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bart 05-18-2019 06:19 PM

And what about this CAD thing?!
CAD stands for Computer Audio Designs.

http://metazahren.com/photography/ge...96untitled.jpg


When I read the website, I don't really understand what they are explaining me.
Voodoo?! :D

Did it work?
I had hoped I wouldn't hear a difference, but I did!
And a clear one.
Also for Meta it was obvious: everything sounded more transparent, and there was more silence in between the notes.
The older the recording, the more difference it made.
Damn!
I remain sceptical, but I do want to test this at home!

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bart 05-18-2019 06:35 PM

This demo made it clear for us: there is a Hegel in our future!
Of course, there is better out there.
But then you'll have to spend 3-4 times more, at least.

And there are more Hegel goodies around the corner.
Chattelin Audio will be the first to demo the C55 in the BeNeLux.

https://www.hegel.com/images/products/C5Front.jpg


The C55 is a 5-channel amplifier (exists also as C53 and C54).
Kal Rubinson had it in his system and raved about it.

https://www.widescreenaudio.be/wp-co...el_C5Angle.jpg


Ben wants to recreate his trptk studio in the Chattelin store: Hegel amplification (but with a C55 instead of the H30s), 5 KEF Blade 2s, and probably Merging NADAC as pre/DAC.

Date: July 12.

Meta and I will be there!

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bart 05-18-2019 06:49 PM

A big thank you!
 
Ben, Meta and I thank you for spending the whole day with us!

It was fantastic to visit Bert van der Wolf's studio together.
And we really appreciated the effort you made to give us a whole afternoon to demo the Hegel, and compare it with Mola Mola.

You didn't steer us toward the more expensive electronics, you just gave us the space to form our own idea, and then confirmed with your own findings.
You even honestly admitted that, if you were to start building a system now, at home, you would take this amplifier and be done.
Rather than the Zanden integrated (24K!) even, because it simply does more things and it does a lot of them better than the Zanden.

You also said would choose Kroma speakers.
I only heard the small ones so far.
That means we'll have to visit again to test those! :D

http://metazahren.com/photography/ge...77untitled.jpg

Weirdcuba 05-18-2019 08:22 PM

Great day and great write up. I am so impressed with the hifi world in Belgium. You’re lucky, particularly with meta.

Puma Cat 05-18-2019 10:13 PM

Great write-up, and also photos, Bart!

I've well familiar with Hegel and also have watched all of John Darko's videos on Hegel; he likes them very much, too.

If I were to hazard a guess, Hegel would pair very nicely with Dynaudios.

jdandy 05-19-2019 09:47 AM

Bart and Meta........Bravo. This thread is a joy to read and the photos are wonderful. You two make quite the reviewer's pair. Entertaining, enlightening, and a treat for the eyes, as well. Thank you.

bart 05-19-2019 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Weirdcuba (Post 965232)
Great day and great write up. I am so impressed with the hifi world in Belgium. You’re lucky, particularly with meta.


Jim, this was in the Netherlands, but you're right, hifi isn't dead yet in Western Europe.
I've seen quite a few young music lovers in shows here, with young meaning in their 20s.
And yes, I'm lucky having a wife actually supporting the hobby! :banana:

bart 05-19-2019 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Puma Cat (Post 965240)
Great write-up, and also photos, Bart!

I've well familiar with Hegel and also have watched all of John Darko's videos on Hegel; he likes them very much, too.

If I were to hazard a guess, Hegel would pair very nicely with Dynaudios.


Stephen, I would guess Hegel, being very neutral, would pair with most speaker brands.
They will be able to drive even very inefficient transducers.

bart 05-19-2019 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by jdandy (Post 965266)
Bart and Meta........Bravo. This thread is a joy to read and the photos are wonderful. You two make quite the reviewer's pair. Entertaining, enlightening, and a treat for the eyes, as well. Thank you.


Dan, thank you for the kind words.
We even make a good pair when we're not reviewing... https://www.audioaficionado.org/images/icons/icon12.gif

Formerly YB-2 05-21-2019 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by bart (Post 965180)
I'm interested in getting into SS again............

Bart - :thumbsup: Understand completely. After many years of tubes and all the pleasure of listening to 'glass', am happy to be back with solid-state. Just more 'there', there for me. Enjoy your journey (I know you will).


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