off tomorrow to get some 16" V6 alloys for it (and not the 15" ones that are on now)
I'm listening to this amplifier again right now. Sadly I haven't given it much of a work out yet as I've had to socialise
As I've said, the amp excels with Norah Jones - simple female acousitc. I've played a few of albums through a many times now and find it the best I've heard for her music. That's all well and good, but I have more than those three CDs, and the amp needs to be able to play everything well!
I've moved onto some modern Indie music to see if these 'polite' valves can also rock. :cool::cool:
Spinning the Arctic Monkeys' debut, the presentation of the Copland is apparent. Midrange is emphasised, pushing the instruments forward. Timbre is excellent and there is a lot of midrange detail.
The recording is typically very compressed and the Copland's characterisitics do this no favours IMO. Treble is quite rolled-off, soundstage is slightly flat and it isn't particuarly dynamic or punchy. Bass extends low and is full, but despite the amp isn't slow; the timing is excellent, it's really very good, one of the best amps I've heard! This is strange to me, as I imagined a smooth amp like this to be slow and time averagely, especially considering bass is quite extended.
The amp is interesting because it ignores many "hifi" attributes (especially a spacious, separated soundstage in this genre of music) and doesn't seem initially exciting, but when you tune into it things are really quite enjoyable and very listenable.
I need to listen to more CDs now