Hey you are more than a year old here and has over 100 post. Did you just mentioned ' wrong match between Electronics Speakers and Cables'??Good morning.
Yesterday I listened to the R3 Meta.
I didn't bring my old R3s for direct comparison (I didn't have time to take them apart and load them in my car).
I listened to songs that I know well, the impression was that of a slightly more open soundstage than the old R3 and they also had greater attention and presence of small details in the mid-high range, small nuances such as guitar or violin string plucks and some very small details on the voice and other instruments were certainly more evident.
Despite this I have to say with great amazement that I did not like them.
The main reason is that on medium-high frequencies they were sometimes annoying (I felt like covering my ears with my hands) too strong and present, I can't understand the reason but this was the impression I got.
On the one hand, that little more detail they gave was very nice, but on the other hand, that annoyance that emerged on some medium-high frequencies was unbearable!
How come? the "Meta" treatment shouldn't take away this problem.
On the forum I read that in the mid-high range the Meta series is less present and controlled than the old R3 series, but from the listening test I did I got the totally opposite impression
Could it have been the fault of a wrong match between Electronics Speakers and Cables?
The amplifier was a Hegel 590 and the silver Chord Cables......but as I said, I find the sound of the old R3s warmer and less aggressive in the mid-highs.
Another option is that the modification of the Crossover of the R3 Meta has emphasized too much this medium-high frequencies.
The shop told me that a customer with direct comparison (R3 Meta and non-meta) preferred and bought the old R3???
I went to buy them but I'm not at all sure, is it the case that I do other tests with another amplifier? (I can bring my Nad 399).
I was very confused, and I'm starting to think that if I put the dirac module on my Nad I can achieve better results, but I'm not writing to say this thing about the module (it's just my thought) I want to stay focused on the Kef R3 vs R3 Meta speech, everything else doesn't matter because a speaker must sound good on its own without adding equalizations especially if it has been updated to have higher quality.
I wanted to tell you about my experience, maybe it's useful or can make some users think......
In the next few days I'll listen again even if I'm less and less motivated to switch to the new model.
Do you have any opinion?
Have you also had the opportunity to listen to the new Meta model?
What impressions did you have the same as mine or different?
Thank you in advance.