What size is your room, and what Simaudio integrated are you thinking about?
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I hate to rain on your parade - but I would say neither. I had a CAP-151 that really made my Vienna Acoustic Mozart speakers sing. I then upgraded to Totem Acoustic Wind speakers. The local dealer warned me that the Classe integrated would probably not have enough power. He was right. Granted, the Model 1 is not the Wind - but Totems love lots of power. I would probably call Totem and ask them. Both Totem and Classe are located in Montreal and I have to believe (given the proximity) that they are familiar with each others products.
I asked what your room size is and what Sim model your are thinking about because I have a pair of Model 1 Signatures that I drove with a Sim I-3se with great success in my bedroom system. The I-3se controlled the Model 1's easily with a full bottom end and rich mids and highs. The imaging was very good. I since have moved the I-3se to my living room driving a pair of Dynaudio Contour 1.4's. Last week I was considering a used Sim I-5 integrated for my Model 1's in my bedroom. I called Totem to get their thoughts on this. I was told that the I-5 should have plenty of power for them. I bought it and it should arrive in a couple of days.
If your room size is not too large a Sim/ Totem Model 1 combination should give you much listening satisfaction.
HI Macd. I have a similar room to yours and believe or not have run both Classe separates and Simaudio I5. I am not running Model 1s. I am running Hawks.
The Classe is warmer sounding and with more power has more punch to it. I sold the amp after having some perplexing problems with it that never seemed to be resolved even though the amp made several trips to Canada.
I bought an I5 to replace it. The sound is much more transparent. Imaging and depth improved some. The bass is somewhat more limited but still very fast and tight. The overall sound of the Sim is faster.
After owning the Sim for 2 years, I do like its sound. However, sometimes I do miss the oomph of the sound with the Classe.
I have Totem 1's and need to get a pre/pro and amp, but seriously cannot figure out what to get! How can one decide? I am tempted to buy 4 or 5 different combos, try it all out, keep the best combo and then resell the rest on Audiogon. I am driving 5.1 channel (all Totem 1's) about 65% of the time and 35% of the time I am listening to two channel or multichannel music. HELP!