I tested the L2 Reference with a McIntosh MCD201 SACD Player, Lamm M2.2 Monoblock Power Amplifiers, Carver Mark IV Amazing
Ribbon Speakers, and ONIX Strata Mini Speakers. Cables were Legenburg and Nordost.
Norah Jones; Not Too Late, Blue Note,
0-946-3-74625-22: Her breath as well as the notes she
was singing were apparent.
The transients of piano and banjo in second song were as
clean as I have ever heard. They were not muddied when she
was singing. Bass was extremely tight.
Carmen, Telarc, SACD-60655: So many strings and
every one of them was individually imaged. Again, bass
was as tight as could be. Was that a triangle that I
could hear clearly in the background while the orchestra
Suite from Peer Gynt: I was amazed at how crisp
the percussion was with full orchestra blasting away.
Korsakov; Russian Easter Overture: In the midst
of a strong bass line, the high frequencies of the first
violins were right there.
IsoMike; 7-26441-55591-5 (Available from KimberKable): "Drum
Kit Practice": Every piece of this drum kit was perfectly
"Wind Ensemble": Thunderous bass could not overpower the
"Male Quartet": I could see each person across the sound
stage. Same with "Roll Call Face In," Each person introduced
him or herself across the stage. I almost answered back.
Romantic Harp, Telarc SACD 60581: The sound of this
incredible instrument absolutely filled the room, and I
could hear the transient attack on each string. Again,
If any two points stand out with the L2 Reference, they
are the transients and the astonishing bass. The
transients come from that high voltage capability, and
the bass comes from high current waiting in that power
supply. In fact, the bass was so intense, practically
slamming me against the wall, I checked to
see if I had accidentally left the subwoofer on. It was off.
What incredible power the L2 has!
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