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Am planning to have a stereo setup in the living room as an opportunity to replace my front speakers arose.

 

Current living room setup is 5.1.4 with Denon 4500, Starke V62/VC62/VS61 speakers, Gallo Atmos. 

 

Plan is to replace Starke V62 speakers and to setup a stereo system with the new speakers. Undecided at this point, whether to use a amp with HT bypass to share the fronts or buy separate pair of smaller speakers for the HT. HT not critical here as I have another room dedicated for that.

 

Thus, stereo setup being explored are

 

Speakers : Heard Elac Vela, Dali Opticon, Dali Rubicon. Going to audition Piega Premium and Ace. Not sure what others, prefer AMT or ribbons.

 

Power Amp : Not familiar but will probably get it together with the speakers. Considering XTZ Edge and Legacy PowerBloc. Aware of these 2 only because my ded HT setup are using Legacy Audio and XTZ speakers.

 

Pre Amp : Not sure whether needed this or go with an integrated amp with HT bypass. But prefer higher power power amp for future speakers upgrade.

 

Streamer : Networked music files and Tidal is what I used often. Thus considering Bluesound Node 2i for MQA and Tidal Connect support.  

Include NAIM Uniti and NAD M10 into consideration. All in 1s.😁

 

Ext DAC :If needed, maybe Gustard X16 or CA DAC Magic 200M for MQA rendering on Coax In.

 

Turntable may be included if I still find my current vinyl collection to be of good condition.

 

Any other considerations I should take, as not too familiar with stereo setup.

 

Thanks.

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Have to agree with you on this, it is seriously overhype imo. Naim is like a cult, you will see comments in their Naim forum as if their amp is invincible and can drive ANY speaker.    I own

You can listen to them at Absolute Sound but honestly it don't sound good with Naim. The best I heard so far are pair with Gryphon pre pwd.    Again worth mentioning is there are 3 used pair

What i mean is there is no right or wrong in audio it all comes down to own preferences....whether you like or not in the end is you listen....you may find naim not as good but others may find it grea

If your stereo setup is gonna coexist with HT, better go with integrated with HT bypass. I’ve had my regrets when I didn’t do so, and cost me more to eventually swap in an integrated with HT bypass. Also do check the compatibility of the center with your new LR speakers, if they don’t match then you should replace the center Starke too. It is advisable for LCR to be from the same brand/family.

 

If you’re gonna toss away the HT setup, then by all means you have a free hand to get whatever you like for the stereo setup.

 

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It does not have to coexist as the living room setup for HT there is only used by my younger child and she cares about is dialogue and effects. My elder child is too lazy to switch on the AVR..😁

 

Understood the HT bypass  it seem that those integrated amps has much lower power output than the power amp. I am thinking of trying out high power amp to experience it.

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1 hour ago, wusplay said:

do this combo cover your requirement?

Neat Acoustics Ekstra (Ribbon + Iso-baric ) and Naim Uniti Nova (Streaming + HDMI ARC)

The Neat speakers is pretty neat😁.  Who carries this?..and hopefully can have a listening.

 

Not so sure on a All in one box, though Nova power rating of 80W seems good for a All-in-1.  Guess too, will not have MQA. Not too critical though I am.thinking of having a try on mqa for this setup to experience it.

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Absolute Sound, both Neat & Naim

 

haha, fan of Naim will tell you their 80W is like no other lesser amplifier of similar rating

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12 hours ago, wusplay said:

do this combo cover your requirement?

Neat Acoustics Ekstra (Ribbon + Iso-baric ) and Naim Uniti Nova (Streaming + HDMI ARC)

 

 

thanks for sharing!

 

walked pass afew times and was wondering what those small floorstanders are. possibly worth a look for me too! 😉

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14 hours ago, wusplay said:

Absolute Sound, both Neat & Naim

 

haha, fan of Naim will tell you their 80W is like no other lesser amplifier of similar rating

Thanks.

Probably will look at Atom instead or NAD M10.

 

I believe Atom and Nova shared the same DAC design?

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34 minutes ago, wcseow said:

Thanks.

Probably will look at Atom instead or NAD M10.

 

I believe Atom and Nova shared the same DAC design?

I am using naim atom as for atom vs nova....nova has a higher output in terms of power, the user interface are the same....

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Atom and M1 are probably not powerful enough to drive an isobaric to the exciting level

 

In term of charecteristic, NAD and Naim are totally different.

Nowadays are we still talking about PRaT (Pace, rhythm and Timing)? Last time Neat match so well with Naim, I don't know about all the latest models. 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, wusplay said:

Atom and M1 are probably not powerful enough to drive an isobaric to the exciting level

 

In term of charecteristic, NAD and Naim are totally different.

Nowadays are we still talking about PRaT (Pace, rhythm and Timing)? Last time Neat match so well with Naim, I don't know about all the latest models. 

 

 

 

I see. Ok.  I guess will have a listen to the Nova/Neat if possible. Another option is to have a separate power amp as both have pre outs. 

 

Wouldnt it be great if a shop could have a NAIM and NAD setup with the same speakers.😁

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What is the size of the room (WxLxH) you have for your new system?  Will the speakers need to be up against the wall or are they able to be positioned further away from room boundaries? 

 

Do you have particular music type/style preferences and/or particular music presentation preferences?  Do you listen LOUD or at more reasonable levels?

 

Are you considering both vacuum tube and solid state amplification?

 

The room size and speaker positioning options are important factors to help with your decision making process, particularly for your speaker choice.  Choosing amplification that fits with your music and presentation preferences are strong secondary factors, but frankly, if you get speakers that aren't a good fit with the space you intend to use them in, investment in other areas may be a moot point.

 

And then there are your budget considerations....  Balancing all of these factors is key to getting the best bang for your buck and brings a result that is satisfying in the long term to your music enjoyment.  Random equipment suggestions may send you down a rabbit hole.

 

I might also suggest that if you can get the opportunity to audition the (short list) speakers you are considering in your own home is a big plus in terms of getting a good result.

 

Good luck!

 

cheers,

Bill

 

 

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