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My upgraded 440PRO review
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Disclamer, a few of you guys know that I am 100% deaf in my right ear, so please 
take this into consideration when you read this.

I received my 440PRO back from Devialet on 11 Nov. After hooking them up, 
I really like the sound but needed to give them a few hours before I made up my mind.
After a solid week of being left on, I think they improved in every way. Detail, tone and speed.
So today I had a couple of friends over who know my old system (D400) both are very critical
listeners.
One of the guys brought his own red book CD’s with him, so we only played CD’s using 
a Raysonic CD168 as a transport.

Some of the CDs we played, Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Revisited, Madeliene Peyroux - Dreamland
3 or 4 CD’s by Jessica Williams (Pianist)  so you can see the flavour of the music that was played
Modern Jazz/Female Vocal.  
The speed and decay of the bass is fantastic, instrument separation perfect, Great Tone from top to bottom.

One one of the cuts on Jessica Williams - Trio for the 1st time my buddy did not hear as he described it
a crackly top end, and he stated that he thought it was a fault in the recording.
So for fun, we hooked up his DAC (that cost several thousands of dollars) to the line in bypassing the DAC in the Devialet.
All 3 of clearly could hear for a fraction of a second in a couple of spots breakup, that played perfect on the 440PRO.

So if you are on the fence, thinking about going for the upgrade, in my opinion its money well spent.

Brian.

While I was doing the little review, an Email came in from one of the guys, here is a copy.

Absolutely loved the sound and could easily live with what they bring to the table.  Every piece of music sounded fantastic.  I really liked them when I heard them many months ago, but now, they sound even more refined and nuanced.  They still have that beautiful tone and dimensionality of a great tube amp but with the added transparency of the best solid state gear.  Damn expensive but without a doubt one of the best pieces of gear I have ever heard. Makes those tube loving cable freaks look kind of silly don't you think?
Devialet 440PRO - Audioprana SP/DIF-AES/EBU cable, VPI Classic TurnTable c/w Transfiguration Phoenix Cart, Raysonic 168 CDP, Aurender N100H Music Server, 
AudioQuest Diamond USB cable, B&W 803D3 (black) Auditorium 23 Cables, Carver TX11 Tuner.
                                                                                                                              Ottawa, Canada.
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#2
Brian - Thanks for sharing! I l00k forward to receiving mine back one day and enjoying the same. In the interim I live vivaciously through you and others.

Barr
Roon | Intel NUC6i5SYH/AIR3/Ethernet | Technics SL-5 | Devialet 440 Pro | Vivid Audio Giya G3 
Synology NAS | DH Labs  D-110 & Q10 Signature Bi-Wire |  Silver Circle Audio Pure Power One 5.0 | Stillpoint Apertures
West of the Rockies, US
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Hi Brian,

I'll be the first to step in and say 'thanks' for this review. I knew it was on the way, and I have been looking forward to it. I also have some Jessica Williams discs, and they have a close-miked, physical impact feel, that really comes through on the Devialet. It is the finest of details in volume, harmonics and other sounds that really let us 'see' the playing.

It is also good to read that you are pleased with the upgrade. Devialet must have a few good engineers on staff still....
Damon
Sonos, VPI HW19 mkIII, D220 Pro, Lawrence Audio Violin SE, Analysis Plus Oval 9 speaker cable
Vancouver, Canada
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Hi Brian,

Yes, thanks very much for the review, it reinforces my thoughts on the improvements over  Le 400.
I'm sure that my amps are still improving after a month of fairly heavy use, but perhaps it's the new mains cables and  interconnect between the amps that are burning in.
 I'm going to invest in some Jessica Williams recordings, as I love jazz piano, but I see that she has an extensive back catalogue, so where's the best place to start?

Cheers,

Alex
Project Eperience X Pack with Ortofon Rondo Red MC, Oppo BDP 105D, Sonos Connect, QNAP HS251+ NAS running JRiver, Mutec MC-3+USB, Devialet 440 Pro, Denon AH-D5000, Sennheiser HD600 and HD800 with Cardas cable, Rupert Neve Designs headphone amp., Proac Response D20R, Van Den Hul The First Ultimate interconnects, GSP Audio Spatia speaker cable.
South Coast England
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Nice review Brian, thanks for sharing! Smile
PS Audio P3, Shunyata ΞTRON Alpha Digital/Lessloss DFPC Signature/Furutech power cables, Paul Hynes SR7EHD-MR4, Roon, SoTM sMS-200, Curious USB cable, Audioquest Diamond RJ/E ethernet, Mutec MC-3+ USB, Shunyata ΞTRON Anaconda Digital XLR AES/EBU, Devialet Expert 250 Pro, Nordost Tyr Reference LS cables, Von Schweikert VR-5 SE Anniversary Edition, Anti-Mode Dual Core 2.0, JL Audio Fathom F112. More detail here.

