No longer being a churchgoer I have no idea what it feels like to be born again in a religious way. I do know what it’s like seeing the audio heavens open when a new piece of equipment takes the music to heights of realism you have not heard before.
I’ve been an audiophile for over 40 years and have had some of the most reputable names in high fidelity in my listening room. Not until I began to replace components one at a time with PS Audio flagships did the experience of live concerts truly revisit my senses.
It started with the P15 power plant, followed by the BHK 250 and the DSD DAC. It now culminates with the BHK Signature preamp.
Previously a preamp non-believer, forum members made a compelling case for my at least trying the BHK. I am now listening to the Chesky recording of the Brahms Piano Concerto #2. The opening horn, far in the distance, grabbed my attention immediately and did not let go.
The soundstage is huge, both deep and wide. The instrument separation, a challenge to reproduce in a heavily orchestrated work by Brahms, is remarkable, as is the weight and clarity.
This 1967 recording by Antal Dorati and the London Symphony is a classic, and for good reason. I’ve been hearing it for years and I’ve never felt I was as much in the performance hall before. There’s air around the music that makes notes seem as if they float in space.
The sound is so resolving I would venture Gina Bachauer is playing a Bosendorfer piano, not a Steinway. The clarity and power of the lower registers can be easily heard. Maybe I’m wrong, but I have a 50/50 chance
That all of this is due to the insertion of the BHK preamp after only 80 hours of play makes me look very much forward to the impact of further burn-in.
Fortunately, tracing the evolving changes in SQ as a component stretches its muscles just means that one can be born again many, many times, in an audio sort of way.