Full system for less than £900: Cambridge Audio 651A?
my girlfriend and I are looking into buying a new audio setup for our apartment.
I've been shopping around for recommendations (online / at Richer Sounds), and was hoping to get some additional impartial expert advice from you here. This is my first post; please be gentle with me.
The current setup is a very old Philips record player in the living room and a Pure DAB+CD Player for the bedroom. The CD Player is dying slowly, as is the record player, so we're thinking of restarting from scratch.
The bedroom setup should be small and needs DAB, a CD Player and an alarm clock. We use it mainly for Radio 4 and a random selection of CDs.
In the living room we mainly listen to vinyl (classical, rock and electronic music), but would like the ability to also connect a laptop to the system.
Our budget is limited to approximately £900 for both rooms.
Roberts CRD37 ~£70
Cambridge Audio 651A (£360)
Marantz TT5005 Turntable (£150)
Cambridge Audio S70 Speakers (£230)
With the idea of buying the CA Stream Magic 6 at a later time and using the 651A's USB input for streaming music from the computer for now.
While this setup seemed quite impressive in-store, I've been reading a lot of negative comments about Cambridge Audio since (including on this forum). I'm now wondering if there is a point in spending the extra money on the 651A, when other amplifiers (Marantz PM6004 / Denon PMA720AE / Rotel RA-10) get better reviews.
Would you still recommend going for the 651A, or would my money be better spent on a less expensive amplifier with the spare money going towards better speakers / turntable / an external DAC / preamp?