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  1. Just wanted to update everyone who participated in my "RF-7II's And Krell S-300i Integrated" thread and provided me with helpful insight. I finally purchased a Krell S-300i to pair with the RF7II. It turned out to be a great purchase. I looked everywhere online for every post I could find about the integrated. I found a fellow at Audiogon who participates on several audio forums and owns the S-300i paired with the Wilson Sasha's. The Sasha is a true high end speaker with a retail price of $30k. He really liked the sound quality of this pairing and praised the S-300i. He knows high end gear and high end sound, based on the level of gear he is accustomed to. That pretty much clinched it for me. I also messaged another audiophile that owns the S-300i who characterized the S-300i as very close to having monoblocks. His description was convincing. The Krell brings the RF7 II's sound to a higher level, more than any integrated I used before. It has brought more of their transparency, clarity and much improved the bass as well. The RF7II's have become more resolving. Just for context, I have owned a number of integrateds with these speakers. I went back over old emails to put together the history. That history surprised me. Had the NAD M2, Yamaha AS2000, Harmon Kardon HK990, NAD C375BEE (still have), Anthem 225 (still have) and now the S-300i. I didn't realize there have been six of them since I bought the RF 7II's. The Krell has been a revelation. The folks in the past who wrote that similar amplifiers all sound the same just did not know. Also getting into fuses now which is a new frontier for me and they matter too and do affect the sound quality of components.
  2. Thanks Metropolis, a Klipsch dealer I spoke to by phone also recommended the Hint 6 with the RF-7 II's
  3. I'm using RF 7 II's in stereo, most of the time with a subwoofer, lately trying them without the sub to see what they can do alone. In the past I've had the NAD C375bee, and while it was fuller and had pretty good bass, it was not refined enough and lacked a little in the clarity department. Used to have the Yamaha AS 2000 driving them. This was a much more refined sound . The first unit I had to return after it stopped working. It had pretty good bass heft (with a sub), though on the leaner side of the spectrum. I replaced it with another AS2000 and it didn't have as much bass impact-even with a sub as the first one. I eventually sold the AS 2000. Anyone heard the RF7II's with any of these quality integrateds and what did you think? Vincent SV-237mk Musical Fidelity M6si Yamaha A-S1100 Parasound Hint 6 or Halo Krell S-300i Musical Fidelity A5 Thanks
  4. Wow Robert, what a post! Thanks for taking the time! No, I don't want bass that hits me in the chest. I have attended live jazz performances before, but not lately. I simply used a comment from another owner who made that statement as an example that the RF7II's can produce significant bass. I do want to hear the bass that happen in the music. I never expect to hear hard hitting bass with the music I listen to. Mostly I'm hearing an upright acoustic bass in my music. But things with the Anthem 225 are improving. Now I'm wondering if the aftermarket caps previously installed in the amp will continue to improve the bass and smooth things out in the highs from the horn. I have been trying to hear what the bass will do sans sub with a new amp, but what others have said is true, they will produce more bass than I heard before! I will eventually connect my subwoofer.
  5. The Anthem 225 I've been trying out has started to come around! Had it here for a week and its been powered on most of the time. Now the sound of the RF 7II's has begun to fill in along with some bass. In fact, it's more fullness from the RF7II's than I've heard from them in the 5 years I've owned them. I purchased the Anthem used and the previous owner had a set of Mundorf AG caps installed to replace the stock Nichicon caps. In discussions with the previous owner, apparently those Mundorf caps only had about 75 hours on them, so it seems that may have not been enough time for them to fully form and settle. All I know, is that between yesterday and today, suddenly a new weight to the sound has appeared from the RF7II's that I never heard before. And I've had a lot of different and integrateds in front of those speakers before. NAD M2, Yamaha AS2000, HK 990, NAD C375BEE. But this Anthem has the most power and current. The control it has is there. Now I'm experiencing some listener fatigue from the horn-- geez! there's always something! By the way Zen, I looked at the link you posted, and you have a beautiful home and fabulous speakers!
  6. JefDC, the effect of a high current amp is overlooked frequently and sometimes dismissed by folks that post in audio forums. I saw in one thread where a guy stated that the idea of "high current" was audiophile pig slop, or something like that. When speaker impedance dips below 4 ohms in the bass region, I firmly believe that's something to consider.
  7. So maybe my room is not the bass challenge I always thought. The arrangement of this family room leaves no options. Re-arrangement is likely the solution. Matching amps and speakers for optimum performance is a challenge unless you get lucky or replicate another setup in a similar room.
  8. glens, I guess because producing stronger bass has been a struggle in this room over several speakers and systems, and more than one person has stated in audio forums that a concrete slab makes for a tough room. In my case, the wall behind the speakers is brick. To add to the issue, my speakers are on a short wall rather than a long wall. So maybe, its all these things added together. Bottom line, others have stated that a room with a concrete slab as a floor is not good for bass.
  9. Yes, a high current integrated has been the goal to maximize the bass capability of the 4 woofers. I have purposely not connected my subwoofer while evaluating the Anthem 225 because the speakers alone should produce significant bass, thus I continue to consider the Krell S-300i because it's high current. Since the RF7 II's need power and current in the region below 4 ohms, high current seems necessary. I'm considering one other integrated that is known for its bass capability, (Vincent SV-237 mk).
  10. mimalmo, that's a coincidence; On Friday I was talking to a dealer on the phone who carries Krell and Klipsch, asking if he'd ever heard the Krell S-300i with the Klipsch RF7II's (he hadn't). He mentioned that one of his customers had the Krell 300i (not the S-300i), and it was a great match with the Martin Logan speakers. I still wonder if the S-300i would be smooth enough in the highs for the Klipsch horn. Some say this newer Krell is smoother than previous integrateds. The one I've been considering buying has a Synergistic Research fuse, replacing the stock fuse (suppose to smooth the sound more).
  11. Thanks Bill. You can always be counted on to add perspective to the SQ conversations.
  12. The RF7II are a litter more than 1ft from the wall (brick) behind them. The bass is fuller in the powder room connected to the family room and also behind my seated position. I have not played any bass heavy music since getting the Anthem. I have always known I have a tough room (carpet over concrete slab). I still expect more from those 10 in woofers.
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