The amp itself was transparent to the recording being listened to. Unprocessed voices are the quickest way to determine an amps additions or subtractions. The Hurricane let voices and instruments come through with their natural qualities intact (with only one alteration, which I discuss later).
When I listen to Leontyne Prices disc of arias from Puccini operas [CD, RCA 68883-2], the tonal qualities of the recording are apparent. Unfortunately, they are apparently dull. While Prices voice is stunning (as usual), theres no particular beauty to the tonal colorings.Still, its Leontyne Price, so I was content with how beautifully the Hurricanes reproduced her vocal qualities. Nonetheless, the Hurricanes did not infuse voices with false richness. This was true of all the singers I listened to -- Jacintha, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan -- in recordings that were mostly minimally miked and produced.
The Hurricanes produced evenness across the frequency range, but sounded particularly dazzling in the bass. Here there was a terrific sense of weight, along with great control and detail, but without damping the life out of the harmonics. In a Scott Lafaro bass solo on Bill Evans Waltz for Debby , the weight, solidity, and low-level detail of the bass were just plain fun. This was much more apparent when using the Hales Revelation 3 speakers.
With the Alón Esprits, the bass had a much lighter feel -- or was that just the 10 Hales woofer vs. But again, the focus on the instrument was awesome -- the image of the double bass remained virtually visible as Lafaro played up and down the scale.The Hurricanes were equally adept at portraying groups of double basses in an orchestral section. Track 2 of Alberia [CD, Mercury Living Presence 434 388 2] opens with the double basses playing softly.
It was easy to hear them as a section of individual instruments, not merely a mush of sound playing together. What was most delightful was the sense of musicians playing together, something that most assuredly did not happen with the JVC 1010 CD player, but did with the Arcam FMJ 23. The Hurricanes relieved any concerns I had about my components showing their best. With the Arcam in the system, my doubts about the Hurricanes bass transparency were erased. Double that for the bass dynamics.
And the resolution of inner detail of bass instruments, as well as all the other instruments of the orchestra, was excellent. I could hear the lines of instruments placed farther back in the soundstage, even during fortes. In the mids, the evenness of instruments was apparent, with no apparent leanness. Listening to Porgy and Bess [LP, RCA 1831], with Cleo Laine and Ray Charles, I was enraptured by the quality of the voices. A friend, an opera singer, was bowled over by how realistic they sounded -- he could hear the aging and deterioration in Laines voice only too clearly, and Charles sounded as throaty as he had when Id heard him in Davies Hall in San Francisco.I gave up trying to hear microscopic flaws in the Hurricanes reproduction of voice. The Hurricanes did something Id not heard before: they maintained the size of instruments all the way to the back of the orchestra. Most amps have a more "triangular" sound: Imagine a triangle laid on its side with one side nearest you, its apex farthest from you.
Before the Hurricanes, my experience with amplifiers had been that they reproduced foreground instruments and voices as big; farther back on the stage, images dwindled, like the Incredible Shrinking Man. But with the Hurricanes, brass instruments, for example, seem life-sized. Even flutes sounded plus-sized compared to a typical amps reproduction.This made for a big sound, and was perhaps part of the reason that the soundstage reproduced by the Hurricanes sounded big. Please double this quote for a more accurate estimate. All of the pre-owned items that we sell are thoroughly inspected and tested both on our test bench and in our listening room. Antique Sound Lab Hurricane DT Vacuum Tube Monoblock Power Amplifiers, Manual, Power Cords. Single Loving Audiophile Owner / Non Smoker. Blemishes and Scratches, internal inline fuse holders replaced, many KT-88 tubes have broken tube base key pins. One bias display is missing a segment on one digit, otherwise perfect. 76 lbs x 2 Boxes. Our unique products, unparalleled service and "bombproof" packaging keeps our customers coming back again and again.
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