Why is it the ARCH Platform sounds better than just using the ARCHs directly under the feet of the component? I couldn’t have placed all six mini ARCHs under my preamp because of the way it is built, and I’m sure the correct weight loading—i.e. how many ARCHs you place in the Platform for the component you’re using—really makes a difference. The Platform allows you to get that weight ratio correct, and you can easily experiment with the number of ARCHs to tailor your sound.
The [Clarissa LE] speakers sounded transparent with excellent soundstaging and midrange that were alive and loaded with transparency. …. truly an impressive room and sound that was inviting and musical.
… the Clarissa LE speakers appeared to reveal just what they were fed. When the electronics and recording dictated expansive dynamics, a deep and large soundstage, and rich harmonic textures, the speakers delivered. When the component pairing was not ideal, the speakers revealed that too.
Everything I had enjoyed up to the insertion of the mini-ARCHs was now elevated. Individual instruments and voices in the music were easier to follow, existed in their own space and had improved tonal characteristics. This translates into better attach and more natural, extended decay (for example the strike of a cymbal and its shimmering tone as it fades off). Bass notes have better tone and are much clearer.
The first thing you notice with the ARCHs is a big improvement to overall transparency and clarity. That alone is worth the price of admission. I also heard an expanded soundstage, improved imaging, incredible separation/layering, and a blacker background.
The first impression was an increase in clarity and low level information. The proverbial lifting of veils happened producing images more three dimensional and lifelike.
On a fundamental level where judiciously employed, the Acoustic Resonance Clarifiers could make marked enhancements in the enunciation of information in the critical lower mid through upper octaves of an electronic component or loudspeaker. Such results require patience and come with a proviso.
Further sonic improvements were gained by placing the Mini-ARCHs under my Chord DAVE, sMS-200, tX-USBultra, and BRIX media server. This is quite nice given the form-factor, ease of use, and price of the ARCHs. I was also able to tune my system using various amounts of Mini-ARCHs under my source equipment. This worked especially well for the SOtM sMS-200. Having 8 Mini-ARCHs was a tad bright while using 4 struck a perfect balance. Tuning your system with vibration isolators sounds ridiculous but I think adjustability makes these ARCHs quite attractive.
I used the Lite-ARCHs on the Omega SUPER 3i monitors and the deepOMEGA 8 subwoofer. The results were instantaneous and obvious. The music opens up in limitless fashion and the bass tightens up beautifully. Guitar plucks have more tactility, piano notes have a more natural decay, and vocals have an eerie sense of realism. Resonances are much larger with lower frequencies but having the Lite-ARCHs on the subwoofer provided an amazing amount of control, detail, and authority.
All told, the Gingko is an incredible value for $600, offering an upgrade in performance that’s more commensurate with a component change than an accessory. In addition to the specific improvements noted above, Cloud 11 added a degree of refine-ment to Super Scoutmaster. This is an essential accessory that performed so well in this application that I may seek out some other Gingko products for use with my own components.
Better channel separation, smoother sound with less pitch variance, quieter background. All of those things possible with the cloud system. No matter what setup you have, be it entry level (we all had to start somewhere!) or HIGH END, this cloud system is a worthwhile investment.
Here’s the take-away: If you’re tired of the anemic, over-resolving sound that so many speakers seem to favor, and you‘d like to get back to the pleasure of thoroughly enjoying your music, the Gingko Audio ClaraVu 7 Modular Speaker system coupled with DanaCable speaker wires and interconnects is the way to go.