Test: Electrocompaniet EMP 2

The EMP 2-Blu-ray players by Electrocompaniet (2950 EUR) convinces with chubby warm sound and truly lush amenities.

Two years ago, Electrocompaniet unveiled the first prototype of an own Blu-ray multimedia player . Old high-Ender style, the Northmen wanted to do everything myself. A plan, which finally was – dropped because the braid of complex technology and digital rights permanently not good handle allows for a small manufacturer. Also you can develop almost as fast with a small team, how the standards change. For the Norwegians have learned how a lot, which helped to integrate a player included in the core as a branded product (OEM) perfectly in your program profile and sound philosophy. EMP 2 is now called the showpiece.

Like the previous DVD-era, the EMP 1, accepts the older high-end media DVD-Audio and SACD also the new popular CDs and DVDs. In addition, streaming starts era with the EMP of 2 at Electrocompaniet. Because a complete, highendiger audio and video network client is caught in the multimedia player that makes all honor to his name. The data may arrive via network cable or Wi-FI . For the Norwegian supply a WLAN Stick , which takes into the back USB port connection. So the antenna for best reception can stand vertically, an elegant Shaped stand with USB extension cable is included in the player.

As already Ayre and Cambridge in their high end players put the Norwegians on the OEM platform of the California professional oppo digital; She is in turn grouped around the currently best decoder and controller chipset from MediaTek, use almost all relevant multimedia player from Denon and Yamaha. This ensures constant supply with current firmware, what is urgently needed especially for Blu-ray with its once or twice in the copy protection keys changing year – and one of the main motives for the decision of the Norwegian developers might be.

The engineers were the digital side of the OEM base more or less unchanged. You took care of the analog and mechanical aspects of the player, and here the northerners show what you all can do with Sweden steel. An amazingly thick plate serves as a base for stable mounting of electronics and the drive that is mounted on steel bushes. The cover sheet as 270 degrees around the entire player folds and confers immense rigidity, not least thanks to the use of machine screws with proper threaded and countersunk heads instead of the usual screw the housing. The resulting rich ten kilograms total weight rest on three mounts feet perfectly kippeln free.

Four solid Hexagon socket screws hold the fine acrylic front. She can exchange for 180 Euro fee against a variant with white print and silver metal buttons . A novelty.

The analog stereo section of Norwegian production comes as the case with all the bells and whistles. It itself is seamlessly integrated into the EMP 1, from a revised version of the Board in the MediaTek reference board and is a permanent two-channel Downmix as a digital bit stream. Then flow the data in an asynchronous Burr-Brown-Upsampler SRC 4193which interpolates the data on each an integral multiple of the frequency up to 192 kilohertz. The data assumes a D/A converter CS 4398 from Cirrus Logic, of either the fine calculated PCM signal or directly from the disc, stream a SACD Gets the DSD-(direct stream digital).

Finally, four discrete output levels reinforce the converted analog signal for the two XLRjacks. The analog multichannel signal with up to 7.1 channels and far-reaching flexible bass management the Scandinavians left to the OEM Board, much like Cambridge in the Azur 651 BD.

In the listening room, the Electrocompaniet first this noticed that he didn’t notice. In contrast to most other players, he produced almost no mechanical noise, because he has completely passively cooled and damped the drive with a rubber mat. Going forward, the thick acrylic front seems good to swallow.

Like all players with oppo digital decoder Board, the tested standard functions, the disc formats, as well as the ran directly via Memory Stick or external hard drive to music – and film sequences entirely stress – and error-free. Fast pace generally prevails: the drawer can be opened already during start-up of the systems, start DVD and CD in under ten, Blu-ray takes 13 seconds.

All popular and cool audio codecs, leaked by the server, or the hard disk, even so sophisticated such as high-definition FLAC files to 5.1 or WAVs-192 worked right off the bat, kHz. In the ISO Format , the player; understands even the memory dump files the user can play so its DVDs and Blu-rays with all menus as an archive. The images from Blu-ray and DVD or streamed movies be good also for the large-area projection – they are crisp-sharp, rich in detail, this quiet.

In the hearing check the EMP 2 via HDMI traveled quickly at the level of its competitors. He played beautiful music fluently, made from plastic and spacious. Compared with the analogue 5.1 with the two current Cambridge-Blu-ray players the Electrocompaniet unsurprisingly closely resembled the 651er most likely, with balanced and stress-free sound. The testers enjoyed 58 points to two candidates. With the balanced stereo outputs, it was well-preserved. Already the first bars the Englishman made it clear, that he faces a powerful opponent. The EMP 2 offered so much more richness, volume and space, that it had to move the tester piece by piece through the CD player shelf.

The Marantz CD 6004 (54 points in stereoplay 12/11) with its neat and balanced sound also long fought against the Norwegian: he had to finally give up. Well, the testers thought that if we need access far upward, let’s see whether the Creek destiny 2 sets 2 barriers to the EMP. In fact, the two acted on a similar level. The Creek carried everything with greater balance and more realistic levels, such as drum cymbals.

In comparison, the game of the EMP 2 seemed so chubby hot like a Norwegian sweater, this player led inevitably to the fellow rocker with the foot and outlined a detailed, deep space. Especially in the midrange he could insanely fine details from the music Peel without any Art, about the Gossamer blowing noise from till of Brönners buttersoft trumpet playing in Yellos “Till Tomorrow”. However the Norwegians not soft washed, he brought crisp attack over piano stops and snare drums.

Congratulations to Norway. The long-awaited litter is really succeeded: an audiopiler networking and disc player with toasty warm sound characteristics.

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