That going to a setup that just sounded so right and demanded yr utmost attention was like an adrenaline shot to the heart
Ron will be jumping on me re "hyperbole alert", but the demo just requires description in such glowing terms
So, I'm sold on the sound, practicality in my room, and cost
Where I remain confused is re amps synergy
Now, I know other Apogee threads flog this to death w the general consensus being tubes and ribbons don't really mix
Just how could 80W 211s so make the Duettas sing when more powerfully rated Ayons (200W in pentode mode) just not quite get there
Caveat here, Ked preferred the Ayons to Justin's 211s, Justin not so sure re the comparison
And 120W NATs Transmitters SETetrodes on moderately more efficient Analysis Omegas IMHO not enough
Similarly Divas on Spectrals SS again seemed a poor match
Bolded bit - that's it in a nutshell really. You don't really listen to Interstellas, you sit there in awe of them.
I had three months to assess the Ayons. They were good amps. But if I preferred them I would have bought them as Ked offered them to me at a great price. At the end of they day, the 211s are more dynamic, more fun and more lively. Not as refined as the Ayon Orthos, but screw that, I'm in this game for fun and entertainment, not refinement.
If I was into classical I could see Orthos being my preference but I am not.
BTW Interstella is a reserved name for my speakers. The 'r' from Interstellar is stripped to match Duetta.
Since Marc's speakers will not be made to the same spec, I suggest something else e.g. Apogee Duetta Equinox.