I would say stick with the Arcam. Generally speaking they are quite laid back in presentation, and although the Nads are usually warmer they are also (generalising) are punchier and more bass-heavy. This could go a couple of ways: First, it could be the answer and smooth any residual brightness or, because of the chunky bass, it could make it sound harsher. But this, IMO, will come down to room acoustics, size, and to a lesser extent, shape.
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Ok thanks. To be honest, I think I am being unreasonably picky. There are plenty of positives and I think I just need to adjust to things a bit. Further, I've been sleeping dreadfully recently so have been very tired, and of course when tired, anything but smooth sounds in life can be irritating.
Plastic Penguin - have you heard the A19 then? I remember you saying you had a lot of experience with the brand in general. How do you think it compares with its predecessor?
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No, not heard the A19. Sorry. TBH, Arcam have never made a ballsy or upfront amp. They do, however, have immense charm but hard to put a finger on what exactly.
Had a look at the review for the epos epic 2 on stereophile and in the measurement section they do note that the treble level is balanced quite a few db to high.
The best thing to try is to buy some audio resistors and connect one in place of the bridge link on the positive terminals of the speakers.
Start with a 1 ohm 10w resistor and then try a 2ohm or 3ohm one to see what level of treble output you like.
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Interesting, could you elaborate on that? Im really not sure what you mean, sorry.
A picture says a thousand words here but i dont know how to post that so here goes.
your speakers have four binding posts on the back to connect your speaker cables. The 2 at the top are for the tweeter and the two at the bottom for the bass.
To connect these posts together when you single wire there will be a brass link that connects the bass binding post to the tweeter binding post.
what you do is remove the brass link on the positive (red) posts and insert the resistor connecting the bass and tweeter together. The resistors are about 50mm long so should be long enough to reach from the bass to the tweeter terminal. leave the brass link on the negative posts connected together.
Then just connect your speaker cable to the bass binding posts.
what this does is reduces the output of the tweeter and the higher the value of the resistor the more the treble is reduced.
You can buy 10w resistors from maplin for about 80p each so try a 1, 2, and 3 ohm one and see how you go.
Hope you can make sense of that.
Thanks, appreciated, that makes sense. Is this common practice? I've never heard of doing that before- are there negatives like loss of detail or balance?
Its a shame as besides the very upper limits of the treble grating sometimes, it sounds wonderful. The bass, midrange, imaging, detail and dynamics are all fantastic.
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Will not have any effect on sound quality and it does not change the frequency response of the tweeter it only reduces its output.
The resistors you use are exactly the same as the type in your speakers crossovers.
This practice is common amoungst diy speaker builders and often when you buy speaker kits to diy they will ship with different values of resistor so you can balance the tweeter level to taste.
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Goat - have you got your speakers bi-wired?
Thanks! This gives me some hope.
Nah, just single wired- will this make much difference?
May do - preferences with Arcam is to single wire.
Recently single wired my setup as I've always had it bi-wired and find it has a little more detail now and so am leaving it this way.
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Which way round did you wire it, I have heard wiring to the tweeter terminals is better.
To the OP I would give those resistors a go, for a few £s not much to lose.
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