Anyone got hold of the April HiFi Choice edition with the review?
Nope not yet, but as a subscriber I'm expecting mine dropping through the letterbox in the next day or two. I'm interested in reading the review, though I'm not in the market for one, I'm more than happy with my 5350 model.
Had a look at that link. When the new amp was announced last year it was going to retail at £550 but there has been quite a price hike up to £750. Presumably the new CD/DAC, the 50D, when that eventually appears will be going for the same price.
Amplification: Creek Evolution 5350 with Creek Sequel 40 plug in phono stage
Speakers: Epos Elan 30
Sources: Squeezebox Touch - TEAC PD-H300C CDP - PC with Foobar 2000
DAC: Arcam rDAC kw
Turntable: Rega Planar P3 with Ortofon 2M Blue cart on RB300 tonearm
Various bits of wire supplied by Mark Grant and Van Damme
My copy of Hi Fi Choice arrived yesterday morning. The Creek amp got an excellent review. It appears to be very neutral, detailed and well featured. It is also very flexible with modules that can be fitted as extras such as phono, FM and a planned DAC. At the price no negatives reported as such but at only about 50w the lack of power was mentioned as a possible consideration for some.
This issue also gives a good and very positive review of the new Spendor floorstanders suggestng that they are possibly the best speaker they have ever made?
Roksan Caspian Tuner, Arcam A38, Cambridge Audio 650, Spendor A3
Great, was the sound forward or laidback? (Prefer fwd sounding amps myself)
It seems to suggest it is remarkably neutral, clean and open and musical as well.
Had a quick look at the internals and it seems like a thoroughly well engineered amplifier with good supply and features. I pair of output devices will limit its capabilities so I'd use this one with sensitive speakers.
There really are some terrific choices around these days, despite some gloom and doom merchants prophecying the decline of 'legacy' hifi. Whilst numbers of these items will never reach those of high street AV systems its good to see that with the help of far eastern assembly Hifi firms (and multi media giants) keep producing these and they probably still outsell true 'actives' by a huge number.
Talking of which, it may be worth remembering that Kef has just released an active around the same price as this creek integrated and it seems highly capable too.
Something for everyone.
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
The new price seems to be £700.
To compare, Audiolab 8000A seems to be £750.
The glowing review in HFC would merit a second opinion in WHF. Better than Cyrus 6A was the conclusion, which has been the longstanding champion in WHF.
That highlights one of the issues I've generally had with HiFi mags: Too often they fail to review prods raved about in competitors' mags.
Both of the previous iterations of the Evolution were highly acclaimed by HFC, but if I'm not mistaken, neither was reviewed by WHF. Yes, I understand that just because HFC reviews a prod doesn't mean WHF must do the same, but when a product is an award winner in another mag, I really think every possible effort should be made to compare it to your own award winners!
No more calls to Creek to request review samples, I think the WHF team need to approach Mike Creek in a back alley with cricket bats, and convince him of the need to provide a review sample.
M-Audio USB Transit->Benchmark DAC1->Beyerdynamic DT880 (600 ohm) / AKG K701
Can I watch please?
So, what is the issue, then? A British magazine not reviewing a British product, but why?
I suspect that it's bad form to have witnesses to such aggressive negotiations.
I have no idea why it should be so difficult to get a sample of a fairly popular British integrated amp. If the Creek was some exotic product from across the ocean, I could see the issue. Or if it had mostly negative or just mediocre reviews then I could understand ignoring it. I would think that as the mag approaches awards time they would make every effort to hear all the top contenders (which should include previous award winners in other mags).
I find the review selection a bit unbalanced there are loads of int. ams from one manufacturer say Cyrus, Marantz, Rotel and then none for say Creek, Audiolab and until last month Arcam. I understand some man. don't want to send their gear in for reviews for various reasons but it does leave a rather unbalanced selection for readers to choose from. If they are ot sent in gear then they have to buy it and then resell at a loss, so it costs money.
Marantz 63SE AVI ADM9RSS
I just read the review in HFC. What Hifi need to review this one...............now
No chin wagging from WHF on this topic.
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