A pleasant listening session at PT’s place
It was my honor to be invited to PT’s home listening to his superb system last week while he’s alone in HK. Although my intention was not merely a “home visit” knowing PT’s family was out of town
Anyway,we spent almost 2 hours listening to CDs and SACDs I brought over with various genre ranging from Jazz,vocal to classical,percussion. The things most impressed me are:
1,holographic soundstage,the soundstage is not big due to the room size but shockingly holographic and complete. There was a percussions track where there’s an artist holding a sand hammer walking a circle from front left to the back and then back to the front,as it is a binaural recording the 360 degree soundstage sounds stunning in a headphone however difficult to reproduce in a 2 channel speaker system. PT’s system is the first one that I can hear clearly where the artist is when he walking around.
2,the Xiangyu subwoofer blends into the system perfectly. If you close your eyes it’ll be a hard-press to tell the existence of the subwoofer. Instead of enhancing the bass energy,the subwoofer does a better job just adding a touch of 3D sense to make the music sounds more holographic and complete. I remember there was a piece of Jazz trio where the bass is on the right hand side,it sounds so full-bodied and full of energy it feels like I’m 3 feet away from the bassist in a live performance
3,I found the riviera amps sound similar to my Robert Koda amps, both are gentlemen with good manner. No harshness or rush whatsoever; a bit on the warm side of neutral. Both are world-class in terms of performance.
In a nutshell,it is hell of a system which demonstrates how much time and effort that PT has put into fine tuning.
However, haha I know, there always is a however. This listening session also confirms my preference over Cessaro speakers. While the goebel sounds more authoritative with more weight on everything, I always find myself missing the speed and attack of the Brahms which impressed me to the same extent to say at least during the last visit.
Let’s put it this way, if PT offers me to trade the Goebel with my Wagner with no additional cost, if it were not for the money, I would say no without any hesitation. Yes that’s how much I love my Cessaro.