Hey all, I haven't been here much lately but wanted to stop in and give a brief update. I have made numerous changes to my system, so many that it would be difficult to do any reasonable comparisons based on the sound I had previously.
First off, the boss gave her permission to move my primary listening space into what we call the great room (only took 16 years
, all it will cost me is new furniture
). This room is much larger than my previous space, this has resulted in a system that is easier to listen to, soundstage has been positively impacted as well, but in my opinion the ease of listening is the biggest change, not that my previous space was bad, this is simply better (even without sound treatment other than furniture). This is the current/permanent layout:
The 45 degree layout is a plus IMO, although the layout centered on the short wall was good as well (but wasn't working for the boss).
The other major change is that I have moved from my Auralic Vega DAC/Bottlehead Kaiju (300b amp) to a Vinnie Rossi LIO for my DAC/Preamp/Amp.
So how does it sound? In a nutshell, pretty darn great! The NX-Oticas are the best speakers I have owned. Yes, I said the same thing about the Wedgies, I still love the Wedgies, the sound of both speakers is very similar with the main difference being what you would think, the Otica goes lower and has more bass impact than the Wedgie. In my small room the Wedgie may still reign supreme, but I won't be dragging the system back there to compare. I did have an extremely brief comparison of the Wedgie and Otica in the current room, that is what brought me to the conclusion noted above. I will do a more thorough comparison at a later date, when I do I will start a new thread per Danny's request.
The Oticas and LIO are a great paring, the additional power of the LIO is a benefit, especially in the larger space. The LIO/Otica combo present what I can only describe as a very natural sound, balanced, with nothing exaggerated. This LIO has the AVC and Tube Buffer, I am saving up for the DHT with high hopes of where it will take me. I am still messing with the setup, I need to pick up some slightly longer speaker cables and clean up the wiring to the microRendu, but I am one very happy camper!
BTW, I am driving the Otica MTMs full range, I will be following up with Vinnie to determine what my options may be with regard to hi-passing the amp at around 80Hz while keeping the preamp outputs full range.