My HDT’s arrived unscathed and have now been making music for six days.
They have replaced my Omega Super 3’s. The Omegas had gotten me closer
to the music than I had ever been before but with literally no bass to
be had I was very limited as to my selection of music. As an example,
Dark Side of the Moon could not be listened to, as it did not sound
like the same CD. It sounded as if half of the information was missing.
Out of all my CD’s I found myself listening to the same four again and
again. Those, however, sounded fantastic.
SE34I.2 arrives I am using my EL84 based Almarro with 4.8 watts per
side. Power tubes are NOS 1963 Mullards being driven by a Mazda French
Silver Anode 12AX7. I like the Almarro better while using my Eastern
Electric MiniMax pre amp. Speaker cables are Mapleshade Golden Helix
and IC’s are RS Audio Silver Reference. My source is an EE MiniMax CD
player and my old Sony X55ES.
My first impression of
the HDT’s was that they sounded very much like the Omegas but with more
weight and I now understand the term “Fostex Sound” I mean this in a
good way. The Omegas took forever to break in and were almost offensive
when new. The HDT’s were beating the fully broken in Omegas right out
of the box but sounded eerily similar. It was then that I realized that
I was listening to the same four CD’s at moderate levels and I guess
that they would sound similar. Out went Diana Krall and in went Dark
Side of the Moon and up went the volume. When the heartbeat started I
immediately knew that I would not be investing in a sub. These things
do make bass! Then the music began and out came the best sound I have
heard to date. I used to live over the audio store where I bought my
equipment and have heard plenty of high-end systems. I came from the
world of high power SS and complex crossovers. My system, back then,
was modified B&K mono blocks and four thousand-dollar JSE model 4
speakers with Infinite Slope crossovers. These HDT’s with 4.8 watts
were kicking the crap out of that system and everything else that I had
ever heard at my old stomping grounds. If you tell me that these things
will improve with time I would have to wonder how? At one point they
actually frightened me. Those running footsteps on Dark Side appeared
to start climbing up the wall of my room and I had to turn and look. It
was as if they had separated themselves from the rest of the music and
took off running. These things are just that special and I can’t
imagine ever replacing them. The name says it all! I now eagerly await
the arrival of my SE34I.2, which Steve says has the best synergy he has
heard to date with the HTD’s.
Oh yeah, they do not shout!
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