Stereophile review of M700 mono amps

Lonson is correct, only those new to the high end, home theater setups, or someone really lacking space, would stack them in the first place.

One of the many advantages of monoblocks is being able to place them very close to your speakers. That way you can afford to use a better quality of speaker cable. Instead of needing 8ft or more, you can get away with under 3ft.

You really have to give up on this need to have it verified by members of this forum. Robert Deutsch has written about his results. If you have trouble hearing the difference, it may be that you stuffed one behind a big TV. Take a look at any pics of a high end system with monoblocks, and you will see both setup on matching stands, or wood slabs, maybe even on the floor with cones under them. But they will be both setup the same way.

I don’t know anything about your setup, your room, or decorating requirements, but if you were able to build a custom cabinet, consider building two identical amp stands. Something like Mapleshade or Timbernation would sell, and place your amps behind or next to your speakers. That would be the best overall solution.

Then stop listening to the amps, and listen to music. Many of us became “audiophiles” because of our love of music. We wanted to hear our records at their best, so we bought better stuff, then, as finances would allow, even better stuff. And while I would like to upgrade a few components, I don’t dwell on it. I choose a record, CD, file, data stream, or a college radio station, and I listen to the music. If you are lucky you get to a time or setup that allows you to focus on the music, and forget about the gear. The only time you want to be listening to the system is when you are making changes, or comparing something. Listening to music will bring joy, listening to the system will have you wondering “what if”, and there is no joy in that.

Here is my recommendation, go put on some music you love, close your eyes, and listen to the music. Focus on the vocals, the lyrics, or the primary instruments, I had to stop writing, Tom Waits was speaking to me, man that sounds good. “A Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis”. He’s about 12ft from me, if I close my eyes, it is just like having him in my listening room. Ah music, it’s a wonderful thing!

Elk said

A good blind test and, in my experience, long term listening is the best way t discern differences in equipment. I would find it helpful however to go back to scenario 1 (whatever it is/is not) after the second week. Often I find what is missing is more apparent than what is there - making the third round helpful.

Elk - Depending on the results, you are correct, another round may be needed. It may need 2 extra rounds. This format is a pretty relaxing way to do a blind test.


From Dave at IsoAcoustics regarding the Orea:

Hi Veneet……

Thanks for your inquiry. The ISO-PUCK was originally designed for the pro audio and Musical Instrument (MI) channel, and used with studio monitors, guitar/bass amps, DJ turntables etc. The OREA, on the other hand is designed for home audio and is tuned to provide better results over narrower weight ranges.


Just installed 3 Orea’s in between my stacked SGCD and S300 (they are below the SGCD and above S300) and i was not expecting this level of improvement.

Great deal for $180. Congestion is way down, richer harmonics, cleaner more transparent bass/midbass.

Vocal timbre is improved greatly with less midbass to 500hz bloat. Very natural now.

I turned the subs in the Tritons up since the bass was less congested - closer to default 12 o’clock level.

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Where did you buy the Orea footers? I can’t find anywhere that sell them.

Music Direct carries them. Click

In USA I ordered from the Cable Company, I see that Music Direct just got them in.

The isoacoustics are interesting, as you set your gear on them they compress slightly. They are optimized for a weight range so your components “float”.