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Old 02-18-2014, 04:12 PM
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Stella hands down.

Now deciding MC2301 or MC1.2kw to drive stella.

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Very nice. What did you think were the relative merits over the Aida?
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:12 PM
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Very nice. What did you think were the relative merits over the Aida?
I'm just gonna take a shot at his answer just for fun:
1. Speed.
2. Realism.
3. Impact. (Force factor)

I'll personally add imaging, depth, spaciousness.

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:57 PM
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Very nice. What did you think were the relative merits over the Aida?
Aida is a very good speaker too. It is just too relax and too musical to my ears. I think it excel in certain genre of music especially for women vocal. Stella on the other hand is very punchy, bigger headroom, realistic, speedy and suitable to wider range of music. I listen from classical to heavy metal (I am not sure if Metallica could be considered as one now) and anything in between. This is where Stella really shines. Construction wise, Aida is really work of art. The woodwork is simply amazing. From the grain of wood to the lacquer that was applied, it oozed passion and skill in craftsmanship. Stella is not too shabby either. Deal is signed. Speaker to be delivered soon but I won't be able to hook it up until May when the construction of my house with dedicated audio room is completed.
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If you play dynamic tracks, this would be relatively straight forward. MC1.2kW gives you so much headroom, effortlessness, control than the MC2301 ever will. Not to say MC2301 isn't great- MC2301's tube-ness is a perfect blend of high fidelity response and just a little roll off.

While the Stellas are real sensitive, the EM Woofer needs some very good control, and the MC1.2kW does it much better for me, there's more force factor with the MC1.2kWs.

I've heard them on bi-amp- MC1.2kW on bass, and MC2301 on the MTMs, and I thought it was perfect. MEN220 as active crossover.

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I am more inclined towards MC1.2kw but just worry I would loose the the 'tube sound' that i am currently enjoying on Scala with MC275LE. I would not be able to biamp this. at least not for now. My wife would demand tit-for-tats if I do that and that could be expensive :-)
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:14 PM
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I am more inclined towards MC1.2kw but just worry I would loose the the 'tube sound' that i am currently enjoying on Scala with MC275LE. I would not be able to biamp this. at least not for now. My wife would demand tit-for-tats if I do that and that could be expensive :-)
IMHO, more to gain with the MC1.2kWs. Any opportunity to try both at home?

The difference when putting the MC1.2kW in is so audible, it's going to be very hard to let go. If you have a chance, do that with the Scalas first before the Stellas.

Congrats on the deal, Stella Utopia is very up there with the best of speakers, and it is majestic to say the least.

What finish did you get them in?

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Old 02-19-2014, 06:52 AM
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IMHO, more to gain with the MC1.2kWs. Any opportunity to try both at home?

The difference when putting the MC1.2kW in is so audible, it's going to be very hard to let go. If you have a chance, do that with the Scalas first before the Stellas.

Congrats on the deal, Stella Utopia is very up there with the best of speakers, and it is majestic to say the least.

What finish did you get them in?

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Unfortunately my dealer don't have MC2301 for demo. Yes, demo'ing Scala on MC1.2kW would be a good idea. I will try to arrange that.

I am getting special deal on Emperor Red Stella. Since red is one of my favourite colour, it is no brainer. My Scala V2 is chocolate finish.

Enit - I am impressed with you knowledge on Mac. Are you in the audio industry. Many thanks for your input.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:40 AM
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Unfortunately my dealer don't have MC2301 for demo. Yes, demo'ing Scala on MC1.2kW would be a good idea. I will try to arrange that. I am getting special deal on Emperor Red Stella. Since red is one of my favourite colour, it is no brainer. My Scala V2 is chocolate finish. Enit - I am impressed with you knowledge on Mac. Are you in the audio industry. Many thanks for your input.
Emperor red is marvelous! A real statement! Very happy for you.

I'm in it for the interest and passion just like many here, my dabbles in music also help. Thanks for the compliment.

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Yup.. emperor red = yummy
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:25 AM
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Unfortunately my dealer don't have MC2301 for demo. Yes, demo'ing Scala on MC1.2kW would be a good idea. I will try to arrange that. I am getting special deal on Emperor Red Stella. Since red is one of my favourite colour, it is no brainer. My Scala V2 is chocolate finish. Enit - I am impressed with you knowledge on Mac. Are you in the audio industry. Many thanks for your input.
Did you manage to try out the MC1.2kW on the Scalas?

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