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Dining room HiFi advice?

Hi and help!

I would like some advice on choosing a music system for my dining room/2nd room (small/medium sized) please.

I love the idea of either the arcam rcube or denon ceol system - impressed with both on test/reviews.

I mostly listen to ipod music but also have 200-300 cd's  - and I like cd sound/having them on a shelf etc.

Ideal solution would be a one box affair (to please the mrs) with cd built in but I am open to suggestions.

Sound quality is most important to me, closely followed by aesthetics.

What should I choose? Could you suggest any other alternatives please?

Budget is upto £500 max realsitically.

Current system is Logitech Anywhere 2 dock in kitchen/portable, PS3 with soundbar in living room which I currently use for cd playback (sorry I know thats bad!), and a Sony Vaio laptop in the dining room.

 

 

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Don't know why the link won't work but I'm sure you can work it out!

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Thanks for the speedy reply Ben.

Forgot to mention, I have recently acquired an IPad so streaming/AirPlay is also important. Docking my ipod is fine.

I like the vita r4i but not its remote or it's lack of wireless ability. Adding streaming ability to this would be well out of my budget. Also, and this will sound petty, a friend of mine has a vita and I would really like a different toy to show off!

Unless there are any other one box type solutions out there within budget, I suppose it's down to which has better sound quality between the rcube and the ceol. I guess I could always add a separate cd player to the rcube or an alternative dock, in future if I chose this route? Or, is there possibly a way to continue to use my PS3 for cd playback and then link/stream to the rcube or a different dock? Or would this just be a waste of time/money/effort.

Basically, I want the best sound available for £500 with minimum boxes/wires/upset for the wife! Simples!

 

 

 

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Link now fixed.

 

Thanks muchly  Smile

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DJones1976 wrote:

Thanks for the speedy reply Ben.

Forgot to mention, I have recently acquired an IPad so streaming/AirPlay is also important. Docking my ipod is fine.

I like the vita r4i but not its remote or it's lack of wireless ability. Adding streaming ability to this would be well out of my budget. Also, and this will sound petty, a friend of mine has a vita and I would really like a different toy to show off!

Unless there are any other one box type solutions out there within budget, I suppose it's down to which has better sound quality between the rcube and the ceol. I guess I could always add a separate cd player to the rcube or an alternative dock, in future if I chose this route? Or, is there possibly a way to continue to use my PS3 for cd playback and then link/stream to the rcube or a different dock? Or would this just be a waste of time/money/effort.

Basically, I want the best sound available for £500 with minimum boxes/wires/upset for the wife! Simples!

 

Hmm, well I'm not sure there is anything in budget, with airplay, CDP and built in speakers.... So you're thinking of either a dock with external CDP or all-in-one with external speakers. The first choice will, IMO, (i) look much worse, and (ii) sound much worse. 

 

At your price I would go for either the Ceol (looks better IMHO and has integrated dock), or the Marantz MCR603 (apparently slightly better sounding). Choice of speakers would then be up to you!

 

BTW if you were to go for a dock I'm not sure the RCube uses airplay (certainly didn't to begin with), it uses Kleer technology. The B&W Zeppelin Air may be more appropriate (and apparently better sounding, if somewhat less portable).

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Actually, this may do what you need and in budget (and look  Dirol )

 

http://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/audio-visual/desktop-audio/isx-800_b/

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Wow, the yamaha certainly looks the part - any idea how good it sounds though? Don't seem to be any reviews for it yet.

For similar money I could buy the Ceol with Dali Zensor 1 speakers - £450 ish online inc AirPlay voucher. This seems to be a very good deal for the Denon system with such well received/highly rated speakers.

Would you agree? Any other speakers recommended instead etc?

Thanks for all the great advice Ben, I really value it!

 

PS I will let you know my final decision/how things go ASAP

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No idea how the Yamaha would sound unfortunately, just came across it when I was looking for a manual. It certainly has the wow factor / good for showing off to guests! I would be surprised if the Denon / Dali wasn't a fair bit better, although slim speakers really seem to have improved in the last year or two, and Yamaha don't really make duff products. 

 

May be worth seeing if anywhere has it on demo? If you do get it we definitely need pics and a review!

 

If you go for the ceol, I would recommend demoing some speakers. Dali are not to everyone's tastes (I'm not a fan of the house sound, tho I've not heard this model, and others love them) and the Denon could probably drive even better speakers. The ceol has dropped in price recently tho and there are certainly some good bargains to be had  Smile

 

Cheers,

Ben

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The Yamaha seems to be for sale with a number of retailers who have bricks and mortars stores so depending on where you are a demo may well be possible. It also seems to be sold by Selfridges so could maybe listen there!

 

If you were thinking of the Denon Ceol with Dali Zensors at Richer Sounds, I would also try and demo: Acoustic Energy Compact One (a bargain at £100), Mission MX1s, MA BX1, MA BX2, Tannoy Mercury V1, MS Alumni 2, Kef IQ10, Wharfedale Diamond 10.1, MS Aviano 1 - whichever of those is within budget and you like the look of!

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What about this. Very popular and seems to do what you want.

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