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Hi hello or goodbye

 

My current "setup" is Cambridge Audio Azur 640A and 640C (Amp & CDP) and Mordaunt-Short MS914. I have had this for a number of years and it is my first and only experience of seperates.... so I'm no audiophile lol.

 

Recently the CDP stopped working and I was informed that it would probably cost more to fix it than to replace. I was asked if I'd consder a DAC instead of a CDP and being an analyst I set about discovering what that meant.

 

I have been into Richer Sounds and listened to a CA DacMagic, which i quite liked and then the DacMagic Plus which I liked even more! Having read some reviews I quite like the looks of the Rega DAC, Audiolab MDAC & Music Fidelity M1 DAC.

 

I guess I am looking for some advice about a route to take. I could just make it simple and get another CDP or maybe new CDP & AMP (Marantz combo?). If going for a DAC I have a blu-ray / DVD player to use as the transport. I doubt I would be using my PC to DAC but guess an element of future proofing would be nice if I went down that route.

 

I don't want to spend more than circa £600 but will do if I can hear & appreciate the benefit of it.

 

My music tastes are quite varied but if I were to test some songs they would be

Nina Simone - Don't let me be misundersttod

Rodrigo - Concerto de Aranjuez

Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

IAMX - This will make you love again

 

I know ultimately I will have to actually listen to this somewhere like Richer Sounds or SevenOaks HiFI but would appreciate some pointers

 

Many Thanks

John

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Buy a pair of AVI ADM 9RS active speakers, £1250 delivered.  Brilliant speakers including pre and power amps, dac, remote and necessary cabling.  Feed them from your bluray and sell your existing gear.  Job done, superb sound at a price that conventional hifi will almost certainly not get near.

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+1

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Thanks for the unexpected reply Smile  Well the reviews (not to disbelieve you) sound excellent but £1250 is going more than a little beyond what I was prepared to spend (I technically have the funds but am saving to buy a house :cry: ).

How much could I reasonably recoup from selling my curent speakers and amp? I'm guessing not that much?

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QuickSilver wrote:

Thanks for the unexpected reply Smile  Well the reviews (not to disbelieve you) sound excellent but £1250 is going more than a little beyond what I was prepared to spend (I technically have the funds but am saving to buy a house :cry: ).

How much could I reasonably recoup from selling my curent speakers and amp? I'm guessing not that much?

 

Sorry I know nothing about second hand prices.  To be honest in your shoes I would concentrate on the house and wait to buy once[the AVIs] in the future.   :cry:

Apple lossless - Netgear Nighthawk - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40.  

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relocated wrote:

QuickSilver wrote:

Thanks for the unexpected reply Smile  Well the reviews (not to disbelieve you) sound excellent but £1250 is going more than a little beyond what I was prepared to spend (I technically have the funds but am saving to buy a house :cry: ).

How much could I reasonably recoup from selling my curent speakers and amp? I'm guessing not that much?

 

Sorry I know nothing about second hand prices.  To be honest in your shoes I would concentrate on the house and wait to buy once[the AVIs] in the future.   :cry:

+1.

HiFi is merely a nice to have toy.

Just get a cheap second hand CD player or new Blu-Ray player to tide yourself over for now.

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Well I'll still have enough funds to spend on this but it is a valid point about just getting something that will do the job for now.... trouble is I've heard the DM+ and liked it so anything less than that and I would have a sense of disappointment (to quote James "If I hadn't seen such riches I could live with being poor").

 

Richer Sounds have the TEAC UD-H01 for £150 but I don't know how that compares to the DM+. That might do for the short term and then invest in something with a fair bit more quality.

 

edit: or maybe the £200 Beresford Bushmaster

 

Has anyone compared these to the REGA DAC or Audiolab MDAC?

 

Thanks

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QuickSilver wrote:

Well I'll still have enough funds to spend on this but it is a valid point about just getting something that will do the job for now.... trouble is I've heard the DM+ and liked it so anything less than that and I would have a sense of disappointment (to quote James "If I hadn't seen such riches I could live with being poor").

 

Richer Sounds have the TEAC UD-H01 for £150 but I don't know how that compares to the DM+. That might do for the short term and then invest in something with a fair bit more quality.

 

edit: or maybe the £200 Beresford Bushmaster

 

Has anyone compared these to the REGA DAC or Audiolab MDAC?

 

Thanks

 

If the mods agree, then send me an email, I might be able to help with a very young DM+ that needs a new home 

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Well I've just ordered the Beresford Bushmaster for £180. I'm going a bit on blind faith / reviews so will see how I go.

 

I've just realised I'll need some sort of connection from my Denon BluRay to the DAC. Any suggestions?

 

Steve - Thanks for the offer. Hopefully I will be happy with the Beresford but who knows!

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hi m8 did u recieve the beresford? is so how does it perform, and how have u connected it all up?

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Hi!

How is your Bushmaster performing? A little insight is awaited. How did U connect it?

 

Amplifier : Yamaha AS500.

Speakers: Kef Q100.

Source: Pc, Portable Media Player and DVD Player.

Headphones: Sennheiser, Creative & Altec Lancing

Loads of different Cables.

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