Originally Posted by Shmalan
I have an Arcam Fmj A38 100w/ch integrated as well as the Arcam Fmj Cd17 cd player.I am planning on buying a Rel R328 subwoofer to upgrade the Monitor Audio FB110 that I have.
I am in the process of scouting for a new speaker for my 2.1 system and have narrowed it down to a few contenders.The Mozart Grands are at the top of my list.
Will my Arcam gear run these speakers well enough to show me what they are capable of?Would the Baby Grands be okay or would the Mozarts be a better match?
I am going to answer my question.
Shortly after my first post to this site I took my Arcam Fmj A38 to the store selling VA speakers.They had an Arcam Fmj Cd17 on hand so I did not need to bring my player.The ic's were the same as mine and we used a Rel R328 to provide sub bass.So the system would be exactly as it would be at my home with the exception of the room and speaker cable(I have Kimber 4tc,the store used Cardas crosslink).
I was interested in hearing a pair of Revel Performa M22's but decided to listen to the VA Mozart Grand first.I fell in love with the sound right off the get go.My amp had no problem making this speaker perform.For grins I decided to hook up the Beethoven Concert Grands to see how they would do with my amp.They sounded a little thin and lifeless compared to the Mozarts.I am guessing this is because they are too much for my amp.We hooked them up to more power and they opened up quite nicely but I still preferred the Mozarts.
I did give the Revel's a listen and they are very nice bookshelves but not near as nice as the VA's.Of course I am comparing a 2-way bookshelf to a 2 1/2-way tower so it's not a fair comparison even with the Rel providing bass.
In the end I left the store feeling thoroughly pleased knowing that I have found a speaker that I can finally be truly happy in ownership.The Mozart Grand is a fantastic speaker that is a great match for my gear and I will be getting a pair most definitely!!
I have a question involving the spiked feet assemblies.I have some pricey spiked outriggers that will provide a larger and more stable footprint than the ones that come with the Mozarts.If they fit without modifying the Mozarts I plan to use them.Will this be okay or cause issues with the speakers sound?
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