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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

Longjohn wrote:

Dear Rick,

I listen mainly to classical music, and my current amplifier is an Arcam Solo Mini with Monitor Audio RS1 speakers. Apart from CDs, my other sources are saved music files and internet radio from a media PC running Foobar, with the output fed into an Arcam rDAC.

My listening levels are fairly moderate and I scarcely ever turn the volume up high. 

So what would you recommend?

Best regards,

John

Hi John

Thanks for your reply.

I forgot to ask -

Would you also consider used amplification?

What areas of your systems peformance are you looking to improve?

Your maximum budget?

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

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Hi John

I would look at alternative amplification. 

What amplifier are you using please?

What speakers and source/s will you be using please.

The genre of music you listen to?

The size of your room and your general listening level?

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

 

Hi Rick,

I've got pearl lite amp / sacd paired with kef ls50. Curious, what are the reasons why you are suggesting a different amplifier?

What are the lite's weaknesses in your opinion?

Thanks.

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

sa2013 wrote:

MUSICRAFT wrote:

Hi John

I would look at alternative amplification. 

What amplifier are you using please?

What speakers and source/s will you be using please.

The genre of music you listen to?

The size of your room and your general listening level?

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

 

Hi Rick,

I've got pearl lite amp / sacd paired with kef ls50. Curious, what are the reasons why you are suggesting a different amplifier?

What are the lite's weaknesses in your opinion?

Thanks.

 

I'd personally agree with that in as much as I'd keep the amp and get shot of the speakers!  The Pearl comes with a digital input didn't it?  If it does you lose that connectivity too.  Plus it seems that the MA range seems to split opinion.  Nice looking but fussy.

 

Keep the amp, maybe try out the lines of Tannoy's DC6 or the Cambridge Aero Mark 2 or Acoustic Energy and their 301.  

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Personally, I have a lot of time for the way the Pearl Lite amp makes music, though of course different tastes and different styles mean it won't suit everyone.. Try Tannoy speakers, and Triangle's Color floorstanders too. There are others I am sure.

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Hi,

the brand new Sony 125 watt amplifier?

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

Sorry to ask.. but my main post keeps dissapearing when i post the question in the forum.

 

so : 

Question regarding Marantz Pearls (NOT THE LITES).

 

1. How do they compare to Naim offerings in general? and the LITES?

 

2. If you were to compare other amps and sacd &nbsp;players, what would be a fair comparison to the Marantz?</p>

 

3. I am being offered the SACD and AMP together for 3500 pounds (used). Is this a good price considering they are limited edition (only 500 of each were made).?

4. Anyone tested them or own them that can give me a good idea of their performance? I have 683s being driven by a Denon 1510 at the moment.

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

I have mine paired with the older MA RS6 and I'm very happy with it. It's a great speaker given some breathing space and partnered correctly. The pearl lite has a smooth but detailed top end which tames any excessive brightness the speaker can be accused of having. Other amps might have more bass but good enough for what i listen to. WHF's review was correct about them coming close to the speed & agility of a stand mount whilst having the scale of a floorstander. At 2nd hand prices they are well worth a look, I got mine for £380 3 years ago, are still mint, and I'd probably have to spend around a grand to significantly better them.

http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/assets/files/reviews/RS6WHFGT207a.pdf

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the record spot wrote:

sa2013 wrote:

MUSICRAFT wrote:

Hi John

I would look at alternative amplification. 

What amplifier are you using please?

What speakers and source/s will you be using please.

The genre of music you listen to?

The size of your room and your general listening level?

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

 

Hi Rick,

I've got pearl lite amp / sacd paired with kef ls50. Curious, what are the reasons why you are suggesting a different amplifier?

What are the lite's weaknesses in your opinion?

Thanks.

 

I'd personally agree with that in as much as I'd keep the amp and get shot of the speakers!  The Pearl comes with a digital input didn't it?  If it does you lose that connectivity too.  Plus it seems that the MA range seems to split opinion.  Nice looking but fussy.

 

Keep the amp, maybe try out the lines of Tannoy's DC6 or the Cambridge Aero Mark 2 or Acoustic Energy and their 301.  

 

The amp doesn't have a DAC but the CD player does

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Dear Rick,

I want to improve the sound of the system generally, and to obtain greater clarity for my listening. I am also hard of hearing and one thing I like about the Pearl Lite is the availability of tri-tone controls that would allow me to increase the amplitude of the midrange and the treble at the expense of the bass.

You haven't yet told us what you don't like about the Pearl Lite, when there seem to be so many others here who do like it.

Read the following glowing review by a What HiFi reader:

http://www.whathifi.com/review/marantz-pm-ki-pearl-lite/user-reviews

I also need to improve the speakers and have always liked Monitor Audio. If you can recommend some, that would be most useful.

I've also considered upgrading to another Arcam system. I recently listened to the Creek Evo 50A with Vienna Acoustics, Epos and MA speakers with and did not like the sound as much as I expected.

Any thoughts on a suitable amp / DAC / CD / speaker combo?

Regards,

LJ

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Dear Rick,

My budget can extend as far as £3,000, and I am prepared to get second-hand equipment if it can offer a superlative musical eexperience. However, one great advantage of buying something new is that you get some cover from a guarantee.

Best regards again, LJ

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

If you're looking for greater clarity, plus the additional benefit of a bigger stereo image, try out some speakers that have a concentric driver arrangement.  This has the tweeter embedded in the main driver.  See Tannoy DC6, Pioneer's very overlooked S71B and KEF's R100, which I personally found quite poor for the money and bettered by my DC4, but others rate it. Horses for courses, etc!

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

Hi John

Thanks for your reply.

Firstly i haven't mentioned here that i don't like the performance of the amplifier.

Anyway, for a worthwhile improvement alternative amplification to consider (no mid tone control/no tone controls and provided in full working order and in full origianal specification including bias levesl) is the Marantz PM94, something with some more KI TLC the PM17 KI MK1or an ATC SIA2-150 MK1.

As to speakers i would hold on to them for the time being so as to get some experience under the belt with them and the new amplifier. In due course Monitor Audio's Silver 1's, Silver 2's, GX50's, ATC's curved SCM11's and Focal JM Lab Aria 906 would be worth a look.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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This may attract a snigger but my whole listening experience is tailored to suit one female vocalist - Donna Summer. Of course I have other music tastes ranging from classical through opera to pop and rock, (but not heavy metal).  

There's three albums that I use for evaluating speakers/systems, and if they don't sound good with those albums, I'm not interested. We all have certain albums or artists that are our very favourites, and many would rather their favourite stuff sounded good, even if a few lesser used albums don't. Nothing wrong in that.

DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry.

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

Longjohn wrote:
I want to improve the sound of the system generally, and to obtain greater clarity for my listening. I am also hard of hearing and one thing I like about the Pearl Lite is the availability of tri-tone controls that would allow me to increase the amplitude of the midrange and the treble at the expense of the bass.

I'd also give the Sonus Faber Toy (standmount) or Toy Tower (floorstander). These are very detailed speakers that may mean you won't need to mess about with the treble controls. They're not bright, just very, very detailed. They're not hard to drive either, and will present a pretty easy load to any half decent amp you put with them. I've used them with all sorts, including one box Naim systems to the likes of the new upcoming Quad integrated amp, and they always sound fantastic. 

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RE: Calling Pearl Lite amp owners

Rick, David,

Any news/Impressions of the PM/SA8005 - the pearl Lites replacement? Made in Japan, which is a good start, IMHO

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