I have had a Plinius M16, I don't think Chi-Fi will come anywhere close whatsoever to the M16.
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As a Dyn C1 owner I originally started with a Bryston B100 (100w @ 8ohm - 180w @ 4ohm). Later I upgraded to an Octave V70SE tube integrated (70w @ 4ohm) and all I can say the Octave bettered the Bryston by a lot in every way. The Octave V40SE (40w @ 4ohm) was enough to drive the C1's too. Also I have never heard of the Chi-F1 until this post so I can't comment on it.
That being said when you listened to the C1's did you listen to the originals or the newer MKII/Signature? I ask because I have since upgraded to the Signatures and they are better sounding at lower listening levels. They seem to be easier to drive. The only thing is the originals may (relying on memory) get louder but the originals need to be louder to sound their best. So if you listen to music quite loud most of the time the originals may be preferred.
I've been driving myself nuts thinking seriously about upgrading my beloved Proac 2.5 to the Dynaudio c1 signature. Using a Rowland integrated with the Proac's and have been happy.
Is there seriously that big a difference with your new c1 over your Proac?
I'm real close to pulling the trigger, and would like to know from someone who has gone this route.
Sorry folks to be so lamely late in reply to these posts. Shipping and insurance is the only impediment for me to get the Series II C1s. Xti16, sorry Chi-Fi is the generic term for Chinese HiFi, mostly tube integrated amps seen on ebay.
And Yashu the dynamic range, detail, and sound stage is much better all around on the C1. After all the design is 20 years newer. But mostly it's just an image maker that the ProAcs are not. I have yet to hear the Series II. Now having said all this M. Fremer and others have kvelled over the Joseph Audio Pulsars. Well you know I have the upgrade-itis after 13 years with the 2.5s. Not yet there myself but close to pulling the trigger! alex