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Curious - Nad C326BEE vs Cambridge Audio 540 V2

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Having just left Richer Sounds and noticing that they have the sole right to sell Cambridge Audio I was wondering how it affects the price and quality?  Take for example the CA 540 V2 Amp priced at £250, is it comparable with the new NAD C326BEE priced at £325. In my experience of Sole franchise retail outlets you are able to charge a premium for your goods as opposed to a multi franchise outlet having manufacturers competing against each other.  Just throwing it out there with interest really.  Both Amps I note have been awarded 5 Stars at some point........ 
 
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I was also under the impression that CA was exclusive to RS, but these guys also seem to be trading:
http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/AV-Selector_?_sid=666231502&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14&_pgn=2

More expensive on the 540A you will note. The location is listed as North Lanarkshire.
 
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Perhaps they are buying from RS then selling them on! lol
 

matthewpiano

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Alan Arnold:What do you think of the CA vs the NAD?

Well, IMO, the NAD C325BEE was far better than the Cambridge 540A V2, so I would expect the C326BEE to be better again. I've not heard the latest NAD though.
 

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matthewpiano:Alan Arnold:What do you think of the CA vs the NAD? Well, IMO, the NAD C325BEE was far better than the Cambridge 540A V2, so I would expect the C326BEE to be better again. I've not heard the latest NAD though.

Pretty much the same. Not heard the most recent incarnation of Nad, i would certainly believe the 540 couldn't draw a beed on the Nad.
 
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So sounds like the moneys on the NADs for want of a better phrase! ÿInterested in anyone elses opinions. ÿHas anyone upgraded from CA to NAD and never looked back?
 

chebby

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See the latest (May) issue of WHF where the NAD C326BEE comes out top of the group test against Marantz PM6002, Rotel RA-04 and Yamaha A-S700. (And a five star 'first test' result in the April issue.)

Okay the group test did not include the CA-540 V2 but it gives you an idea how seriously this new NAD amp is being taken.
 
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Yeah I read that. ÿProbably part of the reason for the post I guess. ÿLooks like a nice bit of kit. Could sound nice with a pair of B&W 365s as part of a budget set up maybes....
 
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Alan Arnold:anyone upgraded from CA to NAD and never looked back?

Me. Jump in, the water's great!
 

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''Has anyone upgraded from CA to NAD and never looked back? ''

i changed from the CA 540a V2 to the NAD c320bee (2nd hand rom fleabay), never looked back! the NAD is far beter
 

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