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Amp for Focal Spectral 913.1

Discussion in 'audio' started by stony, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. stony

    stony Member

    What I found so far recommended amps for Focal speakers are as follow :

    1. Belles, in particular the Belles Aria
    2. Lavardin
    3. Albarry
    4. Exposure 3010s2

    Should I take something else into consideration ?

    Thanks guys.

    P.S. I have got a strange feeling about "memory distortion" feature they are talking about.
    Isn't just an amp working in A class ?
     
  2. terrycym

    terrycym pfm Member

    What about Naim?
    They are the same company after all and there ought to be a synergy?
     
  3. ABCaudio

    ABCaudio Trade: ABCaudio, representing EWA

    Focal & Naim synergy: not always when I heard that combination.

    Focal, a bit like early Triangle (which I used to own) can have a rep for fierce top end. I certainly understand why, but in both cases a suitably high quality, preferably class A amplifier completely sorts it, at least in my limited experience.

    I am afraid I haven't heard any combination from the OP, but based on recent experiences through work I might well discount the Lavardin. Previously I heard the Exposure and the Albarry and love them both, but not sure with Focal.
     
  4. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    As with virtually all speakers, virtually all amps will be fine with them.
     
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  5. stony

    stony Member

    I had X2 for few days, it did not work well.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021
  6. stony

    stony Member

    Almost forgot...

    What about Yamaha a-s2100 ?
    Few months ago I was really impressed with it but I was not thinking about getting a new amp at this time so I did not bother to test it with Focals.
     
  7. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    no focal and naim were completely separate companies , then naim bought focal . utterly different in my opinion . i havnt heard a naim focal combo i like yet !!!! Belles is a superb brand , tony at coherant was the foremost seller of focal until he took on cabasse [ another french make] he sold and still sells belles . lovely lovely amps . well made . i had their belles mb200 monoblocks and their VT-o1 pre was one of the best pre amps i have heard . I would have one but like all these amps they often have lousy remotes !!!

    I do know someone with a lavardin IS ref who may sell after this lockdown, no remote of course
     
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  8. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Not a fan of Naim, and Focal just reminds me why not, as a rule. YMMV obvs. Albarry and Lavardin for me, every time. Could be tempted by a nice IS Ref if the price is right ;). Had one here for a bit, on loan, loved it.would make a fab heart of a second system
     
  9. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    The other match made in heaven for Focal is Accuphase. Design focus on phase accuracy in both does seem to just click.
     
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  10. terrycym

    terrycym pfm Member

    When I’ve seen Focals in shows, they’ve used Naim amps
    Sounded bloody awful mind you.
     
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  11. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    I have to say I know this is a common opinion, but IME it’s often a matter of ‘don’t shoot the messenger’. Focals can be a bit ruthless in exposing flaws upstream, and any harshness is often attributable to something in the source, or an amplifier under stress for some reason or other. For years I used Focal with Albarry amps, which are absolutely not ‘on the warm relaxed side’ and it was a fabulously musical combination.
     
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  12. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

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  13. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

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  14. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    I once had some focal 1028be with Tom Evans vibe and some belles amps. It was a superb combo , really enjoyed it

    But not to long ago I heard a kanta 3 with a naim supernait 2 and it was like being flown over by Concorde....exhilarating but not for more than 5 mins !!!!!!
     
  15. stony

    stony Member

    I have been offered an almost new Lavardin ISx, 10 months of warranty left and older Lavardin IT from 2013. First one is £1400, second one £1800.

    What's a difference between them ?
     
  16. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    wow ... I would DEFO take the ISx , much younger model and has a REMOTE !!! its pretty hard shifting amps without a remote sometimes . that is a brilliant price imho especially with a warrenty. it will sound awesome with the focal . I had a ref is here not too long ago
     
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  17. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    Not meant to be rude at all just an opinion Sue.
    I have deleted the posts.
     
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  18. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Thanks, likewise :)
     
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  19. stony

    stony Member

    Lavardin ITX on french ebay just sold yesterday for £2,086.49
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-5...0001&campid=5338728743&icep_item=224312092993
     
  20. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    nice , thats a good price too
     

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