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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  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,971
    very nice. congrats
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,288
    That gloss black looks sweet, matches your equipment rack!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,283
    Your system is looking very nice Zach. It's a shame Backert doesn't make a black faceplate.
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    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
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,288
    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

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,582
    nice rig... congrats
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  • halohalo Posts: 5,280
    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!
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,070
    Nice very nice now sit back and enjoy.
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  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,487
    Very nice system.
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  • gfonggfong Posts: 1,077
    Looks awesome and bet it sounds great but where's the Rhumba... (j/k)

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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    Congrats and enjoy.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    Thanks everybody! I am super excited, cannot wait to really get everything broken in and setup properly. Really impressed with the combo so far
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,411
    Turn it up! Skinnert! Play sone Skinnert!
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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,427
    nice!! Hell that's sexy!
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,649
    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: 2,829
    Big thumbs up. Enjoy the music today Zach! B)
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,530
    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: 1,307
    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
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,656
    What you playing? Got Shangri La CD?
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,303
    Nice Setup Zach! Rock On!
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    edited January 2018
    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
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,303
    I'd like to hear "Genesis Tonight, Tonight, Tonight on your setup B) or I Can't Dance.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    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
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,083
    Me likey!

    Maybe one day I can join you with a Focal?
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    Perhaps, they certainly make a nice speaker.
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  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,694
    edited January 2018
    But I would drive 300 miles
    And I would drive 300 more
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