Probably my Naim Uniti when they first came out. There was a 10% off everything deal at Audio T and I went to demo a Naim 5i amp. I ended up demoing the Uniti as well, and the WOW factor kicked in and I rather foolishly signed up for it there and then on a buy now, pay 12 months later deal. Wrong move, 12 months came around and I had to offload the Uniti as I had more pressing demands for my money. Luckily I only lost £200 on the deal. Cracking piece of kit though.
Purely on disappointment terms probably an Onkyo TX-8050. Didn't get on with it at all and swapped it the following week for something else.
PS: Going against the grain in this thread but my rDAC works perfectly well, and the wireless function works a treat with my laptop.
Creek Evolution 5350 amp (with Creek Sequel 40 phonoboard) - Creek Evolution 2 CDP - Squeezebox Touch
Rega P3 TT/RB300/Ortofon 2M Blue - Arcam rDACkw - Epos Elan 30s
Van Damme SC & Epiphany Atratus ICs
A Toshiba hd-dvd player just before bluray won the battle. Ebay to Germany got me outa jail with a surprisingly good price. Also a dvd recorder before bluray - given to my brother. A Seagate Theatre + where software never lived up to the hardware. Many sets of speakers which never live up to the reputation of a pair of homemade 12in woofered waedrobes made back in the 70's when my ears worked properly.
Mordaunt Short Mezzo System C - 8,5,1,9.Yamaha V2065. SonyS570. Panasonic 42in., Sky HD 1TB. Garrard 86SB. PF30. Wii. WDTV Live. Harmony One. STAX300. QED cabling. Galaxy Tab 10.1
System Photos - http://s1051.photobucket.com/user/robinkidderminster/library/?sort=3&page=1
Base trap Project - http://www.whathifi.com/forum/home-cinema/corner-base-trap-completed-project?page=1
KEF LS50. Bought with high expectations, and to be fair at mid and high volumes they performed as expected.
However, at low or levels where i could still hold a conversation with the family, the LS50's sounded dull and unexciting.
Such a shame really. Bought the e305 system thinking they would be better with the powered sub, again when cranked up they are fine.
Maybe it's a feature of the uni-q driver that they need to be pushed hard.
Yes I found that with the LS50s as well, need some welly to get them going. To be fair I found that with quite a few modern speakers, in the end I got some active speakers which did not have that problem.
Van den Hul The Name on the back of the review in this parish. Woke me up to the cable hype/nonsense but at least only £60 the poorer for it. Never again.
Nicest surprise to echo an earlier post was the brilliant Onkyo TX-8050 amp. Clearly one of HiFi's best kept secrets of the past ten years.
Superb amp, lovely neutral sound and excellent functionality including network capability too. If you like bling and zing HiFi, forget it. If you just want to hear the recording, then it's a winner. A bargain, even at full price.
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 (bi-amped)
AVI Laboratory Series CD Player
My regrets are two fold!
I had an Arcam A85, P85, and CD82 for a few years. Got bored of them (I think most people will agree the Arcam sound isnt overly exciting), so decided I needed something a little more lively.
Auditioned a Naim Nait 5i and CD5i in the shop (at high volumes) and found it really entertaining. Bought it, brought it home, and after a couple of months realised it was a big mistake! Naim is certainly an acquired taste, and given my "I want something more exciting" requirement, in the demo it seemed to tick all the boxes. However, I found I just couldnt live with the Naim sound day to day, just found it exhausting.
So after being bitten, I hastily went back to the familiar. Sold the Naim on eBay and bought another set of Arcam. Oh no, even bigger mistake, all that rebuying Arcam did was remind me how boring they are. Guess what, sold them too - and since then I have had the Cyrus system, which suits me perfectly.
Sonos & Apple TV -> Cyrus 8XPD (with PSX-R) -> Cyrus X Power -> Spendor A5
Sony Blu Ray & Sky HD & Apple TV -> Sony Surround Amp -> Jamo Surround Speaker Kit.
My worst purchase was Grado SR60i headphones, after much hype on reviews here and elsehere, I found to be very trebly and sibilent so sold them off on the bay.
Very happy now with my Beyers, very happy with the rest of my kit..............
Suprised to hear that - I have the SR80s, which are probably one of my favourite purchases.
Apart from wasting money on cables and power leads , my biggest disappointment was a Slee Solo headphone amp. I desperately wanted to like it but it was no different to the headphone socket on a Yamaha AV amp I had at the time.
I tried it out with friends and family too and they noticed no difference either. It cost about £450.
Ha! did exactly the same thing (even the Audio-t finance deal) with my Uniti, only I lost £250!
Agree about the rDAC, found it really good with the Sonos and laptop........
Sonos Connect - Rotel RCD-965BX - Arcam irDac
Naim NAIT XS
Naim NAC A5 - Spendor SA-1
Rega EAR - AKG K450 - AKG K551
You're never too old to live and learn You should have seen my wifes face when I told her. "It costs how much!!!"
A very long time ago I bought a 'Direct Designs' direct-drive turntable - this was before everyone had decided direct drive was rubbish, as it was recommended by one of the hi-fi magazines. It was a UK product (with a bought-in motor) and came with a Formula 4 arm, which was fine. However, the speed control on the turntable was way off. There was a strobe pattern around the edge, and it was impossible to get it to fix at the correct speed - or any speed, it speeded up and slowed down continuously. I returned it for repair, but it was never very good.
Some time later I bought a 'Metrosound' amplifier after a good review in a magazine. This was flat with slider controls. It looked good, but had a background hiss. I also made a turntable from a Connoiseur BD1 kit - it worked, but not as well as the Thorens turntable I sold a few years earlier!
The first iteration of the Audiolab 8000A - its RIAA curve rolled off the bass too much - went back to my Sansui AU217. Sold the Audiolab back to Reading Cassette after a week. Lost 10% so got no more than my fingers burnt.
I do smirk everytime I see someone wearing those cr*p Dr DREadfuls - they are not cheap but hey, you cannot put a price on fitting in with the not-so-in-but-EDITED-crowd, can you now?
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds - the pessimist fears this is true."
James Branch Cabell
MAIN: Apple TV2, Mac Mini & iTunes Match, CA Azur 751BD or Panasonic P42V20B into audiolab M-DAC, feeding a Primare A34.2 via XLRs, 2x 5m of Atlas Ascent 2 firing up Totem Arros.
ON THE HOOF: iPhone 5S/Sennheiser MM450.
An Aiwa cassette deck, can't remember model number now, but it had Dolby C and IIRC a system that automatically set the bias depending on the type of tape you used. Dolby C pumped and after only a few months use started chewing up tapes.
A Memorex branded CD deck from Tandy to replace my faulty Philips which kept burning out it's lasers, thinking all CD players were basically the same. Nope sounded harsh compared with Philips when it was working and refused to play a good number of my discs.
Squeezebox touch possibly faulty , but kept stopping playing in middle of tracks replaced with Cambridge Audio NP30 which has been functioning flawlessly.
Heybrook TT2 Linn Basik A&R P77 Marantz PM 6004 Marantz CD6004 Cambridge Audio NP30 Heybrook HB2's, MS Aviano 2 (alternate between these depending on how I feel!!)
A&R A60 A&R T21,Rotel CDP, Mordaunt Short Aviano 1
A Linn Intek amp and Linn Index speakers... dull and unemotional.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
A Linn Intek
Oh what a horrible amp!
You should have seen my wifes face when I told her. "It costs how much!!!"
Oh I know that look only too well!
Just thinking about it, I was lucky to have only lost £250 only reason being that the cost of a new uniti had increased to £2250!......cheers Naim you did me a big favour
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