Aloha to the kind denizens of the PSA forums!
As I no longer own any PSA gear, don’t get over to these parts as much as I once did. Wanted to follow up on my Hegel/ Magnepan LRS journey.
Two months after placing the order, the LRS arrived yesterday, completely unannounced. They had told me to expect a late December, early January delivery. I ordered them, and bought the Hegel H90 based on the enthusiastic recommendation by Audio Excellence on YouTube. So taken by their video, I sold off my entire PSA audio system.
I did on my own add the Border Patrol SE-i DAC and a Decware ZBpx tube buffer. All cabling is Duelund.
Right out of the box, with no speaker or speaker cable break in, the LRS sound stunning with the Hegel. I’m completely blown away. At times gasping as I listen to my very familiar test tracks. I have found the LRS need a sub, but my little $500 REL sub is working excellent with them.
I was concerned that the LRS would be bright, or thin sounding, and a bit too neutral for my warmth centric tastes. Those concerns couldn’t be further from the truth. The system synergy with the LRS is rich, organic, and with a massive soundstage. It sounds like my entire back wall is the speaker. Sound is literally coming from everywhere. My listening room has turned into a sea of sound, left to right, up and down, front to back. And that’s with zero break in.
I cannot speak for other amp combinations, but can attest with great enthusiasm that the Hegel/ LRS combo is simply amazing - Audio Excellence in Toronto was spot on. And the Hegel H90 is only 60 watts per channel, albeit very high current, wow.
I honestly think Magnepan has made a huge mistake with the LRS. Their goal was to create a near cost speaker that would draw the consumer into the Magnepan universe, with the notion I’d upgrade later into their more profitable models. The error is that they made the LRS too good! For my 12 X 20 X 12 room, and given the performance of the LRS, I have absolutely no interest in moving up the Magnepan line. It reminds of the Auralic Mini which was so good they had to stop making it.
I had already sold my PSA S300 before the LRS arrived, so I didn’t have a chance to audition the LRS with it. Would’ve been interesting.
For old time sakes, I hope @speed-racer will reply telling me how much the LRS suck . (Just kidding). Actually kudus to our fast driving friend for the Duelund recommendation, couldn’t be more pleased with them.
And there you have it. Hope all of you are managing the pandemic well. Many blessings for the holiday season.