After privately exchanging a few emails with VR and Uncle Ray seeking some audio opinions, they pressed me to write something about the Orion.
I have two Spartans. One for my audio system, another one for my home theatre room. Spartan needs no further introduction as experienced veteran like Ptsang, Marvel, and some other folks bought it with pride right from the beginning.
VR told me I should try putting on source components on the Orion only and let the Spartan takes care all of the hungry power amp. I was too lazy to test. The reason that triggered me to buy the Orion on top of two spartans is the very fact that I am a cable freak like Marvel. I like to choose my own power cords for the Orion to experience different sonic results.
Not until the arrival of the stuff high current, my incentive to unplug all source components and switch them over to the Orion is none. To cut a long story short, I did what VR had suggested to me. All the source components, Tidal Preamp, Takumi K10, LPX crossover, Vekian CD/CDT, Neodio CDT/DAC, Zanden Mk3 phono, a total of 8 components completely filled up the Orion.
There is a profound sense of calmness that is never experienced before after I did this. Transients surge up and down with lightning speed at a 3 dimensional virtual space. The riffing by Jimmy Page on his guitars is revealed with stunning micro motion and clarity in x, y and z axis. Division of labor between Spartan and Orion/Stuff HC take my Tidal system to an uncharted territory. It is not just about the recreation of the soundstage as I could achieve that long time ago, but really the entire "mood" of the live recording.
The latest live recording of Mark Knoplfer and Harris, I can really feel these two are enjoying the stage, but not competing against each other to be spot light on the stage. That is not to say the sound was tight when everything was plugged into one spartan, but two AC conditioners dividing the work load is better. And I have to say it is much better not in terms of the usual hi fi jargons but an experience.
VR told me to use recordings with more speed to do the test before I posted my verdict. I have to say I have never thought about trying dividing the works between Spartan and Orion even I have them all.
It is also fairly certain to say the Orion with the Stuff HC serving Spartan brings my system to an even high resolution on all perspectives.
Thanks for the idea.