Art Dudley Reviews 2010S in
... Exposure wins Stereophile Class A Recommended Component rating.
"This is a positively magnificent little amp.
Its tunefulness and timing are beyond reproach, and, among other things,
it's probably one of the most transparent amplification products I've ever
heard at any price.
The Exposure 2010S is a terrific amp, and a bargain on the order of the
Rega tonearm and Spendor's entry-level speakers. I know and like a lot of
the folks whose products compete directly with the Exposure 2010S but
they're going to have to work harder than hell to beat this thing.
What did surprise me was my own reaction:
Every time I sat down to listen with the Exposure 2010S in my system, it
pulled me in and made me smile; every time I tried to play it while I was
doing something else, it made me sit down."
2010S CD Player - Best Buy
"Chalk up another hit for Exposure. After the
success of the 2010S integrated amp in HFC 262, this matching CD spinner had
a lot to live up to and - lo and behold - it did. It offers good imaging
with some of the best depth we've heard around this price, very sweet treble
and an extremely even-handed midrange... completely at home with everything
from solo piano to glam rock to jazz ballads. It's an engaging Best Buy." -
Hi-Fi Choice, Best Buy
2010S CD Player
"The first thing that struck me when I slipped the
CD player into my reference system was the naturalness of the
presentation... vocal had a wonderful combination of smoothness and
clarity... tonal balance was spot on right across the frequency range... the
expected punch was present in spades. I was impressed how the 2010S CD felt
at home with such diverse material. The key was the player's neutral
performance. It doesn't shout about any one particular attribute, but this
allows it to be a bit of a sonic chameleon... the player was totally devoid
of any digital harshness, which allowed extended listening sessions with
absolutely no listener fatigue. Highly recommended." - Hi-Fi News
2010S Amplifier and Integrated Bi-amp System -
"The basic sound is not dissimilar to the 2010S
integrated. In case you missed it, we found it punchy, rhythmic and tonally
well-balanced, with a very open and natural treble, offering excellent
dynamics and fine imaging. Above all, it was considered very musical and
communicative, really drawing the listener into a performance. Measurements
confirmed that its basic electrical performance is of a high standard, and
its manners are good.
The 2010S power amp is slightly cleaner than the
integrated, which figures given there's less in the way, (there's no volume
control, source selector, buffer stage). That means on its own it's a
stonkingly fine power amp at a price where there's very little competition.
If you're after a 'starter' pre/power system we would have some trouble
suggesting a better place to start.
Now, add the power amp to the integrated to form a
bi-amp system and things really get interesting. After a track or three the
penny begins to drop that there is a significant amount more musical
information coming across. Images that before seemed clear enough are now
even more clean and considerably more concrete and stable. Instrumental
timbres are more naturally preserved, and inflections more meaningful. As
upgrades go, it's a goody.
So, is this a sane upgrade? We'd have to say
absolutely. So strong is the performance of this pair at a still-modest
total [price] that we would urge you to try it. The combined price is still
less than some integrated models of similar spec, and the result is very
fine with a real lift over the good performance of each alone." - Hi-Fi
Choice, Best Buy
3010S CD and
Made in England by Music Lovers' tagline isn't just marketing BS. It's
clear that the people behind these products know what music sounds like
and are able to design components that bring music's emotional and
intellectual power alive in a way that makes both standouts in their
price class. The 3010S CD player and integrated amplifier make listening
to music so intensely involving that it borders on an addiction." -
Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, April/May 2008. (See link to full
review on 3010S Series page.)
3010S CD and
"The electronics have a really musical gait to them which digs deep
into the recording and lets the flavour flood out. I loved its ease of
use, directness and overall musicality. Flare-flapping bass, a detailed
and well lit midband and crisp, spry treble were all on offer, an
enjoyable listen!" - HiFi World, February 2009.
"A highly articulate CD
player, Exposure's 3010S possesses impressive breadth and depth, and
good air and detail... a musically natural presentation capable of
reproducing bloom, complex harmonics, excellent rhythmic pace, and deep,
authoritative bass that's always easy and effortless sounding.
- TAS 2008 Editors' Choice Award Winner.
"The Exposure took to the
Quads like a duck to water. The combination sounded wonderful in all the
ways I expected - clarity, immediacy, presence, lack of obvious
colorations... and sounded surprisingly big for such a relatively
inexpensive solid-state product. More important, the amp followed the
music with a good sense of flow, and preserved a lot of the touch and
humanness. This newer one is very good." - Art Dudley, Stereophile, June