Jean-Marie Reynaud Bliss Jubilee

StevenZ

Active Member
Well, as I suspected the boxes came in trashed. BUT, somehow the speakers are OK and I couldn't be more surprised. I had the post office put it in their system that the boxes came in heavily damaged so if there's any issue that comes up later we can quickly address it with a claim. However, visual inspection and my patented "shake test" (to make sure no crossover components are loose) were both passed with flying colors.

I moved the entire stereo (sans USB DAC & PC) to a building on the property that used to be an art studio, now turned storage. This space is roughly 25ft x 50ft so not exactly optimal for these little speakers. In fact, comparing the sound to what I heard in my office (11x11) to the studio space was pretty drastic. Office was good, a bit constrained and exactly what I remember the first hour being like with the first pair of Bliss. In the studio space they sounded like AM radio. Clearly the space is swallowing them up and that's fine, it'll be okay as a break-in room. FM radio is playing the local jazz station and will change between that and classical till break-in is done. Maybe some other genres but our FM stations here are pretty, uhh,....bad.

I like the finish a lot more than I had anticipated though. It definitely looks like cherry, but with a more porous grain pattern. I do wonder if this species of veneer will age like cherry though. I've seen freshly milled cherry go from quite light colored pink to a nice rich golden orange in just a few days with a little sunlight. Fingers crossed they age well.

I've attached a photo of their temporary home.

JMR Office.jpg
 

StevenZ

Active Member
Didn't realize the MCS ran so warm. Thankfully I went in there to check and the Claymore was running slightly warmer than ambient temp (which it never has) and I slid a temporary block in the front to aid cooling. Will get back from lunch and cut some wood to add more space. It'll be a long burn-in and I don't want to risk anything.
 

StevenZ

Active Member
By the end of the day the ambient temp in the studio was just north of 90F. It was 103F outside and clearly the studio's AC is hardly working right now. With that said I shut the system off for the evening as the Claymore was pretty warm, but still nowhere near hot. If you can't tell by now I baby this amp quite a bit. Hahaha.

Anyway, real break in progress was made today and the soundstage has opened up considerably. Everything is just a hair more in focus and mid-range seems to have cleaned up a few degrees. I like where this is going but unfortunately with these hot days running 24/7 just isn't an option. Break in will take a bit longer but should still be fun to experience as I pop into the studio ever couple of hours.
 

adaug

Senior Member
what are your fears about running gear in 90F temps? perhaps there is something im overlooking when i run my gear in the +90F temps of chicago summers.
 

StevenZ

Active Member
what are your fears about running gear in 90F temps? perhaps there is something im overlooking when i run my gear in the +90F temps of chicago summers.
I'm not sure. I'm just not used to the Claymore getting warm. It's life with me has been a cakewalk. Always low level background listening with sporadic "jamming" when the boss steps out. All with 8ohm loads.

This is the first time it has been on a 4ohm load and continuously above 10 o'clock on the volume knob. I'm always at around 7-8. Perhaps I'm being a little too cautious.
 
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