Slight change in plans from an earlier post!
I recently auditioned a Boulder 865 integrated amp with a pair of Sonus Faber Cremona M speakers, with an Esoteric X-05 source, and it sounded pretty nice.
My concern is my listening space, which is the living room of my new condo, which is nine feet high and about 14 feet wide. The length of the living area is about 20 feet, but it's open to the dining area, so quite long. The long side wall is glass with blinds, there's a sectional sofa against it, the narrow wall at the front is glass opening to the balcony, and the other wall separates the living space from a bedroom. The speakers would have to go in front of that wall, presumably 3 feet or so away from the wall, and the speakers themselves are between 17-21" in depth (21 at the base). I've tried to visualize it with boxes representing the speakers, I've sent photos to my dealer who thinks it will work, but I was hoping to get another opinion, is a floor standing speaker requiring distance from the wall really a good idea in an area of that size? Also, does anyone have any experience with how far the Cremona M needs to be from the wall? (my dealer suggests 32")
And I guess finally, I would be greatful if anyone has an opinion on the Boulder 865 with these speakers. To be honest, I hadn't even heard of this product before the audition, although I looked it up and the reviews are good, but I haven't seen it on any "Editor's Choice" lists or such. Would it be regarded as better in some sense than, say, the Simaudio Moon i-7?