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I'm back and looking again...

I'm back. Howdy folks :)


It's ages since I last posted.


Anyways; long story is that the company I worked for (and had invested a fair whack of £££ in (New Media & Defence recruitment specialists) went under 8 weeks ago. I lost a lot of £££ although managed to scrape some back using the Government and solicitors and finally got the redundancy and final salary I was due.


Started a new role 5 weeks ago and also sold my 2 cars (Integra DC5 and a highly tuned Civic EG6 with a K20 engine conversion) and bought an MG ZT 260 (and will be looking to get an Evo V/VI later in the year...) and got engaged last weekend as well. So been busy!!!


I'm now looking to build yet another hi-fi system for the main living room in our house (already got a Cyrus/B&W CM7 system in the dining room at the back of the house and a B&W XT surround sound/PV1 sub system in the upstairs living room). I now want a hi-fi just for me, downstairs, in MY living room/hiding hole!


I'm fixed on B&W 684 speakers along with a Rega Apollo CDP BUT I cannot make my mind up re amp. I've demo'd the Arcam FMJ A32, the Roksan Kandy LIII and the Cyrus 8v2 amp and I'm stumped!


I know they've all been recently upgraded but I want to make a saving where I can.


I predominantly listen to Hed Kandi, Massive Attack, Fischerspooner, Danny Tenaglia, Underworld etc... But I also listen to Jethro Tull, AC/DC/System of a Down, Iron Maiden, La Roux and so on... Basically a very eclectic taste!


Just wanted to see what your opinions would be and which way you'd go?

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sounds like a busy time! congratulations on getting engaged.

I really liked cyrus with B&W wheh i heard them (although it was 8vs with the cm range i think) but not heard the others.

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Welcome back dan - crikey, certainly can't accuse you of being boring. Congrats on the engaugement.


Back to the nitty-gritty, I've heard the Roksan and Cyrus. Both great amps, but very different. The Cyrus, imo, excels with vocals, while the Kandy is an out and out rocker. it really all depends on which one you can live with. Sorry for putting the cat amounst the pigeons, I would certainly consider Creek Evo. It's now been upgraded and you can pick up the mkI for relative peanuts.


 

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Cheers for the comments fellas.


The other halfs system is B&W CM7 speakers with the 8v2, 8 XPower and 8SE CDP and it sounds superb but she listens to a lot of music I dont and have found the CM7's to not 'live up to the depths and 'in yer face' loveliness the B&W 684's offered me at the demo.


The Cyrus was superb with the Jethro Tull et al but I just felt that the Roksan Kandy LIII amp would give the gusto I'd be after (but then again if I got the Cyrus gear there's so many upgrade paths that can be taken)!


I think what I need to do is demo the Roksan Kandy CDP as well as the 6SE CDP (if I can find one) but the Rega Apollo makes me dribble every time I hear it!!!

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d_a_n1979:Cheers for the comments fellas. The other halfs system is B&W CM7 speakers with the 8v2, 8 XPower and 8SE CDP and it sounds superb but she listens to a lot of music I dont and have found the CM7's to not 'live up to the depths and 'in yer face' loveliness the B&W 684's offered me at the demo. The Cyrus was superb with the Jethro Tull et al but I just felt that the Roksan Kandy LIII amp would give the gusto I'd be after (but then again if I got the Cyrus gear there's so many upgrade paths that can be taken)! I think what I need to do is demo the Roksan Kandy CDP as well as the 6SE CDP (if I can find one) but the Rega Apollo makes me dribble every time I hear it!!!


Bare in mind you can add a power amp to the kandy, too. I know you loved your old Arcs, I think the kandy combo could just be the ticket.

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Sshhh...........

I'm trying to stick to one amp!!!


Haha


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d_a_n1979:Sshhh........... I'm trying to stick to one amp!!! Haha


Good job I didn't mention the RS Zip it!. . . .Whoops! Wink

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Having listened to the amps mentioned i would say that the best quality one and with most features is easily the Arcam A32.

However looking at your music list whilst the Arcam has the finesse and smoothness to outperform the others it just may not be the best for the more edgy music you listed. Only a demo would confirm really.

I wasnt overly taken with the Roksan III myself, maybe the K2 would be better.

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crusaderlord:Having listened to the amps mentioned i would say that the best quality one and with most features is easily the Arcam A32. However looking at your music list whilst the Arcam has the finesse and smoothness to outperform the others it just may not be the best for the more edgy music you listed. Only a demo would confirm really. I wasnt overly taken with the Roksan III myself, maybe the K2 would be better.


The biggest problem is how do you test the Arcam A32? It's so out of date that you are unlikely to find one at a retailers.


I personally feel that over long listening sessions, the kandy would be too gun-ho, especially with the 684's scale. therefore the Cyrus would be a better decision, given the Cyrus would tame the bass ever so slightly and add a little more insight.

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Thanks Crusader...


I'm a huge Arcam fan and always will be; I have demo'd the A32 and it's a superb amp and has that warmth I really like; something the Kandy didnt! However I did feel that after the 1st round of demo'd that the Cyrus 8v2 and the Rega Apollo sounded the best overall.


As PP said; it dampened the bass ever so slightly but it was stil very punchy and fast with great midrange and sweet treble.


I do think more demo time is needed!

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