For the listening tests, I used a Macintosh
MCD201 SACD player, Lamm L2 Reference preamplifier, Macintosh MC1201 power amplifiers, and Carver Amazing
Mark IV ribbon speakers. Cables were Legenburg and Nordost. I used two
MicroVees for some listening and one MicroVee for the rest. Even just one
MicroVee did a good job.
This is my favorite test disc of all time, and Telarc
finally released it in SACD format (it was originally
recorded at 50 kHz sampling, and down-converting it to
44.1 kHz caused some artifacts). The first track is
"Fanfare for the Common Man", and I use it especially
with big amplifiers, big speakers, and subwoofers.
Even though the Carver Amazings have four 12" woofers in
each speaker, they do lose some bass because they are
dipoles. The MicroVee added some punch to those big bass
It shocked me that the MicroVee did not bottom out or
clip. It really held in there.
La Peri (Erato) is not quite as intense as
Fanfare, but it has some brass bass that I use to tell
if there is any boominess.
the MicroVee had none of that. It sounded very natural.
Hiromi is an artist whose modern jazz group uses a lot
of electronic music. She is also a fantastic musician.
This Telarc disc, called Brain, is a challenge
for any hi-fi system, but especially for a compact
I had to remind myself to close my own mouth afterwards,
so that bird didn't make a nest in there. With most
small subwoofers, it can get to a point where the
distortion becomes very audible, but that did not happen
with the MicroVee. There was some, but I could live with
Great Fantasy Adventure Album (Telarc) has some of
the most subwoofer-demanding tracks ever recorded.
particular, one track "Jurassic Lunch" is from the movie
Jurassic Park, where the T-Rex comes crashing
through the bushes and roars. The low frequencies go
down to about 8 Hz. The CD jacket warns you about this,
so in case you blow up your subwoofer, they are not
could see the cone on the MicroVee moving back and forth
quite a bit, but alas, it certainly did not move enough
to shake my chair. Of course it didn't. That is not its
purpose, but I still just wanted to see how the MicroVee
handled this stress test. It didn't smoke or shoot any
sparks, and it didn't say, "So, what do you expect from
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