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Devialet 130 Pro reviewed by SoundStage Hi-Fi May 2017
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I'm been in this hobby for 40 years.  In my ever-most humble opinion, I've found that the better my system is, the bigger differential I find between good recordings and poor recordings.   Since having upgraded from a Dev 200 last year to a Dev 440 Pro early this year, I have to say that I find myself avoiding poor recordings more and more.   

If my highly-resolving system can more easily convey such differences, I find that a very positive attribute.   BUT (and I struggle with this), there's a lot of music I use to love that I have a tough time listening to now on the big rig.  But hey, it still sounds great in the car.

Is it possible that a great system actually changes how we enjoy music?   I suspect it does.
Devialet 440 Pro (two 220s)- Oracle CD transport - Kuzma Stabi S/Stogi S turntable - Von Schweikert VR-35 speakers - JPS SC3 SCs - PI Audio power conditioning -
Triode Wire Labs ICs and PCs - Roon Labs music streaming
Durham, NC USA
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(24-May-2017, 00:31)mdconnelly Wrote: I'm been in this hobby for 40 years.  In my ever-most humble opinion, I've found that the better my system is, the bigger differential I find between good recordings and poor recordings.   Since having upgraded from a Dev 200 last year to a Dev 440 Pro early this year, I have to say that I find myself avoiding poor recordings more and more.   

If my highly-resolving system can more easily convey such differences, I find that a very positive attribute.   BUT (and I struggle with this), there's a lot of music I use to love that I have a tough time listening to now on the big rig.  But hey, it still sounds great in the car.

Is it possible that a great system actually changes how we enjoy music?   I suspect it does.

Totally agree with you. Since downloading various hi-res tracks, I've only played about five CDs, even though they do sound much better than with my old rig. I do however, listen to the radio more than I used to. Even a low bitrate stream from the likes of Radio Paradise sounds fantastic with the Mutec in the chain and the upsampling that the Devialet carries out.
Project Eperience X Pack with Ortofon Rondo Red MC, Oppo BDP 105D, Sonos Connect, QNAP HS251+ NAS, Mutec MC-3+USB, Mac 5K running Roon, iPad Pro 12.9" for remote control. Devialet 440 Pro, Sonus faber Olympica ll, Rupert Neve Designs headphone amp.Denon AH-D5000, Sennheiser HD600 and HD800 with Cardas cable,  Van Den Hul The First Ultimate interconnects, GSP Audio Spatia speaker cable.
South Coast England
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(24-May-2017, 00:31)mdconnelly Wrote: BUT (and I struggle with this), there's a lot of music I use to love that I have a tough time listening to now on the big rig.  But hey, it still sounds great in the car.

There's a lot of music that is mastered for the car! When I upgraded my system I realized that a recording that sounds truly magical in the car -- Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis -- does not sound magical on a less limited high resolving system. The same tracks on Otis Redding King of Soul in 96/24 (and beautifully remastered) are far less engaging in the car and magical at home. ("Amen" from the latter is just incredible on the Grimm or the Devialet).
SYSTEM 1:Antipodes DX running Roon Server & Ready//GRIMM LS1be
SYSTEM 2: Antipodes DX Roon Server// Roon Air // Devialet 220//German Physiks Unlimited II//German Physiks Speaker Cables
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