Thanks guys for the various insights. I am burning in the speakers with my trusty 20 year old XLO burn in track on repeat for the next few days.
ChrisBell, I live in a relatively small city away from the capital city in Malaysia. Finding a suitable avenue to audition the potential replacement candidate is quite a task. I bought Naim because I listened to a friend’s C8 with 500 series electronics. Great match. However, I am puzzled why ProAc would tout Kevlar as being a superior material to Carbon.
My original intention was actually to audition a pair of Stenheim. I’d heard the bigger brother a couple of years ago & was quite impressed. Unfortunately, the dealer was all sold out but they did have a pair of Stella on demo belonging to a customer who’d left them in their hands for burning in. Focal was never in my intended list of candidates for audition, much less consideration, as replacement for the ProAc. I’d heard so many stories that they r bright and unforgiving. Anyway, I thought to myself that since I am already here why not. At least give face to the dealer. In the end, I was quite impressed but equipment upstream was different to what I have. I requested for a second audition a little later with upstream equipment as close to mine as possible. I was lucky in a sense because the said dealer also carries Naim & DCS. They were able to set up a 500 series amplification and DCS front end.
I also auditioned PMC Fenestria and Vivid Gaia 1 Spirit. I wanted to audition Magico M3 but no opportunity to do so.
Bought in Nov 2019, delivered in October 2020. Dealer was supposed to fly in to supervise the installation but due to escalating cases, was unable to travel.
I have diffusers at the first and second reflection points on the side walls. Also ceiling and carpet for the floor.