Elemental Force - Spirit Torino Radiante
Today I would like to introduce one of my favorite headphones, the Spirit Torino Radiante.
The Radiante is a semi-closed headphone that combines the advantages of an open construction with those of a closed construction: The image with a realistic stage is similar to that of open headphones while only little sound penetrates outside - and vice versa.
The Spirit Torino Radiante has a bombastic and larger than life sound signature. If you want neutrality - better take cover. If you want to feel like at a live concert - turn up the volume and you will forget everything around you.
I immediately liked the radiante very much! Yes, yes, I admit to being a bass head!
These headphones may not be suitable for everyone. But - unlike other reviewers - I'll argue that it's not just for bass heads and rock / metal lovers. That would be too simple, because the Radiante can do so much more.
Quality of workmanship
Spirit Torino does not use plastic in its headphones. The 5 models that I have from Spirit Torino are all made of metal and real leather. The processing quality is very, very good, I love the craftsmanship that goes into these beauties!
Although the Radiante is a little heavier, it is very comfortable for me to wear, even for several hours. The beautifully padded headband and the custom-made Dekoni ear cushions made of the softest leather are wonderful to touch and wear.
The standard cables from Portento Audio Italy are pretty much the best standard cables I have ever seen on headphones, Period. The packaging is also great, you have the choice between a chic white cardboard box or a noble wood / leather display box, which costs a little more, however.
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Against the current: color and design
Like all Spirit Torino headphones, the Radiante can be fully adapted to personal taste in terms of the color and design of the headphones and the headband. No other brand I know does that and that's why Spirit Torino convinced me. But he is also an individualist in terms of sound.
The bass pumps as if there was no tomorrow. In general, the Radiante is perhaps the headphone with the most violent, but nevertheless well-controlled, bass there is.
Nevertheless, the Radiante is very well able to present many details. In addition, the bass does not simply cover the other frequencies, but forms a strong foundation for them.
Voices are reproduced clearly and beautifully, strings sound lifelike, everything is where it belongs. The separation of instruments is excellent, the soundstage seems very realistic to me, which is a real achievement for closed (semi-closed) headphones!
Reinforcement | Synergy | Tunability
These headphones are the most source-dependent, voting-friendly headphones I've ever heard, and I mean that in a good way. Depending on the amplifier / DAP used, the sound signature can change very significantly! I mainly tested with my Burson Soloist amplifier which is quite neutral but has a lot of power. The result is a more ostensible sound with a lot of attack.
I was really surprised when I switched to tube operation on the Cayin N8 DAP. It was almost like listening to a different set of headphones - much less forward and aggressive, but more subtle - less sub-bass, but an increase in finesse and definition.
Of course, other headphones and earphones also showed subtle changes, but here the difference was big. What also surprised me is how easy the Radiante are to navigate - the N8 had no problem pushing it to its full potential. So you can tailor the Radiante to your needs pretty well with the right source. But you can also tune it directly, because Spirit Torino includes a tuning kit, which is basically a kind of damper with holes in it, which you can put in the headphones in 2 different positions or simply leave them out.
If you're into headphone EQ-ing you will be very pleased as these are some of the most EQ friendly headphones you will find. You can change the sound signature drastically. Several reviewers have cut the bass a few db and raised the treble a bit. I tried that too and the result was a lot more clarity. Apparently there is a lot of headroom with the Radiante to play with.
The Radiante is fun - that's exactly what it was built for.
But dismissing him as a rowdy for rock / metal and live recordings would be simply wrong, as he is also an excellent master of the fine nuances.
As already said - these headphones may not be for everyone. He doesn't want to be that either. It has character and temperament, but can be adapted to personal taste thanks to the multitude of tuning options.
The Spirit Torino Radiante is something special in a market dominated by uniformity: an individualist for individualists. You can fully adapt it to your needs in terms of sound and appearance.
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