Any feedback please ?
Just my 2 cents... Your integrated amp won't allow you to take the bass load off of your main speakers. I'm a big fan of subwoofers. I think they offer the biggest bang for the buck in improving a typical system. However, to gain the full potential of a sub speakers with small woofers should let the sub handle the bass.
IMHO your best option by far is to add a subwoofer. Either of the Rel subs will integrate nicely with your Arros. I have a Rel Storm III and used it for as while with Totem Sttafs - the result was an entirely different listening experience.
While I'm not familiar with the Sony DVP-NS999es, I own the DVP-NC555es (2 of them) and they approach the quality of my Meridian 508.24 which is in the league (or better) with the others you mention.
I too have the Prologue 2 and tend toward the warmer side of things with body .
Have you rolled any input tubes yet ?
I have , using Upscales recommendation . A noticeable improvement !
I am using a CDP that has two outputs , one SS and the other tubed . I prefer the tubed output . I am not a big fan of subwoofers with music . Quite difficult to blend them seamlessly .
Just my opinion .
Good luck .
Can you let me know your system (CDP, Seakers, ICs, Spkr Wire) ?
I have not done any tube rolling yet. I would like to know more about your tube rolling experiments and observations. I was thinking of using Electroharmonix KT-88 and also some good EL-34s.
I do agree with the sub-woofers blending in a 2ch system...But several folks have done this successfully with REL subs for Arros system. So I am planning to do that as well.
Does SONY CDP/DVDp work with warm tubed integrateds like Primalula Prologue 2 ? I heard people saying SONYs sound cooler and may not work well if someone is looking for warm and sweet sounding mid-range and vocals.I run a tube preamp with ss amps (which are warm) and it works great for me. I have swapped in a Tube amp for periods of time and it works equally great. I wouldn't worry about that.
I am not a big fan of subwoofers with music . Quite difficult to blend them seamlessly .I respectfully disagree . . . at least with regard to the Rel subs. I've used other (cheap) subs that were hard to integrate, but the Rels are so seamless you don't even know they are there, except for the fact your soundstage, dynamics, and everything about the listening is transformed. Yes - in 2 channel music especially.
Thanks for clarifying my questions about sony CDPs. I have read the same about REL subs from many people.
I am surprised on a CDP forum, the only recommendation I got is Sony ES range. May be SONY ES range is that good and I was not completely unaware of them.
Saki: Can you please let me know your tube rolling experiments with Primaluna Prologue-2 ?
I used the recommendations from upscale Audio . Just call and ask .
They advised some Radiotechnique 12AU7's and Mullard 12AX7's , both vintage stock .
I was told that the stock KT-88's were pretty good already . I am satisfied , for now . If I were to proceed with more tube rolling , I believe that I would try EL-34's next .
I am using a CDP that is rarily available used...Granite 657 with the original tubes going through some au/au 24 IC's . The speaker cables are copper ribbon from Kimber biwired to Reference3a De Capo i speakers .
Another CDP that I've heard and liked is the Cary . I don't remember the model# but it too has a tubed output and a SS output . It is switchable from the remote but I don't know if the tubed side has its own volume control like the Granite .
The sub , that I tried to use , was a Velodyne DD series .
I have read where some say that it is a good one to integrate for 2 ch. ! I did not think so .
Good luck .
Totem storm is very powerfull, and musical. It plays deep too, even if you don't need it. Another option is the Dreamcatcher sub. It's a 6.5" driver with a 200 watt amp, and is very quick. It will fill in the bottom end musically without shaking the room. If I had Arros, I wouldn't even look at another brand.