Since the room was crowded and this is not any kind of formal test, I do not want to be absolute in anything, but my immediate ‘gut’ reaction was to think that, yes, the extra money the valve amp costs is definitely a worthwhile investment. The sound of the valve amp was more involving with better micro dynamics and inner detail. The leading edges of notes seemed more real. The total lack of mechanical sound was breathtaking, the bass ‘as it is in real life’. We changed back to the valve amps to be certain of our findings.
Somebody told them that tasting these cookies will make them write a better review… they always do that in the end Mrs. Fouassis was the Grand Chef during this eveningI remained captive of the ML 1.I plan to return shortly to MF Audio for another more extended session with my recordings that I know very well. By the above I don’t want to diminish in any way the excellence of the M1.1. It is just that it happened that I was so taken with the ML1. There was another point of view (PD, SM):
The hybrid is more neutral with deeper and more defined bass. It is exposing the deficiencies of the recordings, and that is why it seems slightly mechanical compared to the ML1 which masks with it’s ‘oh so beautiful’ sound the harshness of the recording.
What is the truth? God knows the truth. The audiophile who takes both amps home for let’s say two months and listens to them day and night with very familiar recordings using different sources, cables and two or three speakers, HE knows the truth. There was a time when professional writers used to do that. Now it is happening less and less.
The speakers proved once more that you don’t need very large enclosures to have great sound and that you can have hi-end sound in a gorgeous smallish package, admittedly at a price. The CD player proved that digital has gone a long way and that you can have great sound at a reasonable price, a fact that a few years ago seemed impossible.
Music Program Highlights (only CD’s):
High Hills Soundtrack (Antilles 314510855-2)
Reservoir Dogs (Soundrack) (MCA MCD 10541)
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall (Classic compact LSOCD 6006 2CD’s)
Tanita Tikaram “Ancient heart” (WEA 2292-43877-2)
BBC Radio Classics (IMP)
Telemann + Vivaldi (BIS-CD-271)
Alexia “In a Jazz mood” (BMG-RCA 74321-451042)
Ella Fitzgerald “Clap hands here comes Charlie” (Verve 835646-2)
Anyway, I keep forgetting that I have limited space. I have to tell you that we also had a great home cooked dinner. Mrs. Fouassis was very kind and hospitable and so was her daughter and son. I can’t remember a time when we felt more at home at a place we visited for the first time. All the food was unbelievingly good and the dessert of the most extraordinary quality. In the kitchen there were a few of us of the heavier kind long after the others had finished. A modern view was discussed. It proposes that the heavier you are the better sound you have in your house. Your body acts as an absorber and diffuser, more so concerning your own ears, which are closer to your mass “o kalofagomenos akui kalitera”. Psychological matters are also involved. We were sorry we had to go! We promised to return shortly to listen to the system, make better and deeper (ha ha …) judgments, listen to the great MAGNUM Dynalab tuners and eat the great turta. See you later!
Thank you, MF Audio!