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Will Audio Analogue Enigma match budget separates?
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I am tempted by the Audio Analogue Enigma with B&W CM1 speakers to replace my Onkyo CS515. However am I wasting my money when I could get a Rotel or Cambridge Audio separate setup for less? Is the Enigma going to be able to match these separates for sound quality? I am not worried about a tuner as both FM and DAB reception where we live is awful. Also are the CM1 speakers overkill? I have limited space to fit the speakers (18cm wide max) so these look a good option.

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Re: Will Audio Analogue Enigma match budget separates?

Your situation reminded me of what i went through a month ago -

I had a Rotel seperates system and I sold them to buy a Linn Classik.(best move i did) 

The Linn Classik kills the Rotel seperates in all most areas.

As for the Audio Analogue Enigma I personally have not heard it but I have read many reviews. Only downfall from what I read was the controls were lacking - the volume turned up too quick etc.

So the answers your looking for are

1 Yes systems can be better than comparably priced seperates. The Enigma has valves so will need them changing every now and again as valves do wear out. Enigma is a great product. 

2 If you listen to rock forget the Enigma and buy a Linn Classik as the Enigma will be too "gentle" for this genre. however if you like Jazz, Classical and Acoustical stuff then the Enigma will be a sure winner.

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Re: Will Audio Analogue Enigma match budget separates?

 Yes Rich, we KNOW you love the Classik, but I beg to differ - at £1000, you could buy a lot better sound than the one-box system.

The new £270 Marantz CD player we test in the new issue  - out Thursday - in some shops (and with subscribers) already -  is exceptional for the money. Pair that with Rotel RA-04 amp (£250) and something small but powerful, like those B&W CM1s (or the £320 Audiovector K1 - big sounding but only 14cm wide) and you have a corking system that would beat any one-boxer and speakers hands-down.

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Re: Will Audio Analogue Enigma match budget separates?

Rich, i think Linn should have you on commission by now Smile

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Re: Will Audio Analogue Enigma match budget separates?

Ah ok. Thanks for the replies. Off to listen to the Linn and Primare CDi10 this Friday so I'll see how good it is. I wanted to test an equivalent seperates system at the same time so thanks the recommendations. Best go buy the latest issue before I go.......glad to hear the CM1s get the thumbs up.

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Re: Will Audio Analogue Enigma match budget separates?

I know i go on about the Linn but until you hear it with B&W 705 speakers you wont realize how good it is.

Claire, What speakers did what hifi reveiw the Linn with???? 

 

Yeah Linn pay me megabucks commision Wink

 

 Let me know what you think of the Classik. Buy some good cabling ok.

 

 

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