Cabasse Stream 1 audio system overview
For starters, a little introduction to the brand. Cabasse is Georges Cabasse, a real person, and then either a legend begins, or reality with an admixture of a legend, or a legend with an admixture of marketing. Consumers love such things very much, and each company is simply obliged to come up with something of its own. Someone sees this as deceit and unnecessary information, someone cannot make a purchase if it is just a thing without some kind of novel being bought in addition. Well, how the iPhone is connected to the story of Jobs or how the star on the hood supposedly says a lot about the owner - in fact, many owners of things with a history are simply not interested in these stories. Is there a history? There is. That is great. Nothing further is of interest to anyone. It's not offensive, and it's not bad, it's just a given. The legend of Cabasse includes both a violin made in 1740 and the story of the talented craftsman Georges Cabasse, who worked in Paris and created loudspeakers, cinema sound systems, active Cabasse speakers with tube amplifiers. Then there were factories in France and much more, you can read more at least here.
Acoustic manufacturer from France, how many of them do you know?
On the official website you can see Cabasse products, mainly Hi-Fi systems, there are very unusual ones, for example, La Sphere.
In addition to speakers, there are subwoofers, home theater systems. There are separate acoustic components, I think they can be used as part of a "smart home". But we are, of course, more interested in Wireless High Resolution Audio Systems, that is, relatively portable audio. The line is called Stream, consists of four solutions, Stream 1 is an all-in-one system, I really liked Stream 3 in absentia as a universal set for TV, computer or just for the living room, there is a Stream Source that allows you to turn any system into a wireless one. Finally, Stream AMP, a wireless amplifier. The product is interesting, but not quite for Mobile-review, so I won’t introduce you to it, I’d rather tell you about Stream 1. The system can often be found on sale, prices start from 53,000 rubles. I think many will again talk about the insanity of the editorial staff, “you all snickered there” and so on - but I personally have nothing to justify. Just a hundred years ago, only wealthy people could afford to listen to music. Now the situation has changed, but not much, you can laugh at audiophiles, but this is just an attempt to reproduce live sound in your home - when it comes to understanding that JBL Charge will not help much here, gathering begins. Speakers for a million rubles each, cables for two hundred thousand, special wiring, components, room decoration, and so on and so forth.All this is a given for hundreds of people in our country, and especially in Moscow. Therefore, you can argue with foam at the mouth that acoustics ordered at a Chinese auction for five thousand plays like expensive speakers, and “there is no difference at all!”, But all this happens only in the imagination of the author of such posts. BMW and Lada have four wheels, a steering wheel, windows, seats, only after the trip there are different impressions and emotions. It’s about emotions that I talk about in every article about headphones or speakers - and since the number of tested gadgets has long exceeded a hundred, I can at least tell where it’s good (subjectively) and where it’s bad (subjectively). To believe or not to believe the conclusions, decide for yourself, it's up to you. But even in 2015, good sound is not available to everyone, and this is a given.
I will immediately answer the question, what is the feature of this system, what distinguishes it from many others. The differences here are good sound quality (very good) when playing via Bluetooth. That is, no confusing stories with Wi-Fi and so on, although there is also DLNA. And, most importantly, the system is thin. If I may say so. If you look from the front, then in front of you is a massive oval, covered with black audio cloth. There is also a white Kabass, but the black one looks stricter and more representative. Everyone messes up the little things a little. The remote control was borrowed from Bowers & Wilkins systems, the shape is instantly recognizable. The remote control is convenient, but it would be better to come up with something of your own. The touch buttons on the front and the backlighting of these buttons are made luridly, as if this is not a system for fifty thousand, but some kind of homemade device. Yes, glossy plastic does not look very cool now, but it collects prints great.
The column can be installed in two ways: put on the "back" or put in the usual way. Here you choose. Since it is thin, it makes sense to save space in the apartment, it is very good to put it in a rack or press it against the wall on the table (you should not press it tightly). When installing, you need to consider the location of the speaker, there is a woofer at the back, and that is why there must be some distance - although the limiter will help you here. By the way, the column looks futuristic from behind, maybe it makes sense to turn it into the hall. A wall mount is also provided, in total there are three installation methods.
