Yesterday was my first visit to AE2. It was a journey, an adventure, or even a Hi-Fi lecture to me. Right at the very beginning PT walk me upstair to the samll apartment until the last minute I left AE2, it was full of surprise.
Walking upstair to AE2 was so mysterious that would make you wonder if PT was setting up a trick to kidnap you. After the door was openned, what came to my eye were the real stuff that I already knew them somewhat on-line through other brothers' post. But seeing those gears in live, where most of them are Product of 2011 nominee, could still be very shocking. The less than 200 sq ft apartment is ARMED with Neodio CDP, Robert K10/K70 Amp, Tripoint Orion, Chopin by Cessaro, Hero Subwoofer... AND the HOLY Da Vinci Virtu mono amplifier and Nifty preamplifier! To me this is like grilling a whole Kobe Cow in a tiny kitchen, what the hell... or should it be what the heaven?
Then I really knew I was in the heaven when the music started playing. The first track I played was Hotel California, which I have listened over a thousand times, not just for the good recording but also for system testing.
Like what has been told by Mr. Fire4, the infrastructure of the tiny apartment suddenly disappearred. I closed my eye and I could imagine I was one of the audience in the Eagles live concert. What happened in the stadium was reproduced in detail in every aspect, the yelling of the audience at that side, the appaulse of the nearby guy. At that moment I was one of them! The noise of the audience, the music on the stage was filling every tiny space in the room.
And you know, the most crazy thing is the reproduction of what's happening on the stage. Now I could tell what is the difference between my Hi-Fi system and AE2. To my Pre-AE2 standard, my system can reproduced the vocal and the acoustic guitar NOTE nicely. In AE2, it was the whole process being reproduced, from the moment the string is first touched, while the finger is plucking on the string, to the last moment that the finger leave the string... The whole process was there! Damn it!
One more interesting is, I thought I knew what 3 dimentional means in the music replay process. But it is only after visiting AE2, this 3D concept become clearer to me. In my system, when the sound is delivered more by the left speaker, it is like the stage is slightly shifting to the left side, vice versa. In AE2, the stage is crystal clearly staying in where it should be, no bias, no lie...
For vocal testing I also played Tsai Chin and Frank Sinatra. Ms Tsai is always good, too good to be true, to good to be like singing in front of us. The density and warmth of the voice of Mr Sinatra was so rich, sounds like he was caming back to live!
I asked to what extent Hero does its job well in the system. PT switched off Hero. The system still sounds crystally clear, but something is missed. It was not just the bass details, but the momentum (氣勢). Of course, a hero in the battlefield should always increase the momentum (氣勢).
I have tried some other songs, different type of music. In AE2, everything is being handled so well. Now I'm running out of praise. Praise to AE2, salute to PT.
I know from PT he spent more than 3 months to achieve the result. It gives hope to people like me who is living in a small apartment, I may not need to move to a bigger flat with extra room and I can still make improvement! Effort spent at the right direction will give me the right reuslt. Money is important, but afterall it is our willingness and insist to make dreams come true.
Again, salute to PT!