- Apr 23, 2020
My listening sessions with the Igniculus have been a wonder in space and 'openness' The truth is that I have struggled to find the proper adjectives to describe my experience with all of the Synaestec products. 'Openness' would seem to be one descriptor. Things just come out of the air, naturally. After the dialing in of a system, which took a fair bit of physical toil, given that everything, including the speakers, was scaled up, I began to listen. At first the bass drivers weren't broken in, which led to various methods to break them in...they didn't fit into my normal sound proof break-in closet. All to say, it was a process. (in this case powering Soul Sonic Hologramms.) Once completed, I would occasionally swap a component. In most cases, there was a reductive feeling. Like the music had been tethered to fit into the purview of a looking glass, as opposed to the natural open feeling with the full Synaestec system. Prior to this, it wasn't as though this openness drew attention to itself. It did not. Anyway, I could easily blather on about how special I find the sound. There is an ease to it that is addictive...I find this same ease tends to exist in the best thought out systems.As clearly seen from pics on the web, it is opamp based. Still, very well executed, even if output appears not to be dc coupled.
Regarding the choice of transistors and op amps, I have this from Walter Weiss of Synaestec. He also touches on the Octa Drive system.
'Hi Fred, We did not avoid the use of opamps or any other devices. Developing the Octa Drive circuit, we began with a white board, open to all approaches as possibilities with measurements and listening sessions providing feedback for our choices. The Octa-Drive technology is the combination of eight balanced amplifiers, eight for the positive phase and eight for the negative phase. There are opamps as well as low noise discrete transistors inside each of the amplifiers. These amplifiers are connected in parallel not for the higher gain, but for the lower noise, lower distortion and lower output impedance.
Every Synastec Audio product is created in the ultimate balance between objective measurement and subjective listening experience, through countless adjustments and optimizations. The life of music is guaranteed in the final performance.'