Discovering first hand that the £250 Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver sounded like a £250 stereo receiver rather than the giant-slaying beast it was being hyped up to be.
B&W Zeppelin, AKG K450.
Cambridge Audio StreamMagic 6 | 751BD | 651A | Diamond 9.1 | Minx Xi | Sonos Play:3
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B&O Beogram 6000. IT chose when it would work and when it wouldn't so got Technics SL10 and it never missed a beat to this day. And, if you were so inclined, it would play on it's side; so you could put it in a row of lps and you could easily miss it.
Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40 also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system]
and Grado SR80i
Any of the iPod range, just not good enough.
Hell, I bought a cheap mp3 player from Dixons back in 2006, a Matsui with only 512Kb memory that sounded better than the iPod that they were trying to foist on me and 5 times the price.
cyrus budget gear (can't comment on higher priced stuff but if they share DNA, then...)
meridian digital systems (I can't understand what's all the fuss is about).
kharma speakers. for the price nothing exceptional.
also most of SS amps in general fail for me to "get out of the way of music". it feels like the soundstage, regardless of its depth, will always have a background, as if in case of a relief, rather than free standing sculpture.
Giro, InTheGroove, Digit, ClassicOne, MG12
Monitor Audio Br2 speakers. Good little speakers but I was hoping for a lot more from them. My own fault for not listening to them first.
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
Every Cyrus amp combination in every room, until you get to monobloc country and about £7k by which time value for money vanishes. Don't even like the chidlrens toy looks either, yet I so wanted to love it all, especially as the 6 cdp I had was fantastic.
Just a quick observation that quite a few are anti-Cyrus posts - maybe the hyping just got too great? I was so underwhelmed by the 8xpd integrated amp that it took all of 30 minutes to swap my kandy K2 back, it really was that bad.
JRiver MC17 -> Cambridge Audio DACmagic+ -> Roksan Caspian M2 -> ProAc D18
had you bought it? or just demo'd it?
klipsch image x10i let down, took them right back..
HI-FI - Bose 301, Rotel RA-10, iPod Classic
HT - Bose AM3, Rotel RA-10, Philips
Mains cables. most of them do not work. Made my system sound worst. Only when I invested in a proper main conditioner did I notice how bad the cables on thier own sounded.
No rules. If it sounds good to you it sounds Right!!.Transpor:t . Oppo BDP-105EU Blue ray player. DAC:Musical Fidelity V90. AMP: Arcam AVR450. SPEAKER'S: Boston acoustics M340.
I'm with PP. The Arcam A70. After the A65+, which was a cracking little amp, the A70 was a spectacular EDITED-up by Arcam. Flat, insipid and quite frankly boring. One of the worst amps I've had the misfortune to own and it could/should have been so good.
Sources: Rega RP3/Elys 2 - Roksan Kandy K2 CDS Phono Stage Cambridge Audio 540P
Amplification: Exposure 1010
Speakers: Dynaudio DM2/6
Listening to MUSIC!
The only piece I've owned and deeply disappointed in was Grado headphones. After so much hype, awards, adulation, so they were purchased on a whim... oh boy it's hard to describe the disappointment. To me they are headphone quivalent to Cyrus...
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
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