Monday, June 16, 2008

Sonodyne and DNM




The DNM stereo integrated amp is capable of churning out 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms of impedance. The speakers featured here are Sonodyne Sonus 2605 floorstanders, which can take up to 130 watts per channel. After having bought the speakers in April, it took me two months to zero in on an amp. Obviously it is difficult to get a decent amp with budget constraints like mine, and I had almost decided to go for a used NAD 352 BEE (80 w p/c x 8 ohms). Also considered was the Marantz PM7001, but the dealers in Bangalore don't give you free home demos, and I couldn't carry my speakers (11.5 kg each) to every dealer. And I shouldn't forget to mention the Sonodyne pre and power separates that sell for about Rs 28,000. That was not considered because of the price.

Then I met Sreekanth on hifivision... online. He is this absolutely passionate fellow who makes his own speakers and subs. When I heard his DIY speakers, made with 3.5 feet of horn in each and only with a single driver, I was floored. Had never heard such clarity even at the Sonodyne listening room. He believes that for pure sound you just need one driver and one high-frequency tweeter. Using horns, you can make that driver produce a sound that is closest to the original.
Sreekanth came home one day with his monster cables and the amp to give me a demo with my speakers. Obviously by then I was in love with his speakers, but still loved what I heard. He played Allan Taylor's Beat Hotel and some of his audiophile grade CDs bought over the net from the UK.
Decent sound, good midrange and the low frequencies are represented pretty well. Still don't have a dedicated audio CD player. Managing with the DVD player for now, but that doesn't satisfy my thirst.


Will arrange to set up my portable RCA audio CD player, but that needs a 1x2 interconnect, which I seem to have misplaced. Sreekanth gave this amp to me for a decent price and also threw in an interconnect free. It is Stone, but I don't know about the quality yet. Sounds okay.

Also attached the Worldspace radio to the amp, but the volume has to be upped considerably. Good enough for the Riff channel, but then could have been crisper and a tad louder.

Brought in Rajiv's turntable yesterday. It is a Sharp, and the LP i played last night sounded so clear, it touched a chord inside. I could even hear the thin rasp of the pin on the vinyl...man, how do you reproduce that in words!

I have my music now. Well, almost. It is just a journey well started...

7 comments:

Atanu said...

bhalo...bhalo!

This is the wisest thing you have done in years! Excellent choice, I must say.

Plan to visit you in July and listen to the system. And think how my Pancham records will sound if played on it...

Happy musiking, Arijit.

Oreen said...

you were my inspiration, so obviously you should be the first one to listen to it...
don't expect audiophile grade music though ... it is just decent enough for people like us...

Rocky said...

Congrts dude - now lets disturb the neighbours. Turntable too - lets get a disco ball and covert your place to a disc now ;)- what say

Deaths Head Roy said...

Damn, lucky you....I am looking to get a nice system done up...still waiting to!!

rajiv© said...

As long as you dont start playing songs like Drugs...
rock 'n' roll...
bad-ass vegas who*#@...
late-night booty calls...
shiny disco balls...


I need to go LP hunting again .. maybe this saturday :o)

Raj said...

This marks the transition from noise to music, that is, noise about Sonodyne (and et al) to music from Sonodyne. Happy Sonodyning!! maamu!

Sparsha said...

Loved your post. I was just searching for a good amplifier with FM tuner for my old Sonodyne SX 500 speakers. Norge doesn't have any FM tuner incorporated amp. DNM man now have a 20W each channel amp with FM USB reader and so on @ very affordable price. I was not sure about DNM product quality. Now I think I can go for it. Thanks..