ldejong Posted May 9, 2022 Share Posted May 9, 2022 Hello all, New european member here. I paid 3.250 euro, thats 3.400 dollar for my a brand new model 1's (you guys in the usa do not know how lucky you are). Without ever hearing one, hahaha. Big gamble, but I loved the design and the philosophy of Richard so I bought it. Plus I'm from The Netherlands, so Richard had that going for him:) The distributor told me I'm the first in Europe to have one. So that's pretty cool. I'm now in the process of letting them burn-in, I dailed in the placement as best I could. But I still think it's not yet there, but will do new adjustments when I feel they sound better. For now I notice a lot of neutrality and a lot of detail without the sound getting too harsh/bright. Plus great imaging, when I close my eyes I hear the singer breath and see her/him standing in my room. My room is not ideal, it's small 8x12 feet and a lot of hard surfaces. I placed a lot of acoustic panels but there is still some ringing going-on when I clap my hands. Only thing that I notice is that the leading edge of a cymbal strike or a violin sound a little bright/harsh. I think this is because the speakers are not yet burned-in. Plus I'm really sensitive to it, all my other speakers had it. I even went to a shop where I demoed the Harbeth 5's in a fully dampened room (when silent you could hear your own blood flowing). And still I noticed a little brightness, and that is with a Harbeth speaker and a Chord dac (the wave actually). Not known for there brightness. I fixed my room to the best of my ability, there are 15 panels in there now, and that helped a lot! So if after some more playtime the brightness stays I will have to look at my cables and source. If I fix that small wee of brightness I think I will love these speakers, for now they outshine all the other speakers I have had. (Dali, Focal and Triangle - all know for their brightness 🥴) I actually listened to music! Like two whole albums, even with that small brightness there. Normally I would start focussing on the brightness, and get a headache. This time I managed to focus on the music. I did get some fatigue, but I also felt relaxed and really enjoying the music. Anyway I will quit rambling. System: Amp: YBA A200 Speakers: Vandersteen model 1ci+ Subwoofer: REL T7X Speaker cables: Sommercable Elpehant, bare wire (will buy the Oyaide GYT spades, this could tame the brightness a little) Power cable: El Cheapo Lapp cable with chinese plugs (really have to upgrade) (could also be source of that small wee of brightness) Analogue Source: Thorens TD-165, upgraded with all new internal wire and better interlinks/powercable Digital source: Laptop using USB out to internal dac of the amp (this is not ideal, will bring a lot of noise into the system, so also a source of brightness). 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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