Originally Posted by Waboman
I hate when they interrupt the musical performances with interviews. Drives me nuts. I just want the concert uninterrupted. Save all the foo-foo and interviews for after
I have the Mobile Fidelity SACD of Toulouse Street.
I recommend it. However, the 180g vinyl will be cool too.
I completely understand your dilemma. Your B&Ks are working fine, but you long for the Stratos monos (Bi-amping is cool). Tough choices, my friend. The care-free, wild Wabo would say get the Stratos monos.
But the new & improved Wabo says take a step back and enjoy your awesome setup. See how the job situation plays out. The Stratos aren't going anywhere. Wow! Did I say that?
Well...one pair of the B&Ks was a demo pair and now and then a rocker switch sticks (the switches were replaced once before for this reason; one actually stuck in place, prompting the repair). But yes, they work otherwise. As for sound, I think (audiophile enters here) my "complaint" is that some recordings sound a bit harsh, not necessarily the amps' fault, but they may contribute. A more refined amp such as the Stratos should smooth things out a bit, plus more detail as I've heard. The Extremes use some of the same parts that the Parasound JC 1s use. But on video sources, no complaint about harsh anything. Smooth, clean, rich, if the source is that way.
The other issue is the room, since the soundstage is pretty flat, though nice and wide. Because of the room's construction the system sits on the long wall and fires across the short dimension, giving the image less room. My ears are about 9.5' from the plane of the speakers, and the rear wall is immediately behind me. And my bookcases may be diffusing things a bit, as they sit on the side walls; being bipolars, my Mirages like reflective surfaces on the sides and rear. I have some modest acoustic treatment to put up behind my seat and will see if that helps any.
You have space in that HT room. Your system can breathe, and you have great equipment to boot. I'm sure it's fun to listen to. As for the two channel setup, is that a large room? I don't remember.