:clap: Hi everyone and happy holidays! :beer: I hope you are all enjoying yourselves with great food and even more importantly - great music.
I'll be most definitely enjoying with good tunes since 48 hours ago my new amp just came in, the Roksan Kandy K2 BT (Bluetooth). :rockout:
I won't wax poetic I'll just give my first impressions, which are all positive as the amp is playing and opening up every day bit more. The amp is smooth, detailed and has quite good PRaT to my liking. It is very forgiving for bad recordings and badly produced music. It doesn't shout and growl at me. Its soo smooth, like milk and honey. God I love MOSFET. :pray:
At first it felt a bit too smooth and rounded, loosing some textures and timbre of live instruments that I got used to with brighter amps and midrange hyped speakers. But as more as I play music through it I hear improvements and everything is balancing out, of course I had to do some speaker repositioning as well. The dark character of my B&Ws is predominant here, regardless of amps.
So the acoustics is to my nitpicking satisfaction. Dynamics? This is not a Roksan, this is Rocky Balboa, it punches some heat. Quite powerful, driving my inefficient (effectively 81db) B&W CM1 speakers without breaking a sweat, it doesn't even get mildly warm. I connected it to my vintage 4 ohm compression box Acoustic Research AR-11B's and it drove them just as easily as the B&Ws.
I've been playing Otis Taylor's discography for two days very very loud and damn this amp likes to boogie. Look up Otis Taylor - Ain't No Cowgirl on youtube.
Looks wise I was surprised that I liked the silver version more than the black since I had the opposite appeal comparing the amps online. It's not tacky and does not look like satellite dish receiver as I expected. It is quite elegant and pleasant to look at.
It's heavy at some 14kg, it is solidly built and all buttons, switches, jacks etc. feel excellent and robust. I'm used to vintage "built like a Sherman tank" vintage amps so this is important for me.
Under the hood, I could only peak through the vents and I see a new motorized volume pot, which is better than the one in the original K2. It used to have a normal carbon track volume pot, which I dislike, now they have ALPS 325M 50KAX2. The Transformer is still a huge (now bigger) NORATEL with 550VA. All the 8 MOSFETs are still there and the amp now has upped to 5 regulated supply rails. Mmmm geek porn... :shifty: Lots of quality relays and VRs, so my OCD was calmed down. I would prefer all of the caps to be Panasonic and UCC, no occasional Samwha, but I'm not complaining considering the price I paid for the unit was 840GBP with a 5 year waranty.
There is a new remote, this time without the annoying touch display and beeping. It is a decent thin, elegant, push button Universal Learning Remote. You can actually plug a USB cable in the battery area and program your remote online for its functions. It comes preprogrammed with bunch of stuff. I noticed that when I click the Bluetooth on/off button it doesn't work, so I went ahead and reset it all and just kept the K2 functions and voila!
Using the BT is the easiest thing in the world, I was just confused that it worked out so simply. I just clicked BT on the remote, then looked for a device in my phone, mated it with the Roksan (2 seconds) and clicked play and it just played music. Sounds great even if it was mp3. If the phone or your PC bluetooth dongle supports Apt-X ( BT 4.0 ) you can play FLAC files at lossless CD quality of 16/44.1. Sound is as good as Audioquest Dragonfly to my ears. :shhh:
Cheers from Macedonia.