Easy Like Sunday Morning
Despite it being almost completely foreign to me, I had been listening to our October 2005 "Recording of the Month," Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, all morning (great stuff for an easy Sunday), so I figured I'd just stick with that.
Initially, all I noticed was that everything was louder. I was surprised to find that, when I used the A3.5's remote to control the volume, I kicked the Arcam, which had been powered down, immediately back into action. I tested the Arcam's remote in turn, but found that it wouldn't control the Musical Fidelity pieces. This proved somewhat informative, however, as I could set both players to the zero volume position, and raise the level on the A3.5 until I got to what seemed like my usual listening level on the Arcam. I rarely went over a lovely, soft-blue "50" on the Arcam. Now, with the A3.5s in place, an Arcam "50" would have been far too loud; I wouldn't be able to hear the ambulances and police sirens down on Monmouth Street at all. And the people banging on my apartment door would just never make themselves known. An Arcam "50" was now something like a MF "30."
I hope I'm making sense here. [Maybe one of you more audiophilic dudes out there can help me with this.] I'm not sure if these numeric comparisons mean much of anything, as I don't even know if the respective volume controls of the Solo and A3.5 are being manipulated at the same rate, but I think you know what I mean. Everything was just louder.
And then I had to go out...
Oh, by the way, I started with the cheaper interconnects, and I'll tell you this:
So far, they know all the words to the song.