I have 2 systems, a 2 ch and a HT. The ICs perform differently in each, so I'll break them down and let you know what I think
with them in each. I'll post pics for reference. I recently finished a dedicated 2-ch room and hauled my HT system up to compare,
the room still needs treatments so my opinion might change with them in place.
Home Theatre System:
Speakers....Selah Symmetrica arrays for front L&R......Selah 128 arrays for rears.....Selah Sardonyx for center.
AMP & PRO.....Sunfire 5400 paired with Sunfire TGP-5
Source.....Denon 2930ci SACD/DVD
ICs......From Denon to TGP-5 ....MIT S3 shot gun.....XLO digital
From TGP-5 to 5400.....MIT S3 shotgun to L&F front....Better Cable RCAs for remaining 3 chs
I used my Raysonic 128 on each of the systems when I was comparing ICs.
The Carvers sound quite good in this system, But the MITs seem to bring a bit more air and a bit better soundstage. The instruments
seem to have a better tone (natural sound) as well. The Carvers are a tad bright on this system wth the Ribbons.
PIC of arrays in 2 ch room:
2 Ch room:
Speakers.....GR Research V-1 open baffle, with 2 GR/Rythmic 12" bass drivers and servo subs incorporated
AMP.....Grant Fidelity A-88 dual mono.
Cable.....XLO HT6....for now.
This is my reference system. I have tried many ICs between the raysonic and GF.....and I dont know why, but the Carvers are just
outstanding. The MITs dont compare. There is some kind of synergy in play here....honestly when I bought them from James
I wasnt expecting to place them in my main system......but there they are. The sound coming from this set up is world class.
I recently heard a set of Sonus Faber Stradivari (40K)...in a high end shop with about 50k of gear in front and I just smiled....
next was a set of Focal diablos (19K) I smiled again. They dont compare, and for some reason this IC just tops it off.
So there you go.....2 reviews, same room different equipment....different outcome. HT with arrays,allright.....tubes and OB....outstanding.
PIC of OBs and gear: