B+W 683s and Arcam set up
Hi all, I finally got my dream hifi together but my bubble has been burst. I used to have a kenwood 150w amp and an Arcam alpha 7se cd player with B+W 601s series 2. It sounded amazing! It used to fill the room with sound and if you closed your eyes the singer and the band where in your living room, I didn't think you could improve on that but after looking on the net I decided to buy a new setup. I bought an all Arcam system. (alpha 10 power amp, alpha 10 intergrated amp and a 7se CD player. I added to this a pair of B+W 683s and connected it all up with good cables (Chord interconnects and Van Damme studio grade speaker cable). I decided to Bi amp and use the power amp for the low's and the intergrated amp for the high's. after many hours of setting it up I was ready for the magic to happen but it didn't
The sound does not fill the room, in fact if you close your eyes and listen you would struggle to find much difference between a hifi you'd buy for a hundred pounds and this. At low volume it sounds "ok" but not great, turn it up to half volume on the 100w amp and you mainly get bass wich is so in your face that it practically ruins every song. The speakers are brand new and have only been used for a few hours so I'm not sure if they need a good running in? I know you can put plugs into the vents to reduce the bass but at half volume not only am I getting too much bass but also the instruments seem to clash with one another, turn it up just above half volume and it sounds as though it is about to distort. I turned the power amp off and listened to just the mids and high's but there is very little sound coming from the mids on both speakers.
I thought about altering the gain but as both amps are made to go with each other I don't see the need to. I have got them on spikes an a laminate floor (I'm not too bothered about the floor) but I also got rubber feet with them. I don't know what to try to make it sound good. Just run them off the integrated amp? try The bungs in the vents? Put the rubber feet on or just be patient and run them in. (probably wishfull thinking on that one though).
Does anyone have a similar setup or any advice they can give me? After the reviews the amps, CD player and speakers got I can't understand why it's not even coming close to a setup I had many years ago that was a fraction of the cost.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.