I got to
go to my Friends house tonight and mix and match components. We listened
to his system first. It has a moderate CD player, a Cyrus solid state
amp, and small reflex speakers. They are 87dB efficient. I enjoyed the
sound of his system. We substituted his amp first.
was put into service immediately and sounded less than wonderful in
comparison. However, after We played a few more tracks, it started to
warm up, and what a difference. Then the real listening started.
sounded better on all the tracks We played. We then substituted the
Arcam Alpha 7 for his CD player, and it was also a noticable improvement.
We restored his original system and it sounded very 2 dimensional in
swapped between his CD and the Arcam, while using his amp, there was
only a very slight difference. So, for us non Audiophiles, the best
way we could put it is the Zen and Arcam had very noticable "presence"
that the existing setup lacked. I didn't even bother to substitute the
speakers I built form the drivers you sent, the difference using his
speakers was so huge.