I am the happpy owner of an IDA-8 driving Focal aria 948 speakers, mostly out of a Squeezebox Touch . While I definitely enjoy IDA-8 tonal characteristics and versatility and I am impressed by its capacity to drive these large speakers with ease, there are some instances where I hear some congestion / lack of transparency, so I am looking for ways to improve resolution / details and get a little more authority, Ooomph and dynamics.
I feel the IDA-8 might be a tad underpowered to drive my speakers (large floorstanders, 90db sensibility so relatively easy to drive, but relatively power hungry in the LF band) and the IDA-16 at 3000$ is way over my budget so the options I am considering at the moment is keeping the IDA-8 as a DAC/preamp and adding either two STA-9 in mono or one ST-10.Do you guys think this might be a good move and which option would you recommend? I have seen many threads comparing DAC/ST 9 and 10 combos, but nothing on using IDA-8 + STA9 or ST-10
I am listening to all types of music from classical to jazz and rock nothing but music. Bi amping is not an option, as the Aria do not offer two binding set. The listening room is a large, 600 sq feet room with a nice acoustic, so I need some amp power but not necessarily a lot more than what I have today. My gut feeling is that the ST-10 has a sound signature closer to what I like, but will IDA-8 + ST10 offer a real improvement on the IDA-8 by himself?
What say you, Audio Circle? Can you please give me any guidance?