Originally Posted by ceausuc
The Metrum is the Octave?
The Metrum is the Quad.
Yesterday night I had a short session with both the Ref 5 and the Quad (in that order).
With the cap mod, I notice the highs to be a bit more extended that the Quad now and the transients are thus sharper but the impact is more or less the same (which is an improvement for me). The sound is still darker on the Ref 5 though.
The sound presentation is slightly different between the 2: The Ref 5 has a slightly bigger sound stage expanding further on the sides which makes it more left/right than the Quad.
This was not a critical listening, I just wanted to enjoy the Ref 5 and see if its modded sound improved as expected. The thing is, I have the impression that the sound it produces literally puts me to sleep after some time, though my toes keep tapping in my bed :D. In addition, my head feel quite strange after some time, as if I could not entirely relax while listening (which is, oddly, in contradiction to the previous observation). It feels as if I was "feeling" some harshness or upper glare though I don't hear any of that in the music!
Because of this strange feeling, I switched back to the Quad and all of this disappeared! I, once again, reached midnight and was enjoying the music with a great deal of involvement. The music through the Quad just flows like liquid crystal!
Overall, and for now, I would say the Reference 5 is technically slightly supperior to the Quad but I don't enjoy it as much as the latter.
I'll keep you posted, the Ref 5 is still in burn-in and I might play with oversampling to smooth out that "unhearable harshness".
Edited by Clemmaster - 11/13/12 at 5:23am