Originally Posted by Regiss
So my fist question will be regarding to current system Stereo sound:
- Can really Yamaha RX-A830 do the best amplification for Ikon 6 mk2 speakers? Is it worth to add external stereo power amp or integrate stereo amplifier to get the best out of the speakers? If it is worth to add, then what particular stereo power amps or stereo integrated amps do you recommend?
There is definitely possibility for sound quality improvement with another amplifier for Dali Ikons. As RX-A830 is at the low end range of AVRs for Yamaha and in way in general. Don't get me wrong, it is good entry level choice and Yamaha is known for high reliability. The basic problem for helping is the question of budget, how big it is etc. As Yamaha's YPAO room eq can't eq subwoofer below 62.5hz (and if you haven't got an another eq for it) then you might benefit very noticeably from a AVR with Audyssey (Denon maybe).
So second question would be about your new speakers – Rubicon:
- If I would like to replace Ikon 6 with Rubicon 6, what then would be the best amplification for front speakers? My living room is ~30m2 large, but the biggest problem is that I cannot move speakers more than ~15-20cm from rear wall…
This is a more complicated question as it first appears. For multichannel listening Ikon Vokal will be quite different from Rubicon 6 in sound characteristic and you might end up with very mixed front soundstage. If you we're able to upgrade the whole front (fr+fl+c) then it would make more sense, BUT there is no center channel speaker in Rubicon range. Rubicon LCR might do the trick, but it is something I would hesitate to recommend - also they are usually sold in pairs.
Ikon Vokal might go ok with Rubicon's, but that would be something to test before deciding?
If you are happy with your Ikon 6 mk2 and Ikon Vokal. For multichannel I would test Ikon 1 for the surround and try a different subwoofer and maybe a AVR with Audyssey EQ (propably with Atmos nowadays). That would leave room for later Dolby Atmos speaker upgrades, when they are available from Dali. Otherwise you'll propably end up upgrading your whole system... and with Rubicon... it won't come "cheap". Yet hi-fi, high end(ish) or for sure the real high end it will never be cheap and in a way there wouldn't be any point anymore if it we're.
For stereo listening... Rubicon 6 with a good stereo amp you will be able top your current setup "easily", but will need a subwoofer upgrade too (if you would still use it with these).