I am at a point in my life where I’ve acquired a passion for quality detailed sound, leaving behind my youthful exuberance for ear bleeding Metallica and Arrhythmia causing bass. The most money up to this point I spent on speakers was 28 years ago in college. I purchased 2 CerWin Vega Floorstanding speakers about the size of Klipschhorns that had 15” woofers in them that rattled windows up and down the street. At that time CV had a bit more of a following. Lol. Recently my HT was comprised of RSL speakers all around , and for HT was really quite exceptional. I’ve just recently came into a little money and I want to listen to music to have a system that is more Musically driven.
After month of research , that’s what I do when I’m going to spend what to me is a large sum of money, I obsessively research to make sure I get exactly what I want. It usually works out well, but is really quite exhausting. Any I have decided on Spatial Audio Turbo M3s’s and feel good about that. What I would like your input on is what I use to power them. I’m new to all this, so please feel free to suggest something else, tell me if I’m wrong, I won’t take it personal. I’ve narrowed it down to these as they fit in what I have budgeted.
1. Marantz AVR Sr8012. The easiest solution as that’s what I’m familiar with is AVR’s and this one is pretty much arguably the best . It’s the only one that Marantz makes using a Toroidal power supply, each amp is on a dedicated car, and when it was bench tested by Audioholics it tested at 140 watts x 2 at 8ohms and is 4ohm stable. I would eventually like to expand this system to my HT, but as of now will use it as a 2.2 in that manner, so if I wanted to have a 5.2 I wouldn’t need to purchase anything else.
The reason I’m nervous about an AVR is EVERY review I’ve ever read or seen at some point says this statement” the AVR ran the speakers fine, but it was when I switched to some better and more powerful electronics they really opened up”
My priority is have these speakers sound the best I can afford musically first, so I really don’t know if the 8012 is enough.
2. Peachtree Nova 300
3. Schiit system. I have to admit just being able to say I have a Schiit system is intriguing, lol, but I’ve seen nothing but really good reviews and after I buy the Dac, Pre and amps it will be right at my budget. Power wise I’d buy 2 Vidars which as monoblocks would supply 400 watts to each speaker, which is overkill but headroom is good o have read.
4. PS Audio Stellar Gain Stack , The amp supplies 300 watts at 4ohm
5. Parasound Hint 6 270w @ 4ohms
All of these have the ability to be bypassed if o ever decide to buy an ABR in the future and power the front two channels, so they all will work if I decide to do that, it crept the Marantz which is already that so it doesn’t need to do it again lol
All of these provide good power and supposedly good DACs and sound but that’s where I’m just totally oblivious. I know these speakers require equipment that are no noisy, because of the efgiency ive read a hum can become a real pain, the Peachtree was my first pick because of this as it is supposed to be really quiet.
So any opinions on the sound of any of these, what you thin about the Facs, any advice at all. I was referred here by Clayton during a phone conversation when he was helping me, after iwxpressed my dismay at the only other forum I knew existed . It was hostile, elitist, and felt like a school yard. So I’m here now and I really look forward to anything anyone has to offer