Interesting. That may be a challenge for me. I'm thinking that I need to focus my search on slightly warmer, laid back amps, but I guess only a demo will help me know for sure. Looking forward to a bit of a comparison to the XS2.
I'm not saying the Elicit is bright per se. Obviously the presentation of the whole system is a sum of its parts. I've found the system sounding mroe forward with the Spendor D7's and smoother and more laid back with the ProAc D30R's.
Just for clarification purposes...
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
I'm in Tasmania, Australia Rick, not many places sell HiFi unfortunately. All of the bigger stores only stock av receiver's.
David, thanks for letting me know about the Elicits more forward sound, I only find my current setup a tad bright with certain recordings so I'll make sure I have a good listen to those albums when I get a demo of it. As for the Arcam, I most likely wouldn't be able to demo it unfortunately. Last time I was in there he had an Icon Audio tube amp connected up to some icon speakers, it sounded nice, big bass and soundstage but not detailed enough for me. maybe it would also be worth having a listen to the icon with my RX6s now I think of it if he still has one in there.
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if you find some recordings bright then it is the recording not your amp!
If you love your Brio R then you will love the Elicit R - think of it as a meatier Brio R with bigger ambitions, greater control & timing
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The tonal balance of recordings do vary greatly, and if some sound fine on your system, then as mentioned, it isn't your system at fault.
Thanks Steve, I do really love my Brio R. I had a nad 355bee before the brio which was nice but when i got the brio the first thing i noticed was how much better the Rega's stereo image was, much more 3D. Everything was better overall to my ears, im hoping the Elicit will give me a similar upgrade Sounds like I'll really like the Elicit. Did you find it a little more forward sounding than the Brio R like David did?
Do you have wooden and/or suspended floors?
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
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As i said previously, i have had my Brio R for a year now, it really is a lovely amp - The Elicit R is in a different league altogether - can't wait to get one! (after demoing a Nait XS2 first of course)
i didnt find the Elicit R forward, but i listened to it with Rega RS5s
Fine. Asked because if you had hard flooring the MAs can have a slightly "pushy" top end.
Sound like a stuck record, but do have a listen to a Leema Elements as well. :)
Though Naim are quite forward too!
Ah ok thanks for the clarification, Steve. I was advised to check out the XS because it is a "darker" sounding amp / not bright in the highs. I am likely confusing my terminology and jumping to the conclusion that a forward sounding amp is more likely to yield harsher/brighter highs. Though I have not heard many Naim amps, I've been told they are a natural match with some Totems.
Rega Brio-R, Rega DAC, Totem Model-1 Signature
Apheta on an RP6 - now there is a thought!
Over on VinylEngine some US peeps have been demoing that combo with good results - a lot citing that maybe an RP6 with Apheta is nearly as good as an RP8
One of my clients is happily using an RP6/Apheta combination
As good as an RP6/Apheta combination is however the performance of the Apheta is greatly enhanced when paired with an RP8. The extra degree of support provided by the RP8 enables the RP8/Apteta to resolve even more detail and depth which is coupled with a highly stable and tightly focused soundstage that is projected with lightning fast transients This is why RP8 costs £800 more then the RP6.
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
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WHFI paired the Elicit-R with Totem Rainmakers. Should be fine IMO.
Good to know. When I was demoing before buying, the Rainmakers were a little brighter than the Model-1s.
....the Elicit is a little more forward sounding, which along with the RX6's relatively bright top end might be a little too much for some.
Though Naim are quite forward too!
I've found that Naim Nait 5i bludgeons the music, while the XS is far more refined IMHO. BTW, CD5i-2 isn't forward at all but it does exhibit a fabulous musical whole.
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