Best Amp - Speaker Combination you've ever Heard.

Backpacker

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+1 on the Vandy 7s with his high pass amps. I heard this combination at Audio Connection and it sounded much better than what I have heard at shows.
 
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mullard88

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I have been enjoying both my main and bedroon systems and I think I am enjoying two of the best amp - speaker combinations.

In my main system, I have a pair of Spectral DMA 80M monoblocks driving a pair of double Quads.

In my bedroom system, I have a Spectral DMA 100S amp driving a pair of Von Schweikert Endeavor E-3 Mk II speakers.
 

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Boulder - Focal Utopia.
Such a rich, satisfying sound.
perfect dynamics, incredible extension both ways, wonderful midrange.
I refuse to believe valve power amps would add anything in tonality, even for single instrument or vocal recordings.
I keep coming back to the phrase 'exquisite delicacy'
 

Bobvin

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Pilium Alexander pre, Hercules mono amps (2 pair) driving Magico M9 at the Magico showroom. Sadly the listening session was shorter than I’d have liked.

Also Mike Lavigne’s rig — Evolution Acoustic MM7 with DartZeel NHB-468 monos, in his amazing listening room.
 

morricab

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Boulder - Focal Utopia.
Such a rich, satisfying sound.
perfect dynamics, incredible extension both ways, wonderful midrange.
I refuse to believe valve power amps would add anything in tonality, even for single instrument or vocal recordings.
I keep coming back to the phrase 'exquisite delicacy'
Best I ever heard Focal was with KR Audio VA 350i on Grande Utopia Be EMs. It literally sounded like a new and much better speaker. I also heard Mezzo Utopia Bes sound very good with the same amp as well as quite nice with a Jadis Defy 7 mkiii. Never heard a Focal sound good with SS ever. I have never heard them with Boulder but can’t imagine owning this brand of speaker without a really good tube amp.
 

LL21

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Boulder - Focal Utopia.
Such a rich, satisfying sound.
perfect dynamics, incredible extension both ways, wonderful midrange.
I refuse to believe valve power amps would add anything in tonality, even for single instrument or vocal recordings.
I keep coming back to the phrase 'exquisite delicacy'
I believe Boulder's own listening room uses their 3050 monos with Focal Grande Utopia EMs.
 
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LL21

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a few years back at a hifi show I heard sonus faber speakers with mcintosh gear and it sounded like a excellent match I fort.
Yes, a lot of SF owners use McIntosh. I remember doing a lot of reading when we had the SF Guarneris and then the SF Strads (McIntosh 2301 being the most popular from recollection for the Strads).
 
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