Born in Denmark, loudspeakers by Peak Consult have quite interesting names -- Dragon Legend, Typheous Momentum, Kepheus Momentum, Zoltan, Empress and Princess. The names themselves manifest a sense of the mythic world and nobleness.
This time I found in front of me the youngest noble of the brand -- the Princess X. She inherits the stature of the Empress and the Zoltan, with a Morel 1-inch silk dome tweeter and a 5-inch mid-bass driver by AudioTechnology, custom made specially for Peak Consult. The enclosure is made of 1-inch HDF board covered with solid rosewood panels of 1-inch thickness. Both the baffle and the back panel are covered with textured leather to absorb diffractions.
The Princess X retained her own manner of musical reproduction -- crispy clear imaging and subtlety, three-dimensional lines and a touch of elegance, clean and rich layering. Full frequency spectrum was exquisite, delicate, transparent, solid and rich.....
The twenty.22 speaker incorporates the Advanced Transmission Line bass loading design boasted by PMC, rendering the enclosure more complicated and difficult to built. The use of new drive units developed specifically for the speaker results in astonishing bass quantity, yet maintaining the balance, neutrality and effortlessness peculiar to PMC. The added sweetness and vitality enrich music with gentleness and articulation.....
SPEC PMC Twenty.22
Exposure 3010S2 CD Player
Exposure 3010S2-D Integrated Amplifier
PMC twenty.22 Bookshelf Speaker
This is a all-round system that presented a considerably truthful sound thanks to its full-bodied, peculiar timbral quality, reflected even when watched from one side. Both the CD player and the amplifier possessed a musicality that matched the quality of the PMC twenty.22. What this system exhibited was a truly musical sound........
The Bryston BHA-1 is the only headphone amplifier by Bryston Ltd. of Canada to date. It inherits a style peculiar to Bryston's own amplifiers -- solid and professional.
As the first headphone amplifier by Bryston, the BHA-1 offers balanced output terminals not found in many headphone amplifiers. The inclusion of channel balance adjustment and gain selection appears thoughtful. The BHA-1 is also a decent pre-amplifier with balanced output. Besides the RCA single-ended and XLR balanced output connectors, there is a 3.5mm stereo phone jack almost rarely found in audio equipment.
The BHA-1 utilizes fully balanced circuitry and operates in pure Class-A. Power supply is exquisite. Almost every stage is fully regulated to reduce interferences. It may be connected to an external power supply to elevate its sonic performance. All in all, this is a versatile headphone amplifier.
Our evaluation was conducted using the Beyerdynamic T1 headphone, a balanced 600Ω version. The BHA-1 headphone amplifier (at high gain setting), with its rated output of 200mW into 600Ω, exhibited no problem driving the T1.
"Perhaps" in the first track of "G: Ear" sounded rhythmic and realistic. In Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite", I was stunned by the razor-sharp dynamics and forceful bass in the fiery scenes. There was a strong sense of a widened soundstage, bringing life to the music being played.
Doubtless to say, the BHA-1 was exceptional and its performance in balanced mode is further elevated in all respects -- drive capability, soundstage presentation, imaging, dynamic range and trueness.
SPEC Bryston BHA-1
The Twenty.26's combinnation of a smooth and slightly laid back midband is certainly rather unusual, yet also proved decidedly seductive. This speaker shows adsolutely no tendency to shout or become aggressive, yet it's also invariably highly informative and full of detail. The result is a sound quality that remains easy on the ears even when playing music at relatively high levels, while still delivering plenty of explicit detail at more modest levels...
PDF PMC TWENTY.26
SPEC PMC Twenty.26