"...I love it when I'm right" - DUP"
As many of you know, my friend Stew and I have been at DUP's some time ago where we were quite impressed with DUP's Legacy Whispers. From that point on, my friend Stew was contemplating replacing his JM Lab Nova Utopia Be's with the Whispers.
After much searching, Stew came across a used pair of Whispers. Legacy, of all places had a pair. Stew got that pair and after a few weeks of tweaking his system, he was ready to show it off.
Stew invited DUP, our friend Roger and myself to come over for a listen. A few weeks ago, I met Wes Phillips at one of the beer outings who expressed an interest in hearing the Whispers, so I asked Stew to extend an invitation to Wes, which he did.
Stew's setup consists of the following:
DCS stack (Verdi, Purcell, Eglar Plus) as a source and digital preamp
McIntosh MC501 monoblocks
MIT Oracle v2.2 (I think it's the 2.2 I always get confused with those version numbers they have) interconnects
Synergistic Research speaker cables (I forget the model number. It's one of their reference series).
DUP was running late, so we turned on our reference recording, Pink Floyd's "Shine on you crazy diamond". The system sounded good, better than his Utopias, but there was slight harshness and grittiness to the sound. However, the clarity, detail and especially bass detail was superior to his Nova Utopias. I thought that the Legacies sounded better than his old speakers, but that slight harshness bothered me a bit. Another thing I noticed was slight sibilance on certain recordings. It wasn't bad enough to be problematic, but it was noticeable. Roger mentioned that he felt slight fatigue at higher volumes. I didn't share his opinion, but I could definitely appreciate his point of view. I think that if I were a bit more sensitive to that harshness, I would have found it fatiguing as well.
We adjusted the level on the bass processor that comes with the Legacies. The harshness was noticeably diminished, although there were still some remnants of it. Wes played some of his clapping hand music recordings (Music based on rhythmically clapping hands, which I found a bit too esoteric for my tastes.) and Roger played some of his favorite music, which he had on a computer he brought. I should mention that Roger brought his computer, which he connected to Stew's Purcell Upsampler which went into the Elgar Plus DAC. This way, Roger was able to play the FLAC files on his hard drive through Stew's set up. Using computer as a source sounded fantastic, comparable to Stew's Verdi transport.
DUP rang and Roger and I went downstairs to help DUP carry his AVA modified Hafler amps, which he wanted to bring to hook up to Stew's rig to see how they would fare against the Mac's. We left Stew and Wes to play with the setup.
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