Robert Harley made a review of Lamm ML2.2 with his Magico Q7 loudspeaker of 94dB sensitivity.
He feels that “Q7 allows to hear ML2.2 at it’s best”, and the fact that he just reviewed Q7 and has them in his room as a trophy probably has nothing to do with that.
I like when Robert Harley makes “smart” comment about SET as he is the one who spend a career hassling industry’s high power SS amplifiers. It is no surprise that among the speakers that Robert muscled from the industry 94dB was the higher sensitively.
Another lobule mater was his playing Dave Brubeck “Time Out”. This is kind of subliminal message to all audio white trash out there – sort of a proof of quality according to those people. Funny, a few weeks back a local audio friend of my, a jazz devotee himself stopped by at my place and after an hour of so of playing my music I played to him his Dave Brubeck “Time Out”, I have some kind of super-duper vintage Japanese pressing. My friend asked me to spot doing it because it was “essentially very boring music”. Why that ML2.2 made Robert Harley to have interest in Dave Brubeck? Was it ML2.2 problem of Harley’s head problem? Was it the Robert intention to make mode audio-idiot out there to buy ML2.2 and by referring to “Time Out” he cover a wide ground of audio fools out there? I do not have an answer.
Another thing is Robert Harley stressing 3% of total harmonic distortions. If Robert Harley was another new writer then this stupidity would be appropriate or even implied. He however is an experienced guy and he understands that total harmonic distortions number give no picture. To analyze the harmonic context and progression of harmonic context with volume was a bit out of Mr. Harley paying grade. Very unfortunately. It is also very stupid to total harmonic distortions if you know that it means virtually nothing.
Another wonderful thing was to use “Nojima Plays Liszt” by Reference Recording. This disk features an amazingly barbaric play and if Robert Harley has no metal, cultural or esthetic capacity to understand it than what the hell he is doing by attempting to review audio? Well, I shall not be too hard on Robert Harley as my long-trim answer is that the industry reviews are the bottom of the barrel, sort of a waste that builds up on your teeth if you do brash then for long time. The proof in the pudding and the review above is the proof.
In the end I would like to point out that I do not express any negative or positive comments about neither Q7 nor ML2.2. I did not hear Q7. I hear the provisos models and I believe that Magico is a horrible company with horrible sonic, cultural and ethical objective and with sub-acceptable reference points. Therefore I do not have any optimistic expectations toward whatever they produce. I heard ML2.1 in multiple occasions and I was very vocal and persistent critic of ML2.1 sound. That however was 10 years back and it was not ML2.2. The ML2.1 was dead on arrival and it come reportedly from the fact that Lamm “turned economical” on output transformer. I have absolutely no idea what output transformer Lamm used with his ML2.2. He also might install on the “reviewer model” the output transformer that was used on ML2.0 and it would be absolutely different amplifiers. I do know that some manufactures when they send equipment to reviewers make custom version for them. I know about only one of such case in Lamm history and I do not know how wide spread this practice with Lamms. Anyhow, it is not comments about Q7 or ML2.2 but to point out one more time that any audio manufactures can go away with absolutely anything because the QA of the industry, the reviewers who sell the equipment to public are idiots.
Romy the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche