I am glad I bought the active version of the Focus 110. So I do not need to worry about an Amp.
Good luck !
1) living room: Naim SuperUniti, Neat Elite SX, Sonos bridge 2) office: Dynaudio 110 A, Sonos ZP 90, NuForce HDP Dac, Ripnas Z 1000 3) kitchen: Sonos S 5
Could anyone else give us an opinion?
In case I chose the CA 840a V2, which Dac would I buy?
Or in case of the Primare i30 which Dac join better?
Budget under 300€
For example: Muiscal fiedility vdac II, or v-link, arcam rdac, asus essence one...
which Dac would I buy?
I would buy Halide Design DAC HD or Devilsound DAC (cheaper option)
Giro, InTheGroove, Digit, ClassicOne, MG12
The Dac I need is with toslink and coaxial inputs.
I smell a little UK behaviour in the amps choice.
CA is not recommended outside, i mean with tha sort of prices and equipments we are talking about...
I found this a few days ago...sweet sounds from Dynaudio Focus 110 & Cyrus kit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm-fFIuZfJo
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i'm using a densen b-110 with the same set of speakers in a bedroom setup..quite happy :)
Touch/Rega Apollo/Denon3910 - > Densen B-110 - > Dyn Focus 110
And how far are the speakers set from the wall?
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
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I used a single X Power with these, that is the minimum to really get them singing I would say; since I traded that in for a Belles power amp and that really showed what they can do - i.e. get the best amp you can afford with these speaker, and the recommendation of Densen and Cyrus are good ones.
At first I used these in a bedroom, 3.5m x 3.5m, less than 40cm from the wall, no problems at all. I actually had more problems with boomy bass when I moved into a 4m x 6m living room, with speakers over 60cm from wall (at least, maybe 75cm or so).
What dou mean when u say unique X power amp?
What amp do you use?
By now, they are 15 cm to the wall... But in the future will be in better place.
Do you thing Dense B100 will be enough for this Focus?
It's 60wx2 I think in pure A.
Well, I didn't say "unique", but single, meaning the one amp feeding both speakers (as opposed to bi-amping either in stereo or bridged mono - if you haven't heard of it, don't worry, now is not really the time).
I haven't actually heard the Densen, but 60W sounds like a good start into the Focus 110. As I said before, Focus 110 owners will tell you they simply get better the better amplification you provide. Look for amps that close to double their output into 4 Ohms, that indicates efficient current delivery (again, I'm passing on what I've learned from others here, I'm no electrical engineer!). Having said that, you may be all set for now. You could look into improving the amp in a few months, longer or simply never need to.
I just sold these speakers and now own Totem Model 1 Signature, they are not dissimilar (in fact use the same driver I think), don't get me wrong I loved the Focus 110 just the Totems are in a class above and suit my listening room better.
To the OP. I tried my 110 with the following amplifiers:
-Creek Evolution: wonderful timing, tight but quite "light" bass
-Creek Power A53 + vishay-dale passive preamp: more of what the Evolution gave. Although I found the treble to be a bit over-emphasized with this pre/power combo.
Currently using: a 15 years old Harman Kardon HK 680. Bought it from Germany in near mint condition, within your budget. The brand is virtually unknown in Britain (the Brits usually prefer to advertise the same 3 or 4 brands of amp and HK doesn't sound hifi enough to some).
Anyway, a beast of an amp and drives the dynaudio beautifully for little money. Try a HK if you find one. Otherwise get a used Creek Evolution, you'll be amazed.
Dynaudio speakers pair well with Densen electronics. Although the Beat B-100 is rated at 60w/ch however (as with all other Densen amplification) this is backed up by a large power power supply and storage capacitance which will help deliver current rich power to maintain stability and energize the Focus 110's just nicely. The Beat B-100 will also double it's power output in text book style into the Focus 110's 4ohm load so unless you're after constant disco like listening levels then the Beat B-100 should have enough quality and quantity of power.
Btw, what genre of music do you generally listen to?
The size of your room?
Your general listening level?
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
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As i've said above, "..quite happy " for now i guess. i feel dynaudio will perform better @ more than a 60 watter. Plan is to use the b110 as pre amp then add a b320 power amp
Thank you, that's very encouraging. Some say the Focus 110s need a good 3', hence why I've never seriously considered Dyns (I've always admired Dynaudio).
As the Leema has similar sonic traits to the Densen... (sorry, thinking out aloud).
Plan is to use the b110 as pre amp then add a b320 power amp
Nice one The B-320 Plus is an excellent power amp and one which will give a worthwhile upgrade over the already impressive B-110 Plus
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