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Devialet DPremier plus Harbeth

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  • Devialet DPremier plus Harbeth

    Does anyone have experience with the DPremier and SHL5's? I have heard them with a Thorens TT and was blown away.

    I like the advanced design, power and fact its only one box with everything. Simplifies life and is beautiful. But super expensive.....

  • #2
    I have used mine with my P3ES speakers. Sounds sublime. Small too, easy to install and very flexible. I am a big fan.


    • #3
      It is very good for a 10K amp, but to me, it sounds lifeless... Like most Class D amps.


      • #4
        Originally posted by garmtz View Post
        It is very good for a 10K amp, but to me, it sounds lifeless... Like most Class D amps.

        It isn't a class D amp. It seems completely transparent to me - but that is just pehaps what I would expect, as an engineer! It is the first amp I have tried to match my old Goldmund in timbre, clarity and dynamics and very much less expensive.


        • #5
          Not to be a wet blanket to you but i heard a Naim Nait 5i sounding more natural & musically convincing in direct comparison to a much more expensive Goldmund pre/power combo. Both amps were driving M40. IMO, the Goldmund sounded artificial in tone & did not have that 'flow' when delivering the music. So if the Devialet is anything like the Goldmund, then it'd probably not be my cup of tea.


          • #6
            Found this interesting thread comparing the Devialet & a Tron pre/power. This thread further confirms my suspicion that the Devialet is a very very good hifi sounding amp. After having read the comparison, i am now even more intrigued to listen to a Tron pre/power. After all, i heard a Tron seven phono stage on a Harbeth SHL-5 setup & came away very impressed. And its made in UK!