From the OP:By the way, how big is your room anyway? Your concern about the Oberons might be unwarranted, and the 606 also need some room behind them.
Dali Oberon 3 then….? 🤔Thanks for your thoughts guys.
I've been doing a bit more digging around, and seen a few comments that allude to the idea that the Dali Oberon 5s maybe too much speaker for a room I have. I have since been looking at the B&W 606 S2 Anniversary Edition. Apparently the B&Ws pair quite well with the Rega Brio rainsoothe mentioned above.
Since my original post I've been able to increase my budget to £2k. So at the moment, I'm considering:
B&W 606 S2 AE
Bluesound Node Gen 3
Theres a local dealer not that far from me who stocks all 3 items. When the new Bluesound comes out this month, I'll enquire if, due to my condition, they'd be willing to come to an arrangement to let me home audition.
In theory, do the listed items/set up sound workable, or is there anything not right I'm not aware of; compatibility, amp/power pairing eg.
This made me laugh..😁 Your experience chimes with mine. I’ve never heard a B&W speaker that I didn’t find bright…The B&Ws made me feel like when my sister used to bring my then 3yr old, unruly nephew around to visit....I couldn't wait to see the back of him, he gave me a headache, as did the B&Ws
Massively important.The sofa and rug have dampened quite a lot of the echo/reverb, more than I thought it would to be honest.
Now is where the skill comes in.....avoiding the desire to 'upgrade'.
I‘m delighted to read your journey, and I’m sure it was wise to get the better amp. That helps everything, and far more rewarding than tinkering with DACs.I know exactly what you mean 😁. Although I'm extremely happy with the core of my system, I have caught myself thinking of an external DAC to pair with the Node and CDT 🙄. But no, I'm going let the set up settle in and live with it for a lot longer yet, plus I need to get the room acoustics in order before I even think of adding/upgrading 😊. But yep, slippery slope indeed
Thanks Lyndon for the final chapter of your story and the photo! 🙂Hi again, 😊
Just wanted to close this thread up.
After I bought my gear, I had to decorate the listening room and wait for a new sofa to be delivered, plus a solid wood tv stand to put my equipment on. Last Friday, the HiFi gods conspired and both the sofa and stand came on the same day 👍😁. I was a happy man. I'd already bought a nice large wool rug from a local rug shop, so with sofa in place, all that remained was to assemble the stand, place my equipment on it and plug it all in....... Felt like a kid at Christmas again 🎄🎄😊. There's also a new addition to the original line-up; the idea was always to add a CD player later down the line, but after reading/watching similar reviews and thoughts on the Audiolab 6000CDT, with permission from my long suffering significant other, I pulled the trigger 🤭
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The sofa and rug have dampened quite a lot of the echo/reverb, more than I thought it would to be honest, but I think I'll need to install some room treatment of some kind, research is ongoing. The room is quite sparse at the moment, so will be adding some artwork to the bare walls and some
soft furnishings which I'm sure will help.
To the set up itself; as all the equipment and cables are all new, I didn't expect sonic Nirvana straight off the bat, and yeah, initially the whole system sounded, I don't know, constipated? The lovely high mids and highs from the Quad S2s were there as I remembered them from the demo, but everything else felt to me like it was a caged animal waiting to get out.
Over that weekend and this week while working upstairs, I've left Radio Paradise running from the Node continuously, interrupted by some selected music listening in short bursts. I've probably put around 70+ hours of music through the system now, and yeah the difference from first turn on is fantastic. Everything has opened up nicely, the Quads have come in to their own now, I'm in love with these speakers, they seem to pair nicely with the Elex-r, which just feels solid and workmanlike. The pairing has a warmish? sound and feel to them but definitely not overly so, which is what I was originally looking for. Highs and high-mids are still crystal clear but without sounding harsh or bright at all, just a lovely pleasing tonality about them. Joni Mitchell's vocal is so insanely high when she really goes for it, this was my vocal test, and the set up passed with flying colours. I've winced when listening to her on lesser gear, but now those inhuman highs are now enjoyable.
I could go on and on, but I'll wrap it up here. Everything I wanted sonically from a system when I set out on this journey again, I've been given, especially by the Quad S2s and Elex-r, in spades! The Node is a fantastic little box of tricks; it's functionality and accompanying BluOS app are great for my needs. I've even discovered new music I had no awareness of prior to this adventure.
I probably took an unnecessary health risk the day I went to my local dealership to demo my equipment , but boy am I glad I did 😊.
Thanks for reading; this has been a fantastic experience for me on many levels, and would recommend the jump in to HiFi to anyone who is toying with the idea, and lurking around this forum like I was 😊.
Thanks again for everyone's advice, suggestions and thoughts, all very much appreciated.