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CA 650A or Roksan Caspian Amp or NAD 355 BEE

Dr Beat

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Hi All

My brother wants to upgrade his current amp. He has an offer to buy a second hand Caspian integrated amp for about the same money as a brand new CA 650A or NAD 355 BEE. He wants to upgrade his current amp. Any views which he should choose?

He currently has a second hand Cyrus 3, matched with a pair of second hand Mezzo 2 , and a second hand CA 340 CDP. All advice is most appreciated.
 

drummerman

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On the surface it would be easy to dismiss the other two over the Roksan. RRP alone should in theory give an indication on superiority of that product. I have not heard any of the three but I had a brief but thorough spell with the companies K2. I was'nt totally convinced, nowhere near as much as all the magazines raving about it but it was'nt that much adrift from what I'd call a good allround amplifier. If the caspian improves on it, you should get a very good amplifier. Having said that, an open K2 looked to me suspiciously like an older caspian's innards. I may be wrong but it would make perfect sense for a company to use 'older' technology higher up the range to develop a new, lower priced product and in any case, just a couple of tiny changes can make a product sound completely different. A thing Naim apparently demonstrated by simply turning around a couple of capacitors, the result was reported to be drastic.

Anyway, listen before buying if you/he can.
 

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