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  1. I also think the W5's a little more flexible with regards placement based on some of the comments. Mine sounded astounding where I first plonked them. Some adjustments yielded marginally better results but nothing earth shattering.
  2. Nice review of your findings. The only thing that I would point out is that you were listening to a system and a room - not just a pair of speakers. It is possible with a different system the attack and decay you were looking for might be more apparent. Or not. The great thing about hifi is that we can bespoke a system to satisfy any audio proclivity. The pork pie certainly sounds interesting.....
  3. With regards to the shipping cost, is there a possibility that Elite have set it at this level to ensure that the individual wishing to trial the speakers is serious about it and not just trying them out of curiosity? I suspect if they charged a nominal amount for shipping they would have a revolving door of products coming and going. I assume if you purchase the speakers the shipping costs are refunded?
  4. Just thought I would weigh in with my own thoughts: I have found the W5SE’s relatively easy in terms of placement. I have them around 18 inches from a wall and they sound great. The further out they are increases the soundstage ambiance. Same with distance apart. I have never noticed any brightness or hardness in the sound which is incredibly well integrated. I have found that power is key - I used them initially with an amp putting out around 170 watts into 4 ohms. Only when I went for an amp double the power did they really come alive. I have heard good reports about Lavardin amps but I guess it depends on the size of room you have. Mine is 19 ft by 13ft and my W5SE’s easily fill it. With regards to W5’s vs W8’s David at Elite Audio suggested to me that the W5SE model edges the base W8 on overall sound quality. If you are looking at the W5SE+ then I believe these are on another level entirely. They sound amazing at low levels - again I have found this power dependent. Sven Boenicke is great with advice and suggestions if you contact him. Hope this helps.
  5. I would concur with Tarzan's post. Superb amplifier.
  6. Looks like a gorgeous amp. If it sounds as good as it looks then I am sure you will be more than happy!
  7. Can't think of a specific example - just when I have been looking around it seems there are some good deals to be had.
  8. The pricing was from the UK distributor's Facebook post. Could still be wrong though. It is interesting about the use of CD's to demonstrate the DAC. Tempted to dip my toe back in with CD's myself as there seems to be lots of bargain players out there at the moment and I have all my silver discs boxed up.
  9. Looks like the prices for Boenicke's new amp and DAC have been released. Looks like the DAC is going to be £25,000 and the amp £10,000. Yikes.
  10. You are, do doubt, correct. Will have to put it on the lottery win wishlist. Which would be fine if I actually did lottery!
  11. Was there any mention of pricing for the new electronics?
  12. I would be very interested in his DAC but suspect it will be expensive. Did you get any details about it please?
  13. I can recall two pairs of speakers that I have had in my lounge that imaged well (not as well as the W5SE’s though). They were some Totem Model One Signatures and Living Voice OBX RW’s. Both were compromised in other ways that meant they didn’t last. In my experience the smaller the speaker, the better the imaging presumably because there is less interaction with the room - the issue with small speakers, as you will appreciate, is that they lack scale. I think you will struggle to match your Boenicke’s if imaging AND scale are your main priorities but could be wrong. With regards to Joni Mitchell I can honestly say that whilst I appreciate she is a wonderful songwriter she has always sounded like a cat having a rectal exam with a rolling pin on any system that I have owned.
  14. So the EX-M1 arrived yesterday afternoon and I had a listening session until around 1am this morning. It sounds wonderful and has given the Boenicke’s the power that they need to come alive. Strangely, despite it’s lower power, the Audiozen Alchemy feels like it has more drive. By comparison the EX-M1 sounds bigger with a wider soundstage, much more detail and far better placement of across the soundstage. It easily and confidently helps the little W5SEs fill the room with music. It does all this without it feeling like music is being thrown at you. The amp is also beautifully built - far better than any other amp I have owned. All in all I am very pleased - it was a change well worth making.
  15. I have long been a fan of that album - it would not be the kind of music I would normally gravitate to (I enjoy classical but not really choral/opera) but this music sounds so beautiful through the Boenicke’s it warrants repeated listening. With regards to Boenicke speakers they are no different to other speakers in that they are the system component where performance depends so much on the environment they are placed in. Having said this the W5SE’s seem to sound excellent wherever they are placed in my lounge (within the bounds of domestic acceptability). Minor tweaks with regards to placement have brought improvements but nothing earth shattering to my ears.
  16. Will do. Having read this it would seem to have the Boenicke seal of approval.......
  17. I put an offer in on the amp mentioned above that was accepted. One of these: Fingers crossed it will work out.
  18. Thanks for the offer of a demo of your system. Much appreciated. If I wasn't so tied up with the family virtually all the time I would take you up on the offer.
  19. The Hegel does look like very good value (has a built in DAC too). The Musical Fidelity amps look good - have owned a couple of their integrated amps (a long time ago) and enjoyed them. Tempted by this though for the right price (all the reviews point to it being a very good match with the Boenickes and something of a bargain for what is on offer: Awful brand name I know.
  20. Thanks for the MF suggestion. I will definitely look into the integrated. Another amp I had considered was this one: Seems powerful enough but I know nothing about the brand at all.
  21. Thanks for the responses. My preference is new or "as new" if I can get it. I would also prefer something that has not been molested so to speak. I have had trouble in the past moving equipment on that wasn't to the original specification. With regards to Class D I am pretty sure Sven uses them with the speakers but appreciate they divide opinion. I am based in Chorley, Lancashire.
  22. I have just sold my amplifier and I am looking for a recommendation for a powerful integrated to go with the Boenicke W5SE's. The Audiozen was a very nice sounding amplifier but I felt it was holding the Boenicke's back from a power perspective. I had been holding out for a Job integrated but they have been out of stock since November last year. Anyone suggest anything for around £1,500? Cheers, Rob