FWIW. Speakers brands that I think work with Arcam are Kef, PMC and Tannoy.
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That sounds like a plan.
There really is no substitute for listening and the recommendations here are simply just advice from experience (or not).
Good luck with the quest for better SQ. You have good amps, you just need to find the right equipment synergy.
What someone in the OP's position really needs is practical hands on experience, doing your research on line is just another way of getting someone else to chose your system for you.
Yes I know mainstream dealers sell mainstream product and I know that most of it is, well, mediocre, but the more experience you get the better you wil be able to sort the good from the not so good. If you really find that difficult for one reason or another and feel you have to rely on the recommendations of others, here are a couple of off the wall suggestions.
Given your musical tastes and your comments about your system lacking punch and presence, I would sell the power amp and speakers and see if Richer have still got any of the JBL Studio 580s they had a few weeks ago. Nothing whatsoever to do with 'classic' hi-fi but it will give Axl and Slash plenty of room to do their thing.
If a little more cash is available look at a pair of Mackie HR 824 at about £1k a pair. Massively capable near field monitors monitors with powerful deep bass, for an idea of what they can do, look up the comments on the Event Opal monitors on this site, the HR 824s are about as close as you can get for around half the price.
Be aware though, these options are not the nice girl next door with whom you are going to spend the rest of your life, this is the girl at the bar with the short skirt and a little too much makeup who is ready to show you how to really rock and roll.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
I know which I'd go for.......but I've got a very dodgy back!
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Is that from moving around that bl**dy amplifier of yours or from doing something rather more interesting?
I'd say that the latter is most definitely what you want for the former.
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Having spent much of my life in and around the music business I've always been into 'rock chicks', so much so that I have married 2 of them, though sadly not at the same time....
Do not rely on others to choose a system for you.
So we've gone from the above to recommending some JBL's. Aherm...
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 (bi-amped)
AVI Laboratory Series CD Player
Advice that was preceded by the sentence,
"If you really find that difficult for one reason or another and feel you have to rely on the recommendations of others, here are a couple of off the wall suggestions."
I thought that was clear enough, if you are going to go on the recommendation of others (for whatever reason) it is worth looking at a wide range of options.
The JBLs are a fun option, if you want to play rock music in a decent size room with a degree of punch and presence and some bass weight (which, from his original post it appears that the OP does) then they are a viable option. They do not fit in with the usual recommendations on this forum which is why I made them.
He's got you there
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So the options are:-
1) Trudge round a bunch of dealers most of whom will sell similar product, demo across all of them and be none the wiser becuase it's all mediocre
2) Do one's homework beforehand, understand what they want, select from a good shortlist either by review or on the back of having done said homework and then go seek, quite possibly without the need of a dealer.
I'm rather surprised by some of this advice; having bought a bunch of stuff in recent years, I've found the dealer in most cases not to be the first point of contact, with the exception of the Home Cinema Centre in Edinburgh who are sadly no longer a presence on the high street (but still going online) and in some cases, the weak link.
Why spend time traipsing round a bunch of unknown quantities when you can easily draft a shortlist up? Online sources give you user reviews, hifi journalists' reviews, tech specs off the manufacturers' websites. Of the products in my signature line below, I only heard the Tannoys up front, the rest I'd worked out for myself. This isn't difficult, so let's not call it something it's not.
Your advice around the Arcams was suspect too IMO. Plenty of folk rate them, the 10's 100wpc means it'll drive most speakers comfortably, the power amp can either be sold on or retained. You make it sound like they're rubbish but you sold them alongside what, Naim gear? Come on...be objective if nothing else.
And is there any chance you can drop the the namedropping of the "I've spent 20 years in the music business" schtick as if it's some kind of badge of authenticity? You'll get a lot more mileage out of your experience if you do.
The guys I know in the music business are as qualified as you, do it for a living and have worked for the biggest names in music - Barry Diament at Atlantic in its' heyday, Joe Gastwirt, Steve Hoffman and their ilk. They've got the pedigree but they don't flash the business card in your face when they're at it. They don't need to.
Not really Andy, I can read as well as anyone, it just seems that in four pages we get an about-face when I'd have thought that was off-message...amazing how easy it is to end up falling into that old trap of recommending something after all eh?
I refer the honourable gentleman to my previous answer. I'd have thought, if we're going down that route, scouting round foer a pair of Cerwin Vega would've been a worthwhile option. But if one wants scale, presence and dynamics not to mention a warranty, Q Acoustics 2050i would be a good fit too.
It really depends on what kind of sound the guy likes no? And as he's not really said that beyond he's trying out the Tannoys and some B&W 603S2s.
Agree and he also kept recommending selling and starting again at the beginning tut tut
It was carrying it up 2 flights of stairs to the bedroom every weekend that did for me.
By "it" are you referring to the amplifier? Just interested ...
What classical music are you listening to?
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