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(21-Nov-2016, 02:31)Axel Wrote: Hi Brian,
 I'm going to invest in some Jessica Williams recordings, as I love jazz piano, but I see that she has an extensive back catalogue, so where's the best place to start?
Alex

Alex

I sent an Email to my buddy asking hime for the list of Jessica Williams CD's he brought with him
still have not had a reply.

Brian
Devialet 440PRO - Audioprana SP/DIF-AES/EBU cable, VPI Classic TurnTable c/w Transfiguration Phoenix Cart, Raysonic 168 CDP, Aurender N100H Music Server, 
AudioQuest Diamond USB cable, B&W 803D3 (black) Auditorium 23 Cables, Carver TX11 Tuner.
                                                                                                                              Ottawa, Canada.
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(22-Nov-2016, 00:05)BrianT Wrote:
(21-Nov-2016, 02:31)Axel Wrote: Hi Brian,
 I'm going to invest in some Jessica Williams recordings, as I love jazz piano, but I see that she has an extensive back catalogue, so where's the best place to start?
Alex

Alex

I sent an Email to my buddy asking hime for the list of Jessica Williams CD's he brought with him
still have not had a reply.

Brian

Hi Brian,
That information would be useful, if you can get it.

Alex
Project Eperience X Pack with Ortofon Rondo Red MC, Oppo BDP 105D, Sonos Connect, QNAP HS251+ NAS running JRiver, Mutec MC-3+USB, Devialet 440 Pro, Denon AH-D5000, Sennheiser HD600 and HD800 with Cardas cable, Rupert Neve Designs headphone amp., Proac Response D20R, Van Den Hul The First Ultimate interconnects, GSP Audio Spatia speaker cable.
South Coast England
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(21-Nov-2016, 00:12)BrianT Wrote: So for fun, we hooked up his DAC (that cost several thousands of dollars) to the line in bypassing the DAC in the Devialet.

Not sure how tech-aware you are about the Devialet, but note that nothing bypasses its DAC. Even the LINE input is chopped up into numbers first, so you never get to hear the purest analogue output quality of your source... unless you believe the ADC/DAC conversion is as transparent as some say.

Do correct me if I've missed some key change with the Pro Models!
JRiver v22 >> MacMini >> D120 >> Tellurium-Q Black >> PMC Twenty5.23
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(22-Nov-2016, 14:10)JohnnySix Wrote:
(21-Nov-2016, 00:12)BrianT Wrote: So for fun, we hooked up his DAC (that cost several thousands of dollars) to the line in bypassing the DAC in the Devialet.

Not sure how tech-aware you are about the Devialet, but note that nothing bypasses its DAC. Even the LINE input is chopped up into numbers first, so you never get to hear the purest analogue output quality of your source... unless you believe the ADC/DAC conversion is as transparent as some say.

Do correct me if I've missed some key change with the Pro Models!

Johnny

That could be correct that Devialet convert an analogue single to a digital signal and then back to an analogue signal before
the amp section. I know the phono input does it this way, but I thought the analogue input did not.

Can anybody else comment on this?

Brian
Devialet 440PRO - Audioprana SP/DIF-AES/EBU cable, VPI Classic TurnTable c/w Transfiguration Phoenix Cart, Raysonic 168 CDP, Aurender N100H Music Server, 
AudioQuest Diamond USB cable, B&W 803D3 (black) Auditorium 23 Cables, Carver TX11 Tuner.
                                                                                                                              Ottawa, Canada.
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(22-Nov-2016, 03:07)Axel Wrote: That information would be useful, if you can get it.

Alex

Alex 

Here we go.

Jessica Williams - Gratitude
Jessica Williams - Jessica Plays
Jessica Williams - Some Ballads, Some Blues
John Taylor - Rossyln this is the CD that sounded fuzzy & crackly on the top end, it was not on a Jessica William CD as I had stated.

Hope this helps Brian
Devialet 440PRO - Audioprana SP/DIF-AES/EBU cable, VPI Classic TurnTable c/w Transfiguration Phoenix Cart, Raysonic 168 CDP, Aurender N100H Music Server, 
AudioQuest Diamond USB cable, B&W 803D3 (black) Auditorium 23 Cables, Carver TX11 Tuner.
                                                                                                                              Ottawa, Canada.
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