PSB Imagine T loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 3: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Sony XA-5400ES SACD/CD player, Oppo DV-983H universal player.
Preamplification: Integra DTC-9.8 preamplifier-processor.
Power Amplifier: Bryston 9B-STT.
Loudspeakers: Paradigm Studio/60 v3, Paradigm Servo-15 subwoofer.
Cables: Interconnect: Kubala-Sosna Fascination (balanced). Speaker: Kubala-Sosna Fascination. AC: Kubala-Sosna Emotion.
Accessories: XTZ Room Analyzer, APC S-15 power conditioner.—Kalman Rubinson

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Ken Rieman's picture

Alright Imagine T friends, my wife and I just acquired a pair of these great speakers and we're shopping for a new integrated amp (or separates) and DAC.

We'd like to keep the total for these to about $3K.

I'd love to hear from others who have experience with these.  We've home auditioned most of the reasonable candidates we have easy access to in North Seattle.  So far, the NAD C-165/275 Separates with the Musical Fidelity M-1 DAC have sounded best to us.  The NAD C-375 was close behind.  We're waiting on a Naim Nait 5i and we'll test it with the Rega DAC next week.

We listened to, but rejected the Rega Brio R (underpowered), Linn DS-I (over-smooth, narrower sound-stage, low-end opacity), NAD C-390DD (hollow), Rotel RA-1520 (overcool), Parasound P3/A21-3 (boring)

I'm also a newbie to higher-end cables.  I don't want to spend too much on these, but would be happy to find the best match I can.  When we were listening with the NAD separates, I could have still wished for a bit more grip and definition in the mid-bass.  (We have a Velodyne VA 1210 100W powered sub that does a decent job crossed over at 50Hz.)  I attribute this mostly to the dynamics of our small living room.

Also, we plan to connect my Technics SL1200 MKII phonograph, so phono stage is a consideration.

Thanks, in advance, for your thoughts.

Bleslie889's picture

Hi I had a question about your post. I have the Rotel 1520 and am thinking of buying the Imagine T's but will not be able to preview them together. When you describe their pairing as "over cool" what exactly does that mean?  Any feedback on your impression listening to the two together is appreciated.