A wonderful £1k streaming system...
Wow – after much good advice from folks here, I finally went to SevenOaks in Guildford on Saturday as an 'advisor' to my cousin who was in the market for a streaming system with a £1k budget.
I'm truly stunned with the results.
We came away with:
Apple TV –> Digital Optical cable –> Arcam rDAC –> Chord Crimson –> Marantz PM6003 amp, QED XT Evolution cable –> B&W 685 speakers.
The system was toe tapping, punchy, detailed and engaging. Not at all what I was expecting for this money. And this was streaming low bit rate 128 kbps rips as his iTunes had been used for an iPod...
Now, my kit is more expensive and his set up doesn't match it when I play CDs, but in terms of streaming, his blows mine away... mine being:[:D]
Apple TV –> HDMI –> Yamaha RX V1065 (acting as a DAC) –> Naim Nait 5i –> Dynaudio Audience 52SEs.
I'm listening to mine now and by comparison, it sounds like someone's thrown a blanket over the speakers.
I think the key here is the Arcam rDAC - I think it's doing a way better job than my Yammie amp in the digital to analogue conversion – what do you think?
I'm certainly going to get my cousin to bring his Aram rDAC down so I can put it in my system and have a play...
If anyone's interested I'll post what other kit we auditioned.