt war.
    Geschmacksache - klar, aber irgendwie wollte ich jetzt keinen Kompromiss eingehen.
    Und da ich noch nicht zu 100% hingerissen war, hab' ich schweren Herzens diesen großartigen Verstärker ziehen lassen
    Audiovalve hat mich aber dann nicht mehr losgelassen.
    Also habe ich mir den RKVIII zum Test ins Haus geholt.
    Das war dann aber wirklich mal noch eine ganz andere Hausnummer!!!
    Dieses Gerät macht einen unglaublichen Raum auf!
    Ich habe nun das Gefühl, ich könnte die Interpreten anfassen - sie sind atemberaubend "live".
    Es gibt nun mit dem HD800 auch kein Stück mehr, was mich " nerven" könnte, er ist in dieser Kombi dermaßen musikalisch, mit so einer tollen Klangfarbe, wie ich es bei diesem KH nie erwartet hätte.
    Und auch die Durchzeichnung ist beim RKVIII deutlich besser, er spielt einfach in allen Belangen souveräner.
    Was die Kontur/Präzision im Bass angeht, habe ich im jedoch noch ein HMS Suprema-Netzkabel spendiert.
    Man glaubt nicht, was dieses Kabel an Druck und Kontur im Bass bewirkt!
    Und seitdem treibt es mir Abend regelmässig die Tränen in die Augen...
    Ob es Leonard Cohen mit der " Live in London" ist, oder (der Hammer!) Mario Adorf mit Monserat Caballier bei "Rilke Projekt" - soviel Emotion auf fast allen bislang gehörten CD's hatte ich so nie erlebt.
    Kurz: Ich bin glücklich!
    Eine ganz, ganz klare Empfehlung für den Audiovalve RKVIII - wer sich für den Luminare interessiert, sollte unbedingt auch mal den RKVIII hören.
    Und für die Stax-Besitzer gibt es ja noch den Verto, um den man die RKV's ergänzen kann.
    Nichts anderes ist im Luminare verbaut.
    Ach ja, der RKVIII hat zwei Kombi-Kopfhöreranschlüsse, die sowohl zwei unsymmetrische Kopfhörer aufnehmen können, als auch einen 2x3-Pol-Stecker.
    Herr Becker läßt aber auch mit sich reden und verbaut auf Wunsch auch eine 4-Pol-Buchse.
    So, jetzt habe ich mir mal Luft gemacht - ich mußte echt mal mit meinen Emotionen raus.
    Leider kann ich meine Höreindrücke nicht so gut in Worte fassen wie Otwin, der wie kein zweiter tolle Gerätevorstellungen hier eingestellt hat.
    Aber vielleicht testet Otwin dieses phantastische Gerät ja auch noch mal und schreibt ein spannendes Review darüber - es wäre wirklich die Mühe wert.
    Auf jeden Fall meinen Glückwunsch an Herrn Becker zu diesem wunderbaren Gerät!

    Schönen Abend noch

    Carsten

    [ mit Zustimmung des Autor`s veröffentlicht ]
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  • Propheten haben es nicht leicht. Kaum jemand mag auf sie hören, und... View

    Donnerstag, der 15. Februar 2018
    open-end-music-professional
    23.06.2015, 21:36
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    Standard Audiovalve RKVIII

