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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    I'd be curious how these compare to the Concentras back in the day. anyone?
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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    Anyone compare the Continuum S2 to any Devialet?

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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    I have, though not in a very thorough fashion. I have a Devialet 200 and borrowed an S2. The problem was I had to borrow some speaker cables with spades and the only ones I could borrow (cheaper Transparents) were sound-wise almost the diametric opposite of what I have, and rather unsuited to my Raidhos. The result was the S2 sounded rather muddy. The Devialet is quite bright and transparent, the S2 dark. I was using the built-in DAC on the S2 which I don't think was nearly as good the Devialet DAC either.

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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    I have owned both the S2 and the D800 and I would have to say that the Devialet was quite a bit better than the S2. Tighter bass, smoother mids and better soundstage focus and size. But then again the D800 is 3X more money. I suspect that the D200 would also be better but that is total guessing on my part.
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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    It's hard to compare the Devialet models to the Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 as the Devialet is meant to be used as a complete system. What I can tell you though is that the Jeff Rowland Aeris (DAC) + Continuum S2 (integrated amp) is in another league compared to the D200, as they should. A more fair comparison would perhaps be the D800.

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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    Is there a good reason manufacturers and /or writers don't list power ratings? I'll never understand why they don't. Same with prices of components.

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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    Is there a good reason manufacturers and /or writers don't list power ratings? I'll never understand why they don't. Same with prices of components.
    Most have power ratings

    "Continuum S2 integrates the new Capri S2 preamplification circuit, input/output, and control features with an innovative 400 watt power amplification stage into a single chassis."

    and every Devalialet on this page has them
    https://www.devialet.com/en-us/expert-pro-audio-system/

    But I agree it would be helpful to have at least the list price. I'd be happy with a Ballpark like houses, Starting in the low $10K range

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    Re: Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated review by Roy Gregory at TheAudioBeat.com...

    All, this is not about the lovely Continuum S2... It's instead a teaser about Daemon, Rowland's superintegrated flagship, for which I have been busy scribbling listening notes for the last three weeks.

    Fact is that I have been wondering for some
    time if my audio nirvana could ever be uber-nirvanized, as the technology of audio reproduction has continued to evolve. So, when Rowland released its
    statement integrated amplifier in the form of Daemon, I became curious. Could an integrated equal, or at least get close to my Aeris + PSU + M925 trio?
    I was long hoping to evaluate the Rowland Daemon 1500W Superintegrated amp. Could a class D integrated fulfill my yearning for sonic bliss, or would Daemon leave me pining for the wonderful music of my separates: Rowland Aeris DAC fed by the ultra-capacitor-based PSU external power supply, driving my beloved M925 monoblocks? Eventually, a Daemon review unit was delivered on February 28th. I Started break-in the following day, and have been scribbling my listening notes since… The writing project will continue for at least a few months, until the device has stabilized, and I have exercised several of its many input and output features. I have been waiting for a long time for this 99Lbs single box critter. It is Jeff Rowland’s integrated statement. The DAC + Preamp + 1500W/8 (2500W/4) dual-mono power amp in a single chassis measuring 17.5” x 15.25” x 9.5” has been sounding extremely musical since the beginning, truly great since it crossed the 150 hours break-in mark, and just about astonishing at 500 hours… And this is just half-way into the break-in process. hundred hours of break-in.

    Discovering the phenomenal musical beauty that Daemon produces is being a fascinating experience… Already I am stunned by Daemon's power reserve and unreal tonal grace. Join me to chat about my adventure with this integrated flagship around its AudioShark watering-hole:

    https://www.audioshark.org/showthrea...453#post297453

    And, feel free to PM me with any questions about it.

    Saluti, Guido


    Hello All, I was long hoping to evaluate the Rowland Daemon 1500W Superintegrated amp. Could a class D integrated fulfill my yearning for sonic nirvana, or would Daemon leave me pining for the wonderful music of my separates: Rowland Aeris DAC fed by the ultra-capacitor-based PSU external power supply, driving my beloved M925 monoblocks? Eventually, a Daemon review unit was delivered on February 28th. I Started break-in the following day, and have been scribbling my listening notes since… The writing project will continue for at least a few months, until the device has stabilized, and I have exercised several of its many input and output features. I have been waiting for a long time for this 99Lbs single box critter. It is Jeff Rowland’s integrated statement. The DAC + Preamp + 1500W/8 (2500W/4) dual-mono power amp in a single chassis measuring 17.5” x 15.25” x 9.5” is sounding amazing after just a little more than a couple hundred hours of break-in.

    Discovering the phenomenal musical beauty that Daemon produces is being a fascinating experience… Already I am stunned by Daemon's power reserve and unreal tonal grace. Join me to chat about my adventure with this integrated flagship around its new Audiogon watering-hole:

    https://forum.audiogon.com/discussio...egrated-flagsh...

    And, feel free to PM me with any questions about it.

    Saluti, Guido
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