I'm not quite sure how WHFS&V came to their conclusions about this system. Firstly, it is a substantial step up in sound and build quality over the Denon D-M37DAB (which I've also had here). Its more detailed and more natural sounding, and everything feels even more reassuring (no mean feat given the excellent build of the Denon). I can't understand the review's comments about the sound of this TEAC product. It just doesn't match up with my experience. I've had some very expensive seperates but this system, connected with Chord Co. Crimson and Chord Co. Rumour 2 with Tannoy Mercury F1s, is musical, entertaining and thoroughly convincing. If you are in the market for something like this, give the Reference 380 a listen. If you just dismiss it based on the WHFS&V review, you'll be missing out on something rather special.
I have this systems predecessor the reference 300 series and some of what the reviewer has said about the 380 sounds about right, there's masses of detail and clarity but it does get a bit OTT at the top end of the mid range overpowering the general cohesion of the music, The Tannoy F1s do help fill out the bottom end though.
am useing recnic dual speaker which i have joined up low and high but the base level is very poor do you think its my speakers or does this unit not give a very good base sound?
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