The setup was actually 201/2 and 202/2c at the front and KHT9000ace at the rear with XQ60 sub...
To be honest it was a very short demo as I had it in my mind what i was happy to pay for used and I wasn't sure we were going to get there... Also beforehand, i had decided to get a proper demo arranged with similar kit to mine, if not mine.
For AV they blew me away it was pretty EPIC
Music I only played a few tracks form CD's through a Pioneer BDLX91 via hdmi... i was quite happy with that... (I need a lot more time really)
I will mostly be using them for AV but I am steadily increasing my 2 channel time as my system progresses...
I will be able to Bi amp the front L&R with the P777 so hopefully it will get the 201'2's "singing"
I have asked the dealer if similar kit can be arranged but I will take mine if necessary...
Yes i have already been following the Linn DS thread
A humble Linn Sneaky will be a big step up, and a second hand Majik DS will be a very big step up.....just don't listen to an Akurate DS!
I will be very surprised if Arcam + Refs don't exceed your already high expectations.
....but the real suprise waiting in the wings, is the standard of 2 channel that can be achieved, with a good source (DS )
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
I have a demo of the 201/2s and a 202/2c in a 5.1 very shortly, at a dealer in the South....
I hope the rest of my kit can do justice to them!?
Any word on this?
There might be a package containing the humble beginnings of Reference sytem, arriving any minute now...
even though i am still waiting for a proper dem...
I will update as soon as possible...
Now then, this is worthy of note!
We expect full description plus pics......welcome to the Arcam / Refs club.......now a DS will nicely complete the set....you know I'm right!
Somehow i knew you would say that!
I will definitely oblige once I am all set up... but I still won't be able to post pictures correctly; I am sure!
What did you hear the Refs with in this demo?
What I am listening to MY Ref's with now, is all that matters...
I am still waiting for the centre and surrounds to arrive after much deliberation, having been suggested a few different scenarios and options...
So as we speak: 203/2's and 202/2c with LS50's as rears for now...
I am positiveley beaming at the moment... and am really starting to appreciate the Arcam and Ref combination already
I will try to get some photos up when I am set up...
So the 201/2s have morphed into 203/2s, I see
The 202/2c is a really good centre (had one for a while)......is it on loan until yours arrives.....which rears are you going for?
I know exactly what you are hearing, which is why I go on about this particular match.....and it is also capable of remarkable two channel performance, with a good source.
Any chance of a detailed review along with the pics?
Yes I decided to stick with floorstanders at the front, in the end... It took a little time deciding on the centre as there was a ex demo 204/2c (satin black) available but as I am sure you can see from pics it was just too difficult to fit in my system...But if I ever get to rearrange the whole lot you never know
As for your other questions, I feel it may a be a bit early to voice my opinions other than I am totally/equally impressed with the 203/2's, the 202/2c and the LS50's...
I do have the options of spikes etc as you referred to but I have not had the time (with an appropriate assistant) to make any further adjustments...
It was a matter of getting everything up and running as soon as possible
I have some serious listening to do so won't take up any more of your time; and as for the dedicated two channel source is concerned... I will be on to that with home demo's when I have corrected my wallet!
The floorstanders will come into their own when you sort 2 channel, so I think you were wise.
Probably unnecessary advice - but don't forget to adjust the Brass Screws at the back of the speakers correctly, otherwise you will have too much/little bass/treble...also IMO it is worth replacing the Links at the back, with decent cable.
Anyway, don't be a stranger and enjoy your new toys
Just borrowed some Cardas golden reference speaker cables... Let's see what comes out....
Look forward to your report.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Please report back, as I would be very surprised if this doesn't work very well..........lovely cables with a great balance of musicality and detail. What i/c are you using?
Nordost Heimdall, which a friend gave me a few years ago...
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