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joey_corleone 04-28-2021 08:15 PM

Focal 1038BE w/ McIntosh - 4 or 8 ohm
 
Hello,

I have the 1038BEís and am powering them with McIntosh MC601 600w mono blocks.

I know the nominal impedance is 8ohm, but I also see they dip down to around 3 ohm.

I am just wondering what other folks are doing - Do you prefer the 4 or 8 ohm taps for these with your Mc amps?

njcardave 04-29-2021 07:57 PM

I have Sopra2ís paired up with a McIntosh MC462, drive them off of the 4ohm tap. No issues at all. I just started to stream from Tidal with a Lumin U1 and a McIntosh C47 preamp. The DAC in the C47 is seldom mentioned but let me tell you that it pairs up nicely with the Lumin. Try it youíll like it. Would post pix but donít know how.

jayvis1 05-03-2021 06:26 PM

Just try both taps and stick with the one that YOU think sounds best. Either one is safe for the amp and speakers.

rottikid 05-04-2021 12:46 PM

Quite a while ago I spoke to a Focal Rep and he recommended running the Sopra No 2ís using the 8 ohm taps off my McIntosh MC 452 amp. To my ears sounds better to me. I am using C52 and Aurender N10 streaming Qobuz which I recently switched to from Tidal. I also think Qobuz sounds better.

Delija 05-04-2021 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by njcardave (Post 1037626)
I have Sopra2ís paired up with a McIntosh MC462, drive them off of the 4ohm tap. No issues at all. I just started to stream from Tidal with a Lumin U1 and a McIntosh C47 preamp. The DAC in the C47 is seldom mentioned but let me tell you that it pairs up nicely with the Lumin. Try it youíll like it. Would post pix but donít know how.

No issues is perfectly expected when using lower (limited) current mode (4 ohm). The question is whether higher current (8 ohm) mode brings some benefits to sound quality...

joey_corleone 05-05-2021 12:25 PM

I did some experimenting. For me in my setup, I found the 8 Ohm taps to sound best.

rottikid 05-08-2021 08:15 PM



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