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A wishlist of gear to be reviewed by Amir

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My wish list (in random order):
1) Benchmark HPA4 (both the line amplifier part and the headphone amplifier part).
2) Benchmark AHB2
3) Revel Ultima Salon2.
4) KEF Reference 1.

5) (added) Reviews of acoustic treatment products from manufacturers like Acoustic GRG Products Ltd (making RPG) or Vicoustic.

I want to add this: Thanks to Amir for his many reviews! I love that he measures the gear under review, compares reviewed gear (both regarding to the measurements and price) and that he writes short conclusions. In contrast to most other hi-fi-reviewers, I find his conclusions well-written and spot on. Thumbs up for Amir!
 
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Good thread and thanks for the kind words regarding the work I do.

Benchmark is willing to loan me their gear. I am waiting until the Massdrop THX amp is released to request their HPA4 to compare. And for my workload to go down.

On Revel Salon 2, what do you like reviewed on it? Since I own them I of course could do a subjective review but for objective measurements, I am not setup yet. And at any rate, Harman has that data.
 

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On Revel Salon 2, what do you like reviewed on it? Since I own them I of course could do a subjective review but for objective measurements, I am not setup yet. And at any rate, Harman has that data.
You are absolutely right. I was thinking about a "second opinion" from you, but there are already a lot of measurements on it out there (from Stereophile and other sources) showing that the Salon2's measurements are excellent. The same goes for Benchmark AHB2 and KEF Reference 1, while I think the fresh HPA4 has not been measured so much among reviewers yet. I therefore removed Revel Ultima Salon2, Benchmark AHB2 and KEF Reference 1 from the list.

It could have been interesting to have seen reviews of the active speakers Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 50 and 90, but I did not put them on the list as it seems unlikely that someone sends them to you (and not to overwhelm you with work).
 

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Regarding measurements of the Benchmark HPA4 (a kind of addendum to my previous post): Benchmark are very good at including measurements in their manuals.
 

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I think one of the reasons Benchmark have such credibility is that they provide comprehensive measured data for their products, and perhaps more importantly the data provided has always seemed to be verified by independent measurements which means that people have confidence in the veracity of the data provided by them. Although not cheap their gear is well designed and built, measures extremely well and they seem to be a company with genuine integrity.
 

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I think one of the reasons Benchmark have such credibility is that they provide comprehensive measured data for their products, and perhaps more importantly the data provided has always seemed to be verified by independent measurements which means that people have confidence in the veracity of the data provided by them. Although not cheap their gear is well designed and built, measures extremely well and they seem to be a company with genuine integrity.
I absolutely agree and could not have said it better myself.
 

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Examples what could have been great to have reviewed:
i) Measurements with and without the acoustic treatment product under review.
ii) Comparisons of different (competing) manufacturers' products covering the same purpose (bass trap for instance).
iii) Different measurements when posititoning the product under review differently in the room.
iv) Measured improvements in having more products in the room (for instance 4 bass traps instead of 2).

... and much more.

It would have been very interesting to read such reviews.
 
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Hello all. First post here. First of all, thank you Amirm for all the time you spend doing this. This a jewel of the internet.

As for a new piece of gear to test: The new(ish) solaris dac from cranesong is getting excellent review from the pro community. I would love to see you test and analyse it.
Not cheap though.

http://www.cranesong.com/SOLARIS.html
 
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I've been wanting to send you my PS Audio DirectStream Dac. Justifying the shipping cost of that beast and hoping it doesn't get destroyed in shipping is what's holding me back. Especially since it has been measured and well documented by JA of Stereophile.
 
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Crane song is in Wisconsin and may be willing to send you one. The avocet is well known and used to be best in class. Now everything is excellent, can we here the difference between a topping d50 and an avocet?
 

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I have seen a graph comparing the effect of same-purpose acoustic products from different manufacturers, but I could not find it. I think Bjorn in this forum has seen/used that graph.
 

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The gen1 Cambridge Dacmagic would be fun to see measurements of. A classic.
It was my first dac, and I loved it.
I modded mine back in the days with better regulators and shorted the output-caps, after reading a monstruos mod-thread at diyaudio.com.
 
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Antelope dacs were very haussed some years ago by a fellow audiophile of mine, would be fun to see one measured.
 
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