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  1. If you will be listening to any high res. digital (as suggested by your mention of an integrated DAC), the Cambridge Audio CXA80 is an excellent choice. That is what I have driving my Forte IIs on my 2-channel setup. The difference in the CXA80 vs. the CXA60 (other than power) is in the digital connectivity and capability to accept high res digital files directly. I have a Mac connected with asynchronous USB (which you can't do with the CXA60). The sound is as good as I've ever heard from a pair of Fortes, and for about half of your suggested budget. I chose this integrated amp over two tube amps, including a great deal on a demo PrimaLuna. Of course, it has that great Cambridge DAC.
  2. The guy has a right to share his experience and his opinion. Just like all the Crites lovers. I have no position on Crites, but can appreciate the good and the bad. to be honest, the "don't dare come on here and voice against the mainstream" rubs me worse. Sure, the OP could have vented a little softer, but the pile on is equally lacking.
  3. I have no experience with the NAD unit, but I purchased the CXA80 after a lot of research. If you're in the same position, you are also looking for: dedicated 2-channel simple, clean look integrated, high quality DAC multiple digital input options (I use asynchronous USB with ground lifted) That last point is the difference between the CXA60 and the 80 (other than power). It's intended for digital listening. I have never owned anything in this league, so naturally I'm very impressed. Mine is dedicated to 2 channel streaming from a MacBook Pro into my Forte IIs. Clean, clean, clean. Sound is subjective and not easily conveyed on a forum, but I'm blown away. Look and feel is stellar. The brushed aluminum matches the Mac too! (Also available in black)
  4. I'm no physicist and my engineering degree is not electrical. However, my Forte IIs are in a 15x30 room being driven by a Cambridge CXA80 integrated amp with Zu Audio cables. My experience is amazing, rich full bass that fills the space. Speakers are 10" off the wall, but not nestled into the corners. Probably 3 ft from the corners. I had planned for a sub, but see no need to do so. Best $750 I've ever spent. Joe Bonamassa is sounding particularly nice with my cup of coffee this morning. BTW....If you've never heard the live acoustic recording from the Vienna Opera House, you're missing out. This performance had no bass guitar or full drum kit, so the bass is infrequent and from more exotic and sometimes simplistic percussive elements. IMO, making it more pronounced and punchy at times. Anyway, I offer no expertise on the root cause, but suggest you are not listening to proper Forte IIs. Something is wrong, and like some others, I don't believe it's the space.
  5. I came very close to buying a Prima Luna integrated tube amp. I'm glad I went digital with my Cambridge, if this is the typical owner of that equipment. Nice listening room. Maybe a couple marble statues would help bounce the sound a bit more. Perhaps nobody has informed him of the "potential" reason for elevating your cables from the floor...you know, a floor with carpet composed of man made fibers that could result in very minor magnetic field creation. Not that I buy into that crap, but this guy has wood floors and has elevated his cables with, um, wood! For the record, my ZuAudio cables are laying on my carpet.
  6. The cabinet is from a Starr phonograph, made in Richmond Indiana. They were essentially a knockoff of Victrola. It had already been repurposed a bit when I bought it for $40 from a lady that had been using it as a small dresser. She was moving and ran out of room in the truck, so listed it on Craigslist as "come and get it". It still had the screen in the front but all mechanicals had been removed. I removed the front screen and added the amp shelf along with the small door that retains the original knob and hinges that were on the screen door. The shelf for the computer is two piece and removeable for access to the back of the amp. The two pieces have a 4" gap in the middle to allow the amp ample breathing. The external finish is original and the manufacturer's name is still on the underside of the lid, now hidden by the screen on my Mac. I like the idea that it was originally made to provide music and is continuing to do so. It also plays right into my login name for this forum.
  7. From the sound end. Taken from directly over the right channel speaker. I was concerned about the wood and the stone, but I'm quite happy with the sound and I still have to add some soft furnishings.
  8. I like the simplicity for the tremendous sound. Cables are ZuAudio Libtec with terminations changed out to stakes and BFA.
  9. Checking back in after I got the system setup. This photo is from the far end of the space. The cabinet is a 100 yr old record player that I modified and repurposed. Forte IIs are 8.5 ft apart and I've found this to be optimum for filling the space.
  10. Ah yes...the room. That will be a challenge. Yes, it's carpet and pad over concrete. The ceiling is coffered, wood beams with cedar inlays, varying from 8' to 9' in a grid pattern. There are a couple additional challenges as well: One wall section is stone (parallel to sound direction) and there are 4 large wooden columns. Speakers will be along one of the 15' walls, facing the 32' length. No soft style window treatments planned, but that may change once I get things setup.
  11. I'm just finishing by basement and decided it needs a dedicated 2 channel system so I can listen to tunes while shooting some pool and throwing back a couple lagers. The room is roughly 15X32. Ever since I heard a pair of LaScalas in my fraternity in college back around 1990, I was hooked on the Klipsch sound. So, I found an absolutely mint pair of oiled walnut Forte IIs on CL and snagged them, along with their original boxes. I've decided I want my source to be completely digital and user friendly, so I'll be using a MacBook Pro as a dedicated input....now you see where my login comes from. Anyway, a friend of a friend owns an audio shop and I couldn't pass up a deal on a new Cambridge CX A80 integrated amp, in silver of course, to match the Mac. I decided against their (Cambridge) network player because I already have the Mac laying around and it seemed like more of a waste to not use the DAC already in the A80, even though the DAC in the streamer is supposed to be better. So, what should I expect from high density music files with this setup...Mac into CX A80 out to Fort IIs? What could make it better for not a lot more invested?
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