Thanks for the impressions and the other LS brands you mentioned (checking them out now). I wonder if James is thinking of releasing an A2 Amp, since their A1 is discontinued. That would be a great solution. I guess a pair of decent active speakers could be a good and priceworthy option, but not the best solution.
I want to build a small sub-$5000 rig around the D2, and the active bi-amping concept is an attractive idea, but not a cheap one. Until now I had considered Emotiva's XPA-1L monoblocks and a pair of KEF Q900s, but that's of course a conventional setup (with the exception of connecting the DAC directly to the PowerAmp) that doesn't solve the problem of the passive crossovers in the signal path. There are of course digital crossovers and DSP, but I don't know much about the accuracy and quality of that.
P.S. I don't know if any of you guys are into Jazz and improvised music, and I don't know if this is the right place for this, but here are a couple of links to performances from the Moers Jazz Festival that are broadcasted live by the German/French TV channel ARTE, and their online platform for Live performances, ARTELive. Most performances are online for at least 30 days and all are in HQ video and very decent sound. There are tons of really fabulous performances and loads of Classical music, Rock, electronica, World Music, etc., check it out. (All performances are complete and most over 1 hour long). Enjoy!
BLIXT!: A Jazzrock band composed by Bill Laswell (bass); Raoul Bjorkenheim (El. Guitar) and Morgan Agren (drums):
The legendary Jazz Fusion Band Oregon, featured at a Big Band Festival in Germany:
German Guitar improviser Fred Frith in duo with Percussionsist Evelyn Glennie:
Swedish Guitarist and improviser Stian Westerhus and Norwegian vocal artist Sidsel Endresen:
Edited by Zkadoush - 5/21/13 at 3:58pm