Back to the topic, if I guess right do I get the Scotch?
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You reprobates are all hilarious! So far, the "best" suggestion is, buy the Scotch and split it while enjoying some tunes. With all this "enlightened " "help", this is probably what we will end up doing; not that we don't do this already on a regular basis.
Of my little group of audiophile friends, I am the only one who's heard all of these speakers paired with the same amps, in the same sound room. Ozzy came the closest, I think, to what I was expecting someone to say about the F208. That is, that they are certainly great speakers but require more juice or current than what either of those MAC amps can deliver in order to sound their very best.
@mlsstl, just reading this thread should answer your question. Audiophiles are nothing if not opinionated. We are hoping some bona fide professional reviewers will chime in on this one.
I am quite fimaliar with all the candidates here, and the one sensible response I read, apart from keeping politics out of it, is that the best choice depends on what music one wants to optimize for. The Revel F206 is light in the bass extension department, but excels on driver integration and "disappearing" so would be best for lighter scored music. The F208 has the most low end sock for sure, of the three, but gives up some of the cohesiveness the F206, so would appeal to lovers of heavier scored music. Really it's the more correct answer unless you prize transparency most and listen to chamber music most. The Focal Aria 936 is in between the two Revels in range and hasn't the cohesiveness of either...but has a very appealing sound of its own and is quite enjoyable with a lot of music. The problem is its current US price is out of line with its merit. At the risk of breaking my own rule, the 25% tarrifs placed on EU imports by TFG strangely haven't been lifted by the current admin, and it's unknown whether FNA and others would drop their prices in response even if they were.
Oh, and either Mac can do a perfectly nice job with any of these unless you have a very heavy hand on the volume control. We all know that watts rise exponentially with volume. The MA5200 and 5300 are direct coupled, decently high current, very clean sounding and well balanced amplifiers. Within their limits, very good for these speakers.
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