Brio-R: where's the texture? where are the details?
I've heard the brio-r a few times and always found something was missing in it. It sounded like a very happy camper, all happy and chirpy. Unfortunately, it did so, even when the music was melancholy.
Anyway, at the dealer's today, I asked him to put this on again for: Nait5XS -> Rega Dac -> Brio-R -> Rega RS5s. An all Rega system. Should be the Brio's sweet spot, no?
Well, I had that something is missing feeling again. Told the dealer to play through the Rega Elicit.
Bam! I could now put a finger onto what was missing. The Brio-R just didn't have all the texture and layering that I was used to. I guess it just ignores everything????
Anyone with similar experience/feeling?
Maybe my mistake is comparing it with an amp that's 4 times it's price? I would just have expected it do all that an elicit does, maybe just not as well. But it looks like it's simply glossing over all the details instead. Reminds me of a happy little puppy.
In it's defense, it sounded pretty darned good to me, just missing that certain something. Maybe my mistake was to having gotten used to more expensive stuff???
I guess it's the best you can do in that price category?