Hi guys, been a Spectral fan in the 90s but lost track in the past 15+ years.
I wonder how the latest DMC 30SV - DMA 300SV combo would do compared to newer gear like the Audionet Humboldt.
I plan on using a pair of Borresen 03 speakers but will not be able to audition with Spectral as dealers don't carry both brands.
I just saw this thread and perhaps I can offer my personal take on both brands.
I've auditioned both and chose Spectral. I should note that I DID NOT compare side by side the new Audionet Scientist flagships to Spectral.
They are outstanding but, price wise not comparable to Spectral. My comparison was the Audionet PRE-G2+ Stereo amp to Spectral SV Pre and DMA-260S2. Not even the latest and great "SV" amps.
I think a comparison I'd like to hear is the Audionet Humboldt (Integrated) compared to the DMC-30SV+300SV combo.
I'd guess they are very similar in the US MSRP. Whereas the Stern (Flagship Pre) and Hesienberg amps from Audionet are much more expensive than Spectral respective flagships.
First, I should state that I'm located in the US and as you mentioned easier to demo and acquire Spectral here. Although there aren't many dealers in the US they are represented on both coasts.
As another European based member posted in another thread. Spectral is a very expensive proposition to import when you factor the distributor, dealer and associated taxes.
Whereas, German based Audionet is probably much easier to acquire for our European members.
To that end, if the system approach pre+amp+MIT Speaker and Interconnects is what you are going for or buy into.
Then by all means consider Spectral. However, if you don't buy into the System approach and want to add your own preamp from another brand or use another brand of cable besides MIT, then Spectral isn't for you.
Save yourself the time and money go for Audionet. You can subjectively tweak it with the cables you like and save yourself some money.
However, if you believe and subscribe into the system approach. That Keith Johnson and Bruce Brisson know more over their 40 years of experience than any of us do. Then proceed further.
Spectral is EXTREMELY special when used as system (pre+amp+MIT). Fast, low distortion, extreme neutrality and such an open sound.
Audionet shares similar characteristics but, lacked something for me that would put it over the top.
As a said, I believe and subscribe to the system approach.
What put Spectral over the top? For me at least.
Their incredible source, the SDR-4000SV CD player.
Audionet's CD player wasn't close.
I hope we see the "SV" phono stage and SDR-5000 DAC before hell freezes over.
But, as Spectral fans know , it is good to dream
I hope that was helpful and let us know your feedback if you go to Italy for a listen.