So far I am happy with this system. To my ear, it produce a well-balance sound across the audio spectrum with no harshness. It has a great detail midrange that has width and depth. This system is in a small room about 10x13.
Mjcmt, sorry for the late response. I have been out of the hobby for awhile. Unfortunely I had to sell my Adcom amp and pre. To answer your question, I think the 5300 sounded very detail with a good soundstage. I had a 545II also and both model sounded similar. Compare to the 545II, I think the 5300 had a better bass control and definition. The midrange and high sound pretty much the same, smooth with no harshness. Dean Man, thanks! I really like my Dayton Audio DIY speakers. It sounds much more then what is worth.
System edited: Hi Audiogoner. I have been out of the hobby for awhile due to financial problems which I had to sell my Adcom pre and amp. Meanwhile, I have been starting over somewhat since I have not sold my speakers. Right now, I have bought a SCS Model 2150A amp and a Behringer Xenyz 502 mixer( using as a preamp). Although the Behringer 502 is a pro audio unit, it does the job nicely as a preamp. I dont intend to keep this unit in my system in the future as I will be using it for gigs. Hopefully I will be saving up for a preamp.
When you settled on your GFA5300 did you compare it to other amps? Years ago I had a GFA545 II and it was just so-so. Are the newer Adcom's with 4 digit model numbers better? I'm curious about trying one of these newer ones.
On another note I likewise have have built 3 prs of diy speakers. I sold the first 2 and I'm not using my current floorstander in my spare room rig. And I also have a 10x13 room.
I do use a computer as a source. The only problem is that I do not have a DAC and that I am using the headphone out. I know it does not sound the same as the DAC that is why Im looking into getting a DAC.
The Adcom amp sound great with great bass response, very articulate and clean. The highs is very detail and smooth without being grainy.
I've enjoyed building my own speakers over the years too. My first pair I made in the '90s were out of mdf with routered edges like yours. I spray painted mine gloss black lacquer at a cabinet shop and they looked stunning. I recommend you do the same, or for about $20 you could have an auto body shop paint your cabinets and stands w/ left over auto paint.
Hi Gonglee3. I bought the Pioneer player because I was in need of a replacement for my broken NAD. The DV-525 sound good not great. The Pioneer to me sounded like the bass was thin. It did produce a nice soundstage but lack the depth. Your more then welcome for suggestions.
The speakers sound incredible. They were custom built to my specs. The tweeters and midbass drivers are Dayton Audio from Parts Express. The crossover was built by me from scratch also Dayton Audio.