rega apollo level up...

indietronic

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hi all!

this is still a thought but it can be realized as soon as i am sure and have auditioned possible upgrade paths..

can you mention some cd-player (especially you former-apollo-ers) that has all the musicality (total lack of listening fatigue, close-to analog sound, yet fast and holographic sound) of the small rega miracle? (that i read , is going to be -r -released soon).

bear in mind that i have a sort-of-huge collection of cds, and at the set i'm referring i am ONLY listening to CDs so no thought for usb/computer input (dac solution etc).

some possibilities might include : arcam cd37 , audia flight 3 , unico primo cd, rega saturn, maybe the new apollo-r (when it comes out) .

what you think ?
 

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Not sure whether it is considered analogue sounding but if you want something bloody good at getting the message across musically then give tw cd5xs a spin. Just to put it out of the equation if nothing else! You didn't mention budget?
 

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right . i could actually, afford maxixum the price of cd5xs [ £1800].

questions :

- can one consider Exposure 2010S2 a logical upgrade from rega apollo ?

- to my ears naim are excellent as rhythm/oriented (PRAT etc) players... not sure how the xs model sounds like (have only auditioned the simple cd5i player, in the near past)
 
indietronic said:
right . i could actually, afford maxixum the price of cd5xs [ £1800].

questions :

- can one consider Exposure 2010S2 a logical upgrade from rega apollo ?

- to my ears naim are excellent as rhythm/oriented (PRAT etc) players... not sure how the xs model sounds like (have only auditioned the simple cd5i player, in the near past)

TBH, the 2010S is pretty much on par with the Apollo, so I'm assuming the 2010S2 is an improvement. However, to satisfy or maximise the Caspian M2 I'd partner it with the sibling CDP, or perhaps a Copeland.

NB: Look at, if s/hand appeals, Arcam CD192
 

indietronic

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diva 192 was a terrific player back at its days.. not sure i would buy a used source, though..

anyway any other suggestion ? do you have any info concerning the forthcoming apollo-r ?
 

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I know you have said that you are not interested in getting a Dac, but I wouldn't discount the idea in your position. Coupling a good Dac with your current Apollo, used as a transport, will offer better value for money in my view. I added the Rega Dac to my Apollo and it made a significant all around improvement. This combination surpasses the Saturn in my view. For £1800 you would have an amazing choice of dacs to audition - Benchmark, m2tech, wyred4sound, etc. In fact, you'd almost be in Naim Dac territory.

If you do have your heart set on a cd player, have you considered the Icon Audio CX1?
 

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Cold Roses said:
have you considered the Icon Audio CX1?

icon audio is an excellent hybrid player, actually no i have just considered the ones mentioned.. especially rega saturn..

since you added rega dac to your existing apollo i guess you can mention some differences that you've already experienced ...

you think that replacing apollo with saturn i will be satisfied more than enough ?
 

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Hi,
As a former Rega Saturn owner I can highly recommend it. The only reason I changed to the CD5XS is that I didn't have the patients to wait for the disc to be read before deciding to play and to be honest it could be a little choosy about what discs it liked to play, but sound quality it wasn't far off the Naim.
 

indietronic

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as a matter of fact many of the distributors i talked to today, as well as many of you here and outside (friends of mine) have sort of persuaded me to go on NOT with replacing apollo with saturn but adding rega dac to my existing apollo (as a transport).

costing half the saturn price , and although i am not going to use it with a pc or usb (at the moment) but ONLY with CDs, i think it would be very difficult for me to resist, SINCE i love the close-to-analogue REGA sound.

i have recently read reviews of the dac par to par with saturn, most people are saying that overall the DAC is better than saturn. even though some state that saturn sound is more detailed, others mention the opposite.

can you, who have suggested i should go on and get the dac, tell me if you think it IS a wise decision NOW or should i wait a couple of months or so (xmastime max) to see if rega releases apollo-r or even saturn-r and what the advantages over the existing models will be? what you think?

finally tell me your opinion about the dac compared to saturn (those who have/had or auditioned both of them) and whether the choice/quality of the coaxial cable (transport->dac) plays an important role or not (what coaxial cable do you use?)
 

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