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Positive Feedback's positive 1000Pro review
#1
Nothing but happiness.

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The new flagship Devialet Expert 1000 Pro had me emotionally engaged from the very first listening session.



http://positive-feedback.com/reviews/har...amplifier/
Mac mini, int. SSD, ext. HDD, tv as monitor, key board and track pad on bean bag as remote,Devialet 200, O d'A #097, Blue jeans speaker cable, Dynaudio C1 MkII.
Jim Smith's GBS.
Northern NSW Australia.
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(27-Dec-2016, 06:43)Pim van Vliet Wrote: Nothing but happiness.

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The new flagship Devialet Expert 1000 Pro had me emotionally engaged from the very first listening session.



http://positive-feedback.com/reviews/har...amplifier/

Patience, Pim. Just 7 months to go.  Wink

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
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(27-Dec-2016, 18:20)GuillaumeB Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 06:43)Pim van Vliet Wrote: Nothing but happiness.

Quote:

The new flagship Devialet Expert 1000 Pro had me emotionally engaged from the very first listening session.



http://positive-feedback.com/reviews/har...amplifier/

Patience, Pim. Just 7 months to go.  Wink

Guillaume

I'm in no hurry whatsoever. Really enjoying the Od'A every time I turn it on. I am really interested in the streamer board though.
Mac mini, int. SSD, ext. HDD, tv as monitor, key board and track pad on bean bag as remote,Devialet 200, O d'A #097, Blue jeans speaker cable, Dynaudio C1 MkII.
Jim Smith's GBS.
Northern NSW Australia.
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(27-Dec-2016, 20:40)Pim van Vliet Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 18:20)GuillaumeB Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 06:43)Pim van Vliet Wrote: Nothing but happiness.

Quote:

The new flagship Devialet Expert 1000 Pro had me emotionally engaged from the very first listening session.



http://positive-feedback.com/reviews/har...amplifier/

Patience, Pim. Just 7 months to go.  Wink

Guillaume

I'm in no hurry whatsoever. Really enjoying the Od'A every time I turn it on. I am really interested in the streamer board though.

Ha! That's the bit I'm least interested in!

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
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(27-Dec-2016, 20:53)GuillaumeB Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 20:40)Pim van Vliet Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 18:20)GuillaumeB Wrote: Patience, Pim. Just 7 months to go.  Wink

Guillaume

I'm in no hurry whatsoever. Really enjoying the Od'A every time I turn it on. I am really interested in the streamer board though.

Ha! That's the bit I'm least interested in!

Guillaume

It seems like most here aren't interested in the streamer board. I guess reading about troubles with Spark put people off. I'm just hopeful Devialet make this one a killer. Even if it doesn't work the best/easiest, I can only imagine how the sound quality could improve by having the streamer board integrated. After all, the DAC/pre-amp/power amp integration is one of the mayor advantages Devialet has over the competition. Add a streamer in front of the DAC and it couldn't get more 'perfect' (Assuming it's done well)
Mac mini, int. SSD, ext. HDD, tv as monitor, key board and track pad on bean bag as remote,Devialet 200, O d'A #097, Blue jeans speaker cable, Dynaudio C1 MkII.
Jim Smith's GBS.
Northern NSW Australia.
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(27-Dec-2016, 21:02)Pim van Vliet Wrote: (Assuming it's done well)

Confused

Roon lifetime > Mac mini > AIR ethernet (finally!!! After 2 years!!!!) > Devialet 250 Pro > PMC fact.8
- London, UK -

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(27-Dec-2016, 22:44)Hifi_swlon Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 21:02)Pim van Vliet Wrote: (Assuming it's done well)

Confused

One thing we can all agree on; from a sound quality point of view Devialet haven't let us down once so I'm (cautiously) optimistic.
Mac mini, int. SSD, ext. HDD, tv as monitor, key board and track pad on bean bag as remote,Devialet 200, O d'A #097, Blue jeans speaker cable, Dynaudio C1 MkII.
Jim Smith's GBS.
Northern NSW Australia.
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(28-Dec-2016, 10:02)Pim van Vliet Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 22:44)Hifi_swlon Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 21:02)Pim van Vliet Wrote: (Assuming it's done well)

Confused

One thing we can all agree on; from a sound quality point of view Devialet haven't let us down once so I'm (cautiously) optimistic.

It's not the SQ bit I'm worried about. It's everything else.

Roon lifetime > Mac mini > AIR ethernet (finally!!! After 2 years!!!!) > Devialet 250 Pro > PMC fact.8
- London, UK -

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#9
(28-Dec-2016, 10:19)Hifi_swlon Wrote:
(28-Dec-2016, 10:02)Pim van Vliet Wrote:
(27-Dec-2016, 22:44)Hifi_swlon Wrote: Confused

One thing we can all agree on; from a sound quality point of view Devialet haven't let us down once so I'm (cautiously) optimistic.

It's not the SQ bit I'm worried about. It's everything else.

Yep. Sigh.

Edit: In my business SQ stands for Service Quality...say no more...
Mac mini, int. SSD, ext. HDD, tv as monitor, key board and track pad on bean bag as remote,Devialet 200, O d'A #097, Blue jeans speaker cable, Dynaudio C1 MkII.
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Northern NSW Australia.
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#10
Ummmm. Reading the above exchange reminds me of time gone by, when almost every thread topic drifted into comments about issues with AIR and Devialet's hopeless communication.

But OK, I'll bite. My take on the new streamer board is that sound quality considerations are paramount, or to put it another way, if it sounds no better than AIR then it is totally and utterly pointless. Picking up on Hifi_swlon's comments, I guess the key consideration is the new board being compatible with Roon. OK, fair enough, but in effect AIR is compatible with Roon, so it goes back to my previous point, whatever Devialet come up with it needs to have better sound quality than Roon, otherwise I fail to see the point. Anyway, there are other threads covering the streamer board, see handy link below.

http://devialetchat.com/showthread.php?tid=3282&page=5

So getting this one back on topic, I though this one was quite a reasonable review. I can think of many times in the past when I have read a review of something that I have subsequently heard myself, and the review appears to have zero correlation with my real world experience. This review however chimes nicely with my own experience. Words like natural, analogue, detail, micro & macro dynamics are used, to me this sums it up. I did wonder about the comment that 'bass performance is still state of the art', because now I have spent some time with the Pro I have come to the conclusion that bass performance is better the D800. Not that the D800 was lacking in the bass department, far from it, I guess I would have to say the bass with the Pro takes 'state of the art standard' to a new level.

Currently the Pro is still taking me on a bit of a journey. Thanks to a few days off work I have had more time than usual to listen to the Pro, it is still surprising me and I have to say I have not yet fully got used to the thing. It is a remarkable step up from the D800 I think. My current thinking is that there is nothing significantly better out there at any price, you could certainly get different, and maybe even something you prefer depending on you taste, but definitively better, I am not sure. (and I have listened to some very expensive stuff recently)
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