Originally Posted by ejusted
Hello AuralXTC, I have a pair of 1038be II's in Basalt and they are absolutely amazing. I have no regrets. I know you will be happy. I have external amplification and I think it makes a big difference. At least for the towers. Here is my set up here
Wow ejusted, very nice system you have there! Similar to what I hope to have within the next 6 mo's or so. How do you find the Parasound amps with your 1038Be's? Specifically with music in 2ch? I was actually eyeing a Halo A51 on the used market as a possible amp to use with my AVR600 as processor. I've read some great editorial reviews on the A51 among the other Halo amps.
P.S. - ejusted, if you can remember... when you first opened your 1038's did they have the little rubber feet on the base from the factory? I cracked one of my boxes open to have a look at the speaker last night and noticed that it had small black rubber feet/nubs on the base, covering the threaded insert holes. I just thought it was strange to see them on from the factory as I've never seen that before; usually they come without any installed and you install them yourself based on whether you want to use the spikes or nubs -- kind of made me freak out thinking they were refurbs or b-stock or something
Originally Posted by MIkeDuke
Coming fro m 1028's, I wouid expect big things as well. Godd stuff on the center as well. Matching it will make a huge difference. When I finaly got the CC1000be I could tell right away that it was right just because of how much it improved my front sound stage and pans for movies. Arcam and Focal are supposed to go great together. I know you said you don't thibk you need it, but a high quality seperate amp will really make those speakers sing. Thanks fof the nice words on my system. I can also say that the room treatments from are first class and they will make a huge difference. Plus, they are really good guys to work with. Can't wait for the pics.
Mike, I could not be happier with the synergy between my AVR600 and the Electra Be line. It is truly a match made in HEAVEN. Of all the brands I've heard paired with the Electra line (NAD Masters, Naim, Anthem, among others) it is by far the best pairing. The detailed-yet-laid-back house sound of the Arcam FMJ gear suits the crystal clear/revealing nature of the Focals absolutely perfectly. I've always found the AVR600 sounds like a hybrid Tube/SS setup, and with the Electra line it sounds as good as it ever has. Finally my speakers match (or exceed) the capability of my electronics!
The AVR600 actually drove my 1028's extremely well
... which is why I said I don't really NEED amplification -- the 1038's will be an even easier load than the 1028's were. Now... that's not to say that I don't have every intention of adding a big multichannel amp or multiple mono's or 2ch's down the road!!!
I may not need it, but I sure as heck WANT it.
Hope to have them placed in my room/hooked up by Thursday at the latest, just finishing some last-minute repairs to the theater/listening room before I install them. I will post some pics when they're ready. Oh, and they are in the Black Lacquer/Slate Grey finish... a-la Utopia III's.