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Thread: Any Avalon Transcendent, Indra II, or Compas users out there?

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    Any Avalon Transcendent, Indra II, or Compas users out there?

    Hi all,

    I might be changing my speakers out soon and one brand on my radar is Avalon as I have always been a fan particularly on their staging and musicality whilst on a small footprint.

    I am reaching out in case we have any users of the above speakers. I am looking for real world insights with these speakers - how you set them up, what gear you are driving them with etc. Any experience of comparisons between these models too.



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    I have owned the Indra and the Transcendent and they are both very good speakers. The Indra need a lot of current, the Transcedent less. The Indra is the better speaker, but the Trans are not far behind. There is a new Indra Diamond as well. The Compas I have not heard but I can imagine it is a great speaker. Although at a different price. It also depends on your room and preferences.

    Voxativ speakers, SET amp etc etc in a dedicated listening room.

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    Thanks JP. My Analog Domain has no problem driving my Focals so should supply enough for these Avalons with any luck. It has extremely low output impedance and produces 500w into 4ohms with nearly 50amps current at peak.

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    You should so consider the IDEA. Small, cheaper and extremely musical and coherent.
    They do like some juice to shine however. Have tried a few amps with them, some better sinergy with ones than the others.
    Currently driving them with a Nagra Classic amp/PLL setup - wonderful combination with Avalon.

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    I find the Indra as the best price/performance model in the Avalon basket - but as noted above, they do need a lot of clean a good SS power. Neil uses Avalon in their Boulder facility and sounds great, also Spectal and Boulder are good options - The best sound coming out from my Ascents came from a pair of Lamm Hybrid amps.
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    I'm using Compas and driving them with Spectral Audio DMA-200S alternating with Karan Acoustics KA L Ref III and KA S 600 stereo amps.

    Regarding price/performance Transcendant is unbeatable.

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    I owned the Indra between 2008 and 2015, when I sold them.

    They were used with my Conrad Johnson Premier 350SA stereo power amp, which delivers plenty of power and current (66 amps). My preamp at the time was a Karan Reference MKII and I also had an opportunity to swap in a Karan SA450 and David Berning pre and mono bloc power amps for an extended period.

    When considering a change, I auditioned the Avalon Compas (non-diamond) for about a month, but found the midrange and treble far superior with the original Indra. However, the bass was good with the Compas, an area where I always found the Indra lacking on rock music.

    After the Compas went back to my dealer, I tried the Estelon XA speakers, which I liked, but my partner didn't. Her remark on fist seeing them was, "They're hideous!"

    I finally settled on TAD CR1's, which were a bit of a left field choice, being a stand mount design, but they really do everything I was looking for in a speaker!

    Shortly after buying the TAD's, I changed my preamp to a CJ GAT series 2, to partner my CJ 350SA.

    I am now satisfied!
    Source Components dCS Vivaldi 2.0 Full Stack; TW Raven One tt/Graham Phantom II/Transfiguration Orpheus mc phono cartridge; Whest PS.30 RDT 'Special Edition' phono stage; Melco N1ZH/60/2 Network attached music server/player..

    Amplification Conrad Johnson GAT Series 2; Conrad Johnson Premier 350SA

    Speakers TAD CR-1 MKII; REL Gibraltar 2 sub

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