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Wow! Looks awesome. How do the Focals compare to the Vivids?
And do you have two separate systems driving them or a switch for the speakers?
Thx. Driven separately. The Giyas by a Linn Akurate combo (stable, too much trouble to change things). The Focal by different DAC/preamp combos (Cambridge Dac Magic+ in the picture) depending on the mood and a set of dual hypex nc400 monoblocks. Happy with both, just as I would be happy with many other speakers.

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- the Utopias are harder to drive than the Giyas, that's what led me to try the Hypex kits.
- the Hypex kits have to be the best amplification deal ever.
- a year ago I could have sworn there was a massive difference between the Giyas and the Utopias, in favor of the Giyas. Then, I played the "blind test" game with my partner and that difference essentially collapsed. Now, after a bit of training, the difference is back, to a lesser extent, still in favor of the Giyas for the music I like most and know very well. But, as I already have said, I would have been happy with either.
- measurement for both are roughly similar at the sweep spot and along the lines of the "reference" curve that is so much liked here.
- I also have a set of subs (not pictured because they are on the side), not mandatory, but they do help some pieces.

Totally subjective assessment:

Giyas positive: they just aren't there. I will always remember the face of a friend, who is a pro classical artist and renowned teacher, when she listened to her own recordings on them for the first time. I can be summarized as jaw dropped on the floor and then "WTF, where does the music come from?" albeit in more elegant terms... Regardless of any long subjective discussion one can have about the ability of speakers to reproduce a live experience, the subjective total disappearance of said speakers is spooky in a very positive sense.
Giyas negative: reliability :) D50 mid died on me, without even being driven hard.

Utopias positive: the ability to go to very high SPLs while staying close to Giyas in other aspects.
Utopias negative: comparatively to Giyas at least, you somehow feel their presence. Harder to drive (but ultimately driven cheaply thanks to NC400)
 

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I see you also use a tablet as a secondary music display/remote like me. ;)
Yeah, it is indeed used for such purposes. I only keep it under the monitor when I'm actually at the desk, though. At other times it's being used to stream content to my integrated amp, usually when I'm in bed, or when I'm in the kitchen cooking as its speakers (stereo and tuned by Harmon Kardon) are quite good for a tablet.

It's a Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0 - Premium, by the way. I might replace it soon if I can find a great deal on a comparable one - it's 4 years old now... :cool:
 

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Giyas positive: they just aren't there....the subjective total disappearance of said speakers is spooky in a very positive sense.
Hahaha. Hard to imagine speakers that size "disappearing" ;)

Giyas negative: reliability :) D50 mid died on me, without even being driven hard.
Ah that's a shame! They're manufactured in the city in which I grew up, and a friend of mine worked there for many years, so it's disappointing to know that.
Still - sounds like they get a lot of other things right, HiFi isn't a huge business in SA so it's interesting for me to see these opinions. Thanks :)
 

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Giyas negative: reliability :) D50 mid died on me, without even being driven hard.
Ah that's a shame! They're manufactured in the city in which I grew up, and a friend of mine worked there for many years, so it's disappointing to know that.
I've heard that about them more then once, ongoing issues with the Giva's and disappointing factory support to boot. :(
 

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Also, funnily, a relative of mine remarked how antiquated or obsolete my blu-ray/DVD/CD collection was which was displayed in a hallway. I kind of agree a little bit, but I only get stuff on discount/sale about 80% of the time. It certainly is cheaper than buying a “digital” copy this way. And at least it’s easy to lend discs. Although it was the first time that I kind of felt embarrassed to even still have physical media in today’s digital age. Still it surprises (and annoys) me how ebooks and digital downloads are sometimes more expensive than the physical copy which is just ridiculous.
Physical media is still the only way to get the best sound quality. None of the streamers are doing lossless 5.1 - 24/96 or anything even close.
 

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I've heard that about them more then once, ongoing issues with the Giva's and disappointing factory support to boot. :(
Not my experience, I bought my Ovals second hand and had excellent support. Ok I’m based in the UK, with the HQ, probably helps.
 

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Yeah, it is indeed used for such purposes. I only keep it under the monitor when I'm actually at the desk, though. At other times it's being used to stream content to my integrated amp, usually when I'm in bed, or when I'm in the kitchen cooking as its speakers (stereo and tuned by Harmon Kardon) are quite good for a tablet.

It's a Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0 - Premium, by the way. I might replace it soon if I can find a great deal on a comparable one - it's 4 years old now... :cool:
I only use this exclusively to switch tracks and see what's currently playing when the screen is occupied though. The previous samsung tablet was replaced as it had started restarting erratically -- haven't had a software update in years! So the current one would be plugged in 24/7 and only replaced until either it's hardware or software starts to fail. Life cycle should be a little bit longer
 

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Wonderful stands! Possibly the best I have ever seen.
o_O Reminds me too much of a termite burrow. Makes me think a snake or something else creepy might crawl out of the holes.

*Although, come to think of it, I'm not surprised you say that given how you have a creepy half-bodied female mannequin in what appears to be a fireplace/shrine of sort in the middle of your, otherwise, gorgeous speakers! Why!? Okay, probably don't want to know...
 
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Not my experience, I bought my Ovals second hand and had excellent support. Ok I’m based in the UK, with the HQ, probably helps.
Why are they listed as “not currently used”? Seems like a nice pair of speakers like that should be a centrepiece and in regular use. Is it a “I currently don’t space they need” situation? (Not unusual here in Blighty)
 

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Why are they listed as “not currently used”? Seems like a nice pair of speakers like that should be a centrepiece and in regular use. Is it a “I currently don’t space they need” situation? (Not unusual here in Blighty)
Just bought the Yamahas, trying them out instead of the Ovals. Will decide which to keep soon. I don’t have the space for the Ovals in the secondary system, you’re right there.
 

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Nice! Yeah, even my main system is hugely limited by the space I have available (doesn’t help that I bought it when I had more space while I rented, and now that I own, I have less space for the big floor standers)
If I ever shared a photo of my three systems, I am sure everyone would be horrified at placement/room interaction issues. :facepalm:
 

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o_O Reminds me too much of a termite burrow. Makes me think a snake or something else creepy might crawl out of the holes.

*Although, come to think of it, I'm not surprised you say that given how you have a creepy half-bodied female mannequin in what appears to be a fireplace/shrine of sort in the middle of your, otherwise, gorgeous speakers! Why!? Okay, probably don't want to know...
Oh, it is worse than you think. Much worse. She has a mean boyfriend.

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Altec VOT's nice.
Don't crack the plaster. ;)
 

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