I have spent a week with the Micro's, very nice speaker. Though I have not listened to the two together I think the combination of the VTL IT-85 and the Micro's might be a wonderful combo.
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I'm driving my Micro Utopia Be's with a pair of JRDG 201 monoblocks. I don't think its overkill at all. I play my music pretty loud at times and the Utopia's can rock and never sound strained. I believe that more drivers are blown because of amps clipping more than over heated voice coils.
You can't go wrong with the Rowland/JM Lab combo. Make sure you get the Utopia Stands. The speakers were voiced with those stands.
Thank you for your quick responses. Haven't heard of DK Design and I don't think it is available in my area (Tokyo). Will look into the VTL's... Island, I'm glad to hear your feedback. Those mono's are also rated at 250 wpc? Also, yes I have ordered the stands. I was concerned because I read somewhere that JM recommends up to 150 wpc...
Both the McIntosh and Jeff Rowland gear are readily available here, so I think an in-home audition is in order! Price-wise the JRDG is a bit steeper at a USD equivalent of $8250 vs. the McIntosh MA 6900 at roughly $5k. How do these prices compare to U.S. dealers?
Also, sent an e-mail to DK Designs and Edge Electronics, am waiting to hear back from them. Edge now ships to Japan so that might be interesting. Anyone have any experience with their G3?
The MICROS are definitely a world class speaker.Regardless of cost.I have an acquaintance who drives them with a Manley Neo Classic 250.I have heard them driven beautifully with the BAT integrated amp(I think around 60 wpc).
These are truly stunning speakers,and hold their own against steeper competition.The Jadis mentioned would be absolutely STUNNING,yet there are quite a few fabulous amp contenders,at all price points.
One thing for sure(as my friend found out,since he switched from a massive fullrange mega buck system,to the MICROS),you most likely are NOT downgrading going in this direction.Provided you pay close attention to the room!
It really is amazing how some technology can really push the envelope.The MICROS sure do!!
Speedy, I agree. I used 'downgrade' in jest... Incidentally I have decided on the Jeff Rowland Concerto. Ultimately the small footprint and the fact that it runs cool made the decision for me, more so than sonic befits. I have a few curious munchkins running around here that love to stick their finger in places they shouldn't... Perhaps down the road I'll switch to tubes for a different presentation. That's part of the enjoyment anyway--to hear things in a way you haven't heard them before.
The equipment comes next weekend--can't wait. First disc will be Alebeniz' Iberia recorded by Alicia de Laroccha. I find piano music particularly enjoyable on the Micro's. Laroccha's piano will be mind-blowing on this setup!
Thanks to everyone for their input.