All I can say is: I am in Heaven. The system synergy is fantastic. The coherence, the harmonic texture of the musical instruments, the right size of the instruments, the air between them, the timbre, the nuances of the music, the transparency, all this is very, very good. Of course it is not perfect, but this is the first time in my whole Audioaficionado and Audiophile life, that I have a system this good! I have no complaint at all!. I just love to listen all the musician(s) that are playing here in my own room. Its a very warm sound! And the richness of the sound does not make you glut!
You all do know that I play some guitar, and I just love the way that I get the classical spanish type guitar here. You can hear how the player is plucking the strings and how he or she is doing with the right hand to get the musical effect on the strings. Also, you can tell the fingering of the left hand. You can tell easy which string the left hand is pressing at the fingerboard. Amazing!!!
My speakers are not perfect, but they are one of the fastest on Mother Earth. Why? The diaphragm that it moves weights less than the air the it moves. There is no inertia. It will move at the exact speed that the signal is coming, and will stop moving when the signal is not present. The transient response is almost perfect. When the CLXs came to the public, was at the Munich Audio Show in 2008. Two finalist remain at the end of the Show. The Grand Utopia, by JMLabs, France and the CLXs. For the first time of the Show in its history, the 11 judges nominated the CLXs as the Best Sound of the Show. This might tell you something about them.
When I first had the chance to have a serious listening with them, my heart got the Cupid angel arrow. It was love at the first auditioning! My problem was to get them here in Costa Rica, how to paired them good electronics. And to have super good electronics was at that time, a little out of my budget. But I had customers who had the C-J gear with the CLXs, and when I came to listen what I had previously, I had to wait a month or so to start to listen to my system. The customer´s sound was into my brain. Now, I am wondering what would be to have the Gat2 and the Monoblocks ART150.
I use Quality of Silence (dmp recording) by the drummer Steve Davis quite interesting. With this recording, you can judge the cymbals easy. With Conrad Johnson, they shine! The metal sound and the vibrations of the metal with the right energy and timbre, with an enormous wide stage. Try it, you might like it,
On strings, an old recording by Salvatore Accardo playing the violin, the six Paganini violin concerts. This is an amazing recording where you can listen a wonderful violin player full of effects. Try them too. The second concert, The Campanella, at the third movement, the triangle is played, and the violin plays the same note. The tune is perfect, but you can tell when is the violin and when is the triangle. Also, a lot of harmonics musical notes are played at the violin. Very high pitch notes here.
The piano, listening to Valentina Lisitsa, a russian piano player, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with a Bossendorfer Grand Piano is superb. He piano coherence musical notes, the harmonics of the piano strings, the reverberation time, the way that she plays is wonderful.
The bass with Bryan Bromberg, the album Downright Upright, the first track, the trumpet is marvellous (flugelhorn). All the musicians are playing with attitude. Of course the bass solo by Bryan is amazing.
Barbara Sanderling, playing the bass at the recording double bass rarities, she plays the bass vs a cello. Incredible music and performance. You can distinguish very well both musical instruments easy. Beautiful music. Mostly renaissance.
The clarinet at the recording by Paquito D' Rivera, the Caribbean Jazz Project, the song Bolero, it surpass with stars the dynamics. Also the percussion instruments are very good.
Enjoy your system my friends!
Well guys, the truth is: Conrad Johnson sounds right!
I have another point of view in favor to C-J. This is: SERVICE. I do believe that the service is the most important on any product, regardless of the price. Here, Conrad Johnson has one the best service on electronics gear. I bow to Conrad Johnson service!!!
Happy listening my friends.
ML CLX speakers, BF-210 sub, Classic One Twenty SE amp. ET-7 C-J pre. Exasound E-32DAC, Mac Mini i7, Anthem MCA-3 power amp, Anthem AVM-60, Oppo BDP-103. ML Stage X Center, Motion 4, BPTSignature 3.5 Plus condiciones.