It is almost one year I go round the ZERO autoformers wondering if it is the right
choice for my system. Actually I own a pair of Quad 988 driven by two OTL custom made
powerful monoblocks. The sound is really good but nothing is enough. Can you tell me if putting the ZEROs in my system I can have real benefits?
Best From Genoa,
Thanks for your e-mail. It would be impossible for me to truly know how it would perform in your system. Best bet would be to try it and see if you enjoy the results. It is said to be an excellent unit.
Enjoy the Music,
Steven R. Rochlin
Thanks for an excellent "magazine" which by now has replaced all my year-long subscriptions.
Just a tip: Why not test the Acapella Ion tweeter which I have evaluated for integration with my Avantgarde Trios.
Very Best Regards,
Dear Mr. Christensen,
First of all, thank you for your support. It is gratifying to know that we are making new friends in the global audiophile arena. I will be sure look into the Acapella Ion tweeter. My major concern has to do with its rated sensitivity. Ion tweeters tend to be rather quiet; as the owner of a pair of Dukane Ionovacs I should know.
Dear Mr. Donnelly,
I had the pleasure of reading your various reviews on the Meadowlark speakers, which interested me in particular since I own a pair of Kestrel2's, with which I'm very pleased. I would like to ask you if you considered reviewing the Kestrel2's, both by their own, but also assembled with the new Blackbird subwoofer of Meadowlark, which in my opinion should be very interesting. Also, have you got any intention of reviewing the Blue Heron II's? I read your review of the Blue Heron's, but the II's are about 30% more expensive and are supposed to out perform their predecessors.
As a final note, if the answers are published somewhere in Enjoy the Music.com™ site, please just give me a hint by replying to my e-mail address.
I have no plans at present to review either the Kestrel2 or the subwoofer, although I have heard the former and consider it a typical excellent value from Meadowlark. However, I am planning the Blue Heron2 review for November 2004. So far, my impressions of the BH2 are very favorable, and it seems to me that these loudspeakers are superior, especially in dynamics, to the excellent original Blue Herons. You'll need to see the review for the full story.
My congratulations on a very well written, communicative and informative
source for those of us suffering from audiophilius addictiona! My system
makes it very difficult to do anything but listen to it while it is playing
music. I am currently breaking in a set of interconnects and speaker cables
by Aruricle Audio Design, testing out a theory (my own) that it might be a
good idea to try interconnects and loudspeaker cables of the same length
throughout the entire system...
Your articles, reviews and comments bring me relief from the feeling I am
alone in this madness of mine.
I enjoyed your tubed CD reviews on Enjoythemusic. Great website, too,
thanks! The question of whether to get an Ah! or a Heart 600 tubed CD player
is troubling me. What is your take on this? I'll be using a vintage Eico
HF-81 integrated tube amp (early 60's) with PSB bookshelf speakers. There's
also the option of getting a used Ah! 99.
Thanks for your time,
Many thanks for the nice feedback. By far the best of the Dutch CD player
mods, and a current reference of mine, is the AH! Super Tjoeb with the
upsampling board. The review can be seen by clicking
here. This is the budget CD player to own; nothing comes even close
at this price point.
I have a Sony D-15 CD player from about 1988 or so that is obviously between
the D-5 model and the D-25 model that were featured in your review. Mine
does not say 4x oversampling on the case, and I am curious if mine has this
Regardless, it sounds fairly nice, having the same all metal case as the
D-25 and a true line output as well as a headphone output (with true
potentiometer volume control). Ditto the lack of bass boost, skip protection
I plan to get some Shure earbuds like the ones featured in your review soon.
If you know anything about this model D-15 I would be interested in your
opinion. I realize no one could possible be familiar with all or even the
majority of the many portable CD players made by Sony. Anyway, I wanted you
to know how much I enjoyed your review of portable music sources. I will
eventually get an iPod, but I plan to get better headphones and a portable
headphone amplifier first.
Thanks for your e-mail. Alas, not sure of the sampling rate of the D-15
though i do remember it also sounded quiet good. Think the D-555, the
successor to the D-25, was where Sony went 'wrong' with too many digital
do-dads and the seemingly lesser quality oversampling chipset for sound
Enjoy the new ear bud headphones and remember that fitting them to your ears
is key for best sound. Try the different sized ear inserts and use the one
that sounds best. Of course in the end what really matters is that you...
Enjoy the Music,
Steven R. Rochlin
I have always enjoyed your writing…when I first started reading S'phile
in 1993 you were there! I will never forget the line you used to describe
the Jadis JA200 amp "outdistances the competition primarily in the area
of soundstaging, where it unfolds a panoramic and rock solid spatial
impression of the original recording venue" Anyhow, glad to know I can
read your writing here.
It's good to meet you in cyberspace. Thanks for the feedback and be sure to
check out Enjoy the Music's pages periodically.
Nice review of the X-708s. I just reviewed them for Positive Feedback
Online, and found them to be like you said. I didn't see you mention
bi-wiring them, however. I found them to be considerably better when
bi-wired, or when using better jumpers. Without those steps, I thought the
highs were a little bleached sounding, and the dynamics a bit limited. I
noticed the veiling you mentioned, but the bi-wiring or better jumpers made
a big improvement there, too.
Glad we were in general agreement.
Thanks for the kind words. Glad to see that I'm hearing the same thing that
everybody else is. Sometimes I wonder :-)
That's a good point that you mention. The one thing I didn't do in the
review process was biwire the Ushers. Playing with the wiring can definitely
lead to some decent performance improvements.
A this moment, Bill Baker is modifying my 25 wpc class A SET amp, and I have
inquired about purchasing the very Usher speakers that you just finished
reviewing. Due to downsizing (sigh) with kids in college, I am looking to
replace the Epos ESL 3's that I now use. Bill feels that 25 wpc is enough
oomph for these speakers, and I believe him as he has been straight honest
with me all through the modification. From what you remember, do you feel
that 25 wpc, "Class A," would be enough to push them in a medium
sized room? I know that you are busy, so any response would be most
appreciated! Nice job on the review.
Best to you,
25wpc should push the Ushers just fine (conditionally). In a medium sized
room you probably won't acheive huge SPLs unless you are sitting pretty
close to the speakers but I'd hazard a guess that they will probably reach
in the mid to upper 90's in a (say) 10x15 room. At those levels you may not
huge amounts of headroom left in the amp.
It gets really difficult finding medium efficincy speakers (92-96db). It
seems like you and I don't have many choices when we get above 88db (or so)
until we reach the Lowther/Fostex/Altec/100+db territory. I really wish
speaker manufacturers would sit up and pay attention to the market trends.
More and more people are discovering the magic of the SET sound and low(er)
Overall I think you will be happy with the Ushers. I drove them for a long
time with a 300b. It was very nice sounding though 8wpc just wasn't enough
for my listening pleasure. I did try them behind a 22wpc HH Scott and they
did quite well.
Hope that helped.