Status Update: I just purchased the Extreme Reference 1 preamp today.
Should be here by next Friday.
I'm hanging with the Big Boys now! McIntosh, Classe, Bryston etc to name a few.
Can't wait!!! That is a HUGE upgrade for me (and just about anyone for that matter).
My SNR will be 10-20db better in the highs and the subs will get ~20-50db better as well.
As I said HUGE.
Also I'll go from 7hz to 4hz will 10db less rolloff (maybe even 3hz capable).
Can't wait to see what that thing sounds like. Like how much better will it be Exactly?
It's been 3 years since I've upgraded my up stream.
I used to have a Yamaha HTR, than an RX, then a Rotel RSP, then a Emo UMC-1... and now finally the XSP-1.
Each one was worth its weight in gold as far as an improvement in SQ goes.
I'm sure my B&W's will love it, as they tend to be very sensitive to the smallest deviations in quality.
Like... never EVER even THINK of powering it with a best-buy type AVR, they aren't nearly good enough... the B&W 800's will expose it for the garbage it is. (In my experience anyway...)
The B&W's are brutal in that regard, to no real fault of the speaker, that is the nature of Hi-Fi: to be brutally-true to the source. (But yeah, they aren't the PERFECT
speaker, like all things, they have their flaws too.)
Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice
Not to mention that one carried a $5k price tag and the other $300.
I paid $1200, not $5000.