- Dec 28, 2012
- Reaction score
- Houston, TX
There must be a big difference in cost US vs. Australia. The Intro here is $900 (just the computer program and you use tape measurements). The Audiophile is $5000 more ( Babyface Pro FS Interface and ear microphones). So, something like $7600 AUD? You get full credit for the Intro when you upgrade like I'm doing. Nowhere near the price of Dartzeel amps. But then again, import fees and such might make a big difference...Oh yeah, that Bacch software gizmo. I meant to respond to this but forgot about it, simply because it wasn't a game charger for me. Sorry, I didn't report on it earlier in that previous thread... can't even remember which one it was.
Anyway, I went to the demo for what it's worth (this was several months ago) and don't get me wrong, it was pretty darn good! Just as you described, it expands the soundstage depth, horizontal and vertical imaging, the scale seems to expand as well, and you're not stuck in the sweet spot. With what my guys gathered, (three of us attended the demo and we all own CLX's), this is a highly capable software system that enhances the room's negative qualities. Or should I say, fixes the rooms bad parameters to such an affect, once dialed in correctly, it actually does work. The only downside is the price. There are two versions I believe, one's a standard version and the other is an audiophile version, that's not very affordable. It's nearly 20grand in AUD. That's quite a bit of spend. If I was seriously considering any upgrades to my existing rig, I would put that money towards the Esoteric G01-X clock without any hesitation.
Now for the part why I didn't engage much with it and find it unnecessary is: in my particular system and room set-up, I already get full 3D holographic imaging, the soundstage depth is superb and I get an enveloping affect, more from the vinyl rig than the digital rig. I'm not locked in a vice grip, plus 99% of the time, I listen alone. The tiny 1% is when the wifey also sits in to listen to some of her favourite tunes by Tracy Chapman, Adel, Sam Smith or Sting. Even with the two of us, the enveloping affect remains. Early last year, I had the opportunity to engage with a few professional chaps who specialise in room treatments, Acoustics and open plan listening spaces. That project took several months to complete and I paid them for their work, it was well worth it, and didn't cost anything close to the price of Bacch.
Although I do see the benefits of installing such highend software to enhance the listening experience, and from what I auditioned and learned, I do think it's a marvellous product. I guess it's upto the user / buyer to justify whether it's worth for his particular set-up. All those factors need to be considered before spending this kind of money.
As far as I'm concerned, it's not a "must have" item in my particular system and set-up, as compared to a very highend power amp, for example those beautiful Dartzeel monoblocks, now that would be a game changer, for me at least.
Those who haven't demoed what this Bacch software is capable of and are wondering, I highly recommend that you do. There's plenty of snake oil out there and various gadgets that claim to bring out the Genie in a lamp... however, certainly not this one.
BTW the system it was demoed on: ESL11A's, PS Audio DACs, Vitus pre-power amps and other digital interface gear to allow for Bacch to run, plus of course a Mac pc running the tunes via streaming. I may have missed a few other items... anyway thought I'd mention it to those who may be interested.
Cheers, and enjoy those fine tunes!
Maybe you were auditioning the SP modules? They start at about $20,000 USD. Way beyond my budget.