Not only did the GC1 provide a deeper and wider soundstage, there were sharper leading edges to transients allowing a greater contrast in dynamics. It felt like the music file was of greater resolution, as though my lossless CD rips were higher resolution downloads. Instruments sounded better fleshed out, percussive accents were crisper and more dynamic and these familiar recordings possessed a new vitality that I actually felt like recordings were ones I have yet to experience.
As I moved from track to track, I found myself raising the listening volume, allowing the instruments to emerge out of a greater blackness, thanks to the GC1. I was taken with the deeper, more enveloping soundstage and the added definition of each instrument. Phrases didn’t collapse within dense or dynamic passages, horns possessed a more authoritative sonority and percussion appeared built from a broader palette from which to describe texture. Timing also improved, injecting worthy tracks a greater sense of rhythmic.
As the GC1 did it’s magic, the soundstage pushed farther back allowing the drums and cymbals to better define the boundaries of the recording venue, which seemed to have expanded, with prior perceptions of the space pushed further outward. This listener was rewarded with a view closer to the center of the recording.
Music sounds more effortless and relaxed, thanks to the GC1 providing better pacing, rhythm and timing. Upright basses, to this ear, sounded far better defined - rounder, more textural and with better body.