I see so the AE is used only for wireless connectivity its dac is then passed over in favour of an additional dac (the beresford) and then amped active speakers
Then forgive me, I was wrong!Overdose said:And about the Spotify comment from Omnibeard, the OP has already stated that spotify will be played from the iPad.
Pretty sure all of us are just trying to help the OP get what he wants in the most cost effective way whilst maximising quality. I believe that he should look beyond the Marantz. I'm not saying the Marantz is not a good amp, just that maybe the Onkyo does everything he wants and should be considered. Similarly, something like a Squeezebox should not be discounted. You could probably find a PM6003 plus a Squeezebox for the same price as the PM6004.jjbomber said:Spotify is an app on the ipad. He wants a system to get sound from the ipad to the amp. This can easily be done wirelessly via airplay. The Marantz PM6004 is product of the year, costs £310 before discount, and does airplay. There isn't a great need to look much further for a first port of call. All he has to do is add speakers, either bookshelf or floorstanders.
I pass Spotify from a laptop, through a Onkyo NS-S1 digitally to a Supernait. We are all different. The bottom line is that it is up to the poster what he wants and not what the repliers would do.
So which of the above speakers to match the mcr603 is best?fuel4lifeuk said:Thanks so much for the advice. I've taken on board the comments. Based on the majority of the advice, here are some packages I found within my budget (with the marantz MCR603 which I am sold on). What do you think of the following?
marantz MCR603 and dalii zanzor1 £570
marantz MCR603 and monitor audio BX2 £600
and slightly over budget:
marantz MCR603 and Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 £750,
marantz MCR603 and Tanoy v4 £780
marantz MCR603 and mission mx3 £780.
This is my forst foray into the world of a decent music player and I am greatful for your help and comments. Thanks
ps as for using the ipad... its a present, as will be the system and I need a little wow factor....
With your lap top off you can still use spotify on your touch. And get iPeng for your iPad.pgoody said:I have an Ipad and an apple tv and a squeezebox touch. I use both with spotify. When I am using my laptop I stream to the squeezebox touch. When it (the laptop) is not in my reach I use the Ipad Spotify app with apple tv because it is SO MUCH nicer than the ugly logitech controller... I think with your limited budget you should not buy the squeezebox touch now. You can always have spotify running in the background of your ipad and doing other stuff with it if you like.
As for the speakers. They are all not the most neutral speakers. They all have their own character. So I think it would be best to audition - if possible with the marantz, of course..
Words that are wise , yes from Master Omnibeardomnibeard said:At the risk of being not very useful - if it sounded stunning then go with it!
You may get loads of suggestions about other possibilities, your ears are the most important thing. The list of possible combinations can be very daunting.
My advice, and I'm a bit of a tight wad, is to spend as little as possible whilst still getting what you think is the wow factor.
And remember, it's obsessive if you let it be - be happy with what you have or can get right now.
Listen to lots of your favourite music, and love it!
And listen to a Arcam while you're there...fuel4life said:I have the ipad 3 streaming with spotify premium to an airport express which is connected via analogue cable to some old 2.1 speakers. All works well.
I am sold on bx5's so just deciding now on marantz 6004 or 603 to go with them. I did test the 6004 with the bx5's but not the 603. I am concerned the 603 would be better as it has more power.
6004 or 603. Back to richer sounds again i guess......