On the bottom there are inputs for a network cable, AUX, USB for connecting flash drives with music (MP3), an Ethernet port for setting up a connection to a home network, DLNA is supported and, accordingly, normal operation with smartphones and tablets based on Android, PC . There are also apps for iOS. To quickly connect to an access point, use the WPS button, the instructions for the column are here. There is NFC for quick connection to Android smartphones/tablets.
In the video you can see the features associated with using the Stream as part of a home system, Cabasse decided to create something like Sonos, only the software let us down. I will not dwell on this point now, since I used Stream 1 all the time as a separate system and connected equipment either via Bluetooth (iOS / OS X) or via DLNA (Sony smartphones and others with Android). Alas, the use of the AirPlay system is not provided, that is, you can connect your "mac" to the device via Bluetooth, cable or using the already mentioned DLNA. Sony has Throw technology, Cabasse appears in the list of available devices when connected to a home network, throwing sound, there were no problems.
System weight - 5 kg, dimensions - 32.5 x 46 x 13.7 cm.
A little about the internal structure, I didn’t find any cutaway photos, the system inside is shown in the official video (see above), but no one really analyzed it. First, there is the Wolfson 24/96 DAC. So Stream 1 can even work with music in FLAC formats (which is important when connected via DLNA). Secondly, a coaxial two-way speaker is used here, it is responsible for reproducing medium and high frequencies, this solution was chosen due to the size of the system. He looks at you or up if you put the system on the surface. Many may recall car coaxial speakers (cheaper than usual, saving space), but Cabasse chose this format for a different reason. The speakers are built using SCS Cabasse (Cabasse Spatially Coherent System) technology, I watched the video to understand what it is.
There, using the example of a huge coaxial speaker (I think from La Sphere), an employee shows what happens to the sound. You can also read this document.
As far as I understand, in Cabasse the SCS technology is a spherical housing where the speakers are installed one on one, a kind of nesting doll, and this avoids distortion, plus the sound comes from one point, and you immediately hear low frequencies. How well this works for a small column is a question. I haven't heard La Sphere, I can't compare. See this file for an idea of the design.
Thirdly, there is a subwoofer on the back. Many reviews say that the system plays better when put on the surface, I did not think so. I'm all for leaving Stream 1 facing you.
- Amplifier output power: LF: 2 x 20W and MF/HF: 2 x 10W
- Maximum sound pressure level SPL: 98 dB
- Resolution: 24bit/ 96kHz
- File formats: WAV, FLAC, WMA, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, MP3
Do not forget that at home you can organize a whole system of Stream components. Stream 3 in the living room with a TV, where the branded design is especially visible. Plus a pair of Stream 1s in the cabinet, plus floorstanding speakers connected to the Stream Source. But branded software frankly confuses me, so if you start to assemble a kit, first install a branded application on your iPhone in the store.
I mainly listened to the speaker from the iPhone 6 Plus via Bluetooth or from the Sony Xperia Z3 +, connecting via DLNA, the tracks are very different, in MP3, transferred from the iTunes music library, FLAC, ALAC.
The sound quality is very good! This is where the review can end, because talking about the nuances is a little strange - it means that you will again have to invent something about dynamic sound and so on. I used the Cabasse Stream 1 for almost a month and listened to a wide variety of music. Would you buy it for yourself? Yes.
Retail price - from 53,000 rubles, French Hi-Fi did not disappoint, made me think. Sleek internals and a truly balanced sound, power in a compact form - if you buy it, listen to Wagner and turn it up without fear. And then there are ugly touch buttons, an ugly indicator on top, a strange design of the bottom, the application suggests installing another application, another application does not look so hot, it's a sin to show. Let's better remember Cabasse Stream 1 like this, without an application - as a separate interesting audio system, far from being for everyone. If you are a supporter of classical systems and are looking for something special on your table, be sure to listen and do not look at the shortcomings and imperfections, the sound is more important.