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    Re: Boulder arrives at Suncoast Audio

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    I was thinking about going with the 1160 and VAC Signature MK II but after getting the speakers - Focal Stella or the Rockport.


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    Re: Boulder arrives at Suncoast Audio

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob82 View Post
    I was thinking about going with the 1160 and VAC Signature MK II but after getting the speakers - Focal Stella or the Rockport.
    That sounds like a fantastic setup. I have used the 1060, 1050, and now 2160 on Focal Maestro EVO and Stella EVO. They all paired and worked together very nicely. You often hear reports of Focal sounding bright, and boulder sounding analytical -- i have not found either to be the case. I've always used tube based preamps, audio research and VAC, and I would put the sound just slightly on the warm side of neutral. I haven't tried with solid state pre-amp. I do think the Boulder gear is incredibly neutral, as are the Focal EVOs. I think this allows the system to fully reveal the slighly sweet character of the tubes. These systems also make the effect of every cable change fully apparent -- it becomes quite easy and fun to fine-tune the sound to your liking. I didn't find the boulders to very sensitive to power conditioning, but the VAC certainly benefits from it.

    Have fun with your auditioning!

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    Never heard the Giya , need to make an effort to do so in the future ...

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    Re: Boulder arrives at Suncoast Audio

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    Yes, not sure if you caught it, but I dropped constellation.


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    Congratulation on your new brand. As a longtime owner of Constellation I am curios about the difference between the two brands. As a current dealer of Boulder and former dealer of Constellation I should think you should be the one to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabba View Post
    Congratulation on your new brand. As a longtime owner of Constellation I am curios about the difference between the two brands. As a current dealer of Boulder and former dealer of Constellation I should think you should be the one to ask.

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    Well, as I mentioned, I loved the sound of the Constellation and the folks there are great. But it wasn’t a seller. People asked me why, and I heard everything from “oh, I saw the inside of those amps online and I’m not interested” to “I heard the build quality wasn’t great” to “I don’t like the looks.” All nonsense in my opinion, but the numbers don’t lie.

    Sonically, the Constellation sounded most like tubes. They had sneaky power on tap too. Just when you think the amp would run out of juice, they kept on chugging.

    I hate to say the Boulder is in another league, but it is certainly different in a good way. The build quality is second to none. That’s the truth. The sound is completely without fault in any area. Bass is tight and fast, mids are natural and beautifully rendered and the top end has all the detail, but is smooth. Very very smooth. The one thing I can say is that these Boulder amps have zero trace of solid state artifacts and characteristics. They sound like music. There is no region which sticks out - like puffy bass or a bright top end. Nothing to fault. The Boulders are dynamic and have seemingly endless power. That must be from the giant power cord! I think the sound can also be attributed in part to the magic of class A.


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    Mike,

    Great description of the Boulder sound! Can’t wait to give them a listen.

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    I've listened to countless combinations at dealers over the last 35+ years. The one that's had the biggest , longest lasting impression was Boulder and Magico at Goodwin's in Boston. Certainly worth a listen.....
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    Re: Boulder arrives at Suncoast Audio

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    Well, as I mentioned, I loved the sound of the Constellation and the folks there are great. But it wasn’t a seller. People asked me why, and I heard everything from “oh, I saw the inside of those amps online and I’m not interested” to “I heard the build quality wasn’t great” to “I don’t like the looks.” All nonsense in my opinion, but the numbers don’t lie.


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    Well I don't know if it's nonsense. I guess whoever is going to spend $ 50,000, besides sounding stellar, wants more things ........
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    Aries Cerat Kassandra Ref. MKII / Melco N1ZH60-2 / Audio Research Ref. 5 SE / Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Estéreo / Rockport Atria I / Göbel XLR and RCA cables / Göbel Ethernet and USB cables / MIT Magnum MA Speakers cables / Shunyata Denali 6000 S/V2 / Shunyata Sigma NR V1 (4) and Alfa NR V1 (2) / Kenneth Lau LPS for Router / Farad Súper 3 LPS for Uptone EtherREGEN Switch / Entreq Olympus Infinity (4) / Entreq Eartha Olympus Infinity Cables (8) / Entreq Everest (8).


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    Francisco.
    Aries Cerat Kassandra Ref. MKII / Melco N1ZH60-2 / Audio Research Ref. 5 SE / Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Estéreo / Rockport Atria I / Göbel XLR and RCA cables / Göbel Ethernet and USB cables / MIT Magnum MA Speakers cables / Shunyata Denali 6000 S/V2 / Shunyata Sigma NR V1 (4) and Alfa NR V1 (2) / Kenneth Lau LPS for Router / Farad Súper 3 LPS for Uptone EtherREGEN Switch / Entreq Olympus Infinity (4) / Entreq Eartha Olympus Infinity Cables (8) / Entreq Everest (8).


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