So I'm in the midst of tweaking the HT system to get the most out of the new KEFs.
As of last week:
SB Touch -> CA DacMagic: Signal Silver Res digital coax
CA DacMagic -> Pio SC 57: Signal Silver Res ICs
Pio SC 57 -> NAD M25: Signal Analog 2 (with fronts split to 2 channels each for R/L)
NAD M25 -> KEF Q900s: Signal Ultra bi-amp cables
As of this week:
SB Touch -> W4S DAC-1: Signal Silver Res digital coax
W4S DAC-1 -> Pio SC 57: Kimber Hero ICs
Pio SC 57 -> NAD M25: single Signal Silver ICs (no bi-amp)
NAD M25 -> KEF Q900s: Signal Ultra w/ 2nd run disconnected and speaker bridges closed.
Soundstage & imaging are much improved. Voices are squarely where the center speaker - since I changed more than one thing, I can't point to whether it was ICs or the DAC swap. Tad warmer presentation such that most recordings are near perfect treble-wise and tonally.
Temporarily, I've swapped in the Signal silver ICs for the Analog 2s in the pre -> amp leg. I'm having a harder time determining whether that has made a difference - plus I'd rather not mix ICs on that leg (center, surrounds are analog 2).
Finally I removed the passive bi-amp setup and it seems it was a waste of $$ to do it in the first place as I hear no difference (YMMV).
So I've got one or two more upgrades I want to do:
1 - upgrade the speaker cables for the Q900s only.
2 - upgrade the ICs in the pre -> amp leg. (5 of them ...or maybe just 2 for the towers?).
Budget would be ~$800 max.
Currently stuck on Kimber 8TC for wire. I enjoyed the 8TCs I had before. Was pondering looking for some used MIT Shotgun series wire but the variations confuse me. Same w/ Audioquest - too many different models for me to figure out the differences.
OR I could stick w/ the Signal Ultras if I'm getting to the point of diminishing returns...
Not sure what to look at for ICs. Thoughts on ICs that are a step above Signal Analog2s but not quite as expensive as Kimber Heros? How are the Timber and PBJ lines?
As always - sorry for the long-ass explanation, and thanks for the inputs :)