So I’ve been using my new P15 full time on my front end gear. I like just about everything that’s coming out of my speakers, but I’m not sure I can say it’s universally good.
For the first observation, while there is now a tremendous increase in musical dynamics, it almost seems like some of the “subtlety” that I’m used to is gone. It’s like everything is getting amped at the expense of “gentleness” when the music calls for it. It sometimes seems that I can no longer appreciate the lightest of vocal inflections or brush strokes because everything feels like it has a rocket motor under it.
My source gear was previously fed by a Running Springs Haley. When I swapped it back in the music became “neater”. A bit smaller in sound stage (not by much), but less bombastic, especially in the low end. With whatever was taken away, I was left with what seemed like music that was more in control of itself, in ways that allow tiny things not to be overwhelmed by everything else going on around it.
The second observation with the P15 is that it seems I’m hearing an underlying tone at the upper limit of my hearing - somewhere around 17KHz (my hearing is still pretty good for an old man). I hear it while most music is playing, digital or analog. It’s low in level, but I know it’s there. I don’t here this when the Haley is in place. P15 has been running in sine wave this whole time.
Anyone have any ideas?