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Hi guys been looking at the above pairing as another.cost effctive pairing and read nothing but good things not only on here but all over the net would they match my cm1s as the amps only 50 watts any help from rega owners would be great thanks guys

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RE: rega brio r and apollo for my cm1s ??

I'm really happy with the CM-1s as a match for the Rega Brio-R. I don't have the Apollo (my sources are SBT/NAS and a TT) but did hear it in the demo room and was very impressed with the whole set-up.

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thats good to hear thanks mate. what sort of sound does.the amp put out to the speakers is there enough power and low end for the cm1s ?

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RE: rega brio r and apollo for my cm1s ??

I know we haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but we have a fair bit in common: We both like Arcam.

The link I put up on the other thread of yours for the Creek 5350 (ah, there it is) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Creek-Evolution-5350-Amplifier-NEW-/160928264634?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item25781271ba is worth at least calling the dealer.

I've had the Evo2 on home demo and is one of the best sub-£1000 integrateds I've heard, including the Kandy K2. Also it is the closest I've heard to the Arcam signature; it has subtlety, depth and lots of punch. I have described the Evo2 as Arcam on steroids, and the 5350 should mirror the Evo2 tonally. It packs 120 watts of power which should be adequate for any speaker. If you don't like it return it and buy a Rega, but these Creeks (brand new) don't come up at such discounts normally. The Evo2 retails at £750 so for the next model up the Creek ladder to be selling at less than £700 inc delivery, is the steal of the month IMO.

What have you got to lose?

Good luck

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RE: rega brio r and apollo for my cm1s ??

thanks pp will look into that now . i cant remember if youd heard th rega as i recall on another thread youd said something about it. ive also been offered an arcam a28 for 575 though ive heard mixed reviews about it so will look into the creek and keep the rega in mind thanks again pp

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No, not Rega amps. Had the Apollo (original) on home dem a few months ago. Really nice sounding device.

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Im very biased so sorry if I keep repeating myself but I love the Rega sound!

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RE: rega brio r and apollo for my cm1s ??

stevebrock wrote:

Im very biased so sorry if I keep repeating myself but I love the Rega sound!

Don't be sorry - we're all biased towards our own equipment. Nothing wrong with that at all.

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RE: rega brio r and apollo for my cm1s ??

how would you describe the brio/apollo combo steve as im not into a bright presentation

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audioaddict wrote:
how would you describe the brio/apollo combo steve as im not into a bright presentation

 

Musical! it sounds so right! lovely detail I listen to it for hours and never get bored of it! It definately is NOT bright! Very Analogue sounding!

 

The DAC makes the Apollo r sound even better......it blows me away!

 

Just demo it to see for yourself!

 

 

 

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audioaddict wrote:
how would you describe the brio/apollo combo steve as im not into a bright presentation

 

Musical! it sounds so right! lovely detail I listen to it for hours and never get bored of it! It definately is NOT bright! Very Analogue sounding!

 

The DAC makes the Apollo r sound even better......it blows me away!

 

Just demo it to see for yourself!

 

 

 

To be fair, Steve, not everyone will be as enthusistic about Rega. Likewise, not everyone shares my fervour for Leema, but that's the nature of the beast.

I'd like to hear a comparison between the Brio-R and the Creek I've linked. WHFI gave it 4 stars but others have given it the full monty. Could be interesting, although on paper the Creek should walk it...

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I have to say pp im very tempted by the creek im just gutted theres no phono stage which means maybe id have to get another one (just sold mine on the bay ) or get one fitted on the creek. Im also getting the feeling that rega are a bit like naim in that you either love em or hate em . 

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Owned a Rega Brio 3 and it was extremely difficult at driving my Totem Rainmakers. The B&W CM-1s are less forgiving, so you need  quite a powerful amp >75W. 

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I have to say pp im very tempted by the creek im just gutted theres no phono stage which means maybe id have to get another one (just sold mine on the bay ) or get one fitted on the creek. Im also getting the feeling that rega are a bit like naim in that you either love em or hate em . 

Yes, you're right about Naim being a bit of a 'Marmite' brand. Personally I wouldn't say that of Rega, having heard numerous turntables and Apollo CDP, and however good the Brio-R is, the Creek I've shown you is over twice as much (normal retail price), and if the Brio-R even gets close you could knock me over with a wet kipper.

WHFI gave the Creek a 4 star verdict, as they did the Apollo-R. Certainly tonally and power-wise the Creek should really suit your tastes and speakers. If it doesn't you can send back and get a refund.

I don't think a phono stage will be a problem: you can pick-up a Nad for 'chip money' on the Bay.

Good luck.

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RE: rega brio r and apollo for my cm1s ??

Audioaddict, what do you think of your CM1 speakers? Have you compared them to anything else? Anything such as Kef LS50's? Or Royd Merlins? Or Epos ES14's?

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csq2 wrote:

Owned a Rega Brio 3 and it was extremely difficult at driving my Totem Rainmakers. The B&W CM-1s are less forgiving, so you need  quite a powerful amp >75W. 

Ideally, they'd probably like more power, but I've heard them sounding good on the end of lower end Marantz like the PM6003 and M-CR603.

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