blinddrew wrote: ↑Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:07 pm yeroc wrote: ↑Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:39 pm
Both the Neumann KH 80 and APS Klasik 2020 are en route to the home studio. Will get some good testing in next week and see what happens
Do come back and tell us how you get on please.
I need to know if I should be wallowing in buyer's remorse or not.
Spent about an hour doing some proper A/B testing today on commercial material and my own mixes.
The short story is I think the APS are going to be the winners. Both are extremely impressive, especially the KH80 given its' size. It's almost black magic (err DSP) how big the KH80's sound. If you had your eyes closed you would think both speakers are the same physical size. (Photo- https://imgur.com/a/uqRImm4
) Both set's of monitors are enabling me to hear new details in material I know well! So fun! Various observations relative to one another.
The APS are overall a more cohesive soundscape. The frequencies and parts of songs all feel more connected to one another sonically. The Neumanns feel disconnected between the low end + mids. The mids and highs are very detailed on the Neumann's but they sound like they're in different spaces compared to the APS. It's actually pretty fascinating to flip back and forth and feel + hear it! I can probably dig in more and analyze what specific frequencies are being dipped/boosted between the two to give off this feel, but these are just my initial impressions.
I wondered + worried about the bass output on the Neumanns but have to say there's actually more than enough (to anyone who has qualms about it). I'd go even as far to say that the Neumanns feel more hyped(!) and rounded out in the bass than the APS. The bass on the APS feels more honest to me, with the full frequency response of the bass (low mids, transients, harmonic content) being a more detailed picture than the Neumanns.
Both monitors display excellent detail for effects like reverb and delay, but again the APS sound more detailed to me in this respect, with something like a reverb sounding like it sits in a place in the mix that makes more sense than the Neumann. I hope I'm conveying this well.
Im finding the Neumanns mid details to err on the side of nasally compared to the APS as well. Although I will say that I probably wouldn't have noticed this as much if I wasn't able to flip back and forth so easily.
Not so scientific and some quite candid emotional subjectivity with overall 'feel', but my two cents nonetheless. We'll see what happens when I come back tomorrow.