yes expensive cables
WHAT ! Nothing wobbly ?.................
not wobbly now lol
ATV3 > Rega DAC > Rega Elicit R > Rega RS3
Rega RP6 / 10x5 / MP-110
Arcam A 60: not nearly enough power to control my spendor Bc1s so I sold the spendors . Big mistake plus they are now worth 2-3 times what I paid for them new!
Sumiko blue point special mc cartridge. much worse than the linn mm K 9 it replaced. But I had upgraditis.
All part of the learning curve......
Audiotronic Cassette Deck in the 70s, that sounded good, but gave a lot of trouble.
I have been happy with all purchases since then.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Arcam Rdac (most dacs will beat it)
Yamaha A-S500 (almost unlistenable)
Dynaudio Excite X 12 speakers (very, very overrated in my opinion)
Yamaha A-S500 YES Totaly agreed with you!!! After the demo runed away from it!
Can desagreed more with the Dynaudios Excite X12!
For me the best speakers I've demo in this budget!
5 stars What Hi-Fi Review
Product of the Year for Stereophile Magazine 2010
Sorry but I'm not the only one judging highly this set of speakers!
Rega RP3 / Goldring 1012gx > Rega Fono MM V2
Synology DS213 > QED Performance USB > Rega DAC > QED Performance RCA
Pathos Classic One > Inakustik LS 1102 cable > Dynaudio Excite X12 and some times BK XLS200 MK II
SBT > G&BL teflon line RCA > NAD 3020i > Supra Classic 2x4mm > Monitor Audio RS1
What I really regret is my marantz pm4001 I once bought.Glad I was able to return it
Yamaha AX-397 + Yamaha NS-333;
HK 3390 + Tangent Millennium 200;
Cambridge Audio Sr10 +Cambridge audio S30
Yamaha A-S700. I was so wanting it to be great but it was dreadful. Sent it back.
Onkyo A3090 amplifier, Rega RP1 TT, Usher S520 speakers, Denon DCD F107 cd player, Musical Fidelity V LPS phono amp
Rega Planar 2, bought at the peak of the hype back in the early 80s.
Sounded significantly less good than my Dual 505/nagoyoka combo so I returned it and retrieved my Dual but this left me with a substantial credit with the dealer.
Used it to buy an Audiolab to replace my Nad 3020, you can probably guess how that worked out......
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 haven't regretted any of my HiFi purchases yet
Although I was considering buying an Arcam irDAC, I'll have to carefully audition it* after some of the comments here.
*I was going to anyway
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
No. Even a product I didn't really gravitate to it all adds to the experience....
Exactly. Every piece of kit I've owned and auditioned has added to my education.
Observe the signature in its natural habitat.
My then Naim system - 72/Hi-Cap/180/SBL's.
Not because it was 'bad' or anything, but I bought it all new and at huge expense, only to find it undone by Sony ES 9000 Series kit down the track, which made the Naim look very poor value for money on a $$ for performance basis, and when judged overall as a consumer purchase.
It was also the first step on a slippery slope into audiophoolery, foo and pseudo science, for which the first step of recovery was buying the Sony and selling the Naim.
That's not to bash Naim, but like most so called high end kit where you're ostensibly paying a premium for 'extra' or 'better' sound quality, doing AB's against it and 'lessor' kit using matched levels, and preferably blind to remove expectation bias, reveals a whole lot of very humbling things that one doesn't hear at dealer dems when doing them at disparate volume levels, and sighted.
It was a very humbling lesson indeed.
If buying expensive 'high end' kit these days, I expect a lot more than just allegedly superior sound, via manufacturers claims and audiophile hype, and expensive bling casework.
I've never regretted buying anything but I do regret selling my Mission 751 speakers.
Arcam Alpha 9/9P amps and Alpha 9 CD all extensively modified by Fidelity Audio (level 3+), Acoustic Energy speakers, Fidelity Audio NNU X Reference Mains Filter, quality cables & interconnects, Sony AV.
KEF XQ1, bought ex-demo from a dealer on an impulse buy. Looked lovely, especially with the nice stands but just sounded dull, lacking in anything exciting compared to the Rega R3s I had at the same time.
Michell Gyrodec SE / RB300 / Ortofon MC10 Supreme | Sony DVP-S9000ES
Doge 8 | MiniDSP | Decware Zen / Behringer A500
DIY Active Horns / Keesonic Kolt
I did not like the Dynaudios Excite X12 either I guess they don't excite everyone, thats why auditioning is key rather than reviews.
Like others I dont want this to be a putting the boot into the Arcam rPac but its has to be the worst bit of HI Fi I have ever bought. Someone else posted that it keeps on dropping out which can be fixed if you find the one USB port on your computer that it will work with but why was that little fact not in the manual.
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Cyrus Stream XP, Arcam AVR 400, Cyrus Pre DAC QX, 2 Cyrus X Power in mono, Apple TV, Kef R300, Kef R100, KEF R200c , Chord Carnival SilverScreen, Rel T2 with Chord Cobra Plus, Chord Signature digital interconects, Chord Signature Tuned Aray Analouge interconects, Russ Anderws Power Max Plus Mains Leads, Sky HD, Denon 2010 Blu-Ray.
Home Office- Cyrus Streamline, Monitor Audio R90HD on MA stands.
agree on cables.
don't regret buying naim, love my sound I have. but would say upwards from say good £250 marantz amp the gain is minimal. speakers and there position play the biggest part after that.
Rega RP3 turntable/Naim 5i CD/Naim 5i amp/Neat motive 2/BK sub
MarantzPM6004/MarantzCD6004/Monitor Audio Bronze BX2
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