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Yes, Naim/ Arcam and some

Yes, Naim/ Arcam and some good speakers would be worth it over the Sonus kit but you need to demo combinations, ideally in your home so as to see how room acoustics affect sound. I wonder whether you really need a Naim UnitiQute 2. I don’t think it offers in-built Spotify so I am assuming that you will be hooking up you Mac, Apple TV, etc to its digital inputs rather than using its streaming capabilities. Nothing wrong with this of course, but a DAC/amp combo would suffice, in which case the Arcam kit you mention may suit the KEFs better. There are alternatives to the KEFs though, including options that may be better suited to the Naim, if you prefer the Unitiqute option. Sonus faber’s Venere 1.5, for example, are £150 more than the KEFs and to my eyes are more aesthetically pleasing. Dali’s Mentor Menuet would be worth checking out too … There are other options as well. Maybe try to hear the Arcam and Naim before you head much further – their presentation is quite different.

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Really helpful info, thanks so much. Will definitely audition both LS50's and a couple of active options.

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RE: Yes, Naim/ Arcam and some

James7 wrote:
Yes, Naim/ Arcam and some good speakers would be worth it over the Sonus kit but you need to demo combinations, ideally in your home so as to see how room acoustics affect sound. I wonder whether you really need a Naim UnitiQute 2. I don’t think it offers in-built Spotify so I am assuming that you will be hooking up you Mac, Apple TV, etc to its digital inputs rather than using its streaming capabilities. Nothing wrong with this of course, but a DAC/amp combo would suffice, in which case the Arcam kit you mention may suit the KEFs better. There are alternatives to the KEFs though, including options that may be better suited to the Naim, if you prefer the Unitiqute option. Sonus faber’s Venere 1.5, for example, are £150 more than the KEFs and to my eyes are more aesthetically pleasing. Dali’s Mentor Menuet would be worth checking out too … There are other options as well. Maybe try to hear the Arcam and Naim before you head much further – their presentation is quite different.

 

No Spotify, no airplay and it costs £1100 +.

Didn't realise it was quite so minimalist, though it is a Naim so I should have expected this.

So not for me, for the same <£2k budget I would be tempted to try a Marantz 610 into a pair of ADM9 RS. Find out just how good the 610 is.

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RE: Yes, Naim/ Arcam and some

davedotco wrote:

James7 wrote:
Yes, Naim/ Arcam and some good speakers would be worth it over the Sonus kit but you need to demo combinations, ideally in your home so as to see how room acoustics affect sound. I wonder whether you really need a Naim UnitiQute 2. I don’t think it offers in-built Spotify so I am assuming that you will be hooking up you Mac, Apple TV, etc to its digital inputs rather than using its streaming capabilities. Nothing wrong with this of course, but a DAC/amp combo would suffice, in which case the Arcam kit you mention may suit the KEFs better. There are alternatives to the KEFs though, including options that may be better suited to the Naim, if you prefer the Unitiqute option. Sonus faber’s Venere 1.5, for example, are £150 more than the KEFs and to my eyes are more aesthetically pleasing. Dali’s Mentor Menuet would be worth checking out too … There are other options as well. Maybe try to hear the Arcam and Naim before you head much further – their presentation is quite different.

 

No Spotify, no airplay and it costs £1100 +.

Didn't realise it was quite so minimalist, though it is a Naim so I should have expected this.

So not for me, for the same <£2k budget I would be tempted to try a Marantz 610 into a pair of ADM9 RS. Find out just how good the 610 is.

Don't know about airplay, but Spotify is a very poor source anyway, why would anyone want it in a good quality set-up.............

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Spotify is very convenient though. Great way to audition music. It's not my preferred source, but I certainly get my £10pm worth. 

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davedotco wrote:

James7 wrote:
Yes, Naim/ Arcam and some good speakers would be worth it over the Sonus kit but you need to demo combinations, ideally in your home so as to see how room acoustics affect sound. I wonder whether you really need a Naim UnitiQute 2. I don’t think it offers in-built Spotify so I am assuming that you will be hooking up you Mac, Apple TV, etc to its digital inputs rather than using its streaming capabilities. Nothing wrong with this of course, but a DAC/amp combo would suffice, in which case the Arcam kit you mention may suit the KEFs better. There are alternatives to the KEFs though, including options that may be better suited to the Naim, if you prefer the Unitiqute option. Sonus faber’s Venere 1.5, for example, are £150 more than the KEFs and to my eyes are more aesthetically pleasing. Dali’s Mentor Menuet would be worth checking out too … There are other options as well. Maybe try to hear the Arcam and Naim before you head much further – their presentation is quite different.

 

No Spotify, no airplay and it costs £1100 +.

Didn't realise it was quite so minimalist, though it is a Naim so I should have expected this.

So not for me, for the same <£2k budget I would be tempted to try a Marantz 610 into a pair of ADM9 RS. Find out just how good the 610 is.

Don't know about airplay, but Spotify is a very poor source anyway, why would anyone want it in a good quality set-up.............

Really?

When I do go to the bother of organising a proper comparison it is extremely difficult to pick the live Spotify feed from a FLAC of the same recording, and I mean the same, same album, same tracks, same version, (mastering etc).

 

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Really? Yet me and my mate can pick the diff every time. 

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altruistic.lemon wrote:

Really? Yet me and my mate can pick the diff every time. 

Of course you can, never occured to me otherwise.

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