UPA-1 reviews to come... Feb 19, 2010 12:40:00 GMT -5
Post by Lonnie on Feb 19, 2010 12:40:00 GMT -5
Seriously, these amps are amazing. I knew they would be infinitely better than my old Kenwood receiver but I had no idea that it would be such a dramatic difference.
Like all the classic reviews all of us have read it REALLY was "like a veil had been lifted off my speakers". I figured they would be louder and cleaner than what I was used to but it seriously sounds like I bought a new (much better) set of speakers. As you all (may or may not) know I am without a pre-amp at the moment so I am using my Dell laptop as the source and pre-amp and am running a cable that is 1/8" out of the headphone jack to RCAs into the amps. I am using Media Monkey to play my music files from an external drive. This is FAR from an ideal situation and it still COMPLETELY smokes running the same external drive into a PS3 (optical out from there) to my receiver. Seriously blows it out of the water....waaaaaaayyyyy out. ;D
I am also shocked about how much the bass response has increased. My Alesis monitor 1's are 2 way speakers that were made for studio monitoring. They are low cost monitors that have a 6 1/2" woofer and a silk tweeter. That are 4 ohm and are rated at 120 W. I never knew before that they could even produce bass. LOL! The highs have more air around them and a LOT of mid-range muddiness has cleared up. As I said, it sounds like a completely different set of speakers. I was playing some DMB "so much to say" and before I couldn't get that clean crisp "bite" on the guitar that I KNEW should be there. Now I am getting closer, much closer. Norah Jones' voice is another thing that I always felt was being really held back by my Kenwoods amp. Now I can turn it up and really hear her voice come through as I knew it should. Nice.
Don't get wrong here gang, I STILL need to buy new speakers, but these amps just made living with the ones I have a whole lot easier.
I am actually taking some vacation time at the moment and have 3 more days off, so during this time I am going to leave my computer and these amps playing the entire time to "burn in" the amps before I sit down, take some time, and do some serious critical listening.
Also, I am supposed to be getting my tax returns tomorrow so I will be ordering up a proper pre-amp for these as well.
Take care all, and I hope you are loving your new amps as much as I am loving mine. ;D
p.s. I am having to stack these on top of each other at the moment due to how I am having to hook it up. Is it safe to have them stacked and run them for several days in a row with NO rest?
Yes, they should be fine stacked, as long as they are not in a tightly enclosed space.