Not posting too often around here, and when I do, it's usually to complain about how tiring I find my system, with a sound that has too much "urgency" and doesn't let me relax. System is:
Synology NAS -> rPi+Hifiberry Digi+ -> Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 -> Nait XS+FlatcapXS -> Linn K20 -> Dynaudio X36
The room is 4.5m x 4m, with plenty of soft furnishings. In the quest to make the system more bearable over the years, I have added bass traps, auditioned nDAC, tried out balanced isolation transformer, played with speaker placement etc. I could notice some small changes, but the essence of the sound remained the same. Measurements with REW don't show any significant issues. Therefore, after some long thought, I came to the conclusion that the speakers are simply not matching my room and I should try out some standmounts instead.
Long story short, after auditioning Dynaudio Contour 20, Confidence C1 Platinum and PMC twenty5 22, I have now borrowed and been demoing the C1s at home... WOW!
The transformation of the sound is impressive! Darker balance that I have been looking for, with amazing level of detail, especially when things get complex. In comparison, the X36s sound much more "congested" and "smeared" and "bright" and in the end annoying!
Now, I am imagining that most of you right now are shivering at the thought of "wasting" such fine speakers with such "poor" electronics! Where did "source first" principle go? Am I going nuts? Should I be burned at the stake for ignoring the comments saying that not even a 250.2 is good enough for C1s?
The reality is that these speakers are giving me the sound that I have been looking for. I am not playing at loud volumes and these creatures are so enjoyable even at low levels. And obviously having such speakers can only open the appetite for further upgrades upstream...
Please excuse my long ramblings. I've been so excited since yesterday that I had to share it with you.
So... what fish will the C1s make me?