we have the good fortune of auditioning the dCs scarlatti in a friend's house just now. he also owns the oh-so-expensive krell evo 1 and 2 pre-power amplifications. the total cost of his hardware can easily buy us a corner house in bandar utama.

i told him that if i were a thief who breaks into his gem-packed house, i would lug away his scarlatti first rather than his krell evo 1&2 not to mention the fact that scarlatti is 3-piece whereas krell evo combi is 8-piece.

the dCs scarlatti is everything that the critics said - shocking precision and top-notch resolution. i hear things i didn't hear before in my cds. it digs deep into the recordings with plenty of details and nuances. it scores excellently in both the macro and micro aspects.

i don't think i miss my dream machine, the meridian 808, anymore.

9 comments:

fafafion said...

Yup,

I had the pleasure to audiotioned one a few weeks ago,and i must say that it blew the latest Reimyo sepatates out into the dungeon.

In Fact,it's biggest contender is the single box Puccini.....

hari said...

resolution and musicality ;that's dcs

liam said...

most people who use the EVO would go with all Krell set-up,and take advantage of CAST technology.

It would be interesting to see why your friend choose the dcs

jason said...

Yes maggie,

i do believe the dcs atacck is a class above the meridian referance...

Who is this friend of yours?Can i be his friend too?

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...

hi all,
the one thing in common amongst top-flight cd players nowadays is neutrality, astounding resolution, superb precision and ultra compact and realistic imaging. i have heard it in dCs, spectral, audionet.

hi jason,
the owner is a very low-profile high-ender and he doesn't mix around :-( but i hope to cover more of him in due course.

mAFAN said...

It is funny when Digital reproductions has finally come of age ,people are abandoning them by the busloads.

I think there has never been a better time to invest in true reference digital playbacks.

Your friend has made the smartest of choices IMHO

Ku Rien said...

Maggielurva,

I think you have heard the best of the best in digital playback.

in your opinion[which I highly value,by the way] what would be the pecking order?

Harris said...

dcs keeps getting better and better,and from my listening they are a few paces ahead of the Spectral and Wadia;and the EMM and WEISS keep falling far behind.

Amazing piece of British Engineering,the dcs.BTW the Puccini is almost as good you know...

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...

ku rien,

dCs leads the way but i still love meridian for its gorgeous tonal colour despite its shortfalls elsewhere. i won't comment on the rest tho' lest another debacle like the stage 3 gryphon reoccurs ;-)