It’s really the room doing the work here. I’ve never had a better sounding room in my time at this hobby. The front end is also important. The speakers are good and there are much better out there but, I won’t be buying them. Time to get off the merry go round and listen to the music. I do so for a minimum of two hours/day.
The two subs are key. Thought that having more than one was marketing BS but two or more is the right way to go. Don’t believe me. Read what you can from Jim Smith.
The Dynaudios were purchased in the old space in order to get a smaller, less expensive speaker. It happened that it did all genres better than the Harbeth. Then, two subwoofers were added and you know very well of those benefits. After being in the new space, I focused more on room treatment. Not as much *fun* as a shiny new component but wayyyyy effective.
I don’t want to get better speakers. There are a ton of better speakers than mine. It never ends.
So... the front end was upgraded at very little cost (relatively speaking) and the speakers showed every change.
Wow your equipment list has almost entirely turned over since I visited you at your prior place 1-1/2 years ago. It appears to me the Belles integrated and the NUC may be the only survivors of the cull! What was it about the new listening space that motivated all the changes, particularly the swap from Harbeth to Dynaudio? I would imagine that loudspeaker exchange must have fundamentally changed the voicing of your system?
The diffusers and absorbers were moved around but it didn’t take long. What did take 4 weeks (or so) was the chair/speaker subwoofer. I followed Jim Smith’s excellent advice and since then, haven’t touched a thing. I’m still getting surprised at how good the music sounds.
That would be the conventional wisdom but at 20 watts, it did not struggle any more at higher volume than the Belles (at 75 watts) does. It was a tiny bit better with vocals and a tiny bit worse in the bass. I would have been very happy with it. But someone had to win if I’m gonna keep one. And that, of course, was the Belles.
Btw, SimAudio is often given the thumbs up on the interwebs for pairing with Dynaudio but every time I heard the combo in many setups at my dealer, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed.
I purchased it in the fall of 2020 and thought it would better the Belles Aria. It hadn’t been used in years (according to the original owner) so I got some new tubes and burned everything in for 300hrs. Then I began to listen critically. Boy, was I surprised when, over the course of 2 months, back and forth with the Belles, it wasn’t as good. Very close, but the Belles came out the winner. The Belles is surprisingly tubey...y’know...for a solid state.