HIFI-IFAS GERMANY - S400

6 out of 6 points sound / price performance

German review : https://hifi-ifas.de/norddeutsche-hifi-tage-2018-buchardt-audio-s400-mit-atoll-in-80-se-und-gato-dia-400

English translation :

I was extremely curious about this presentation. Was it a coincidence at Buchardt Audio last year, this was now a very conscious visit. 2017 on the North German HiFi days played the Buchardt Audio S 300 on a small pre-amplifier combination of the company Atoll and the quite phenomenal. The tension was great in how the new Burchardt Audio S 400 plays out.

Buchardt Audio S 400

is a 2-way compact speaker or monitor with a passive membrane. The tweeter is a 1 x 0.74 inch custom fine weave fabric with CDC aluminum waveguide / horn hybrid and a 6 inch midrange woofer aluminum chassis. The passive membrane is located at the back with an area of 5 x 8 inches. The case is minimally smaller than that of the S 300. Interestingly, the woofer is on top and the tweeter on the bottom. Atypical for a 2-way monitor.

The Buchardt Audio S 400 stands on a specially made stand by Buchardt Audio. Priced this speaker is 1,880 € (black or white), the pair, depending on the version it goes up to 2,014 € (Dark Smoke Oak) high. The special stand is at 268 € the pair and is really inexpensive for this workmanship. The systems are distributed by Buchardt Audio directly from Denmark

The Buchardt Audio S 400 stands on a specially made stand by Buchardt Audio. Priced this speaker is 1,880 € (black or white), the pair, depending on the version it goes up to 2,014 € (Dark Smoke Oak) high. The special stand is at 268 € the pair and is really inexpensive for this workmanship. The systems are distributed by Buchardt Audio directly from Denmark

It was digitally heard on the Gato DIA 400. Pricing moves here already above. However, the Gato DIA 400 is also equipped with a full amplifier, which would not suggest the size of 2 x 400 watts into 8 ohms and 2x 800 watts into 4 ohms / Class D. To the integrated amplifier, a DAC was integrated, which forwarded the source material to the atoll as a digital converter.

The Gato DIA 400 is available in the variants high gloss black, white and walnut. The DAC uses a 24bit / 192kHz D / A converter with upsampling. Connectivity options include Coax, optical and USB digital inputs up to 24bit / 192kHz. These two unbalanced and a balanced input, as well as a phono amplifier input and a Toslink input. Priced for € 5,590 to purchase.

 

Sound

Like last year, the crew of Buchardt Audio played a lot of music and no hi-fi showjammers, which is more than welcome. I can not hear this hi-fi doodle any more. Before the first notes played, there was a buzz in my head as to how far the S 400 can bring back the fantastic emotional make-up factor. As soon as the first notes were playing, this little Buchardt Audio S 400 managed to take me on a fantastic musical journey. How do they do that? Hardly does the music play, there is pure joy in listening to music, you get goose bumps, you feel the groove and spirit of the music, you just want to sit there and listen a bit to the next one. Unbelievable and crazy!
At some point I had to pull myself out of this emotional spell to clarify what makes the S 400 different. Well, the presentation of the S300 is a year ago, so a comparison is not accurate. But everything that stayed in my head a year ago and I felt in my musical heart, I heard and felt here too.

A really big stage with plastic 3D holography. Lit far back into the room. Playing beyond the pages. The timing perfectly to the point and it invites immediately to groove. Tonal exactly the right Parameter. Whether instrumental or fine voices. Always on the path of emotional inspiration. Speed nd in any position controlled deep bass to put energy into the room. The S 400 is able to make natural energetic instruments audible with power, pressure and tonal accuracy. Not a chassis was to locate. Wonderful fine timbres that melt away in shallow music. The music played freely in the room, clearly differentiated and without any compression.

And how is that from memory to the S 300? The space, that is, the room, was raised even further and there was still a spark more energy and power. Not an exuberant amount, but even in the memory at this moment for me present and that with a very inexpensive Atoll amplifier at works. Not even the atoll pre-final combination of the last year. What does this S 400 actually do when you plug in one of these correct reference amps and with the cables that chisel the grin on your face? Hmmm. The grin was already clearly visible with this small atoll in the face. An exciting thought.

 

Conclusion

This Buchardt S400 can increase the performance from my memory a little bit to the S 300. Although the S 300 is already a perfect musical high-flyer and you do not really need more, because it's great fun to hear the Buchardt Audio S 300. Just too addictive that you do not want to make the music anymore.

But the S 400 is still a bit on top, but also costs a bit more, okay about 600 to 800 euros per pair. He plays an ingenious monitor and pure music. Audiophile, grandiose, gripping and with the finest facets takes the listener on the journey into the land of music. Hell fun and joy he does ... you can not escape that. Unless you are an affect incontinent or emotional dilliant. But in terms of performance it's impossible.

6 out of 6 points sound / price performance

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mads steffensen