The Wilson DAWs finally. A much better buy than the Alexia 1.
You are right viber.
But what WC mostly remembers is his favorite PassLabs XS 300 monos driving the Alexia 1s. Now the DAWs should be driven by the same XS 300s to get a real idea of what they can do vs the best Alexia 1 memories...
So what we will mostly get is...
...the Alexia s goes deeper and stronger in the bass department.
But that thought is based on the XS 300s pairing...
Let’s not forget that , usually, dac direct to amplifier(s) is supposed to sound thin, sterile... and less dynamic. This is absolutely not the case with the DcS dac, which means it has stunning preamplifier capabilities.
Imho, there is not enough gap here to justify the huge price increase in adding the Ref6 SE ( add to that a power cable and a set of interconnects).
But if you absolutely crave for that « tube sound » in the mix, go for it. It’s your money.
I learned with experience that in high end audio, less is better.
So yes, a driver design without a crossover is always more transparent. It has to be well made and implemented.
I also don’t like the complicated electronics in the ML 15A ´s signal path. For me, that will always be a deal breaker. My vote is for GT Audio.
Maybe the new Scanspeak tweeters in those Wilson DAWs are just a pain in the .ss to get broken in. There is still a possibility they need like a 1000 hours. This happens with new designs when a maker is going for ultimate detail reproduction.
Also, Nordost Odin 1 can be quite a lit up speaker cable. Nordost series 2 is warmer.
Anyway, I would most probably have chosen the Focals Evo also. And would go Shunyata with them. And for the record I own Nordost LF Red Dawn spealer cables, which are the perfect match for my Dynaudio Special 40. Very fast cables, clarity in spades also.
Darker speaker. Nordost
Brighter speaker, Shunyata.
From my experience.
It’s about time I return to put some grains of salt back in the discussion...and put things in perspective again...
First, just like I said a year ago, Neoliths are gone...and were just overpriced for what they were...lots of electronics in the signal way. Not a purist approach.
Now, new speakers, Focal Scala Evos. Serious speakers from a serious brand, and yes a more serious msrp. It was just a matter of time for WC to get to this kind of dynamic drivers again... speed, bass, simple passive crossovers...TRANSPARENCY, DYNAMICS. TRUE WC. Now a speaker that deserve the praise.
Ok after the flowers, the pot. Pass Labs XS 300. Overpriced gear again, overkill power for Scala Evos big time.... Remember , new room and new speakers. Bring back in a pair of 200.8 or 600.8 monos, do a blind test and NOBODY will discern the XS apart from those...no way....50/50 results at best. Have a look inside the XS...there is nothing new there that Pass Labs has not done before...same green circuit boards with transistors array on both side, same big blue can capacitors.. just more power , heat , and casings. You bought heaters , plain and simple. Scala Evos are high sensitivity speakers, like most Focal they sound best with tubes and need pure amplification...not monsters for the sake of it...
Lets be serious again. Glad to be back.
Do a blind test against a pair of 600.8, and then we will talk. First 50 watts of those are pure Pass Labs class A, the Evos will sing no differently than with the XS... If you can blindly ear the difference at the same exact sound pressure level, wow just wow congrats my friend...
( lost my password and email account, I’m the same canadian fellow that offered you my 900u in private and you responded you could have one for a better price)
Glad to discuss with you again Viber6, and others, with respect. ( not easy for everybody, specially RIAA who sees trolls everywhere when his ´´big gear ego ´´ is challenged ).
I do like the GTA speakers, a much more purist approach than ML. And also their reasonable msrp... 😉
Like you said, in the spirit of an open mind. That is why the Pass Labs XS recent praise here has to be taken with a big grain of salt... specially in a completely new speakers and room context...
If you were using the Focal jumpers, then yes bi wiring with Nordost Odin or WW top cables will make a nice difference. ( Focal stock jumpers are the weakest link of your cable loom). This is why you are experiencing better sound when they are out of the system ( bi wiring).
If using Nordost Odin or WW top JUMPERS , then you don’t need bi wiring.
UPGRADE YOUR JUMPERS, and use single wiring with the best cables available , as millercarbon is suggesting.
Get Nordost Odin jumpers. Case closed.
WW jumpers still the weak link. That is why bi wiring still sound better right now.
Biwing with 2 different brands of cables is far from being an optimal solution. Nordost Odin speaker cables will always be faster than other brands. It is their force, why the brand sound so good and fast.
Soundstage is a great thing. But for me, I value clarity and overtones retrieval even more. I feel soundstage is a more abstract audiophile aspect.
And I sure can’t tolerate a speaker with bass that calls for attention. I find this very annoying.
Oh well the thread is about WC’s journey, not mine , so back to the OP.
I agree that preamps and dacs don’t need to be very expensive anymore to give near or sota results. The Christine pre and Benchmark pre are probably good examples. My own experience showed this in me acquiring a 4.5 k $ CAD demo Mac pre with included dac module that bested a 6 k$ USD dac and separate preamp.
Amps and specially speakers, thats another story.
I still don’t agree that someone needs to pay the big $ to get sota preamp or dac performance. Most of audiophiles preaching that route would fail the blind test and have their jaw dropped.
Sure, WC ´s journey through prestigious preamps is very interesting and I would absolutely not want him to go otherwise. It’s very cool to read about the top stuff outhere.
But a thread is also for discussing options, all options. That is the beauty of this hobby.