At the total budget, depsite a few recos - I would chop the B&W and look into going full Meridian DSP - right from the top down with a sooloos music server system.
If you shopped wisely, bought a few things used or traded in from a good dealer, which are as good as new trust me and sometime come with years of warranty then you could get a very good complete system from them
Quite a few people from the Meridian forum get into the Meridian sources / preamps / processors used analogue with speakers such as 802's then move onto dsp's.
Again you need to demo - but a nice set of 7200 and a 818 with MD600 and you are setup for the rest of your life.....
Another option to consider
Meridian G61R, HD621, Bryston 9BSST
Optimised Audio PC - J River / JPlay / Custom Full Linear Power Supply
Panasonic 65VT65, Marantz UD7007, HIFi Racks Podium Reference
Monitor Audio GX100, GXC150, Apex A10, BK XLS400 (set with hard knee house curve)
JCAT USB and Sata, Graham Slee Spatia (SC) Graham Slee Lautus Digital / Analogue IC x 9
I agree that it makes sense for the OP to stand back and take a holistic look at the system, so that it is "balanced" and has synergy......and split the budget accordingly.
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My room is about 5m*6m. Big enough for 802D?
Probably......provided you can bring them out into the room a bit (0.5 - 1.5m from the rear wall, and at least 0.5m from the side wall).
Also, make sure your room isn't too reflective.
Today, I go to the dealer to hear 802D driven by Mclntosh MC302 ( originally i want it be driven by Mclnosh MA 7000, pity they haven't!)with Pass per-amp. The source is Oppo 105. The sounding is so balanced and clear! After a long period of comparing with other available speakers, I come to ensure my selves that this is what I want. But I cannot decide which amp I should adopt. The dealer recommends the Gryphon Diablo. He claims that it's a little better for 802D than MA7000! Would you give me more advice? Thank you!
Thanks a lot! What about the distance between listener and speakers? There must be a rule that can be followed, isn't it?
There is a lot of money at stake here, so listen to as many amps as possible (that are up to the job) and pick the one you prefer. The speaker likes loads of power, to sound anywhere near its best. It also ideally needs a source that is better than the Oppo, so check that out as well.
If the dealer has Classe, Electrocompaniet or Bryston, then they would also be worth a listen. What other brands does this dealer stock (or indeed that you may have access to)?
Here is what B&W have to say (scroll to section 3):
Yesterday , I went to the dealer to hear 802D driven by Gryphon Diablo. I think the sounding is amazing and enjoyable. I love it. Do you agree it is a good match for 802D?
Without doubt a fine amp... how does it compare to others you have heard?
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.
I agree with Mac.....make sure you listen to other great amps, in order that you can put the Diablo in some kind of context. At this level, it is very easy to be so impressed that you stop looking. Remember, something only sounds great...until you hear better.
You are right! But I prefer an integrated Amp for my speaker. Furthermore, I am looking for an Amp just good enough for me rather than the best! Do you have any other suggestions? My budget for the Amp is less than $10k.
Having already listened to the likes of Gryphon and Mckintosh, you have certainly heard some of the best, so it's really down to what you thought of either amps and how you felt they matched with the B&W's.
If you are able to, try and demo Musical Fidelity AMS35I, Accuphase E460 -E560 or GamuT Di150.
Even if the room is minimumly furnished i feel that 802D's will be on the borderline in a room of this size. I would highly recommemd that you also audition the 802D's in your room.
Btw, Plinius Hiato integrated amplifier is also worth bearing in mind.
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
Have you heard the McIntosh, and how did it compare with the Diablo?
Can you let us know if you have access to any of these brands (to demo with the B&Ws)
- Musical Fidelity
Remember, it is possible that the next model down "could" sound better in your room, especially if it allowed you to spend more on the amp.
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