Gareth82 said:Thanks for the reply Plastic Penguin. I was looking around on the web researching abit as i've been looking to get a second hand integrated/power combo or pre/power combo and came across the Arcam Amp and CDP for £75.00 each so i snapped them up straight away. They are only have a few marks on them and are missing the remotes, but to be honest i'm going get a Logitech Harmony One soon so that doesn't bother me. I'll have a look into the two Power Amps you recconmended. Out of the two, which one do you think would be the best to get? thanks.
Gareth82 said:Thanks for the reply Plastic Penguin. I think it may well just be a case of me hunting around on the second hand market and getting the one which is the best deal at the time. Do you know of any good Tuners that would go good with the Arcam? i had a look on ebay a noticed there a few different models around.
Big Chris said:If you want to stick with Arcam DiVA tuners, there's the T51 (FM/AM no RDS), T61 (As T51 but with RDS), DT81 with added DAB and the last one was the DT91 DAB/FM tuner. T51s are cheap as chips, T61s can go for anywhere between £50 and £100. The DTs tend to fetch more obviously being newer and having DAB.
Regarding your new amp & CDP. I had (they're still on the loft, so technically should have said "have") an A65+ and a CD72T. I was very happy with them, and used them for about 6 years or so until finding my current kit on eBay. If your looking at a power amp upgrade, you should be looking at the P75+, and don't forget the importance of good neutral cabling.
Gareth82 said:Thanks for the replys guys. I would like to try and stick with an Arcam tuner if i can, rds and dab are not really important to me, i won't count out a Denon tuner though. Out of interest, how does the Arcam A65 sound with a pair of B&W speakers and what ones would you recconmend to use with it. Would i be best to stick to some standmounts or to floorstanders. Thanks
Gareth82 said:Thanks for the reply. I do prefer Floorstanders myself but thought i'd ask about standmounts as i wasn't sure if they would be more suited to the Arcam. Once i have freed up some funds by selling my Sony system i can look at getting a power amp, cheap tuner and some new speakers. Are there any perticular model of Monitor Audio, Focal, B&W and PMC that i should be looking at?
Gareth82 said:Thanks for that. I will be having abit more of a resaerch into all of the speakers you recconmended and see which ones i can get when funds allow. I will be getting a power amp in the future when i can find one for the right price. Thanks for your help ypu have been very helpfull. I have only owned budget systems before and am finally making my step up the Hi Fi ladder.
eternaloptimist said:I had this amp and CDP combo - lovely. Used for about 6 years. Is now at my sister-in-laws house driving B&W 685s and still sounds lovely. I used to have them into B&W DM303s - the 685s are marginally better in the bass.
I agree with the previous comments about being great at low to medium volume. Would have needed a power amp for louder volume as things started to get "wooley" at higher volumes.
Gareth82 said:Don't worry plastic penguin, i'm sure that i will be another person to admire the A65
I already own a Alpha One CDP and Alpha 5+ Amp and i love them so i'm sure the A65 and CD72 will be even better. They should be arriving on Monday or Tuesday next week so i'm really looking forwad to trying them out.
Gareth82 said:Ok thanks i'll bear the that in mind. Out of interest do you think i would gaine much by maybe getting a Arcam rDac at a later Date to run the CD72 through? And do you know if the Arcam IR-Ipod Dock is any good? It would be handy to have a Ipod Dock as i have got quiet abit of music on there that i don't own on CD yet. Thanks
Gareth82 said:Ok thanks, i'll have a read through that. I was thinking that being such a good CDP the CD72 is that it must have a pritty good Dac built in. I have never used a Dac myself but i know the rDac i ment to be good. I'll read through your thread and see if it answers my question?