I am evaluating my system and looking for suitable components to pair with the NX-Studio
I have a shared home theater / two-channel room (Southern California housing is expensive) and am planning on replacing my N3S with the new studio monitor when the flat packs come out and Danny can catch up on orders. I have been dying to try open baffle, but just don't have the space (until the kids move out, but let's not rush that), so the NX-Studio is my ticket. Currently my speaker system is composed of:
Main - GR N3S (fully upgraded and built by Ron [don't think he is around anymore])
Center - AV123 REF100
Surround - GR AV-1RS (cross over built and cabinet veneered by me
Sub - Outlaw Audio LFM-1EX
I love the N3S and hate to move it to center channel (really deserves a good 2-channel system to live in), but my mother is now having trouble hearing dialog from the hand me down system that I gave her years ago, so she is getting one N3S for center channel duty and the other one will replace my REF100. The Outlaw Audio LFM-1EX (I was an Outlaw Audio guy, then AV123, then here) is way too overpowering for my room even though I have it dialed way down (ran frequency sweeps back in the day and have bass traps in the corners), probably going to my mother as well (she has a large main area).New System:
Mains - GR NX-Studio
Center - GR N3S
Surround - GR AV-1RS
Sub - TBDSubwoofer:
I have an area behind the listening area that would be a good spot for an OB sub. I have the speakers and amplifier for GR's pre-servo OB that I might give a try. If that works out then maybe upgrade to the OB server subs, otherwise, probably going with Rythmik GR sub(s) unless there is a flatpack (sandbox preferred) available for the GR kit.[Electronics: here are the big questions...]Amplifier:
I used to have a Virtue Audio Two (Tripath) in my system (which I loved), got pulled out for repair / upgrade and given to my son.
Currently using the Outlaw Audio Model 7100: https://www.outlawaudio.com/products/7100.html
Any ideas on potentially upgrading this amp? It is solid but uninspiring (should an amp be inspiring?).Considering amplification with:
- Mains by an AVA Vision Set 120: https://avahifi.com/collections/power-amplifiers/products/vision-set-120-power-amplifier
and remaining with the Outlaw 7100.
- All channel with Wyred4Sound MC 7150: https://wyred4sound.com/products/power-amps/multichannel/mc-7150
- Mains by a Wyred4Sound ST500: https://wyred4sound.com/products/power-amps/stereo/st-mkii-series
and remaining with the Outlaw 7100.
- Various channels with IcePower 200 ASC/AC modules from PartExpress and case by GhentAudio and any remaining with the Outlaw 7100: https://www.parts-express.com/icepower-200asc-class-d-audio-amplifier-with-power-supply-module-1-x-200w--326-208 https://www.parts-express.com/icepower-200ac-class-d-audio-amplifier-module-1-x-200w--326-210 http://ghentaudio.com/kit/asc200-mxr.html http://ghentaudio.com/kit/asc200-ac200.html
Any other ideas in the same price range (I can snap in parts and do some very basic soldering put need a laid out plan and kit)?Preamp:
Currently using an Emotiva UMC-100 in analog bypass mode input from Oppo BDP-93 via six channel analog output.
Here is where it gets tricky, given that the MX-Studio monitor is going to need a sub, I am going to need something that has 2.1 channel bass management with a home theater bypass.
The UMC-100 isn't bad (and perfectly fine for home theater - again using analog direct from the Oppo), but I think I am going to want something better for two-channel.
I would love to have a pure two-channel system, but that just isn't realistic right now.
Considering the Emotiva XSP-1: https://emotiva.com/collections/pre-amps/products/xsp-1
I imagine that everyone here frowns on that, but the specs look good and doesn't seem to be too much else in the price range unless there is a way to get around the bass management for NX-Studio that will work for both HT and two-channel. I could just stay with the UMC-100 and the Oppo BDP-93 (it has analog bass management), but I would like to add other sources.
Thoughts oh learned audiophiles?