Guys I’ve got a confession - I took the P3 we’re bringing to Axpona home last weekend. Shh, don’t tell Paul.
I replaced my Dectet with it, and I wanted to share my thoughts.
First off, here’s my system - Rega P3 and GCPH for vinyl, or Chromecast Audio for digital (using FLAC through Plex as well as Spotify Premium). That gets fed into my Gain Cell DAC and M700 monos. Speakers are Dynaudio Focus 160s. Random sub that is on long term loan from a friend. XLR and speaker cables from Anti-Cable. Optical for the Chromecast is from Audioquest.
So, what’d I hear? Two things in particular stood out - first was what I’d describe as improved articulation. Bass was tighter and more controlled and mids and highs had more detail, though it was not the kind of artifical, over-etched sound you can sometimes get with bright gear or speakers. It sounded more organic and lifelike to my ears.
The second things I noticed was an improvement in imaging, perhaps as a consequence of the greater level of detail/articulation I heard. Each performer had a rock solid position in the soundstage and they did not budge.
Taking it out of my system was quite difficult, and I’ve been bummed about it to the point where I haven’t hooked things back up in the Dectet. I’m trying to figure out when I can get a P3 to keep at the moment.
A technical note on the P3, I ran my entire system on it and it did not break a sweat. The green light on front will change to yellow if you drive it close to the max limit and red if you go to the max power output or beyond. I did not manage to push it to yellow, and that was with some quite loud listening.