Tested Speakers: B&W 803 D3 / B&W 802 D3 / Paradigm Persona 7F
DAC: Chord Qutest
The room is over-treated, I think. Bass seems to not giving any after-impact-effects.
Cambridge Audio Edge NQ + W (in stereo and mono modes):
Very quiet, clear, but somehow ...silence, maybe because it's too quiet that I felt this way??? It seems to lack bass no matter what speakers are used, especially in mono mode, bass seems to vanish into thin air. Could be the room's fault. Other than that, details are incredible.
Anthem STR amp+pre:
Dark, foggy, details seem to merge into each other, sound seems thick or bold, more bass. Not seeing that "mindblowing" as that guy who reviews and measures these STR with Persona 7Fs.
Fun fact when pairing with Persona 7F:
The one who ran my audition, at 1 point, misunderstood my words, and pair Cambridge Audio Edge NQ preamp with Anthem STR amp to run Persona 7F, I didnt pay attention to this switch, and listened to 3 straight songs with my eyes closed (as always), during this listening section (I think I was listening to STR pair) I wonder why everything was bold and clearer, giving a better feeling of sound separation. Then I found out the wrong pairing and that's why! Could it be the STR preamp that's not as good? I have no clue and wont comment
I did 2 auditions, 1 on day 1 and another few days later, mostly because I missed how quiet and pure the Cambridge Audio combo is
Base on science, both combos have very good measurements and shouldnt be different, so think of what I typed above as bul*s*** if you think so, I won't comment.
Separates vs intergrated of both brands: sound-wise - the same, separates only have more power and better measurements.
B&W speakers bleed my ears and tear my brain apart, so I spent most of my time listenning to Persona 7F
Base on science, B&W tends to be bright, so pairing with "as pure as water" combo as Edge will reveal that even more, so I stopped listening to them after a few songs (actually I wanted to stop just 15s into the 1st song, the one who went with me even ignore hearing these speakers)
So Edge or STR?
Edge is my pick, done talking. But I'm still considering, no need to be hasty.
Hope this somehow helps