I have just purchased the Marantz K1 Pearl lite combo to partner the PMC Db1i. Sounds good so far but not as good as the Marantz PM5004 and UD 5005 combo but definitely better than the Exposure 2010S2. The soundstage and the tightness of the bass for the PM5004/UD5005 is simply too good. Perhaps the Pearl lite is not properly run in yet (less than 12 hrs). Will provide an update after 50 hrs run in of the Pearl lite.
*Addendum : After 3 weeks (around 40 hrs of usage) , the Pearl lite combi finally show their true colour with the PMC Db1i, what a relief, they are now definitely better than the PM5004/UD5005. Everything start to open up, soundstage is excellent with holographic projection. Bass line, kick drum are sensation sometimes I just shake my head with disbelief and ask are those sound coming from the pair of tiny speaker. Well I now know I have a very value for money sound system which is very hard to better, well at least in my small room.
System: Marantz Pearl lite amp/cd, PMC DB1i, speaker cable DNM, Interconnect Ecosse Nu Diva
I bought a pair of PMC DB1i recently, I partner this pair of speaker with my Marantz PM 5004, wow was I amazed by the sound of these pairing. Here is speaker costing roughly 5 times the price of the PM 5004 but this amp (40w/ch) got a strangle hold on these speaker, the speed and tight attack of the drum on Jennifer Wearnes "The Hunter" CD was simply breath taking. Vocal and sound staging was first rate in my 18ft x 12ft room. I did try to use my subwoofer to complement my DB1i but I didn't like it, I think the speaker bass is very very good in a small or medium size room.
Thinking that the sound could be bettered by costlier amp, I went ahead and purchased a used Exposure 2010s2 (which is very well recieved , a class A rating from Stereophile).
But to my surprise the matching did not go along very well losing to the PM 5004 in almost all department. . Now planning to sell away the Exposure and saving for a Marantz K1 Pearl lite amp and cd player, I think marantz kit is a match made in heaven with DB1i (on a side note I' m currently using Marantz UD 5005 as my cd player )
Be warn these speakers are very revealing of the cd being played, any bad recording will be played as it is.
For normal pop cd I prefer to listen through my Focal Little Bird (amazing sound for the money)
Run mine with Cyrus amplification and Audioquest cables, amazing detail and soundstaging from these little Dinkys! if you're looking for small standmounts of the highest quality, these are them!
I have just bought a pair of these and am using a Unison Reasearch S6 to power them. The sound is incredible from such small boxes. They do not need hundreds of watts to drive them but they do appreciate quality amplification.They are sitting on Attacams Nexus stands which seem to suit them. Next step is upgrading the speaker cable, anyone got any ideas?
I have a pair of these hooked up to my Micromega CD, Unison Research Unico and have Transparent cables and interconnects - I can thoroughly recommend the Transparents. The system sounds fabulous across all types of music. DB1i speakers are sitting on Partington Super Dreadnoughts which give them a bit of extra heft.
Try Chord Silverscreen bi-wire (assuming your amp can do bi-wire). The cable takes a little time to settle in, but for the money it makes my DB1i's sing
Which amp did you use? I have a Cyrus 8vs2 with 70 watts per channel.. would that be enough?
I bought these recently to use with my Arcam A28 amp & CD 37 player, through Chord Silverscreen bi-wire cable. It is worth being patient as they just keep getting better & better. Bass is deep for such small speakers, but even that seems to be improving with time and the detail it will make you smile. Next step are new speaker stands & a power amp, can't wait as my DB1i's will sound even better
Excellent litle speakers, great sound and poise on all counts. My only criticism is that the bass could be a little more defined, but then taking their size into account you can't expect too much.
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