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Audiophile’s Desktop All-In-One Pleasure
When I saw the beauty -Como Duetto- at the office at highendnews.gr I was quite taken by surprise as the wood finish was so warm, compared to the opposite of the cold metal where the internet radio stood.
I must admit that I have owned practically all of the Bose equivalents and even have the most expensive model at my home. I didn’t think about it twice though as someone brought me a drink and our discussion continued.
I went and left the office several times since then, until last night when for some insane reason my curiosity got the best of me and I had it boxed and I took it home.
My extended wooden table, just happened to be the same finish and it locked into a position which seemed immaculate straight from the start.
I saw the blue light come on and was rather warmed up to it, but was annoyed, as always, when I never read the instructions on how to set the time or get the internet provider set up. Miraculously it did a few things on its own and with its incredibly simple remote, I had set it up within 3 minutes flat.
It was going to be a long night, as I was expecting my friend to come from a long distance with a new cat which I had just adopted, and I had to spend the next 5 hours awake at my kitchen table. What else better could I have done?
I fell in love with a station someone had put on memory two, which was so cute and useful of the reminiscent old radios I had when I was young, or should I say younger.
I decided to finally see how it sounded thus put the volume up a bit from 5 to 8, and unfortunately was not at all impressed with the lack of bass or mids, or highs even.
I immediately closed it all down and wrote a message to my editor Demos Dravopoulos, and told him that this was a very good looking piece of art, that had no other use than to decorate the kitchen with something other than forks. His reply, despite the hour, was simply hilarious. “ Do you know any blondes that can recite Kavafi? “. I immediately laughed and shrugged my shoulders, mostly thinking that I had hoped something so well built would actually sound as good as it looks.
I think my partner turned it on again when I left the room to do my business, but for some odd reason, it sounded better 15 meters away than when it did when I was right in front of it. I laughed, and dismissed any logical answer to a question I didn’t make, and went inside the kitchen to make a to do list for the next day, but as got closer to the kitchen, it still played better than before, and that left me with a WHY inside me, (which led me to quickly find out that I had ignored the FM channels on the menu), and had not really tested its sound as I should have, and taken it for granted that it was playing its best through one internet station from Sweden, despite the titles that were playing which were superb. My bad.
So, I spent the next few hours listening to music with various goodies I had at home, either as an input, or simply finding my favorite radio stations in Athens. I honestly did not like the fact that the menu could not be turned back and forth from one basic function to the other, but you had to go through the whole list again, annoying. Then the remote jammed on me and that’s when I totally gave up on it. I closed the system down for the second time, and started to do my writing.
I itched for that Swiss channel on memory two, so I pressed it knowing that I was going to be closing the system down again sooner than later, but I didn’t. I start noticing the opening up of the music, unlike the Bose and most closed small radios, which are very directional, but impressive in their own way. I heard some bass, the mids cleared and there was a few trumpets which hit higher notes than when I had first started this up.
I sent another message to my editor and asked him how many hours had this been tested, and he said, a few. I finally got the answer as I expected to, and the exact hours were 5. It was then that I realized that this contraption had zero time to fully even warm up, expand and break in so many parts, both physical and electrically, no wonder it sounded like it was still in the stone age.
The hours went by and as I went through the seemingly thousands of radio stations online, I played with the position of the Como with the wall, and other movable things on my table. That, I realized was my genes in play, as my high-end stupidity wanted to find the best position for something on my kitchen table. I found that it was very comfortable and best when 4 inches from the wall, as the height of the music and depth, (yes it had depth by 3:00 a.m.) and had come to be very pleasant, and when I left to pick up Ash, (the newly acquired adoption Maine Coon), I realized, with a smile that this little contraption made much more sense than any Bose Wave Radio. Its practicality is obvious, its beauty, essential and in hordes, but most importantly is the music which flows so evenly, with nuances of recordings being played back, instead of hiding them, as the Bose does.
Overall. I leave it on for most part of the day and my partner is finally pleased that CBC could be heard with clarity and depth to satisfy almost all disconcerting listeners.
I can’t believe this, but my Bose is going to my sisters and I am going to take this demo back. Before this review is finished, I will go buy one from the local dealer in my neighborhood, and put one in my bedroom as well. After all, waking up is the most important thing in the morning. Why not make it simple wonderful!
…Coming soon the full Review of Como Duetto in Greek
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