Originally Posted by Grhoffman
Can, thanks much for the input. I have heard the Wilson Sophia on McIntosh MC 601's and the Sasha's on ARC. I will do some research on the information you have provided. Best Regards, Greg p.s. My thoughts are to put a couple of 13" JL Fathoms in the room also.
You are welcome. My synopsis came from many years/trials of multiple amps/preamps combination. The tube preamp is to give space/in-the-room-presence and tame the high frequency for music, the solid state amp is necessary in particular because this is also a hometheater system (no matter how powerful the tube amp, you just cannot reproduce the low end sock of ss amp for hometheater application, unless it's a bi-amp setup, etc.).
With revealing speakers like Wilson, and if getting the music is your number one concern, the idea is to set up the 2 channel to be perfect first. Again, I would emphasize that the decision to go with tube or solid state preamp
would be your most critical decision here as it affect the sound significantly, and that there is no replacement for listening with actual components unless you want to go through what I went through (5+ $$$ preamps, multiple $$$ amps tub and solid state), which in itself is not bad, in fact fun and educational and part of what makes this a hobby.
Theta is as hard-core "audiophile" as it gets and has been around many years (pioneer of DAC with Theta Pro 20 years ago); take a look and ask around, but I am confident you will NOT go wrong with this choice for your Wilson. If your stereo shop has not heard of Theta, fire him. :-) The Casablanca has many years of outstanding reputation and is about to get a significant update to CB IV that will make it, we hope, sound even better, if that's possible :-). The icing on the cake is Dirac room correction, which would make this an even more appealing and complete all-in-one solution for audiophile hometheater setup.
At any rate, I mentioned Theta for hometheater setup, not necessarily as an all-out preamp. I would suggest the following 2 courses of actions, based on my own experience with a somewhat similar speaker, Thiel, and on many years of listening to Wilson at shows with both solid state and tube components (my brother in law has Watts Pupply paired with CJ top tube preamp and poweramp):1.
If all-out SOTA MUSIC IS PRIORITY
, get the preamp you want, such as AR, then add the hometheater processor ahead of the preamp. The hometheater processor goes to one input of the preamp, and when you watch video, you just set the preamp to unity gain. (This is how my system is set up btw.)2.
If HOMETHEATER IS PRIORITY
, then the Theta Casablanca alone as preamp is more than you ever need. Movie sound appears to be extremely well recorded these days, with very little stridency and great spacing (I keep thinking the audiophiles in the industry have all migrated to the movie sound room) and the Casablanca would be a no compromise solution for your great speakers IMHO.Edited by cannga - 11/5/13 at 7:44pm