    Seit gut vier Wochen steht nun der Audiovalve RKVIII bei mir Daheim.
    Da ich heute wieder einmal im Hotel übernachte und somit leider nicht Musik hören kann, wollte ich die Zeit nutzen, um dem Forum von diesem absoluten Ausnahmegerät zu berichten.
    Wie in meiner Signatur zu erkennen ist, höre ich bislang ausschließlich mit einem HD800.
    Es werden zwar demnächst noch ein bis zwei weitere Kopfhörer dazu kommen, der Senni wird aber bleiben.
    Nun kennen die meisten hier den HD800, seine großartige Weite in der Abbildung und die sehr genaue Wiedergabe auf der einen Seite, aber auch die manchmal etwas "technisch" wirkende Gangart auf der anderen Seite.
    Angefangen bin ich mit ihm mit einem Lehmann Linear.
    Mit der Kombi konnte ich jedes Musikstück sezieren...
    Und auch die Bühne war jetzt nicht so meins.
    Dann den Violectric V200 getestet.
    Schönere räumliche Wiedergabe, aber da fehlte es mir an Genauigkeit.
    Dann - aufgrund der sehr guten Berichterstattung hier - den Bryston BHA-1 getestet.
    Dummerweise bei meinem Händler zusammen mit einem Ayon CD-1SC CD-Player probegehört - und beide bestellt.
    Das war eine ganz andre Hausnummer und ich dachte, das könnt's schon gewesen sein...
    Letztes Jahr dann mein gesamtes Hifi-Budget in Stromoptimierung gesteckt - mit durchschlagendem Erfolg.
    Dann kam Otwins Bericht über den Luminare...
    Da ich schon immer Röhrenaffin war, wurde ich neugierig.
    Ich hatte die Möglichkeit, ihn ausgiebig hören zu können und war einerseits angefixt, andererseits konnte er nicht komplett alle meine Ansprüche erfüllen.
    Irgendwie gefiel er mir zwar besser als mein Bryston, aber z.B. die Durchzeichnung war nicht so da, wie ich es vom BHA-1 gewohnt war.
    Geschmacksache - klar, aber irgendwie wollte ich jetzt keinen Kompromiss eingehen.
    Und da ich noch nicht zu 100% hingerissen war, hab' ich schweren Herzens diesen großartigen Verstärker ziehen lassen
    Audiovalve hat mich aber dann nicht mehr losgelassen.
    Also habe ich mir den RKVIII zum Test ins Haus geholt.
    Das war dann aber wirklich mal noch eine ganz andere Hausnummer!!!
    Dieses Gerät macht einen unglaublichen Raum auf!
    Ich habe nun das Gefühl, ich könnte die Interpreten anfassen - sie sind atemberaubend "live".
    Es gibt nun mit dem HD800 auch kein Stück mehr, was mich " nerven" könnte, er ist in dieser Kombi dermaßen musikalisch, mit so einer tollen Klangfarbe, wie ich es bei diesem KH nie erwartet hätte.
    Und auch die Durchzeichnung ist beim RKVIII deutlich besser, er spielt einfach in allen Belangen souveräner.
    Was die Kontur/Präzision im Bass angeht, habe ich im jedoch noch ein HMS Suprema-Netzkabel spendiert.
    Man glaubt nicht, was dieses Kabel an Druck und Kontur im Bass bewirkt!
    Und seitdem treibt es mir Abend regelmässig die Tränen in die Augen...
    Ob es Leonard Cohen mit der " Live in London" ist, oder (der Hammer!) Mario Adorf mit Monserat Caballier bei "Rilke Projekt" - soviel Emotion auf fast allen bislang gehörten CD's hatte ich so nie erlebt.
    Kurz: Ich bin glücklich!
    Eine ganz, ganz klare Empfehlung für den Audiovalve RKVIII - wer sich für den Luminare interessiert, sollte unbedingt auch mal den RKVIII hören.
    Und für die Stax-Besitzer gibt es ja noch den Verto, um den man die RKV's ergänzen kann.
    Nichts anderes ist im Luminare verbaut.
    Ach ja, der RKVIII hat zwei Kombi-Kopfhöreranschlüsse, die sowohl zwei unsymmetrische Kopfhörer aufnehmen können, als auch einen 2x3-Pol-Stecker.
    Herr Becker läßt aber auch mit sich reden und verbaut auf Wunsch auch eine 4-Pol-Buchse.
    So, jetzt habe ich mir mal Luft gemacht - ich mußte echt mal mit meinen Emotionen raus.
    Leider kann ich meine Höreindrücke nicht so gut in Worte fassen wie Otwin, der wie kein zweiter tolle Gerätevorstellungen hier eingestellt hat.
    Aber vielleicht testet Otwin dieses phantastische Gerät ja auch noch mal und schreibt ein spannendes Review darüber - es wäre wirklich die Mühe wert.
    Auf jeden Fall meinen Glückwunsch an Herrn Becker zu diesem wunderbaren Gerät!

