Jean-Marie Reynaud Bliss Jubilee

StevenZ

Active Member
300b with schiit freya.
Wow nice stuff, including the Altecs. If I had the space and budget I'd absolutely get myself some GPA and a nice little toob amp. Curious with the Freya, does it sound a lot better in passive mode than active?
 

StevenZ

Active Member
Listening every single moment I can with these speakers and maaaaaan they're rich. Such great texture, such great tone. Imaging in the nearfield is surprisingly almost equal to my MarkAudios. Low level listening is dynamic and vivid. These speakers are allowing me to hear music as I had not previously experienced with other designs. Yeah yeah, you read it all the time "I'm hearing things I've never heard before", and I guess you can now lump me into that group. The ability to capture the entire instrument is realized with these speakers. By this I mean, I not only hear the notes coming FROM the instrument, I hear the entire instrument MAKING that note. Body, reverb, strings, fingers. The whole thing, man! It's really really incredible for me to have such a perfectly balanced speaker that seemingly does it all. It checks all my boxes, and even checks some boxes I didn't know I needed to have.

I'm feeling satisfied with these speakers like I haven't had before with all of my DIY and all of my B&M purchases. There's something special here, folks. That's all.
 

StevenZ

Active Member
Insist on rtb and replacement. I don't know what cost these were but I'd return a dinked anything for proper replacement.
Yes, the damaged pair have already been sent back and I'm now using the replacement pair. I'm out nothing more than initial purchase and time.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
Wow nice stuff, including the Altecs. If I had the space and budget I'd absolutely get myself some GPA and a nice little toob amp. Curious with the Freya, does it sound a lot better in passive mode than active?
Depends on your definition of better. If by better you mean more pure, then yes. I think I would have to do a closer listening to be absolutely sure though. Before I thought it just sucked out Power in passive (deactivating the loudness button if you will..), and forced me to be at 3 o clock on the dial (never ventured that far before and scared me). So I’ve mainly ran it as active for the extra power (15-20% difference).
 

StevenZ

Active Member
Depends on your definition of better. If by better you mean more pure, then yes. I think I would have to do a closer listening to be absolutely sure though. Before I thought it just sucked out Power in passive (deactivating the loudness button if you will..), and forced me to be at 3 o clock on the dial (never ventured that far before and scared me). So I’ve mainly ran it as active for the extra power (15-20% difference).
Makes sense. That's how I've run all the passives in the past too. Except for the Electra-Print PVA which was a much more typical volume level setting.
 
I'd never heard of this brand and am glad things worked out (Post #62).

In reading the thread this caught my attention.

"I should also mention that the tweeter has the absolute softest dome I've ever touched. It's no wonder it was so easily damaged and is staying damaged. But also... the dust caps on the woofers also seem to be made of similar material. The cones of the woofer are an interesting smooth texture with a profile that slightly flares similar to a trumpet. Overall feel of the cabinet is very high quality.

Sounds like they are using materials (extra thin for light weight/quick response/fast movement? (slightly) different materials (perhaps for lighter weight) than other companies use?) to their advantage to help get the results you posted in #62. That obviously is not the whole story but they are differences you noticed compared to the speakers you have used in the past. 👍👍 Enjoy!
 
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StevenZ

Active Member
I'd never heard of this brand and am glad things worked out (Post #62).

In reading the thread this caught my attention.

"I should also mention that the tweeter has the absolute softest dome I've ever touched. It's no wonder it was so easily damaged and is staying damaged. But also... the dust caps on the woofers also seem to be made of similar material. The cones of the woofer are an interesting smooth texture with a profile that slightly flares similar to a trumpet. Overall feel of the cabinet is very high quality.

Sounds like they are using materials (extra thin for light weight/quick response/fast movement? (slightly) different materials (perhaps for lighter weight) than other companies use?) to their advantage to help get the results you posted in #62. That obviously is not the whole story but they are differences you noticed compared to the speakers you have used in the past. 👍👍 Enjoy!
I'm not sure it's anything exotic but man do they have the right recipe. Still Loving them with all kinds of music.
 

Jack

Junior Member
I've only tried three setups with the Abscissa's. The PS Audio BHK tube preamp and hybrid 250 amp is very good as is the Audia Flight FL 3S integrated as it is on the warmer side of neutral. The Kinki EX-M1 integrated which is more neutral not so much. In the past with the two versions of the Twins, the Trente's and the Offrande's I have used tube amps as low powered as the EL-84 based Music Reference RM-10 at 30 wpc to KT-88 based Granite Audio 861 mono's at 60 wpc as well as an Odyssey SS amp (also on the warm side). All worked well and the preference would be based on the size of the room and the ultimate SPL you needed. I used various tube preamps with all of them. The little Music Reference was always my favorite and was good for a comfortable 85 db without running out of gas. As you got closer to 90 db you could hear it start to strain especially with the Offrandes. I haven't tried it with the Abscissa's yet. A lot of amps have come and gone over the last 20 years but the MR is here to stay especially with it's current replacement price.
 
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