NAD 545Bee, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Leema Pulse MKII, Dynaudio X-12,B&W PV1d,Burson Audio Buffer
Seriously online team, I mean it would not even let me copy it before hand with me knowing this was going to happen, fix this problem its ridiculous and I am a very patient and tolerent person but enough is enough!
Rant over...okay the Quad 909 has put a new level of performance into my Excite 12's, but if I can get even better, open the sound more, with further detail while keeping that non fatiguing enjoyable sound that I love from Dynaudio, I will do it. Previously I had the Excites run by a Leema pulse and I really liked the sound, but the Quad has brought the level of the speakers to excellent, so I am wondering will the addition of the Focus 160's be a similar increase of sound from good to at least very good?
Can't help you with your hifi but have the same problems posting new threads ... used to it now but it is annoying.
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Question not an answer, what pre amp is best to drive the 909?
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Actually am using the Leema Pulse II as the pre-amp, it has a pacy enjoyable sound itself, I have not compared it with any dedicated pre's but it all sounds great to me, only really considering a speaker upgrade at the moment.
I use a Croft 25 valve pre-amp with my 909, it took things to another level. I did have some initial issues with excessive gain which caused issues with unwanted noise and meant I could barley move the volume pots. Even more of an issue as the Croft uses dual mono volume pots so balance was tricky. The dealer reduced the gain for me and then I was away…
I tried the 909 with a Beresford Caiman DAC in variable mode as a pre, very flat sounding. I couldn’t live with that. Boring and lifeless. Talk about veiled, that was more of a Burka.
I then tired an old Denon 3805 AV amp in ‘pure direct’ mode, it actually didn’t do too badly at all considering, still not more than a short term solution though.
Then finally a proper pre in place and there was so much more life and rhythm about the music. Textured and far more real sounding. Don’t underestimate the importance of a good pre-amp, it can have a major impact on your system. That is not to say the pre-section in an integrated is up to scratch, it really ought to be but it is an area where a bit of experimentation can really pay.
Bump. If I upgrade to the Focus 160's do you think the Quad 909 will control them and do then justice? Jaxwired, David from Frank Harvey? Anyone? I love what it has done to my excites 12's...but hey if I can get more...MUHAHAHHA!
I have owned the 160's and my guess is that it will work. I don't know if you'll get much more details as I haven't heard the X12's, but you will probably get a much bigger sound with deeper bass. This speaker needs a lot of space to not sound "too big" and boomy. If you'll get it right, it's a wonderful speaker!
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