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With all that the Loit built a very wide backdrop for events. With a synthesizer in the background it became a solid lining against which the first plane was cast. The sound of such synthesizers—I am thinking about Dominic Miller’s Fourth Wall and the single Depeche Mode single Dream On—was powerful and deep yet silky. If needed it surrounded me, if shown just in front then it was deeply embedded in the soundstage. I believe that this buildup of the background was related to how the unit treated natural reverb of the instruments particularly in the midrange. Here I felt the Passeri to be superior to my Air. Whilst not yet on the level of the Grand SE or Jadis system, in my experience this was the first CD player below their cost which attempted it and one of the very few which does it this way regardless of price.

Bass was brilliant, a bit lighter than the Air and not as differentiated but these differences were small. The character of the bass was slightly soft, an extension of the smooth midrange, but the low synthesizers from the Miller disc and Laurie Anderson’s Homeland had the requisite depth and timbre. They were simply not as controlled as with the Air or as profound but this one wouldn’t know outside a direct comparison. Starting at the lower midrange the Polish player is slightly more fulsome to result in an impression of greater depth and body.

It’s probably why outlines here weren’t drawn as precisely as with the best digital sources. Nothing comes for free but I am talking about a small shift only. I am sure that for most music lovers hearing this machine would be like touching a deity. As already mentioned the upper treble was slightly withdrawn. I am not sure if this was a change in timbre or just a shortening of decay trails. It created a very open vivid sound, albeit without my Air’s brilliant depiction of air, tape hiss etc - or the SME 20/3A turntable’s for that matter. Importantly there was no sense of the sound closing in because the upper midrange was very strong and resolved. Everything here felt precise, dynamic and three-dimensional.

This should paint the overall picture or else I’d doubt my writing abilities. Not everything tends to be crystal clear from the very beginning. With any sound of this class it always takes time to clarify specifics via comparisons. Some of the qualities I described are available to anyone, even owners of players costing just 1.500zł. A good digital source for such a low price is worth its weight in gold which is why anyone with something good like a Xindak CD-06 or Music Hall CD15.2 knows (or should know) to hold on to it. The requirements for such machines are exactly the same as those at the highest level of a Loit Passeri - communicativeness, the ability to perform without inducing negative reactions due to a sound that’s too bright or too boring. Regardless of money the sound should be immediate and direct. More expensive players will do certain things better and there should be more of everything but the basic expectations for a Xindak and Loit are the same.

It’s why I liked the Singaporean so much. Its communicativeness was on the highest level. I continued to listen to it with both pleasure and ongoing interest. The first sessions used the HifiMan HE-6 orthodynamic headphones with their brilliant resolution and splendid timbres. Already then I knew that the Passeri was special by doing certain things better than my Air, others not quite as good. But in general this was the very same level of quality. Now I must add that my personal player has been customized, upgraded and constantly polished under the direct and ongoing supervision of creator Jarek Waszczyszyn. The Loit is a production model, made in small quantities but still standard production. Its execution is brilliant and to add value, the industrial design is from a known expert. It really is a very well-made machine.

Description: The Loit Passeri looks like a landed spaceship. It has a futuristic shape with a low center of gravity. It’s made from a combination of cast steel, thick metal elements and carbon fiber. The corner stanchions are massive cylinders with extendable ends for leveling. Not mere footers, they contain ball-bearing decouplers similar to Finite Elemente solutions. A built-in spirit level backlit in blue assists precise leveling.