X - Can V2 Reviews
And the new X-Can delivers ... what strikes is the greater clarity and resolution on offer compared with the original design, along with the way the presentation loses much of the unwanted 'in-head' feel.
Whether it's a Bach concerto or the soundtrack to The Beach, there's a ton of timbre and texture to be enjoyed, while the balance has a correctness we find hard to fault ... the sheer separation here means you're never left feeling short changed.
What really sold the new design to us though was a night spent ... spinning some of Steely Dan's better-recorded LPs ... Seldom have we found a sound so sweet.
The X-Can V2 aims (and succeeds) in giving a totally neutral sound. Everything ... was open and detailed. Space between voices and instruments was even more pronounced than usual through the [headphones], so that a truly out of the head sound was experienced.
You have to remember that headphone listening is vastly different to stereo 'speakers, and the V2s take one step further in making the two closer by bringing depth and breadth to the picture rather than merely blaring music into your lugholes! Highly recommended!
GRAMOPHONE June 2000
Those familiar with the original will immediately notice the greater separation and precision on offer here, the V2 sounding far crisper and cleaner than the X-Cans, and better able to bring out the intricacies of the mix thanks to a dose of extra detail.
The V2 [has] some nice taut bass and a treble that glistens with sparkle and air.
Play the Glinka and you're treated to a presentation that treads a fine line between spaciousness and weight. Cellos have real substance yet are never lacking in slam, the brass has superb bite yet never sounds abrasive, and the strings are conveyed with both fury and finesse. Overall, there's a correctness to the presen-tation that's hard to criticise and which never robs the powerhouse orchestral play of its excitement.
Similarly, load up the Schubert Sonata and the
V2 delivers all the dynamics of the staccato opening along with plenty
of tonal colour. There are some good acoustic clues as to the size of
the recording venue. As for the Mozart, voices are conveyed with fine
presence and clear articulation and are perceived to be standing well
forward of the orchestra - despite being heard over headphones. Better
still, the V2 manages to capture fully the spirit of the piece and at
times is capable of rare magic in that it conveys a sense that the performance
is happening 'right now'. For the money, the Musical Fidelity amp is a
star. Compared with the other head amps tested, "for sheer value
for money, the Musical Fidelity really stands out. It is tight, airy and
offers greater insight into the music...it's a fine buy.