I'm thinking of buying Auidolab 8200CD and Cyrus 6XP amp and use my old Monitor Audio 14Gold MK2. Any Views or suggestion will be much appreciated
What amplifier are you currently using and source component/s are you currently or have been using with your speakers?
Interconnects and speakers cables?
What do you and anyone else who will also use the system generally listen to?
The size of your room?
Your listening distance?
Your general listening level?
Your overall budget?
Are there any particular features you would like the amplifier and cd player to have (such as remote, tone controls, mp3 input, headphone socket, phono input etc.)?
What kind of presentation are you looking for the system to achieve?
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
Hi Rick@ MUsicraft'
The Monitor Audio 14gold M<K2 is being used in the cinema set up at the moment.
I have to get new speaker cables/interconnects (the old one is QED Kudos Silver Special 25th Anniversay cable.
We listen to all kind of music but not much rock.
The size of the room is 6x4m as part of open plan
I will put the listening diistance to 6meters
Listening level is someting medium..just to have a nice music heard when in the open plan area.
Remote control /tone control/ipod input/headphone. No phono input. CD is the primary source then mp3/ipod
We want the sound crisp, warm, nice vocals, clear instruments and a nice bass. The budget is £2,000 for CD/Amp, £3,000 if a new speaker is needed. Thanks
Origin Live Aurora Gold+Illustrious Mk2 arm+Zyx R100-02/Stello CDT200+Stello DA220 dac/Tom Evans Groove Anniversary phono amp/Tom Evans Vibe preamp/Linear A power amp/Acoustic Zen Adagios/Chord cables/Oppo 105EU.
Thanks for your comments.There's no particular reason i'm choosing the cyrus over the audiolab 8200 amp...as long as it delivers the sounds we're after. Haven't listened to any combo yet.
Might be an idea if you can audition this pairing. I know same-make partnering is not always the best way to go but this pairing certainly works well together.
Thanks for your reply.
I know the 14 gold speakers well. The 8200CD is an excellent cd player and i'll recommend that you should look at partnering the 8200CD with the NAD C356BEE. Not only has the C356BEE got the features you want (tone controls, mp3 input, headphone and remote control) however the amp also has the quantity and quality of power to keep the speakers in check and if need be help fill the room with relative ease. The 8200CD/C356BEE/14 Gold combination should give you the presentation you're after.
Another couple of combinations to also consider are 8200CDQ/8200P and 8200CD/Rega Brio R. These combinations will not offer all the of features you're after however i think they're worth a listen as their other qualities may still appeal.
As for speakers Monitor Audio's Silver RX6's are worth bearing in mind as the RX6's will offer much better levels of performance in pretty much every over the already impressive 14 Golds.
Btw, for interconnects i'll suggest using basic ones (red/white coloured plugs - like the ones supplied with some DVD/Blu Ray players) and for speaker cables standard 79 - 300 -500 strand OFC type.
Thank you very much Rick;
I will try to listen to the 8200CD/Nad C356BEE/MA 14gold mk2 combo first, then the 2nd option and try to listen to the RX6. Once again thanks for your advice Rick.
Instead of 8200CD, do you think the 8200CDQ /Nad C356BE/MA14goldmk2 will make a difference??
thanks once more.
All the reviews say the CDQ sounds better.
There may be options to use its pre-amp too, but I cannot advise from experience there.
Hi-Fi: Krell KAV-300cd, Michell TecnoDec/RB250/Grado Prestige Black1, KAV-300i amp, Transparent balanced interconnects and bi-wire to Sonus faber Concerto grand piano speakers, Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Hitachi FT-5500 and Sony S570ES tuners, BCD Engineering stand, RA Powerlink, Chord powerchord, Grado SR60i cans.
AV: Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 telly, BDP-S370 player with QED HDMI. Currently unused: Denon AVR-1705, DVD-1710, KEF KHT1005.2
Thanks for your post.
Yes, the 8200CDQ performs to an even higher level then the already impressive 8200CD. I feel the 8200CDQ's performance alone helps it to fully justify its premium over the 8200CD never mind the fact that a quality pre amp and a headphone amp are also included.
You're great Rick!!! thank u very much.
Have you auditioned any components/systems?
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