    Schönen Abend noch

    Carsten

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    Dear Mr. Becker,
    I am glad to send you today in April 2017 my updated testimonial for the Audio Valve RKV Mark III headphone amp driving my Abyss AB-1266. Since I am very happy with your product it is a pleasure for me to deliver you details of my experience. If I could select only two of my hifi products for the lonely island I would definitely choose Abyss 1266 headphone and AudioValve RKV III together – they made a sonic dream come true for me.
    Before I start I want to state that my testimonial reflects what I hear and what I like, it is subjective. Other high end enthusiasts may rate it differently. My ability to compare to other products was limited since I have heard only a limited amount of products in direct comparison.
    Testimonial Audio Valve RKV Mark III headphone amp driving Abyss AB-1266 - comparison with Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold and Headamp Blue Hawaii driving Stax SR 007 / 009
    Behind the purchase of expensive high end equipment there is often a long individual high end track record. So what leads to the fact that I am a satisfied owner of Audio Valve RKV Mark III?
    My Stax track record
    I am a loyal long term customer of Stax. I love these headphones with their silky, smooth presentation and resolution, especially when hearing classical music. I ended up with a Stax SR-007 MK2 together with the tube amp Headamp Blue Hawaii. Years of wonderful listening experience made the STAX combinations to one of the best investments I made in high end.
    The tube amp SRM 007t was for long time my favorite of all STAX headphone amps primarily because of the sonic qualities in reproducing classical music. I love classical music. But also pop and jazz, so at the end I like it all! I upgraded some time ago to Headamp Blue Hawaii. It is an improvement in comparison to SRM 007t: more dynamics, deeper and tighter bass, more neutral. The differences are audible, but the sonic experience with Blue Hawaii is not worlds apart, so I think for prospects best choice is to check whether the upgrade is worth the huge amount to pay based on your personal judgement. Most listeners prefer the SR-009, some prefer even the older initial SR-007 to the current MK II version. I ended up to prefer the current SR-007 MKII. My ears rated the SR-009 as to bright, a little bit too lean and mechanical sounding, not so natural and lush like the SR-007 MK II. Yes, many criticize the SR -007 MK II in having too much energy and not enough precision in the low frequency range. Yes, I hear also this, independend whether driven by Stax 007t or Headamp Blue Hawaii. But it did not reduce my fun listening to Stax – at least until the Abyss entered the scene, will come back to that later.
    Since some years headphones are my first choice of listening
    In the last years my focus towards headphones increased because of two positive drivers: my young daughter (unfortunately not sharing my loudspeaker passion) and all these new headphones and headphone amps entering the market and getting highest recommendations from the audio press.
    Reading all these enthusiastic reviews I was afraid I could miss something hearing only to my good old Stax. So I tried an Audeze LCD-2 sometime ago. A very good headphone with great look and feel. But at the end I had to recognize that after the attractiveness of being new and exciting was gone I did again prefer the Stax for most of my listening - regardless of the type of music. Only in the case of heavy rock or pop with extensive low frequency energy I used the Audeze. With the Audeze I did not hear the high frequency resolution of the STAX that is so important to me, I missed the delicate characteristics which makes the STAX so special, taking care of every musical detail.
    Abyss AB-1266
    Someday having a lot of time during holiday being spend with reading hifi magazines I detected a strange looking new high end model called Abyss AB-1266. I read some reviews about it and decided to buy it from Hifi-Studio am Falkensee (Uwe Heile), paired it with AudioValve RKV III. What a great ground breaking experience! It confirmed a old rule: after 7 seconds you know whether you like it or don't like it, whether something new and special is happening. As well as the Stax the Abyss offers me a similar level of smoothness and liquid sonic. But the Abyss AB-1266 combines it with greater dynamics, incredible bass performance and a tangible and grounded sound. It is by far more dynamic and transparent in the lower frequencies - without the disadvantage that the Abyss does produces too much energy in the lower frequency range. That difference reveals very clearly the weakest point of the Stax (007 MK II). The sound with Abyss is also very lush – I love this. I hear dynamics, details and precision I don’t hear with the Stax. The Abyss is so good that you can't stop listening to your jazz, pop and rock recordings. You hear it like never before. For me this headphone represents a huge milestone in headphone development. Even with classical music the Abyss beats the Stax, but the distance is not so huge as with the other music genres. Definitely the best headphone of the world I heard so far – at least when driven by AudioValve RKV III.
    AudioValve Mark RKV III
