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And how does each of them sound?

The Genelecs are probably the best and clearest sounding speakers that I've heard. Neutral with very deep bass and good DSP options that can adjust the sound to suit your rooms acoustics and your own tastes.

 

I've only heard the older ADM9T's and these are on a par with some of the best speakers that I've heard irrespective of price. I haven't heard the newer ADM9RSS or ADM40 but these are reportedly an improvement over the old ADM9T's. Very clear, neutral and detailed.

 

I've heard several Adam Audio speakers from all across their ranges and they all sound very good. Again very clear, detailed and neutral like the other speakers I've suggested. They tend to have a small sweet spot though.

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Now let's see what sort of answers we get. And of course we can do our own listening tests to decide if we agree with the answers or not.

This is an interesting way of looking at it, but very often, so called "sonic weaknesses" are subjective....the only way to find this out is to listen. It is imo all too easy to get bogged down in the technical strengths and weaknesses, that one can forget to concentrate on the sound......and the only way to know what sounds really good (in terms of your personal taste), is to listen to a lot of alternatives.

Also into this mix comes room acoustics and speaker set up.

CDPs have the weakness that they are trying to read a spinning disc in real time, which also adds electromechanical interference and will have maintenance issues.

All Streamers are not created equal, so gapless playback, dropouts and and handling all resolutions / formats, can't be taken for granted.

TTs have set up problems, are susceptible to feedback and play vinyl which has quality issues

Class A wastes half it's power as heat.

Valves need replacing, and often don't have the power and bass power / impact / control of SS.

One of Active speakers strengths (all in one) can also be their weakness, depending on your viewpoint.

All passive speaker design is a compromise, whether infinite baffle, ported or TL.

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Now let's see what sort of answers we get. And of course we can do our own listening tests to decide if we agree with the answers or not.

We? I thought this was Hectors Jam's thread?

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lindsayt wrote:
Now let's see what sort of answers we get. And of course we can do our own listening tests to decide if we agree with the answers or not.

We? I thought this was Hectors Jam's thread?

It should help the OP sift through the myriad of answers and opinions on this thread, in order to see which are likely to have the most relevance.

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The longer this thread goes on, the further it gets from the OP (realise ive added to that)

 

For a major change. Start a new thread. 

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 I haven't heard the newer ADM9RSS or ADM40 but these are reportedly an improvement over the old ADM9T's. Very clear, neutral and detailed.

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steve_1979 wrote:
 I haven't heard the newer ADM9RSS or ADM40 but these are reportedly an improvement over the old ADM9T's. Very clear, neutral and detailed.

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steve_1979 wrote:
 I haven't heard the newer ADM9RSS or ADM40 but these are reportedly an improvement over the old ADM9T's. Very clear, neutral and detailed.

Nicely misquoted. Smile

 

If you'd included the first sentence before the one that you quoted it made more sense. You forgot to include the part where I said:

 

"I've heard the older ADM9T's and these are on a par with some of the best speakers that I've heard irrespective of price."

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It wasn't a misquote, to be fair.

I have heard the ADM9.1Ts, and they were nowhere near being on a par with the best speakers I've heard, irrespective of price.

Just to add a bit of balance...

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This is getting a bit silly now. I'm going to bow out of this one. Smile

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I just had a closer look at the Wadia Intuition 01, and it doesn't have HDMI inputs. It is I²S via a HDMI-cable (like PS Audio and W4S do), so a little less versatile after all...

Second drawback: some like the design of their free router better.

I guess that's a start for a critical, balanced advise. :cheers:

I missed that it was I2S over a HDMI connector. Well spotted.

Subjective quote (albeit from a dealer) ... 

"I have just plugged it in to a pair of Amatis and Wadia S7i and I have to be honest I think it is stunning, the price is not cheap at £6995 but then again it depends on your requirements. I will let it burn in for a few days and update you all about how it gets on."

 

Good luck to the OP in finding a system that suits.

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Spiny Norman, do you have a trade status you should be disclosing?

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steve_1979 wrote:
 I haven't heard the newer ADM9RSS or ADM40 but these are reportedly an improvement over the old ADM9T's. Very clear, neutral and detailed.

I have heard the 40s and 9rss and Steve is correct, they are an improvement.  His description of the ADMs sound is also correct.  Why does any mention of AVI stick in your craw so much (while we're on a bird theme)?

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Spiny Norman, do you have a trade status you should be disclosing?

 

Does he? Wouldn't surprise me, I don't anyone else quite so fixated. 

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Craig M. wrote:

Spiny Norman, do you have a trade status you should be disclosing?

Does he? Wouldn't surprise me, I don't anyone else quite so fixated. 

Inclined to agree (though have no idea, his IP address/location gives no clues), but find him no more fixated (on either side of the fence) than some others I could mention.

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