Sorry to hear you weren't happy with your Kandy K2. Since I have a pair of B&W CM1 with my Roksan Kandy K2 BT I know what you are trying to say. The muffled midrange is from your speakers frequency response. Both the RX8 and the CM7 (whole CM range) have -3db dip around 2-4kHz (check Sound & Vision reviews and measurements). You start appreciating their "muffled" midrange when you start playing them really loud and they open up not introducing any fatigue, especially with the gutsy Kandy K2.
Any amp that "fixes" the recessed midrange in loudspeakers is not a neutral amp and I apreciate more amps that show my speakers for what they really are. The K2 is smooth sounding but has no issue with the mids with any of my other speakers. Look for solutions in your speakers and room acoustics, not the amps.
Depends what kind of sound you are used listening to (your room acoustics dictates this greatly). Try speaker positioning that reduces bass boom and your mids will come to life. Tilting the speakers back by half an inch on the back legs, away from walls, insert foam bangs in the reflex ports, thick carpets etc. Also the K2 benefits with changing different types of cables, especially the interconnects.
I did some listening tests, with and without +3db/+4.5db bump at 2200Hz ( Q=1 or 0.8 ) in JRiver MC19 player (no added distortion or signal alteration with software EQ). With sighted tests I prefered the 3db or 4.5db bump but when I did the relaxed and unsighted test I found the flat non-EQed sound to be superbly listenable and best to leave as is.
Good musical reference for tuning the new room acoustics for me was Gregory Porter (Liquid Spirit), Steely Dan (Aja), Vlatko Stefanovski (Krusevo), Jhena Lodwick (Getting to know you), Otis Taylor (Clovis People vol.3), The Sheffield Lab (Drum & Track Disc).
Thats what makes this hobby fun mate. Shouldn't be frustrating plug'n'play consumerism madness. No one gets it right in the beginning.
Keep calm and carry on.
ROKSAN K2 Series Bi Amplified (Kandy K2 Integrated + K2 Power Amplifier)
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Dear experts and friends
Finally after waiting and hardly preparing for the asking price of a piece of Roksan Kandy K2 Amp., I've owned one yesterday, but a strange event I'm being encountered, There's no K2 logo illuminated on my unit! Is there a problem of my unit itself or this version (3.5) of amp doesn't have K2 logo lamp?!
But there's an explanation in user manual which the logo illuminates in red upon power on.
Inform me please,
After all I'm not happy.
I'm in a country where Hi Fi is not valued much, average economical situation of peolpe is not good and to find a desired system is pretty much a hard and expensive approach.
We have 1 agent for some of Roksan products, limited in quantity, colours and guarranty, even demonstrating the units.
But I was lucky to listen to Kandy for minutes and realized every word of What Hi Fi experts and the sound which was pleasant and transparent.
I have prepared it's asking price very very hard and a few hours later am going to buy it, so now, you, my audiophile friends should be more happy that having an amp is an easier task for most of you.
God willing, in few days later I will write my review with interest and passion,
Thank you experts and I wish musical enjoyment for all enthusiasts.
I bought the KANDY K2 about 6 mounth ago and it is the first time that I learned not only to listen to music but also to analyze it , to notice the differnce between a bad recording to a good one and to take care for every detail of every note.
It is a sophisiticated powerfull amp you are never tired to listen to.
Very important features that you are hardly to find in other amps in this price :
1. real power of 2X134W in 8 Ohm .
2. sophisticated learning remote control .
3. decent MM phono in.
4. fine headpones out .
5. BYPASS input for connecting external AVR .
After a few months I got rid of the Yamaha as1000 amp. Great looking amp, but the sound was rather dull and uninvolving. I replaced the Yamaha for the Roksan. Paired the Roksan to my speakers; floorstanders Sonus faber Toy Tower; great speakers in barred leather (and with a very high WAF...!) The sound is amazing: smooth and sweet with a pleasant warmth, but also very open and detailed without any unwanted sharpness. Never get tired of listening to this great stereoset. I also love the uncommon looks. Very, very well done Roksan!
Have to get use to not having any tone buttons
I have the same thing about living without a treble and bass adjustment on an amp. Ok, beleave me i heard play equipment of Roksan and it was like real day sound and a live experiance when the artist came from a vinyl record. Ok, the turntable was a Xeres from Roksan and it's logical you get a wall of sound around you.
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Looks ugly on photos but its very slick and well designed in real life. Excellent build quality.
Not when you see it up close
Fantastic machine ! Detailed, powerful and warm sound with lots of insight.
The sound is just right, very musical. Works with almost any speaker.
After you heard this you will never go back to a budget amp.
This thing looks UGLY!! What the hell happened?
omg!!! what happened with the usual clean, silvered, simple fascia of kandy L series?
no, roksan, no! you lost your marbles there... is that a volume knob? those black square buttons
just for these ugly new looks youre going to scare customers away! *snif*
thank god i bought a sexy 2006 kandy L3 just in time of these latest upgrade.
it may sound the best amp under 1,000£ but looks count also - you know that!!!
What a great amp this K2! Only running for 1H and already i have noticed a better sound-stage compared to my previous MK3 with a sharper & front-lined treble.
that sexy touch-sensitive remote with its green glow LCD, its worth all 850€. Shame about the shiny mirrored front glass not matching my black box - only down-side because the thin volume handle is to force owners to use the remote.
Alexa from Portugal.
What a great amp this K2! Only running for 1H and already i have noticed a better sound-stage compared to my previous MK3 with a sharper & front-lined trebles and that sexy touch-sensitive remote with its green glow LCD, its worth all 850€. Shame about the shiny mirrored front glass not matching my black box - only down-side because the thin volume handle is to force owners to use the remote. Alexa from Portugal.
The looks may be terrible but it sounds really marvellous.Great amp this is !
I got mine today, and I think it's great. I'm very happy with the sound, and the looks too. The remote is marvelous, and I've got it programmed to operate my non-Roksan CD player.
I have one on order - just waiting for the first batch to be available. Hopefully in the next few days. Then I can say what I really think of the looks. However, at this stage, I can say that I've not been put off. I've gone for the black, to match my other components, but there's a silver version too.
I'm upgrading from a 17 year old Harman Kardon HK6100, so there's more than a chance that I'll hear a difference!
Listen first, then if you like buy it. I didn't.
Tried with monitor audio rs6 and gold20 and same result. No life.
Then changed the amp to Advance acoustic map-704 and I saw the rainbow. Are the the monitor audio so hard to drive or Roksan Kandy K2 doesn't have what it takes?
I don't subscribe to nunov's review here - I have K2 playing via Monitor Audio RS6s - and it's lively, detailed and punchy. 5 stars from me!
captain destructo doesn't know what he's talking about , this amp is fantastic to look at and performs really well
I preferred the Kandy K2 / Cyrus 6 SE over the Naim 5i pairing and also the Cyrus 6 amp and CD. Its a nice balanced sound, suited me upgrading from a NAD C352 / 542 / Sondek Ittok 1978 vintage.
I can't believe this is 5 stars the sound is very powerful, it has great punch, depth and scale but for me thats where the good points end sound wise. Used it with the matching CD player the midrange was muffled and there was no great clarity, instrument separation was also poor. I don't feel it worked well with either the MA RX8's or B&W CM7's. Plus its ugly beyond belief, it should loose a star for the looks alone!!!
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