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henry

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Hi all !

Just a short rundown of my hifi journey so far !

Started with a bose ! Got bored ,bought a vintage nad 3020a project tt,great ! Then I purchases a set of epos m15 speakers ,was well excited,but alas they got destroyed by ups ! The guy was great and refunded my money,I felt well bad ,but was nobodys fault (except ups) resighned myself to get a new set of cheaper speakers (same price,brand new) bought a set of tannoy v4s ,lovely,but now the Nad is playing up,I have dc voltage at the speaker terminals,plus a buggered mains switch supressor on the on of switch ! Having to put a headphone jack in to protect my speakers !!

I now have 2 choices,1,get the nad refurbed,about one hundred quid ,this option will cause the wife to go into "I can't believe you bought a shit amp,and now you wanna spend money on it "mode!!! Or,just buy a brand new denon amp ,which also has a built in phono stage , for not much more money ? Thing is,I am worried about the reliability of the nad? Will I be forever spending money on it, its true,iit sounds gorgeuse when running properly,but is it worth the ag ? Help!!!!!!! Lol

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Keiran - the 3020a is a fine vintage amp, but no way should you spend £100 on it. Fully working it isn't worth anywhere near that.

For that you can get something far better. Remember that even after the repair you haven't got a new amp, just an old one which has been fixed. Something else could go wrong with it, making your investment even more unwise.

I would post a thread in the classifieds, asking for what is on offer from the Wam for £100. You will be pleasantly surprised, methinks.

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Keiran - the 3020a is a fine vintage amp, but no way should you spend £100 on it. Fully working it isn't worth anywhere near that.

For that you can get something far better. Remember that even after the repair you haven't got a new amp, just an old one which has been fixed. Something else could go wrong with it, making your investment even more unwise.

I would post a thread in the classifieds, asking for what is on offer from the Wam for £100. You will be pleasantly surprised, methinks.

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Yeah,I think you are right,thing is I bought the nad of the wam ,my wife rekons I should just buy a new one ! She will never understand the foibles of hifii !! I think iwould be satisfied with a new dennon,I heard it last week when I dem the v4s ? Sounded good ,along with the matching cd player,it got a good review as well , of course its not high end,and I am under no illusions ,but it is a step up from the very dry and soulless bose system,its. So frustrating ! At the moment I am wary of the nad,I don't think it is stable,so I only play vinyle quietly !! Very unlike me ! Any views on dennon ? Build qaulity seems solid ?

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Denon stuff is ok, so you are unlikely to be wasting your money, but it is a pity that you have been put off buying second hand so early, since you would get so much more for your money.

I don't know what shelled out for your NAD, and I am also sure that the Wammer you bought it from didn't intend it to let you down, but there are still some good offers out there. I'll have a trawl through the threads now and see if there is anything going at the moment.

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Denon stuff is ok, so you are unlikely to be wasting your money, but it is a pity that you have been put off buying second hand so early, since you would get so much more for your money.

I don't know what shelled out for your NAD, and I am also sure that the Wammer you bought it from didn't intend it to let you down, but there are still some good offers out there. I'll have a trawl through the threads now and see if there is anything going at the moment.

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Well I paid 65 squid for it plus the delivery,I don't think the guy meant to sell me a duffer either,its just bad luck,I dunno if I will get my dosh back on it,prob not spcially if I admit it has a prob ! I am an honest chap,.

As for secondhand,well,I don't have a problem,I done the deal,it was a bad call,but my misses don't see it like that,she thinks iv been done,no matter what I say,and she will not accept me buying another second hand bit of kit,I love the look of the arcam on the bay,and the sony looks cool as well, but mate,I think I could end up in the divorce courts if I push it !!! I think I will go brand new,its not brill but its a compromise,I am a real listener of music,and prob I will be dissatisfied after a while,but I am also NOT a rich man !! Would love some of the gear on here,but hey ,maybe one day ! Will always be here looking ! Nothing like window shopping !!!

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And you'll be able to move the arcam on for similar money when you come to upgrade.

Yeah,I get what you are saying loud and clear,I know arcam is a good brand

But I got seriouse "lack of confidence" syndrome from the wife,

She says if I had a new amp I would have a gaurantie bla bla !!

I am gettin some bad earhole bashing about this,it was my dec to buy

The bose ! That was a grand ! Now I don't like the bose,and she is a bit

Perplexed that I want to buy a system again !! So I think,on reflection

Its gonna be a dennon ,it will sound ok ,and it will have a gaurantie ! Shame

But that's how it is chaps ! Anyone heard the denon ?

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Keiran - sorry, but this is the first thing I should have said to you - disconnect your speakers from the NAD immediately. Your description of it's faults could very easily lead to irreparable speaker damage - use of the headphone socket does not guarantee any proper protection for your speakers. Your domestic situation could take a further turn for the worse should your new speaks get fried!

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Keiran - sorry, but this is the first thing I should have said to you - disconnect your speakers from the NAD immediately. Your description of it's faults could very easily lead to irreparable speaker damage - use of the headphone socket does not guarantee any proper protection for your speakers. Your domestic situation could take a further turn for the worse should your new speaks get fried!

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Oh bugger ! Its been some ride mate ,I went all the way over to bethnall green to buya cd player ,that was rubbish as well ! It plays fine for an hor or so,then I get bad digital distortion ! Seems the dac has had it !!!! So its back to the bose for a while ! Oh well it seems I have lucked out ! Woe is me !!!!! Still I have a nice atacama rack and a lovely project turntable ! I will disconnect the speakers imediately ,cheers for the heads up mate !

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I have used a few bits of denon over the years, mainly in a office system. Its good for the money, and usually reliable. Have a look and see if any local Rega dealers have the old brio on clearance as well. Good phono stage as well a bloody good fun integrated

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I have used a few bits of denon over the years, mainly in a office system. Its good for the money, and usually reliable. Have a look and see if any local Rega dealers have the old brio on clearance as well. Good phono stage as well a bloody good fun integrated
Thanks for the trio inf will check it out !
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Hi Henry, sounds a bit of a nightmare! I don't know whether anything in the Marantz stable would be suitable price & spec' wise, reliability would be good though. The PM6004 seems well reviewed. Not sure if it has a phono stage, but maybe worth a look. Anyway, good luck in your quest!

Martin.

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