Originally Posted by swannie007
I have this combo and enjoy it very much. I enjoy it a little more than my Vali HD650 combo as I find it a little too laid back for my taste. I prefer a little more of an analytical sound so enjoy the Q701 more but you may find otherwise, it is a very personal thing.
Enjoy the music.
A very personal thing indeed!!
After all, we're all reacting to art (music) and the technology that reproduces that art form (which, is itself another form of art)!!
I need resolution, but I also look for something in a system that's difficult to encapsulate: Soul
I want it to translate the emotive energy of the music. The power in musical expression - and that's not always perfect.
So it all comes down to taste.
That's only one of the reasons this community is such a great place to share about all these things:
We all bring different experiences, biases, tastes, and history to our listening experience.
Back to topic:
The Vali is sounding fantastic over here. I got it isolated on a Bright Star base with a Walker Audio puck atop the chassis because I heard about the noise issues before...
Honestly, I forget what they said it did (the Walker puck), but I just use it for mass loading - helping to still resonances from continuing past the chassis,
- that's what sold VPI magic bricks for so long - LOL
and I've been loving my music through it:
I've been particularly lovin this record - Shlohmo's Pretty Much Amazing EP.
Dig his mellow, almost-trap like sound...