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    Quote Originally Posted by felix01 View Post
    Have found my matching amp with my vivid giya G2;it has become the luxman M900 poweramp and i am quit happy with it.My next upgrade will be to change my accuphase c2410 pre amp to the luxman C900 u pre amp��
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    Quote Originally Posted by felix01 View Post
    Have found my matching amp with my vivid giya G2;it has become the luxman M900 poweramp and i am quit happy with it.My next upgrade will be to change my accuphase c2410 pre amp to the luxman C900 u pre amp��
    I've heard the same at Philip's house

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    Would love to hear this bridged on Vivids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heihei View Post
    Would love to hear this bridged on Vivids.
    Yes it's best bridged on such speakers
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    Quote Originally Posted by kleinbje View Post
    I'm looking for some updates on these setups. The CAT/Spirit combo? Any one ever hear naim and vivid together, looking hard at the G3's? Using Revel/Joseph now.

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    Yesterday Jim Smith (Get Better Sound) came over and spent the day dialing in my system. I've been a huge supporter of him for years and fortunately Jim lives only a little over an hour away. I'd positioned the Spirits to what I thought sounded good, but hadn't done exact measurements and was a little apprehensive about what he would say. After all I had just spent over a year building the room, selecting and buying all the gear, adding room treatments, etc, so there was a ton of time and money invested in the system. He had never heard the Spirits before.

    We ended up moving the left speaker about 3" in and the right about 1.75" forward to get everything within about 1/8" or less using laser beams. Toe in crosses right in front of my nose. The Spirits ended up 91" apart and 115" from my ears for a 79% ratio. That was a little closer together than I had them but it tightened the images and pulled them slightly forward. Even with that, there is still tremendous depth and dimension to the soundstage. Sound just fills the whole room. But I was close and felt really good about that! With so many variables, its quite a daunting task to start from scratch to build a system in a dedicated room.

    Then using an RT Analyzer, we moved the subs to about 4' behind the speakers and pointing backwards! They are crossed over at 25 hz with volume set at 15. The verdict is still out with the subs but I plan on spending more time today with them on and off to see if they add anything significant. The Spirits produce plenty of bass on their own but we were going for a little more air and space. Since I already had the RELs, why not try?

    I'll try to avoid gushing over the outcome, but I could not be more pleased with everything! The Spirits are so fast and detailed that they just draw you in to the music. Plus the tonality is luscious with lots of texture. Dynamics are startling on drum thwacks and loud orchestral pieces. The bass is clear and crisp and the system just dances through complex bass passages pronouncing every note so you can hear all the details but they blend together beautifully. And that was with the CAT JL7's. As mentioned before, I have a pair of Statements on the way and they should be here next week. So I'm expecting even more.

    Speaking of the CATs, I cannot imagine better amps to match with the Spirits. The combo is natural sounding but powerful. The triode/tube sound and texture is there, but so is the bass. It's a very musical system that really does not draw attention to itself, and instead just lets the performances come through. Plus it will play really loud or very soft and sounds good at just about any volume setting.

    So for now, my wandering eye has settled down and I've finally found the sound I've been looking for. One last thought on the Spirits..... I've always been a planar speaker/tube guy because of the seductive midrange and the natural sound, speed, and detail that's possible if set up well. But there was always something missing especially in the bass. This system seems to have everything I loved about planars plus all the missing pieces.
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    I had the G3 in house for several years partnered with several different amps including the big Luxman, Mola-Mola, Berning, Ayon, Constellation Centaur stereo and new Centaur II mono-blocks. I found a particularly nice synergy with the Constellation amps slightly preferring the stereo amp to the big Luxman. The Centaur II mono-blocks are in a completely different league however. I may upgrade to the Spirits and intend to use the Centaur II with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGabriel View Post
    I had the G3 in house for several years partnered with several different amps including the big Luxman, Mola-Mola, Berning, Ayon, Constellation Centaur stereo and new Centaur II mono-blocks. I found a particularly nice synergy with the Constellation amps slightly preferring the stereo amp to the big Luxman. The Centaur II mono-blocks are in a completely different league however. I may upgrade to the Spirits and intend to use the Centaur II with them.
    Thanks. How is the Berning.

    Thing is the m900u is only 10k GBP in UK retail and one has to go a lot above that price to beat it. When you go to the big Lux the price game changes
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    I have been using the Centaur (Stereo amp) with my G2's for about a month or so (along with the Virgo II preamp) I know that the Centaur amp was designed by a dream team of engineering experts in the audio industry most notably one of the same that is designing all the circuitry in the Thrax components. The newer Centaur II has different circuitry designs and although it 'specs' out better than the original, it may be that your preference for the original is not without good reason. That being said, you may want to 'look into' the differences before deciding that the II is better. Same with the new Virgo III preamp. There have been many problems with the new optic volume control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGabriel View Post
    I had the G3 in house for several years partnered with several different amps including the big Luxman, Mola-Mola, Berning, Ayon, Constellation Centaur stereo and new Centaur II mono-blocks. I found a particularly nice synergy with the Constellation amps slightly preferring the stereo amp to the big Luxman. The Centaur II mono-blocks are in a completely different league however. I may upgrade to the Spirits and intend to use the Centaur II with them.
    I bought G3's soon after hearing them in Caelin's reference room at Shunyata, largely because of their bass to low midrange transition, which surpassed anything I had heard to date. Upon the arrival of the G3's I began the somewhat arduous task of determining the rest of the complimentary equipment, starting with a Spectral DMA 260 amp and a BAT Vk 32 SE preamp using a Meitner DAC and Oppo 103 transport and MIT cabling eventually migrating up to their SHD series.

    I currently have Spectral DMC 30 SV Preamp and a DMA 300RS amp, with the addition of a Lamm phono section and an ARC REF 9 as spinner and DAC (reboxed REF 9 DAC). What I can say without any hesitation, is that each time I change anything, the G3's rapidly project the change because they are so sensitive to what feeds them. I would love to consider the Spirit's, but that money went to a 2018 Audi S5 Cab so that I would actually go outside.

    All, I can say is that this speaker is more sensitive to any change in the signal path than anything I have owned in 50 years and probably anything else I have heard, and they always sound like a point source with no evidence of individual drivers. Therefore, do not buy them if you're obsessed with making them sound their best unless you are willing to experiment with equipment, because every thing makes a difference with these speakers and it takes a while to figure out what is doing what. Having said that, I love them and look forward to the upcoming changes that I am working on making in my system and will comment when they are complete. I am quite confident that I have found my speaker mark, but will likely upgrade at some point, hopefully to the Spirits.
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