Me and noir just went to listen to the following : http://audiophile.lu/invitation.htm
Speakers: B&W Nautilus 800D
CD / SACD Player: DCS Verdi / Purcell / Elgar / Verona
Preamplifier: Mark Levinson No 326 S
Amplifier: Halcro DM 58
Frontspeakers: B&W Nautilus 800D
Central Speaker: B&W Nautilus HTM 1D
Rearspeakers: B&W Nautilus 800D
CD / SACD / DVD-V / DVD-A Player: Linn Unidisk 1.1
Preamplifier / processer: Linn Kisto
Amplifiers: 3 X Pass Labs X250
Projecter: Sim HT 500 E
Speakers: B&W Nautilus 802D
CD / SACD Player: DCS La Scala / Delius
Preamplifier: Spectral DMC 30 SL
Amplifier: Spectral DMA 250
System 1; an absolute audiophile weapon of mass-destruction. The gap to my system is ridiculous (as expected) and I never heard any better. (I still love the avantgarde though) The system that the 800 were connected to fitted them very well, those Halcro blocks were able to perform greatly, very detailed. The power cords seemed very high-end, also did the connectors in-between the machinery.
They presented us with some Scat/Jazz song at first, and I was completely blown away, not only by the bass, that had incredible detail, but also by the heights that the system managed all too perfectly. It seemed warm enough, even with being the analytical speaker it is. The second song was another vocal one, a female singer with a jazz band once again. The voice was incredibly present, thinking that the singer is in front of you, and the background instruments were always there, in detail, as well.
I wish I could've listened to some of my music on them, some of my own jazz albums and the like, moreover we didn't have all too much time, but it was enough indeed to grasp the power of the speakers.
As the source of System 1 seemed to have had problems after this second song we went to System 2, the surround one.
Here they were playing classical pieces, in Super Audio CD format, say 5.0. The problem here was, as the speakers weren't set to fit an individual, that the audience was a tad too big (15-20 people) and that the ones in the front row (sort of where we were sitting) didn't hear the rear speakers all too well, and the ones sitting in the back were hearing the rear before the front. Nevertheless it wasn't bad at all. (SACD can never really impress me as format as such) The first song was an opera, male singer and choir. Very decent. (I'm so bad with remembering names
) Then there were some heavier tracks, and a piano concert. It was all very good, couldn't beat the stereo setup though.
The last system (which was actually the first system we were listening to), System 3, also impressed me, could not at all reach the topmodel of the 800 though. We heard more songs on System 3 though. A shame we couldn't hear more on the top one.
Some minor impressions of an amateur audiophile.