I have to admit I made a rookie mistake not to demo amp and speakers together. I listened RS1s with a generic Marantz amp in the dealers rather noisy storage room. They sounded fine at the time and I only expected them to sound better with Brio R. In all honesty, they still sound good but just too warm. I like my hi-hats and cymbals shimerring, please.
Gold Note CD-7
Simaudio Moon DAC1
Rega Brio R
Rega RS1 (to be replaced with Dynaudio Xite 12)
2x Russ Andrews PowerMax mains
I heard the Rega products first they sound very good but on long listenning they do sound too worm and colorful espcially the DAC .
It is a big mistake to buy based on reviwes, you must demo every component carefully and if can in your home before buying. I did it before
and made mistakes that caused me a lot of money. now I am trying as many options as I can including products that did not received positive reviwes
and you will be very surprised to find out how many of them are very good .
I think you need to consider companies that have neutral and natural sound for amp such as : Roksan , Rotel , Audiolab act.
for speakers : Proac , PMC ,Spendor ,B&W act.
For cabels and Interconnects : Tellurium , Chord , VDH act.
Hi Fi : Proac Studio 140MK2 - Rotel RC1580 [PRE AMP] - Rotel RB1582 [POWER AMP] -Rotel RCD1520 [CDP] Cables : Tellurium Q Black speaker cables- Tellurium Q Ultra Black RCA interconnects - WireWorld Stratus 7 power conditioning cords
AV ( 2.1 channels / Bypass mode ) : YAMAHA RXV767 - INFINITY PRIMUS PS8 subwoofer
I have a Brio R with Audiolab 8200 cdp and Monitor Audio RX6 speakers and I can assure you that this combo is not laid back.
It is detailed and very dynamic some may say a bit bright but I think detailed and dynamic.
You may think you are a rookie but heck you've chosen well for your CD player! I had the opportunity to hear equipment from the Gold Note range at audioflair in London (www.audioflair.co.uk) - and ended up with the Gold Note (Goldenote as it was know then) DAC-7. I've not heard a better DAC for the money and I've heard a good many including the likes of Wyre4Sound and the Arcam's - for me at least - the DAC-7 showed them a clean set of heels musically speaking!
Well done for finding out about the Gold Note - little known about - but a gem hiding away from most of us Audiophiles (not many dealers in the UK).
I am enjoying the sounds from my Gold Note as I sit here typing this now.
maybe a cyrus component slotted in would open things up a bit
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