Originally Posted by MSchu18
I am in a similar situation... I am currently running an sc35 and I think I am not getting great sound out of it at or near max levels. I love ice and the blackness of it's floor so a pair of sx500's was my next choice. I will be curious if you could post a review when you get them in.
I also like the silence of the Pioneer but have little issue with the Ice amp sound if you will. My primary concern was the pre-out voltage of the Pioneer not being able to drive the Wyreds sufficiently. I'm happy to report that there aren't any matters that are of concern other than I suspect that I am not able to bring the Wyreds to full power....as though I need that.
I know that my trim levels set by MCACC have further reduced the amount of volume I can obtain yet the trim level for my center, which is still connected to the receiver, was set to within -1db of the Wyred powered mains which is exactly the same offset I was getting when using the 07's amp section. So I'll take that as some sort of synergy.
As far as the sound, so far I can't say that I notice much change. Perhaps the midbass shows up with a little more authority though I'm crossed at 80hz so the changes in bass performance seem subtle. The highs.... veiled?, slightly rolled off in comparison?, the detail is there like the Pio but perhaps less digital in nature, I dunno. It's early yet with only a few hours on my new amps.
So, I guess if you are not satisfied with your present sound you might want to look elsewhere. I would look to something other than swapping amps if you are looking for a major difference. That is unless you need to have more power. I would suggest changes in speaker placement or perhaps even replacement.
Room treatments can make a huge difference and I would be spending my money there first if possible. After those I guess DACs; preamps; source components and so forth will offer more change than a new amp.