    So let’s come to the amplification part. Today there are so many choices, every month new headphone amps announced - good times for headphone audiophiles! But if you want the best and the also the ideal match for your specific headphone (s) the amount of choices can be reduced.
    I only heard a very small portion of the available headphone amp choices the market offers. So I am not able to give general ratings like "best headphone amp in the world". And to reduce the scope of my comparison even further - I heard these amps with these headphones: Stax SR-007, Stax SR—007 MK II, Stax SR-009, Audeze LCD-2 and Abyss AB-1266. An assessment of a headphone amp could be and sometimes definitely will end differently depending on the headphone you drive.
    I heard the Violectric V200, Fosgate Signature, Bryston BHA-1, Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold, Headamp Blue Hawaii, the headphone amp of my Accuphase C-2400 preamp and the Audio Valve RKV Mark III.
    My absolute personal favorite is the Audio Valve RKV Mark III. Smooth and very dynamic. This powerhouse is also strong in subtle details. The Abyss is so lively with the Audio Valve. It seems that the Abyss need some freedom to play, may be you know that kind of passion by a symphony orchestra being directed by a great conductor encouraging them to play without too much control - they will play being inspired. The Audio Valve has that kind of smooth characteristics that I like with Stax - without harshness. It seems to me not being a deviation to neutrality and power. Pop and Rock are sounding great. Incredible bass performance – so tight and deep. And in addition a very delicate reproduction of tone colors and a very three dimensional sound I never experienced so good with headphones before. I don’t even miss loudspeakers, since I don’t have the feeling of music playing between my ears.
    I compared my AudioValve with the Cavalli Liquid Gold driving my Abyss. I like the AudioValve by far more. More natural, lush, dynamic, threedimensional – it sounds fluent. The Cavalli sound more dry, mechanical, lean. Often the advantages and disadvantges of components playing on the same overall level are distributed in a balanced way. My ears tend to really LOVE the AudoValve: I can’t detect a criteria were the Cavalli has a sonic advantage for my ears. And for me it is a huge different. That was and is still a surprise to me, many rate the Cavalli as best choice for the Abyss. The difference is greater that the difference between Stax SRM-007t and Headamp Blue Hawaii.
    In addition to the sonic merits I love the RKV III because I can see inside the amplifier. I can imagine where the music finds the way through the circuit - without being harmed. The glow of the eight tubes is wonderful. Audio Valve and Abyss are both not looking reduced like purist "Bauhaus" style. After some weeks in my home I now think they represent a "good and characterful looking couple".
    I also like the company behind Audio Valve. Mr. Becker has been long in the business, his company can offer a tradition, he is passionate, knows the basics of electronic engineering. He is one of that technical oriented small size company owner that keeps the economy going! He is very responsive to me. I can talk directly to him. If you prefer to talk to a smart sales guy representing your high end company of choice look elsewhere 😉
    The Violectric V 200 is not so dynamic, it sounds also smooth, very controlled, a little be controlled in comparison to the Audio Valve, with less bass power in comparison to Audio Valve RKV Mark III. Considering the price I rate the performance as very good. But knowing what the AudioValve can do hearing with the Violectric is no fun anymore. I sold the component.
    Summary and general experiences
    So I urgently recommend all headphone enthusiasts to try to listen to Abyss and AudioValve RKV III. I am glad that I contacted Mr. Becker a year ago. Listening via Audio Valve RKV III and Abyss is the best listening experiences I can imagine.
    In addition to my sonic experience I want to share also my practical experience in day to day operation.
    I use the RKV III now since one year. It worked all the time trouble free without any problem. Important for me is also the fact that you don’t hear any hiss or hum, also no noise during start up or shut down procedure.
    Take care in the case that you connect the RKV III via Y-adapter to your source. When switched off or in the case of the inputs not being selected the source will see a reduced resistance. No panic, there is not a risk of a damage but you just need to know that the level in case of a parallel connected amplifier is reduced.
    With the Abyss I prefer the RKV Mark III 64 Ohm impedancer setting. It is smoother in comparison to the 128 Ohm setting, may be the listener looking for dynamics of pop and rock will prefer 128 Ohm.
    In my configuration I needed a longer headphone cable for the Abyss. I purchased a cable called "Headphone Harness" from small US based niche company Jena Labs (distributed in Europe by emotionalaudio in Netherlands). A good decision. Look and feel is very good. Sounds very good, but I did not spend effort to compare to the JPS cable. The cables of both channels are stranded together and the strand is very flexible. So the handling is better than with the original Abyss cable.
    Volker R., Hamburg, April, 2017


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    Dienstag, der 13. Februar 2018
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