From everything that I have read and researched I would definitely move on up to the Aria 948. Any chance you can stretch for the Stella line or Utopia? Maybe a demo model from the dealer.
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The full-price upgrade option is as good as it gets, so if you want to upgrade, now's the time. But, IMO, if you really want to know if the new speakers work, you need a home demo. Sometimes a bigger, "better" speaker just won't work as well in your room as a smaller one due to the way the room works with the speaker. But if the upgrade works, it's a great deal. Good luck.
Have you questioned how/why she could do this? My guess that this is off full retail of $5000? Even if she gave you your original purchase price off ($1800 or so?) that she still can make money on your upgrade and wind up with a free pair of 726 to resell?
So, your price to get into the 748 would be an additional $3000 or so? Am I close? This is a fair deal if you want badly to upgrade. However, if you consider selling your speakers and applying all of that cash to something else there are a ton of options for around $4,000.
Thanks for all the GREAT responses!!
I went ahead with the deal about 2 mos ago, and got an additional %10 off.
I do like the Focal sound and the Diablos were just to far out of reach (for now)
I have also upgraded the speaker wire from AP crystal oval 8 to Nordost Heimdall 2 (same upgrade offer full price PLUS %10 off "list" for the Heimdall 2's
I actually can hear "spacialness", and things I have not heard before with this combo.!! even regular old HD TV/ Netflix had this effect I haven't really noticed before.
Please forgive my lack of proper terms of descriptions as I am fairly new to this whole audio thing.
any further comments/ suggestions are fully welcome!!