Well I just got back from my audition!
First up was Brio/CD6004 and some KEF q300's I wasn't overly keen on the sound to be honest, they sounded wooly and very lacking in any punch, I was initially disappointed playing Crosses by Zero 7 after a few more tacks of dire straits, Adele, massive attack and Morcheeba I wasn't really like the sound and considering the speakers are £450 was very disappointed thinking that the amp wasn't any improvement over
Next things changed we put the Neat Motive 3s on..........OMG I was instantly blown away, I have never heard Zero 7 - Crosses sound so coherent and musical ever, even hearing new details from the CD6004, I know it's a cliche but this combo was really hitting the spot, I was enjoying the music so much I was like a kid in a sweetie shop, the Motive 3s are compact and don't look anything spcecial but that has changed what a superb speaker! I kept worrying how the Brio would fair with my BX2s considering the outcome of the Kefs! The Neats were for sale ex demo for £685 saving £200 off new but I know I couldn't afford them.
Next up was the Rega DAC through the CD6004 things got even better, this set up was fantastic, punchy, musical and detailed, even Wayne @Cymbiosis, Leicester was surprised at how good the marantz was as a transport. Yes lots of details coming through and i was totally enjoying the music!
I was already sold on the amp! Just worried about how the BX2s would fare when I got home.....
Well my fears were unfounded!
I've gone through lots of CDs at home and the Brio has really made my BX2s sing.....They have outperformed the Kefs by a mile and can't believe they are A £250 speaker, yes the Neats sound amazing but at the minute am really happy with my new Brio R and is a great improvement over the PM6004.