Hello I have just bought a new Arcam Avr400. I want to build a system around it.
What Blu-ray players should I audition?
What speakers should i audition?
Music is very important. All suggestions will be appreciated.
IMO. Arcam goes well with Kef (R Series / LS50) and PMC (Twenty Series).
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I like the Oppo 103 Blu-ray player.
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad Air & iPhone 4S.
Plus 1 on cnoevil for the kef r series. Might also be worth adding the MA GX series to your audition day.
On paper the oppo does have some great specs with good DAC's and elsewhere on here there are people who seem to really rate it for cd playback. Personally I have not heard it so can't comment. If you are going to stream your music and the blu ray is just for movies some of the less expensive models from the likes of Sony and Panasonic are really quite impressive for the money. My Denon player with avr400 is great for movies but cd playback is not very good.
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Cyrus Stream XP, Arcam AVR 400, Cyrus Pre DAC QX, 2 Cyrus X Power in mono, Apple TV, Kef R300, Kef R100, KEF R200c , Chord Carnival SilverScreen, Rel T2 with Chord Cobra Plus, Chord Signature digital interconects, Chord Signature Tuned Aray Analouge interconects, Russ Anderws Power Max Plus Mains Leads, Sky HD, Denon 2010 Blu-Ray.
Home Office- Cyrus Streamline , PMC Twenty21
I have hear the Monitor Audio GX50 and I was very impressed. I calculated that a GX 5.1 could be very expensive.
For a Blu-Ray I have thougt of the Arcam BdP300, Oppo bDP105eu, Marantz UD7006 and Cambridge Audio Azur 752.
The Arcam is the obvious choice but light of features. The Oppo must e good because my dealer has one for personal use. The Marantz and Cambridge Audio are goo value and have lots of features.
Its just what one would complement the Avr400.
Arcam blu ray players have reliability issues. Latest Marantz is UD7007. Also check Denon 3313UD.
If you have the Arcam, you don't really need the player to decode audio, so Oppo 105 is waste of money. Look at 103 instead. Same as 105 but inferior DACs in analogues which you won't be using. Connect via HDMI & get the Arcam to decode audio.
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Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
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Personally, I would go for Denon 1713UD if I were you. It's a blu ray transport, so no money is wasted on DACs & features you won't use as you already have one of the best AV receivers. All you need is an excellent source, which the Denon is. It's a myth that expensive receivers need expensive players to pair with. It's the contrary in fact.
My Oppo works well with my Pioneer amp, and I didn't think the Marantz 7007 worked as well.
If music is important do I still need a better Blu-Ray player with dedicated audio board or will the Avr400 be able to take the information from a lesser Blu-Ray player and make it sound just as good?
It should sound just as good. Denon makes some excellent transports. Demo the 1713UD & compare with other players of your choice. I'll be surprised if you find the Denon to be any inferior.
+1 for Oppo, I have one and its great. I have seen the Arcam and picture is much better than the Oppo, but I couldnt justify the price at the moment. Cant really comment on speakers, Im a stereo only man
The Arcam BDP300 has a better picture than the Oppo BDP105eu?
I heard that the Arcam BDP300 was an oppo in a new coat that Arcam have tweaked slightly to work on stereo playback. Might be nonsense as it was just hi fi show gossip.
Never heard that. Arcam has been sluggish with firmware updates apart from having reliability issues.
A Bowers and Wilkins Engineer at the Briatol Show tol me an Arcam Av reciever was a NAD in a new suit. I remember reading a review of the Oppo and te reviewer did mention that the Oppo formed the base for a lot of othe Blu-Ray players. I'm sure some gossip is true.
I love cars and I'm well aware of company's using the same engines, chassis and components in different brands of cars. Why don't we start a thread that list the manufactures and there components. It woul help if dealers and manufacturers helped with input as well?
( for an example the next Aston Martins will use Mercedes Engines and the Bently Continental used a VW/Audi chassis. It gets even more complicated when you talk about the average family hatchback)
I posted some details about the company who manufactures Oppo & the blu ray players registered by that company. Only Oppo & Cambridge Audio feature in it. I'll search that thread & post it here.
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