I have to admit I made a rookie mistake not to demo amp and speakers together. I listened RS1s with a generic Marantz amp in the dealers rather noisy storage room. They sounded fine at the time and I only expected them to sound better with Brio R. In all honesty, they still sound good but just too warm. I like my hi-hats and cymbals shimerring, please.
I heard the Rega products first they sound very good but on long listenning they do sound too worm and colorful espcially the DAC .
It is a big mistake to buy based on reviwes, you must demo every component carefully and if can in your home before buying. I did it before
and made mistakes that caused me a lot of money. now I am trying as many options as I can including products that did not received positive reviwes
and you will be very surprised to find out how many of them are very good .
I think you need to consider companies that have neutral and natural sound for amp such as : Roksan , Rotel , Audiolab act.
for speakers : Proac , PMC ,Spendor ,B&W act.
For cabels and Interconnects : Tellurium , Chord , VDH act.
Hi Fi : Proac Studio 140MK2 / Rotel RC 1580 / Rotel RB 1582 / Rotel RCD 1520 / B&W P7 / Tellurium Q & WireWorld cables
I have a Brio R with Audiolab 8200 cdp and Monitor Audio RX6 speakers and I can assure you that this combo is not laid back.
It is detailed and very dynamic some may say a bit bright but I think detailed and dynamic.
You may think you are a rookie but heck you've chosen well for your CD player! I had the opportunity to hear equipment from the Gold Note range at audioflair in London (www.audioflair.co.uk) - and ended up with the Gold Note (Goldenote as it was know then) DAC-7. I've not heard a better DAC for the money and I've heard a good many including the likes of Wyre4Sound and the Arcam's - for me at least - the DAC-7 showed them a clean set of heels musically speaking!
Well done for finding out about the Gold Note - little known about - but a gem hiding away from most of us Audiophiles (not many dealers in the UK).
I am enjoying the sounds from my Gold Note as I sit here typing this now.
maybe a cyrus component slotted in would open things up a bit
Did you ever get to the bottom of your problem? I notice with the Gold Note CD player you are using a Simaudio Moon DAC1 - I've not heard this particular DAC (I have heard many others) but if you do feel you need an external DAC then the perfect suitor would be the Gold Note DAC-7 which is a fabulous DAC!
Otherwise we are talking amp and loudspeakers (more likely). But if you ever get a chance to try this Gold Note DAC - please do - it's that good!
You're unlikely to get a reply from the OP, he hasn't logged in to the forum since last July. Would be kind of spooky if today's the day he chooses to log in after a nine month sabbatical, but stranger things have happened.
I would have to say the problem is the Rega RS-1 speakers. I have heard them before hooked up to the Brio-R and Apollo-R and felt the sound was a bit soft and laid back maybe even a tad small. I owned the Rega Brio-R for few months so I would not say it is the Brio-R's fault. Hooked up to my Proac Signature 2000's it sounded very lively and exciting. I think the Rega RS-3 speakers and up are the way to go.
The only other problem I can think of is perhaps your CD player. Does your Audio Note CD-7 have tubes in it? That could be smoothing out the sound and rounding out the top end too much for your liking.
I auditioned the Brio-R with Kef LS 50 and I found it a bit too warm, and lacking detail. Pleasant in its own way, though. But my overall opinion was that its sound lacked presence altogether.
Arcam irDac • Arcam FMJ A19 • Arcam FMJ P38 • Kef R100
unsleepable wrote:I auditioned the Brio-R with Kef LS 50 and I found it a bit too warm, and lacking detail. Pleasant in its own way, though. But my overall opinion was that its sound lacked presence altogether.
I hearded the Brio-R with B&W 685 with the same results ...
KEF are warmish sounding, so Rega is not a good pair. I drove Klipsch RF-62 II with Rega Brio 3 and it was the best combo I ever had. Detailed, dynamic, smooth, engaging, and exciting. I listen to Nicki Minaj using this combo and really got deep tuneful bass out of them. More forward than laidback if I recall. Maybe the Brio-R is more laidback than the old Brio 3.