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My dream come true!

Since my last posting, added the Bryston headphone amp and the PS Audio CD transport!
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Room Details

Dimensions: 24’ × 26’  X large
Ceiling: 8’


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    • Wireworld Cabling
    • JL Audio F113V2
    Sub Woofers (pair of them), each with a 3000 watt power amp
    • Focal Sopra No2
    Loudspeakers
    • McIntosh C-50
    Pre-Amp
    • McIntosh MC-452
    Power Amp-450 watts per channel
    • Autonomic MMS-5A Media Server
    High res AIFF files, controlled with an iPad app
    • PS Audio DirectStream DAC
    PCM/DSD DAC
    • PS Audio P-10
    AC Power Re-Generator
    • ATS Acoustics Bass Traps
    Positioned throughout the listening area
    • PS Audio PerfectWave transport
    • Bryston BHA-1 Headphone Amp
    • Sennheiser Electronics HD-800 Headphones

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EJ,
I have decided dip my toes into streaming the route you have taken, Having PC instead of dedicated streamer, can you please highlight  Pro and cons of using PC as streamer

murgeshj

Center
What a great combination PSAudio McIntosh and Focal. I love McIntosh tube preamp - they sound so delicious!

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EJ ...my Sopra 2 are coming next week , and like a lot of owners the immediate search in our heads begins for power pairings .  I like your responses and posts from a couple of years ago so I decided to reach out , still satisfied with the mac pairings ? 

All i´ve known are B&W pairings with MCINTOSH power, on this upgrade of equipment I decided to try something different and settled on the SOPRAS but I'm having a hard time moving away from mac, would appreciate your feedback and any other owners who would care to comment.

I am an analog listener, I have auditioned the Sopras with NAIM and MCINTOSH so far, been told that VAC, BRYSTON AND SIMAUDIO are all can't go wrong choices . 

I will probably drive the SOPRAS with my current setup MC 2200 PREAMP AND C352 AMP until I decide where to settle .

bayardoalonso

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Owner
Jamiek,

Sorry I didn't see your question, when I updated my posting the other day.

I ordered the Sopra No2's before they became available.  Before ordering them, I auditioned the 1038BE's driven by a McIntosh C50 & MC452 and was blown away.  I would have bought the 1038's, but a friend said to hold off and get the new model.

At the time I had a McIntosh MAC6700 powering a pair of Totem Fire monitors, sounded great.  But when I snagged the C50/MC452 combination, I was pleasantly surprised by the immediate improvement in the soundstage and detail.  I'm guessing there's something to the "quad balanced" design of the MC452.

Having said that, I can't imagine that the MA7000 wouldn't do a fantastic job driving the Sopra's, they are really efficient.  When I'm really cranking it in my 24x26' listening room, the needles are dancing around 4.5 watts, never have come close to the 45 watt hash mark.

ejr1953

Center
I love your system. I have a question for you: I currently have focal 1028be speakers and a Mcintosh Ma7000 integrated. I would like to upgrade to the sopra 2s. Do you think my integrated would be able to properly power them? Would the sopras be overkill? I've heard so many good things about them and would love to go for it but they aren't cheap so I don't want to waste my money. What's your feeling?

jamiek

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Owner
Now with eight bass traps in the "man cave" most of the boominess from the bass is under control, so I moved the subs so they are next to the Sopra's.  With the subs behind me, it was less boomy, but the bass sounds were all over the place.  Someone playing a bass would move from in front of me, to behind me, as they worked down in the registers.  Bass drums sounded like they came from in front, but the visceral effect came from behind.
Maybe 2-3 more bass traps in my near future and I hope to be "done" with the room tuning.

ejr1953

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Owner
After finding the right place for the sub woofers, ordered a pair of (long) balanced cables...no wires across the carpets!

