Originally Posted by raylover79
For the amp section, I am thinking about emotiva XPA5 or XPR5. The new XPR5 scares me with 400w X 5, and since the xpr is new and has no reviews yet, I will go with the xpa5 for now and might upgrade to xpa2 for the fronts, in the future. But I have no idea about the pre-pros. the yet to release emotiva xmc-1 looks very promising on paper , but how that would reflect on the real world performance wont be known until it gets released.
So, which speakers should I choose : focal 1028 or monitor audio Pl200 or Salk HT2TL. I am expecting some advice from people with knowledge and experience with these speakers for my post 5253.
As mentioned earlier, I don't own 1028 Be so can't give your personal experience and info. Also I've no idea about Monitor Audio and Salk. But from what I can tell from my 1008Be, you can't really go wrong with 1028Be esp. you've heard them and liked. At that price point, it'd be really hard to beat Electra.
Now this is what I know from reading and talking with Focal owners in different forums, dealer, etc. But take it with a grain of salt. May not be exactly what you need or want to hear but some info nonetheless.
I've interacted with people who's very happy 1028Be pairing with Electrocompainet, Mcintosh, Chord and Plinus gears. But these are really hi-end brands (at least for me) and good results are expected. And a lot of people did mention they pair with Emotiva and got some pleasant experience. But with Emotiva, the shortfall is in the refinement and tail end decay of notes (I'm quoting someone here). But very acceptable in terms of power, speed and attack.
I've also heard despite its transparent nature, Electra is more forgiving then Utopia and more suited with different gear all around. Of course, the comparison might not be relevant here. From my experience, Electra is harder to match with electronics than Paradigm, Energy and Pioneer.
I just purchased a Bryston 4B SST2 to pair with my 1008Be and thinking of adding a hybrid/ tube pre down the road (something like Peachtree Audio's or ARC). It still depends on how Electra + Bryston + Anthem (pre/pro) combination sound to me. The amp is not delivered yet. If it is too transparent, revealing and clinical I'd like to think adding a tube pre might tame it a little and improve on the musicality side. I will keep it posted here how it turns out, but it might take a few months.
Most people also agree that Electra likes class A and tube flavor.
Lastly, from my experience, I feel Electra 1000 Be series speakers are the speakers that you can really build an excellent system around. Focal Be tweeter is amongst the best out there (better than Paradigm Be, B&W diamond tweeters IMO, I did auditioned them). Electra are dead neutral, musical, revealing, no coloration added which bodes well for playing different genres of music. As for HT, to me at least, the difference is harder to pinpoint with different brands (except on subwoofer side). Oh, don't go Electra subwoofer route though if you're thinking of one. You can get more bang for the bucks in SVS, HSU, even in Paradigm.
Again, I'm not really qualified to give you the info you need and I know this thread takes awhile to respond. But people will eventually. Just be patient.Edited by kzhtoo - 7/10/12 at 1:52am