Home : Naim CD5XS, Flatcap2 XS, Nait XS, ND5XS, Chordette USB DAC , Spendor A6
Work : Astin Trew CD3500 + , AT1000 +, AT5000, Beresford Caiman , Neat Elite SX
Garage : Denon 2309, PMC DB1i ,
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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
Could be worse...
Now, what's the question?
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Crumbs, John, that's a poor show. As it happens, I've been buying Autocar since I was ten (yes, 10) but often found the forum pretty naff. Maybe WHF and Gramophone should merge fora, as theirs could do with a bit of excitement!
Finally ! I think I am cooking !
The question was what are the best alternatives at the same price mark as the Stream Magic
i have an ND5XS in my home system so do not expect the Stream to get anywhere near that in my office / work
Yes spotted and fixed after posting...
Thanks John ! I see you have the Stream - so your answer is a given :)
Well, as luck would have it I had both the SM6 and an ND5XS in the house together for a couple of weeks. I found the Naim a little bit better sounding, but would find it extremely hard to justfiy the additional expense unless I absolutely needed:
- the undeniably better build quality;
- to match other Naim components;
- the better display, or;
- the arguably slicker iPad app.
Though I notice I haven't answered the actual question. What's it being partnered with?
See signature which has now gloriously appeared on my question less post !
The Stream would go with the little known but excellent Astin Trew
My ND5XS sits in the Naim system
Correct the iPad n stream app is great and I can play hi res files which I accept I won't with Magic
Not true - I'd have to check the exact specs because I think it differs between wireless, wired and USB but I can certainly play 24/96 over wireless.
Seen your sig now, thanks, and I don't think the SM6 would be out of place, but since you have the Caiman might you consider something a bit cheaper? Or would you get rid of the Beresford and use the Cambridge for DAC duties?
You are right ! Caiman would be surplus .
I think Magic is hi res over USB only ?
No, it'll do 24/96 over UPnP (though they recommend wired for high res, though it works OK for me on wireless), and 24/192 over USB (if you use the specific driver they provide).
The Stream Magic 6 is a very capable player that offers great VFM.
IMO the only other player which comes close is the Pioneer N-50 which I believe offers a colour screen at roughly the same price.
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