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  1. I have great experience with SAM on my speaker. The difference was quite dramatic, especially in the bass. They are so much cleaner and well extended.
  2. I like my Focal with Devialet. MSB and Paraound amplifiers also sounded very sweet with the Focal.
  3. If you have spikes, go buy some herbies audio glider. It will do wonders in cleaning up sloppy bass. It is cheap as chips for the amount of goodness it brings to the system.
  4. Well give speakers isolation and decoupling a try. It made a big difference for me even with minimal treatment? Else you better off spending money on acoustic treatments as even a bookshelf speaker will still have issues.
  5. If you have bass bloom issue and don't want room acoustic treatment, I would suggest to try with speaker positioning. One of the thing I noticed with my utopia is that I get much cleaner and textured bass with speaker decoupling. It made a massive massive difference in the bass output. You can start trying out the herbies audio spikes + gliders, they are stuffs that actually works without costing an arm and a leg. If you want to go up the chain you can try the isoacoustics Gaia but they are expensive.
  6. I have had many Foccal speakers throughout the years. Great brand. Here is the last photo of the utopia prior to leaving my house. It has served me many years and gave me enormous amount of joy. Hopefully it will give the new owner many years of enjoyments too. I did add a new Focal to the rank. Serving my HT setup.
  7. I think I was one of the first few people that got the Marantz 8805, I pre-ordered it a while back. The unit when compared would of had at least a few months of usage. Definitely runned in, I did notice there are changes in the first couple of weeks, the sound definitely improved from fresh out of the box.
  8. You can look into existing Utopia range like the one I advertised. The performance is much better than the Focal lower range. This is also true, the higher you go up the chain. The more they demand of good electronics / room acoustics. Although once you have a pair of great speaker, you can easily hear incremental improvement in SQ every time you change things upstream or add room acoustics. In my experience, room acoustics (first reflection point absorption) gave the best bang for buck. Although they have greatest impact on aesthetics of the room, which can be bad/good depending on what you select.
  9. Absolutely correct. These will trump both the Sopra and Kanta. However, they have been officially sold this morning. Highly recommend the OP to look into existing Utopia lines.
  10. I did a comparison with it using my MSB S200 power amp and Schiit Yggdrasil as DAC. The Marantz was beaten by the Vioelectric V281 headphone amp (preamp out) for stereo playback (pure direct and Audessey bypass) using XLR cables. I haven't really compared the V281 preamp with other preamp directly but I think it is decent since the unit's RRP is around 3.2k. Although the V281 main purpose is for driving headphones. I also compared the Marantz DAC vs Schiit Yggdrasil DAC. No comparison there, chalk and cheese for stereo playback. I purchased the Marantz for pure HT purpose, so it didn't really bother me that it is not as good in Stereo playback. It is solid as a rock for HT, so no complains there.
  11. Item: B&W HTM4S (800 series) Centre Speaker - Black Location: Adelaide Price: $900 ($50 shipping Australia metro) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Great centre to match B&W 800 or 700 series, comes with original accessories. Previously used it with my B&W 804s. I have sold the floorstanding speakers recently, so the centre is no longer required. Specifications: Nominal Impedance: 8Ω Frequency Range: -6dB at 42Hz and 50kHz Dimensions: H 279mm W 486mm D 287mm Frequency Response: 49Hz – 22kHz ±3dB Weight: 12.5 kg / 27 lbs. Sensitivity: 88dB Pictures:
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