ejr1953

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Owner
Judomaniak,
Yes, my amp is a really good match for the Sopra's, never "breaks a sweat".
Evan

ejr1953

Center

Hey EJ I also heard the sopra's thru a naim 80 watt intergrated. sound was pretty good but I am sure with the  power u have in reserve the  amp is hardly working until called upon. dynamics must by pretty startiling with the power u have on tap


judomaniak

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Owner
Judomaniak,
I started out with the subs flanking the Sopra's but just could not control the "boominess" in the room, no matter what I did (installed corner bass traps, added some on the walls, large one hanging from the ceiling, etc.), and these subs have a very sophisticated eq system built in.
Once I got them behind the sofa, most of the "boominess" was gone.
I am not an audio engineer, but from what I've read, the dimensions of the room and that position next to the Sopra's, the "standing waves" in the room were just too dominant.
I heard the Sopra's being driven by a Naim integrated amp, sounded good, but the smoothness of the McIntosh (to me) sounds more musical.
Evan

ejr1953

Center
Love the sopra's. heard them last weekend and on my list now. with regard to your bass issue, i am curios as to why you didn't place your subs beside the sopras, looks like you have the room. It would be much easier to integrate them from the front of the room. But you seem to have the bass sorted out now, just curios. Would love to hear the sopra's thru the mcintosh, must sound incredible. enjoy and happy listening.

judomaniak

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Owner
Jeff,

First of all, when I'm really cranking it, the meters on the MC452 dance around the 4.5 watt mark.  When I was out there comparing speakers, I was struck by how the C50-MC452 combination seemed to sound really good with all the speakers I was auditioning, found a guy who bought that pair new a few months earlier and needed to sell.

I didn't do much comparison before selecting the PS Audio DirectStream DAC, except for the DAC built into my (former) integrated amp, and an old Burr-Brown equipped unit.  But my dealer let me know that I had 30 days to return the PS Audio unit for a refund.  It just sounds awesome!  I have applied two firmware updates in the last year and each one seems to make small but significant improvements.  One of my "tube snob" buddies was sure the unit was not solid state!

I live in Maryland, outside DC & Baltimore!

Evan

ejr1953

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Evan,

I also see you have the PS audio DAC.
Can you tell differences between other dacs and the PS audio?
I was wondering if the differences were large or minimal?
I also was "giggling" on your power amp. ONLY 450 watts!!!

where are you located? Probably Dallas like 50 percentile audiogon.

Anyway,Well done on the system.
My next upgrade is to a Pass Lab Xa30.5 in a month or so.

Jeff in Milwaukee

frozentundra

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Owner
Jeff,
Thanks for the info on Dirac.  I have been applying bass traps, one at a time, to the room, it's taken a while but I think I'm where I want to be.
I am just smitten with the Sopra's!  They do sound very "big" and have just great detail!  The other speakers I found with that level of detail made me feel tired pretty quickly, not these!
Evan

ejr1953

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Oh, forgot to add. If having boom in bass, try Dirac if using computer audio.
I tried for 10 years with a velodyne f-1500 to match sub without boom. No luck with out DIRAC.

Now, it's matched perfectly with not all the room sound stuff. 

Jeff

frozentundra

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EjR,

I just returned from chicago and listened to the Sopra #2 with Pass Labs amps and AR tube preamp.
Wow, did they sound great!

You are a lucky guy. I'm almost willing to say it's the best I've listened to.
Big,big soundfield.

Well done

frozentundra

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Owner
Jeff,
The Sopra's sound awesome, excellent detail, great sound stage, wasn't difficult getting them integrated with the room!
I found out about the Sopra's just before they were introduced, was ready to pull the trigger on the 1038BE's, when one of my buddies told me about the forthcoming Sopra's, which I ordered "on faith", before they were actually available in the U.S.  My dealer tells me that there's a six month wait for them now.
I have been struggling getting the subs to sound "just right", as this room has so many "boomy" spots, but I've slowly been adding bass traps and they too now sound awesome!

ejr1953

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Well done......Sopra #2
Must be one of the first to get one.
How do they sound?
& subs!!!!

Jeff

frozentundra

Center
Understand you well. Nice system, like it!

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