Originally Posted by Timestoo
I have a Classe CA-200, B & W 702 S2 and a Rotel RC-1070 in a carpeted 24' x 13' basement room. It sounds horrible and ear fatigue within an hour.
Should these components pair well and my sights be set on room treatment? Or, is the Classe & Rotel outdated?
Thanks for any and all replies!
What kind of music do you listen to? What source do you use, CDs, 24/96 files, LPs, R2R tape, DSD, MQA, etc?
I auditioned the B&W 702 S2 and B&W 705 S2 driven by Rotel gear and to my ears they both were very bright and thin, however I auditioned the B&W 805 D3 driven by Mcintosh gear and they were very revealing and accurate with palpable texture, great image, great slam on the bass, great midrange, voices were big, piano notes were big, drums had great extension, great nuances, great backgrounds, I did not feel any fatigue or discomfort. I had the Rotel RB-1590 (350 watts a channel) on my room with my gear and did not like it at all, it was very bright, thin, very dry, edgy and lifeless. It did not make me smile.
Long time ago I auditioned the Classe CA-200 and did not like it also. I paired it with at least 4 different preamps: The Audible Illuisions M3A, the Audio Research LS3, LS7, LS15.
Just recently I got me the Nakamichi PA-7 Stasis amp and the CA-5 Preamp with the B&W 805 D3 speakers and I'm loving every second of this setup.