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Hegel or Cambridge audio

Shillocks

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Hi all

I'm after some opinions from more experienced ears. I have been looking to upgrade my current entry level setup. I'm quite keen on getting a streamer/amp and have done a fair bit of research. I have been looking at the Hegel H95 and wondered which would be the better option compared to the combination of the Cambridge Audio cxn V2 and cxa61? Both setups cost roughly the same. They would be powering some Kef r3's.

Many thanks for your inputs.
 

batonwielder

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Hi all

I'm after some opinions from more experienced ears. I have been looking to upgrade my current entry level setup. I'm quite keen on getting a streamer/amp and have done a fair bit of research. I have been looking at the Hegel H95 and wondered which would be the better option compared to the combination of the Cambridge Audio cxn V2 and cxa61? Both setups cost roughly the same. They would be powering some Kef r3's.

Many thanks for your inputs.
I'm always inclined to separate digital aspect from the rest of the package. It's not about sound, but the digital front end is constantly evolving. They are not necessarily getting better, but always changing according to lifestyle. The Hegel piece should be fine, as long as you plan to keep it for awhile and commit to its way of doing things. But for me, the Cambridge set would be ideal. Actually, ideal would be the CXN and an amplifier of another make, but staying in-house is much easier on the eye.
 

Al ears

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I'm always inclined to separate digital aspect from the rest of the package. It's not about sound, but the digital front end is constantly evolving. They are not necessarily getting better, but always changing according to lifestyle. The Hegel piece should be fine, as long as you plan to keep it for awhile and commit to its way of doing things. But for me, the Cambridge set would be ideal. Actually, ideal would be the CXN and an amplifier of another make, but staying in-house is much easier on the eye.
The only issue I'd have with this is if your buying a streamer with twin DACs why the heck would you want to pay for yet another in the amplifier?
I would agree an amplifier that is simply that makes more sense.
 

Shillocks

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Thanks for the advice. Would there be a particular amp pairing that you would recommend I look in to? One in roughly the same budget as the Cambridge?
 

batonwielder

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The Naim Nait 5si suggestion is a sound one, but that one in particular, I feel, is underpowered. Exposure 2010S2, to me, always sounds better than its Naim or Rega equivalent.
 
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rainsoothe

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The Naim Nait 5si suggestion is a sound one, but that one in particular, I feel, is underpowered. Exposure 2010S2, to me, always sounds better than its Naim or Rega equivalent.
I don't think the 5si is underpowered at all, unless you wanna drive ATC kind of stuff, of course. But the Exposure is also a great suggestion - unfortunately, very hard to find on the used market (I know 'cause I looked around for a friend :) ).
 

djh1697

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The Naim Nait 5si suggestion is a sound one, but that one in particular, I feel, is underpowered. Exposure 2010S2, to me, always sounds better than its Naim or Rega equivalent.
Speak to a dealer in the Leicestershire countryside that stocks Naim, Rega, and Exposure amongst other brands.
 

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