@bigtex22, CONGRATS! My friend just informed me the speakers we were listening to that day were Sonus Faber Olympica Nova III. I'm sure once you break in your new playmates the sound will be just sublime! I'm just as sure you'll have a heck of a lot of fun getting there, as well! ENJOY! Have no idea how much break-in your new Sonus might need but I wouldn't worry about a thing for the first 30 or 40 hours, or so. The MAC will sound great right out of the box and will only improve in time.
Curious! The day my friend and I heard the MAC MA8900/Sonus Faber Olympica Nova III pairing, the shop had the speakers way out into the room... guessing probably a good 8 feet or more from the wall behind them... and separated about 8 feet or, I would guess. Guessing the sweet spot was 7'... maybe 8'? Again, since I wasn't shopping, I wasn't paying attention, just having fun! They were also toed into the sweet spot just a little; not much. Baffles were pointed just past the listerners' ears. Is this anyway near the way you're thinking of setting yours up in your sound room? There's no way I could do that in my living room. I would be relegated to finding something that could perform well under more conventional placement considerations. One pair I've read about that can do that are the Stenheim Alumine III but those babies are mucho dinero! Not something I would seriously consider unless I won the lottery. I've read the Ohm Walsh Tall can do that, too, but they get pretty big as you go up the line. Even though my living room is 14' X 23' with a 9' ceiling, I can only accommodate slender speakers (e.g. no more than 10" or 11" wide, or so) that perform well no more than around 3' from the wall behind them (i.e. wall to baffles) and separated no more than around 6' to 7' from each other. This is one reason why I think my living room has me kind of hemmed in with regard to possible future upgrades and why I think the system I have now just may be optimized for the physical placement limitations of my sound room. Also, why I'm skeptical how much of a significant fidelity improvement I'd really get upgrading to an MA7200 without upgrading speakers and more worried, still, how much speakers who could perform well under placement limitations like that would cost. It's kind of a Catch 22 kinda thing. Rearranging the living room is not an option for many reasons I won't go into here. In the next life, I'll build or buy a house either with a dedicated sound/entertainment room or a larger living room that can accommodate more options. C'est la vie!
Thanks, everyone, for your input! Much appreciated!