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AVR-300 warm sound

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by Barend, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Barend

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    Hi people,
    Have been listening to cds yesterday and was surprised by the stereo analog sound of my new baby being so engulfingly "warm" (there, I said it) nevertheless with tingling highs...
    Hooked up my generator and scope, plus an 8 ohms dummy load and I found there was no roll off anywhere, straight line curve...
    But damn I will find out why the sound is as it is!
    Barend
     
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    Is this "warm" sound a good thing in your book ?

    Just my personal opinion but playing CD's on the DV-79 and AVR 300 in bi-amp mode via analogue in direct mode through a pair of Ruark Prologue ones - just sound to damn lovelly and transparant compaired to my old Pioneer 656 and Denon AVR 3300.

    Im in seventh heaven :) only problem i do have is turning off the music to watch a movie :)


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    Yes I love it but I wanna know how...
     
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    I have a DV79 playing CD thru a Linn Kairn/Klout/Isobariks and it sounds pretty good. I also use just the 2 channels for DVD movie sound and the sound is also very good.

    Warm/cold sound is not just a matter of response in the frequency domain: there are other factors at work which are, it seems, not easily measured, or at least not commonly used in reviews.
     
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    Absolutely -- when I A-B listened recently to my Linn Majik and a Rotel 1056, the former sounded quite warm but real -- with presenece as if the artists were in the room with me. The Rotel sounded more analytical, colder, more like a piece of hi-fi in fact. I know which sound I prefer...
     
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    I thought this kind of sound would be coupled with flaws somewhere (I expected a loss of treble and a slightly boomy as- I had an Alpha amp that exhibited these phenomena) but I haven't found them yet!
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    I tend to call this sound "rich" rather than "warm", as the latter description might be mistaken for soft and woolly, like an old radiogram ;o) Conversely, a cold, clinical sound tends to be "thin", giving the subjective effect of lacking involvement and emotion.

    It's a common misunderstanding that thin, bright sound is more detailed; true detail is a rich, involving sound. The word "musicality" has fallen out of fashion, but it still applies.
     

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