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£3-4k to replace old Rotel Amps & CD player

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John Duncan wrote:

I couldn't have them in the house because - inter alia - I think they're fugly.

 

For what other reason/s could you not have them in your house?

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Thanks Craig, much appreciated.  Sounds pretty revolutionary to me.  My Dad did have some active Meridian speakers which never cut it with me so I am slightly jaded by the whole concept.  Any other ideas on speaker choices? excellent!

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Is that an offer?!excellent!

What would you suggest speaker-wise to go for?

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Thanks overdose, great option albeit rather revolutionary for me.   Any other speakers high up on your list for 3-4k on your radar?

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Any reason why this would be an option David?

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RE: £3-4k to replace old Rotel Amps & CD player

Thanks, what non-active speakers would you recommend (or not?) - I have my eye on some speakers that may go well with a pair of Audiolab 8200MBs?

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Using the quote button would make your posts more understandable. 

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You should try to get a listen to these speakers; Dynaudio Excite X32 , ProAc Response D18 and PMC Twenty 23 , you might not even feel the need to chnage your RB-991 which should also play well with these.

8200-CDQ seems like a very practical product in combining a CDP, DAC and Pre-amp in one box. And if you move more towards streaming later on you can simply connect a streamer via the 8200-CDQ and take advantage of its high quality dac and preamp section.

 

 

 

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Thanks overdose, great option albeit rather revolutionary for me.   Any other speakers high up on your list for 3-4k on your radar?

None that need an external amplifier. Wink

Quested S8 - use with the 8200CDQ.

AVI ADM9 RSS - use with your existing CD player.

BeoLab 9 - Propbably too revolutionary and would bust the budget, so you would need to recoup some money from the existing equipment.

Don't worry about the revolutionary idea, it's all just connections.

EDIT: Some PMC Actives come in around your budget too and look quite nice.

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Nimrod79 wrote:

Thanks Craig, much appreciated.  Sounds pretty revolutionary to me.  My Dad did have some active Meridian speakers which never cut it with me so I am slightly jaded by the whole concept.  Any other ideas on speaker choices? excellent!

No. Smile   Like Overdose above me, I own active speakers and can't see myself ever going back to passives.  You shouldn't base your decision on some Meridian speakers, as any others you hear are likely to sound completely different.

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Any reason why this would be an option David?

The reason I ask about the possibility of keeping your power amp is that it is a bloody good one, and I can't imagine the 8200MB's bringing much more to the table. That alone will save you £2k, which is put towards the speakers. As mentioned, look at the Audiolab 8200CDQ as source and pre, which leaves the rest of your budget for speakers. Temporarily I've been using an 8200CDQ at work to feed a Bryston 4Bsst2 and KEF Blades. It does a great job, although I'd say it wasn't quite refined enough for that system for higher volumes, but in the context of your system, it'll fit right in and sound great.

Depending on what sort of sound you're looking for, there's the ProAc D18 or D28, KEF R900, Monitor Audio GX300, Dynaudio Focus 260, and PMC Twenty.24.

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RE: £3-4k to replace old Rotel Amps & CD player

Neat Elite SX are hard to beat, if you want floor standers. Heard some with a Naim system the other day - detailed but sweet. A good option if you don't have room for Magnepan, which you'll need space for.

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Agreed AL - I missed those out for some reason.

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If you need spend 3-4k on an amp setup then this might be good.

http://cattylink.com/page234a.html not had any problems with this company myself fwiw, customs in uk could be an issue.

If it were me though, I would get a chinese integrated or just power amp, sell the speakers for sure and get seome much better ones. BnW which isn;t of the 80x variety just isnt hifi. Bristol is a good idea, few speakers to listen to there, probably biased though on account of the sponsors elavig with you as pmc as only choice. Usher do 'some' good kit though.

Then get an arcam/lampizator/JKdac some kind of media streamer (not an expensive naim one or some other stupidly priced kit) potentially with pre amp built in if going power amp route - again, lampizator built in pre option looks nice http//lampizator.eu/NEWDAC/Lampizator/Volume_Control.html but loads of value options which sound amazing.

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