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  • Turn Table
    Project RPM5 Carbon
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ortofon 2M Black
  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz cd52ii
  • Digital Source 2
  • DAC
    Chord 2Qute
  • Integrated Amp
    Marantz PM14S1SE
  • My Speakers
    Focal Aria 905
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Bigwig07

    Chromecast Audio as a Streamer... again

    Yes I've tried the top tier and it was very good. I'm currently stuck on a 3 month free trial offer of Cd quality, which is good value !
  2. Bigwig07

    Chromecast Audio as a Streamer... again

    Thanks, I guess I'll try experimenting. I'm a bit of a box swapper and my Chord 2Qute DAC is currently boxed away (doesn't fit on rack and couldn't get it to work properly), so I'm just using the DAC on the SA14 (probably almost as good). I also have a Roksan Oxygene amp with Bluetooth AptX HD so i'll give that a try too. And I have feeling that the SQ on Qobuz CD tier is not as good as Tidal.
  3. Bigwig07

    Chromecast Audio as a Streamer... again

    Hi Nopiano, No I haven't answered my question which was CCA V dedicated streamer, not CCA V CD player I have tried the CCA before with good results but it sounded pretty poor compared with a CD. I was comparing an excellent CD source (Marantz SA14s1se) which then links direct into the amp via RCA cable with - a Qobuz file which is recorded at Qobuz HQ, stored somewhere, transmitted over the internet to my router, transmitted to my ipad, transmitted to my CCA, then transmitted via digital optical cable to the DAC on my CD player before following the same route as the CD to the amp. Despite the fact that the original Qobuz file was supposed to be CD quality I suppose it was always onto a loser. So I know that CCA can sound ok but would it sound better to a use a dedicated streamer with for example Apt X Bluetooth, and no CCA ?
  4. Bigwig07

    Chromecast Audio as a Streamer... again

    No - same album though
  5. Hi I know this has been covered elsewhere, but I'm still not clear on the answer to - 'Is the CCA via its digital output and optical cable into a DAC inferior to a more conventional dedicated streamer (eg Arcam rplay, sonos, Cambridge cxn) ' Today I compared standard CD replay with a Qobuz CD quality stream to CCA and then via optical into the DAC - both on my Marantz SA14S1 SE. The Qobuz/CCA was very disappointing, I was expecting it to be comparable. I'm thinking of getting a dedicated streamer.
  6. Bigwig07

    Suitcase Challenge - Results

    It would be better if you actually said what the systems were, their strengths and weaknesses, and why you made the decision. And a solution to the Brexit crisis.
  7. Bigwig07

    Chromecast Audio DAC

    Make sure you use an optical cable with the CCA, not 3.5mm mini jack
  8. Bigwig07

    Roksan Caspian M2 Amp Power Hum

    Something else to worry about
  9. Bigwig07

    Roksan Caspian M2 Amp Power Hum

    Thanks - I wonder if the transformer bolt should be tightened to a recommended torque ?
  10. Bigwig07

    Roksan Caspian M2 Amp Power Hum

    Great thanks, I'll give it a try - I'll probably wear rubber gloves !
  11. Bigwig07

    Roksan Caspian M2 Amp Power Hum

    Mechanical - from the amp itself. I don't think its the mains as my other kit works fine. Is it possible to resecure the transformer ?
  12. Bigwig07

    Roksan Caspian M2 Amp Power Hum

    I have the above amp, and I get a low level power hum from it which is annoying / worrying. Its so low level that you don't notice it unless you stand by it. The hum is heard when the amp is in standby and powered up, but not affected by volume. Is this normal, or likely to be a grounding issue needing repair ? (I am out of warranty unfortunately)
  13. Bigwig07

    Marantz Premium Products Anyone ?

    I think it was from when Roksan was being taken over
  14. Bigwig07

    Marantz Premium Products Anyone ?

    Actually I got that the wrong way round of course - its 75w into 8 ohms, and 150w into 4 ohms. But 150w into 4 ohms is pretty good and I've just dug out the old Hi Fi News review from August 2013 which indicates an actual output on test of 110w into 8 ohms. Interestingly, the Roksan Oxygene amp was tested at £2800, and got a sound quality rating of 85% - exactly the same as the PM KI Ruby. Which makes the used Oxygenes on sale on ebay for £600ish a rock solid bargain ! Oxygene is pure class D, KI Ruby is half class D