MickyP

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About MickyP

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  • Location
    Near Sleafod, Lincs
  • Real Name
    Mick

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    Audiolab CD player
  • Digital Source 2
    Pioner N50A streamer
  • Integrated Amp
    MF M6
  • My Speakers
    Kef R900
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. MickyP

    Streamer advice

    Update on this. Have tried the CXN's pre-amp option and untried it again as didn't think there was much in it sonically. Maybe a bit more detail but it seemed a bit, er, dunno, unengaging. The other thing was it was a faff having to lower the volume prior to changing a track, whereas my MF remote works one and the CA remote the other, so I'm a bit like a gunslinger in the living room at the moment. :-) Ripped CDs sound very good and I took legzr1's advice about purchasing a cheapie tablet to use instead of the phone - not arrived yet, though. My phone, is a cheapie, small and always begging for more space, so this should help both of those issues. Thanks all. Still learning but feel I've made a tiny step forward. Will sell the old Pioneer after a longer settling period.
  2. MickyP

    Streamer advice

    I thought that but haven't thought it through, so will call them. Wondered where the input is. Apols, bit crap at this!
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    Streamer advice

    Ta for advice. I liked the idea of the 851N's build and potential sound but couldn't justify the cost. I have to say, the Pioneer's build eclipses the CXN, but the latter seems to sound more together. If I'd paid full price on a new CXN I'd be a bit twitchy. I have a MF M6 integrated amp (bizarrely going from separates) so don't think there's a pre-amp in option, which is an irritation. :-( Always fed the Pioneer on an ethernet cable and it was mostly fine but the app was a bit poo. :-( Any views on TIDAL and how it compares to Spotify, as the software was installed on the CXN? Mike
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    Streamer advice

    Well, I've probably been a bad man. Was chasing a secondhand 851N on fleabay but the bloke sold it an hour after I'd transferred the money (to my current account, not to him), so on the rebound I bought a secondhand CXN, figuring that the 851N features would never be fully exploited by me. I convinced myself of that anyway. As for the CXN, it's a bit light (in weight) compared to the Pioneer which was a shock but sounds very competent. Bit more ballsy in bass and has slightly more finesse on vocal and detail - my wife will testify to this and she hates testifying. NOT a massive difference which, as you guys say, is predicted. The CXN has a Tidal update and I may explore that, although I'm currently ripping CDs to see how it fares then. Whatever way I go down the line, I figure I can sell the Pioneer or CXN for a reasonable amount, so not a great risk in the scheme of things. Thanks everyone who posted.
  5. MickyP

    Streamer advice

    Cool. V. interested to know how that goes!
  6. MickyP

    Streamer advice

    Just looked up the operating wattage of the MF M6 and is says 680 watts (max) 😔 which eclipses the AG500, unless used just on the streamer. Can't find what the Pioneer N50A takes, next to nowt I would have thought.
  7. MickyP

    Streamer advice

    Thanks both. I'm in LIncs. This isn't a purchase I'd ever considered tbh (or known about!). I'll do some searches and see if I can find any more info. I imagine there must have been some monster debates about it!
  8. MickyP

    Streamer advice

    Hmm. Very interesting, thank you. Have you a link to the product you mention? And is it worth my while measuring my supplied voltage throughout the day to see what it drops to?
  9. MickyP

    Streamer advice

    Hi everyone My Pioneer N50A was a budget throw of the dice to see how I got on with the medium, and I have to say two-three years later, pretty good! I wondered if there was much to be had from investing in a better player. The Pioneer has thump and does what it's supposed to do but doesn't seem to have the last 'nth' of musical finesse. I mainly use Spotify and internet radio, and still have an Audiolab CD player for the CD collection, although searching Spotify is often quicker than flicking through CDs. I did rip a pile of CDs for the PC but the pIoneer app was so clunky getting to them, I gave up. Rest of system is MF M6 amp, Kef R900s, held together with Chord Signature speaker cable and interconnect. I was thinking of the over-specced (for me) Cambridge Azur 851N as a starting point, although I see Pioneer has upgraded its streamers too now. Thanks for any advice Mike
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    Sensible yet potentially controversial question

    Can I chip in Just bought some 'burnt in' (ha ha) Chord Signature speaker cable and thought it sucked, wife, too. Great treble and midrange, no bass. So I'm back on on my much cheaper (also Chord) speaker cable. For whatever the reason, there was a sound difference. The decision of the user is whether he/she prefers the new sound or not. Simples! These things, I think are a trade, and also work in some systems and not in others for so many reasons. To suggest that all cables sound (or should sound) the same is flawed imo. No two premier division amps or speakers sound the same, do they? Or maybe they do... :-)
  11. MickyP

    Question

    ? Nighty and thanks for the debate.
  12. MickyP

    Question

    I have. :-) - - - Updated - - - - - - Updated - - - You don't seem to have a Smart Tel...
  13. MickyP

    Question

    She thinks that cables and amplifiers make a difference. :-)
  14. MickyP

    Question

    Which is the same as cables! Not trying to be confrontational. I was walking the dog this morning and the question popped up. Folks who condemn cable sounds, but use high end amps, cd players, etc, because of the 'nth' degree of musicality, well, hmmmm...
  15. MickyP

    Question

    I remember Bob Carver measured a high profile amp and made some settings to his cube and no one could detect which was which, which sort of suggests expensive amps are a con!