Feels like Christmas at the Stangman household! Focals and Rhumba are here!

I drove 300 miles today and went and picked up the Focal Aria 926s in PA and met Andy in Delaware to pick up the Backert Labs Rhumba. My new to me B&K ST125.2 arrived today as well, it is fairly beat up but seems to work well enough. The B&K is a stopgap until I get something else. The speakers are an interesting story, only the Walnut version was on sale so I bought a set of those. Focal delayed the shipment to the dealer twice and the dealer told Focal that it was not acceptable and convinced them to sell a set of black piano gloss to me for the same sale price. I am not certainly complaining, tremendous customer service by Ken at World Wide Stereo in Montgomeryville, PA.

Got everything set in place and wired up in about an hour. I am going to reserve judgement on everything until the speakers/pre/tubes get adequate break in time. Going to play music pretty much constantly this weekend to facilitate break in. I will say that I am already floored by the results though. I ordered a set of RCA 12AU7 cleartops to replace the stock JJ's at the advice of Andy from Backert.

Anyway, a few pictures

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2 Channel
BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,521
    Beautiful!
  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,656
    very nice. congrats
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 1,436
    That gloss black looks sweet, matches your equipment rack!
    Alan_r wrote: »
    My passion is for the music, my hobby is how I listen to it.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,906
    Your system is looking very nice Zach. It's a shame Backert doesn't make a black faceplate.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 647
    They do make a black one, just not available at the sale price as there were the last 1.1 units available. I'm not super OCD about component color matching or anything to the silver doesn't bother me
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 1,436
    The fact that it's silver vs all the other black components, and that it's centered on the rack, actually draws your eye to it and signifies it's importance as the statement piece of the system, imo. Looks awesome.
    stangman67 wrote: »
    They do make a black one, just not available at the sale price as there were the last 1.1 units available. I'm not super OCD about component color matching or anything to the silver doesn't bother me

    Alan_r wrote: »
    My passion is for the music, my hobby is how I listen to it.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,957
    nice rig... congrats
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  • halohalo Posts: 3,761
    I used to have the exact same VTI equipment rack in the same color combination as you.

    Don't count out the B&K ST125.2, it's a very capable amp with a pretty sweet sound signature. I thoroughly enjoyed the one I had for quite a while.

    Ya, that Backert guy is pretty cool! He did the mods on my McCormack DNA-125 amp!

    It looks to me like you have a really well balanced setup. The tubes & the B&K will add a little warmth to compliment the revealing nature of the Focal speakers. Enjoy!
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 5,888
    Nice very nice now sit back and enjoy.
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  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,118
    Very nice system.
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  • gfonggfong Posts: 1,026
    Looks awesome and bet it sounds great but where's the Rhumba... (j/k)

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  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 931
    edited January 26
    NICE!
    Faceplate color... (PFFFFFFT! whatever!).
    NICE! B)
  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,761
    Enjoy!


  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 931
    edited January 26
    Thats really NICE.
    I had a Atolll analogue pre amp for years. (Research).
    Never heard better!
    Bet you can appreciate!
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,774
    Congrats and enjoy.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 647
    Thanks everybody! I am super excited, cannot wait to really get everything broken in and setup properly. Really impressed with the combo so far
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,834
    Turn it up! Skinnert! Play sone Skinnert!
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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,105
    nice!! Hell that's sexy!
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    Lookin' good bro. The Focals will mellow out some with a little time on them and the new tubes for the pre should give you a bit more tone and air. Nice job man, enjoy.

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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,063
    Big thumbs up. Enjoy the music today Zach! B)
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 1,977
    Very nice. The gloss black finish on the speakers looks better in that setting than the walnut finish would.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 647
    Already have about 12 hours play time so far. I can certainly tell that the new setup is way more revealing. Poor recordings are very much exposed, which I was expecting. Initial impressions are that the components really do compliment each other well. These speakers certainly don’t represent the reported Focal brightness. The tubes most certainly thinly help with that aspect though
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
    Sony XBR65X930E I Marantz NR-1608 I Q Acoustics 2020i I Q Acoustics 3090c I FXI-A4's I DIY 15" Dayton SW

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    What you playing? Got Shangri La CD?
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,735
    Nice Setup Zach! Rock On!
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 647
    edited January 27
    Nope. I’ve been listening to a lot of my go to bands, Pink Floyd, lots and lots of Genesis, mike and the mechanics, yes, and daft punk! Daft punk is pretty polarizing but I love it and these speakers really keep up with the bass. Big difference from the 703’s
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,735
    I'd like to hear "Genesis Tonight, Tonight, Tonight on your setup B) or I Can't Dance.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 647
    The remastered genesis stuff sounds pretty damn good, a lot of the original stuff not so much, I really would like to get my hands on some original genesis vinyl. Although that would require me to buy a turntable
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
    Sony XBR65X930E I Marantz NR-1608 I Q Acoustics 2020i I Q Acoustics 3090c I FXI-A4's I DIY 15" Dayton SW

  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,869
    Me likey!

    Maybe one day I can join you with a Focal?
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 647
    Perhaps, they certainly make a nice speaker.
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
    Sony XBR65X930E I Marantz NR-1608 I Q Acoustics 2020i I Q Acoustics 3090c I FXI-A4's I DIY 15" Dayton SW

  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,309
    edited January 28
    But I would drive 300 miles
    And I would drive 300 more
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