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b&w 603 S2 anniversary floor standing speaker with amp....

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James83

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here is more probably my set up, just choosing which amp. which is your top pick?
i usually listen to music that has more base sound.

not in order.

b&w 603 s2
HEGEL H90
rega planar 3
marantz cd6007
strearmer still researching

b&w 603 s2
REGA ELEX-R
rega planar 3
marantz cd6007
strearmer still researching

b&w 603 s2
MARANZT PM8006
rega planar 3
marantz cd6007
strearmer still researching

b&w 603 s2
ROTEL RA1572
rega planar 3
marantz cd6007
strearmer still researching

b&w 603 s2
NAIM NAIT 5SI
rega planar 3
marantz cd6007
strearmer still researching

anyone can recommend a streamer for my set up? thanks
Do you have a Phono stage?
Naim doesn't seem to have one integrated from what I can tell.
The Rega does. Suspect the Rotel does.
Much prefer the Rotel sound to the Marantz. Even when combined with a Marantz CD player, the Rotel tops it.
Regel get a good name, but are expensive.

So I go Rotel or Rega.
But if you are splashing out for a seperates Phono stage, then it seems unwise to rule out the Naim.
 

Dan Needs Help

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Room correction! Don’t buy an amp without it.

I’m a total convert, but for a noob it’s a godsend. If you’re going to spend on separates anyway, then look at an amp or amp/streamer that does it. NAD, Lyngdorf, etc.

I don’t know much beyond my limited experience, but I do know that it’s a great shortcut to optimizing whatever you’re going to spend.
 
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bry

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i drop all the amp that im choosing last week and upgraded on this 2.

im choosing only this 2 for the 603 s2 anniversary series.

rega elicit-r or rotel ra1592.

which would you get? thanks
 
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James83

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i drop all the amp that im choosing last week and upgraded on this 2.

im choosing only this 2 for the 603 s2 anniversary series.

rega elicit-r or rotel ra1592.

which would you get? thanks
Good amp choices.
Are you able to audition them alongside the speakers? Only you will know which one sounds best to your ears.
 

Romulus

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Reading between the lines of reviews of this speaker, it seems the sound can get rather excitable so be sure to choose an amp which has a bit of the opposite nature.
 

GroeneLeeuw

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Reading between the lines of reviews of this speaker, it seems the sound can get rather excitable so be sure to choose an amp which has a bit of the opposite nature.
If an amp is able to correct that behavior, I wouldn´t buy it ;)

From the 2 options, my vote goes for the Rotel too. It´s a lot of amp for the money, maybe even look at the RA1572. Cheaper with the same features, only slightly less power that should be enough to drive 80% of speakers well
 
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GroeneLeeuw

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I was thinking more along the lines of: you got the wrong speakers from the beginning.
But if you end with speakers like that, the better solution would be to EQ. Amps such as the Rotel or Rega cannot EQ (or so we hope), it´s not what their function.
 

bry

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Good amp choices.
Are you able to audition them alongside the speakers? Only you will know which one sounds best to your ears.
i will listen to rega with 603 s2 this weekend.

i randomly listened to dali floor standing speakers with hegel amplifier today. i like the sound of it. played house music with it, sounds very nice.
 

bry

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listened to b&w 702 s2 floor standing the sound is way way better than the new 603 s2.

i decided getting the 702 s2 with rotel ra 1592 amp.
 
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