I am honored to be the first home user of Wadax Atlantis in HK.
Since I will move home in a few months, I can only put it on the floor with the server stacked up on it without any grounding cables connected due to the constraint of my rack space and cable lengths, and with less than 60 hours of running it, it already can shock me with the huge improvements!
The immediate improvement is on the musicality. The music becomes so rich and dense. It squeezed out the nano details of the audio files, and yet it is so quiet and rich, making the music so linearly flowing out like analogue playbacks. It is not just high resolution, but very delicate and natural flow of music. I really can't believe I am playing digital music in 16/44.1 format.
My vintage power amp and vintage speakers are weak on speed and energy, but Wadax rejuvenates it with punchy forces and full-bodied bass. It starts to get closer to the performance in AE showroom even with such weaker links in my system. Can't wait to hear how it can fly with my new Cessarro amps and speakers.
The difference is getting more and more obvious after a few more hours of running it and even my girlfriend can notice the change in energy without paying much attention to it.
With that few hours of running in, the sound stage starts to extend in all directions, both horizontally and vertically. The instruments and vocals become more visible and the depth builds up. I love to test my system with We Get Requests' You Look Good to Me. The strings have much more layering of sound making it so live-like, but what's more attractive is the piano, which is so harmonic, so rich and silky smooth that is even more difficult to reproduce than the double bass. I can feel the piano is leading the flow and the rhythm is unlike what I can hear from other systems before: very human with a mood of improvisation with joy. Such linearity is what makes Atlantis so unique to other mega systems.
In a word, I think I made the right decision going on this path. If Trio is already one of the best sources in the world, I can say Atlantis is the real champion leading the way ahead of its peers!