What goes with Castle Richmond 3is?

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Currently running these speakers with a Linn Classik but am relocating the Linn to another room. Looking to buy turntable cd and amp (with phono stage). Not sure about what price point to look at - the roksan cd and amp seem very popular but would the castles do them justice - or would that be a start and then upgrade the castles in time. Also what sort of turntable should i be looking at price wise - a basic Project on one of the 300 plus models. Decisions decisions. All thoughts welcome especially from anyone who knows the castles.
 
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Now I'm in a bit of an Arcam-biased mood at the moment, but what you want for Castles (superb speakers) is indeed Arcam equipment. I would (as I've just purchased) go for the Arcam FMJ A32 for £800 or if you want to spend less, the Arcam DIVA A70 for £500. Then CD player wise I would go for the CD192 at £900, or if less again, the Arcam CD73 at £400. (The A32 amp is still great with the lower prices CD73). Then for a turntable I would go for the Project Experience II which is superb regardless of its modest price. If you wanted to upgrade the castles, then I would go for Rega R5 or even R9 if you wanted to go fully out.
 
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[quote user="Andrew Everard"]
Y'see, I would've said Naim 5 Series would be a good match.

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To balance out the slightly laid back nature? Good point if you want it more upfront I guess!
 
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Nothing laidback about Richmond 3is. Just refined and revealing. And I know Naim amps were used for some of the development listening

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Okay maybe laidback was the wrong word...perhaps I would err on calling them safe? And I guess if Naim equipment was used for development testing, they would have to combat the 'alive-and-kicking' sound they provide...that said, Naim equipment is absolutly SUPERB if you set it up right (ie don't go for bright cables).
 

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Good speakers but to partner them with amps of the price mentioned is overkill to say the least. We had a second hand pair three weeks or so ago and quickly connected them to a cyrus system which, until then, was playing through Epos M12.2 (old version). Nice but thats about all we could say. I'd say get a second hand PM66 KI (marantz) or one of the newer versions up to perhaps 300 quid and a matching player. Then you have a nice little system thats probably balanced ok. Any more and you should, ideally, upgrade the speakers.
 

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[quote user="Andrew Everard"]Richmond 3is used with a good secondhand Naim 5 Series CD player and amp would be a cracking system.
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I picked up some stuff from an eBay seller today he was using his Castles with a Musical Fidelity 3 series amp and Roksan Xerxes Turntable.
 
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Many thanks for the comments - certainly given me some different ideas - i'll let you know how i get on
 

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