ERC-1 Initial Impressions Jan 10, 2010 19:34:54 GMT -5
Post by tbro49 on Jan 10, 2010 19:34:54 GMT -5
;D Couldn't pass up the sale and opportunity to compare to Oppo BD-83, but I haven't had the time to compare yet. However, it is clear upon initial listening to my favorite CDs that the ERC-1 is outstanding as noted by many others here. I first noticed the silence. By that I mean that there is a plainly noticeable increased level of quietness between musical passages I have not heard on the Oppo or any other unit, even at the low volume I have had to use most of the time thus far. When I was able to crank it up a little this weekend, I noticed the increased detail, particularly at the end of a song where the last notes or chord seemed to last longer than I had perceived before. The background speaking passages on the Beatles Love CD were much clearer, for instance: I can understand studio talk I never even heard before. I was definitely able to play my Sheffield Labs CD by Michael Ruff (which has a lot of high energy vocals and brass as well as stunning percussion) louder without irritating my aging ears. The bass lines, piano and vocals of the Holly Cole Trio were very clean and distinct. Even mainstream stuff like Paul McCartney's Flaming Pie was really good. I just found myself saying, "Wow, that really sounded great!" I am now able to use the same electronics I heard at Emofest: ERC-1, USP-1 and XPA-2, and it is very satisfying. It's not that the Oppo is bad, of course. It;s just that this combo is so pleasing and enjoyable to listen to. I hope to do some comparison listening soon, but my preliminary impression is that the ERC-1 bests the Oppo on CDs and, at $319.00 at least, beats upgrading to the BD-83 SE. You get the best of both worlds! No regrets so far.