Yes I quite agree the Roksan Caspian gets some pretty mixed reviews from users. You could try Audiolab and Musical Fid or the new Creek.
I never assumed that the Arcam 38 was inferior to the roksan caspian mk 2. Its just when I mentioned a new amp to pair with my cd 192, the roksan was suggested. I've managed to pick one up with a lot knocked off the asking price, so will have to take a chance, if i am not happy then i will sell on and try something different!! Its hard to listen to ademo on these amps as there is currently bo hi fi shops in the peterborough area. I just find the arcam a90 a bit warm and soft, like listening to music, sometimes in one dimension !!
Roksan Caspian MK 2 Amplfier, Arcam CD192,Monitor Audio GS10's, Atacama Nexus loudspeaker stands, Chord company Odyssey 2 speaker cables , Apollo rack and Nordost pulsar points!!
Peterborough does not seem good, better going to Cambridge if you can.
I used to have a cd192 with Naim 122x/150x combo and never felt too warm or soft. IME the cd192 is abit warm and less exciting with arcam amps(A 3. I've demoed the A38 and Naim 122x/150x combo and I ended up with Naim. You have to listen for yourself at home if possible. If you want excitement like PRAT I may suggest Naim IMHO.
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yeah, I think I will have to go
to cambridge !!
If you want excitement like PRAT I may suggest Naim IMHO.
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Have you tried analogue seduction? They are based 5 miles east of Peterborough and are dealers in all of the brands mentioned in this thread I do believe.
AV: Sony KDL37w5500-Yamaha RXV2065-Monitor Audio RX8 AV12-Pioneer BDP320-Chord & QED cables and connects-------------
HI-FI: Arcam A38-Arcam CD37-Monitor Audio RX8-Chord cables and connects
good luck with the Roksan - do post back your thoughts when you have had a chance to settle with it - its always interesting to read others views when they get new kit. if you are getting a good deal and can sell on then thats as good a way as shop demo - i have done this before, buying and then selling for about the same amount so it works
i honestly think using a Roksan Caspian or Arcam A38 will likely yield an improvement against a bi-amped A90 rather than being sideways but it may not be a huge one. i used to have an Arcam A70 and when i switched to FMJ it was actually a big difference (but i hadnt bi-amped)
have fun, changing items is fun - i have been settled for a couple of years now and cant fault the sound of my system - the only thing that tempts me is getting a turntable again but in previous experience hasnt ever beaten the CD37 for sound
reading through the thread i see a couple of people pairing Arcam CD with Naim Amps - historically these forums have seemed to suggest this is not a great idea, i dont know whether this was from any real experience or just the usual Naim user v Arcam user is better debate, but comments here suggest it matchesd up pretty well after all.
i only ask as i was quite interested in the superuniti as a product simply as it comes with amp and streamer built in which would be a good way for me to slim down my system a bit - i was put off before by the Naim / Arcam incompatability threads but maybe it wasnt as based in fact as i originally thought. i like the Arcam A38 so much i probably would change unless i really had to reduce the boxes one day
I'm loving my a38 also and am not looking to change it, although adding a p38 in the future is on the cards. Interesting to read your comments earlier crusaderlord regarding bi wiring. I have mine bi wired as previously I had a bi amped system and then when I got the a38 I just kept both runs of cable and put them in a and b terminals as recommended in the instructions. I'm now curious so later I think I'll try single wire to see if I notice a difference.
can rumour 4 be changed into rumour 2 , or do i have to go for completely new cables !! I forgot about analogue seduction, might be worth going over there, my brother has a pub there so I can always stop off for a pint along the way, !! thanks for your comments
I've decided to try chord oyssey 2 cables with the monitor GS10's & the arcam cd192 plus the rocksan caspian mk 11 when it arrives in a couple of days !! it was hard to make a choice for cables & after reading lots of reviews I decided to try the odyssey 11, so I will have to get used to a completely. new sound!! ah well, it will be a case of trial & error !!
X analogue seduction = chord oyssey 2......
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