I'm using some Stradas in a 1,000sf plus family room. Ironically, I'm space constrained in this room because of domestic reasons. Basically, there's only one place where I can put the speakers and not create problems with the significant other.
I have a 7.1 Strada ht rig and always considered the Stradas good ht speakers or desktop monitors. I've been an audiophile for 10+ years and have cycled through tons of expensive and, often, elaborate systems. So the goal was to have a simple rig in our family room. My reference rig is in my office where I do most of my listening.
I initially had the Stradas paired with a Rogue Cronus Magnum tubed integrated and a Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2. Both are completely competent components that I've listened to in a number of different set-ups so I knew what they were supposed to sound like. For complete context, I'm also using a JL112 sub, Auditorium 23 speaker wire, and the Strada floor stands. Power cords are the Stefan Art Audio Endorphins. Everything goes straight into the wall with a Fururtech GTX-D Rhodium plated outlet. I'm a big fan of the Auditorium speaker wire especially with the Stradas. They add a bit of warmth and body while maintaining the resolving power of the Stradas.
The Rogue Cronus, W4S, Strada combo sounded ok. Acceptable but nothing to really get excited about. I've had some really good rigs, so I'm overly critical. I viewed the Stradas as the weak link in the rig which was consistent with my impression of them at the time as ht speakers.
So then I read the 6-Moons review and decided to give the Stradas some ss amplification. I got rid of the Rogue and W4S and got the Stello AI500. Simply put, now I understand what all the fuss is about. I am absolutely shocked by the quality of sound I'm getting. I'm using the DAC portion of the Stello. Initially, I tried the USB connection with an Audioquest Diamond USB cable but it sounded completely flat and 2-dimensional compared to going SPDIF with an Audiophileo 2 (usb/spdif converter). The sound I'm getting is clearly reference level. And I've got the Zen-like simplicity of a one box solution with up to 24/192 capabilities.
The Stradas completely pull a disappearing act in the room and blend seamlessly with the sub. Every change to the system results in better sound. I put some vibration control units underneath the Stello and it really cleaned up the sound. They're the Van Slyke Tri Orbs which are easily the best vibrational control devices I've used, but they're no longer made. He also designs telescopes and decided the best use of his time was to continue in that endeavor.
I'm psyched because now I've got a simple system which works in both large/small rooms with speakers that are easy to place. The speakers easily fill the room with an enveloping wall of sound. The music sounds good everywhere, so you're not constrained to just listening in the sweet spot.
Now I understand Pierre @ Mapleshade's comments on these speakers. Along those lines, does anyone have DIRECT experience with Stradas and the Mapleshade stands. My concern is that the soundstage will be crushed with the speakers being so close to the floor.