What's this, the PFs are out of focus!
Just joking, congrats on your new tube amp!
Awesome! Don't get your tubes wet!
When you first mentioned that you were going to get a portable tube amp - a first class one, no less - I thought to myself how the PFs already sound as if they've got tubes built into them, even when driven with solid state gear. My guess is that you're hearing a very, very "wet" and "full" sound - "luscious" might be a good adjective to describe what you must be hearing. Euphony unleashed.
Just to help me understand... Would you say the new amp gives you more of what the PF already gave you - taking it further in the same direction - or does it venture into some new sonic traits that were missing from the PF?
I realize it's too early to reach conclusions, but I'm curious just the same!
Ian, that is fantastic to hear. Hopefully I will get some time this weekend to get the tubes I want into the LF and give it a go.
In the mean time, I've done some A/B/C listening with the FI-BA-SS, ES5, and Signature Pro. I've discovered something and I have a question. Is the opposite of coloration, transparency?
Before, the Signature Pro made my ES5 sound so colored and congested. The Signature Pro was much more realistic and natural sounding in the mid range listening to Keith Jarret Live at Koln. Now, the FI-BA-SS Shows the Sig Pro's coloration with a truer timbre, and more natural sound with less congestion and coloring. It's thinner sounding (less colored), but so much more clear and real sounding. And the Sig Pro is one transparent little guy! I could not believe it! The FI-BA-SS makes my ES5 sound like listening to piano underwater with your ear canals caked with mud.
Don't get me wrong, with electronic, and some vocals, that coloration can be fun. But I am starting to crave the open, natural, transparent clearness of the FI-BA-SS above all. They are truly a marvel.
One thing that is important to note it that when you move from the ES5 to the Sig Pro, you lose that euphony when you lose the coloration. But with the FI-BA-SS, the same isn't true. Despite it's incredible transparency, MUSIC is a joy! I'm not listening to the piano (Sig Pro), I am listening to the beauty of the music ebb and flow.
It completely makes sense.
My thoughts are that even with a single note, that isn't being divided up by the crossover, is still muddy. Say a 3KHz Piano tone, just a single note, in theory should be activating the mid-range driver (yes, via the crossover, but without competing BA drivers being driven at the same time). Just a single note does not nearly have the transparency. Now I realize, the acoustics and ambience/reverb of the room, plus the hammer strike of the string are not that one single note, so maybe that is where I run into problems... Maybe a true test would be a synthesized electronic 3Khz tone with some texture in it to test transparency and coloration.
So maybe the electronics in a multi-driver BA inherently make for a reduction in transparency, even when multiple sounds are not being divided up by the crossover. And/or, Final Audio has their materials, drivers, and tuning just right so that they really are manufacturing the best single BA's on earth.
Does that make sense?
Does FAD manufacture their own BA's?
Especially given the size of FAD. Recently Sony engineered their own, but they're so much bigger.
That was also on my mind. I don't know how big FAD is, but I got the impression they are pretty small. Nearly boutique, but also heard they are pretty popular and well-known around Japan. But that doesn't mean their products are prevalent.