A friend of mine has Mon I-5 and Nova cd player and he is driving Totem Hawk floorstander and it sounds excellent. The bass is so good that he sold his subwoofer after a week or so.
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Thanks for the input. I checked out the Hawks at the Totem website and they look like nice speakers. It looks like they have the same power requirements as the Dynaudio 1.3se also....so I'm glad to hear that the I-5 seems to have no trouble driving them.
I don't believe any of the local dealers near me carry Totems. Has anyone also heard the Dynaudio 1.3se that could offer a comparison between these and the Hawks? Thanks.
Galen Carol audio in San Antonio, TX may be able to help you, http://www.gcaudio.com. He may let you audition the speakers but you have to pay for shipping. That's the way my friend bought his who is in San Diego, CA.
Disclaimer: I'm not associated with Galen Carol Audio and have not done any business with them.
Dynaudios are said by many many 'philes to be of great synergy with Sim Audio. Try the Contour Special 25's they are little bit easier to drive than 1.3SE, plus way better sound with the latest Esotar2 tweeter and woofer found in the Confidence C4s. I have these 25's and couldn't say enough good words about them!
Abe, I would love to get the 25's but they are out of my price range. I'd like to stay at 2K or less. So for Dynaudio I've been looking at the 1.3SE or 1.3 MK II. Regarding the synergy between the Dyn's and Sim I have heard similar comments here as well as from one of the reps at Dynaudio. He mentioned that his personal system has the Dyn S3.4's paired with the I5 and he couldn't be happier.
I have tryed the I-5 with many different speaker including the Europas and the 1.3se.
IMO the europas where not a good match (sorry europa fans)
The 1.3se were powered with no problem, good sound but IMO sounded bland...this could be considered a positive by some poeple (Neutral)
I found they left you out of the music.
The focus audio f688 sounded stunning with the I-5, read some of the reviews on these speakers, the combo will amaze you
ecoustics.com in the search section put in focus audio fs688
richard...definitely consider Audience Au24 cables for your I-5/FS688 combo. I'm a Focus Audio dealer (and a big Sim Audio fan) and have found that the Au24's mid/high frequency performance is an excellent match for the FS688. Also, if you don't plan on bi-wiring, make sure you upgrade the jumpers that come with the FS688.
(disclaimer: I am an Audience dealer, too)
Phil, Thanks for your information, do you know how much will it cost? The local Simaudio dealer suggested me to use cardas cable. any comment? Also please give my some suggestion on my future setup and what kind of digital cable should be used for my DAC?
My future setup will be:
MSB DAC 3 with half Nelson part and a P1000 power supply (currently owned)
Simaudio I-5 LE (plan to get)
Focus Audio 688 or Paradigm signature S2 or Paradigm signature S4(2.5 way) or dynaudio 52SE.
Thanks in advance
I don't have any experience using Cardas cable; others have told me that they sound "dark", but that is second hand. I know the designer at Focus is a big fan of the upper AudioQuest cables. Of course, personal opinion will play a big part in this.
Assuming prices are the same in Canada, you can see the Audience price-list here:
Regarding digital cables, the best advice I can give is to find one that is (1) true 75ohms, and (2) between 1.5m and 2m. Personally, I use an Acoustic Zen Silver Byte with great results (disclaimer: I am also an AZ dealer). Regarding the length of the cable, check out this article:
Hope this helps!
Focus Audio FS688 VS Paradigm S2
Does anyone audition the Paradigm S2 and Focus Audio FS688 side by side? Although they are both Canadian products, it is hard to find a dealer to carry both. In general, I found the Asian Sales Rep. are more prefer to the Focus Audio FS688 (as high end speaker for I-5)as opposite to some Canadian Sales Rep. are more prefer to Paradigm especially the new signature series and they feel the Focus Audio is over priced and old technology, they even suggest me for the price of Focus Audio ($3500cdn) I should get the Paradigm S4. For a different of $1300cdn, please share your point of view of these 2 products...
Almost get ready to order the Simaudio I-5 Limited Edition, a friend suggested me to audition the Unison Research Unico integrated Amp and save up some money for other stuffs such as interconnect and cables. Most likely I could not tell the difference unless I put them side my side (due to my experience)
Suggestions are very welcome!
Focus audio FS688 still in my top list.