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nomore landings

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    Marantz SA14S1se
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    Marantz PM14S1se
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    Dali Rubicon 6 GAIA3
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    CD Alive and Well?

    Agree. Subjective, as always, but listened yesterday to Dire straits Sultans of Swing streamed as FLAC to Marantz's USB DAC input and the remastered CD played immediately after was noticeably more dynamic and detailed to my ears ( My original 1980's Cd would have comfortably lost). Same DAC etc so true A/B. SACD offers an even great dynamic range and analogue "feel". NB I do not own a quality streamer, but bits are bits according to some! USBs generally noisy as also a power lead? Agree whiteheart.Refreshing.
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    Thanks bigfool. Saddled with a head full of technical acronyms, the Bohemian alternative had passed me by!
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    Left-field question Would that acronym be: Max Gross Take Off Weight?
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    Marantz Premium Products Anyone ?

    Congrats on your purchase - cannot fault them and doubt if the se version is worth the hassle of exchange. The new Ki Rubys copy the SA&PM 10s in embracing very different technology. The SAs up-convert everything to high speed DSD which negates the need for a conventional DAC.(PS audio was first!) The PMs are class D Nord hypex 500s - a big departure from our A/Bs.The PM10 uses 2 modules per channel and the KIs one. I briefly heard the 10s with some Sopras - huge soundstage and very detailed, but in the immortal words of Kenny Everitt - I suspect too mucking fuch for my room!
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    So, if you could go back in time...

    My 4000DS also sat in a box from the late 70s until a few months ago when I gave it to a guy that installed a dishwasher. I then checked ebay prices -Doh! At least gone to an enthusiast and looked mint. Many thanks for that ad from 73. I bought the B&O Beomaster & Gram -1200 I think in that year. Plus Celestion Ditton 25s. Had long forgotten the price, but was probably best measured by how many double shifts and Sundays I worked at my local hospital! A year or two later, my mate bought the same with B&O speakers - still has it in his flat in HKG but has now got the Beomaster 4000 with the fancy tangental arm. To answer the headline question - believing the hype in 1983 and spending big on a Cd player and dozens of now unlistenable CDs. Out went my Vinyl collected over 15 years. Doh again! First press Led Zep 1-4, sticky fingers with the denim and zip, and many more.
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    Top 3 changes to your system in 2018

    Pleased the Marantz duo fit the bill - certainly keeping mine and will probably out-last me! Moved listening room from upstairs suspended floor to former dining room with solid walls/floor. Took a surprising amount of tweaking and adjustment, but singing beautifully now. Swapped QED performance for Chord Clearway. Replaced acoustic foam bass traps with GIK Tri Trap - sonic and aesthetic improvement. Tidal 3 months trial for £1.99 - enjoying long forgotten music from my youth, including Ten Years After, Blodwyn Pig, King Crimson, Atomic Rooster and Fairport Convention. Alvin Lee sure could play, ditto Mick Abrahams, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. Sandy Denny beautiful vocals - must listen more
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    Interconnects - £30, £50, £100

    +1 replaced QEDs with Clearway - money well spent, IMHO. Found my 1995 Van Den Hull The First in a draw - 5 mins was enough for them to go back!
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    I can vouch for GAIAs Best on a hard surface - granite slabs on carpeted solid floor for me, but also very effective on suspended floor. Not so good directly placed on carpet - need the spike plates at extra cost!
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    Advice: Elac - Canton - Dali

    Hi Stereonic, Looks a tricky room and well worth viewing the expert GIK presentation here for some insight into room nodes etc..before spending the big bucks. I have not heard the ELACs, but the renowned Andrew Jones, formally of KEF, has allegedly designed some fine sounding speakers. I recently moved my hifi to a different room and it took several weeks of tweaking to get the best from my Rubicon 6s. More toe in than before, GAIA 3s on granite slabs (need bigger ones) and my basic foam bass traps to eliminate a 60Hz room node - it's 4.5m sq with a bay window. I wish I had watched the GIK presentation before. Auditions can be fraught with false perceptions as we know. I agree with Insider - I have not heard a DALI that has a recessed midrange, but they need at least 30cm from rear wall and more if possible from corners. Toe in might help with primary reflection points as the ribbons have very wide dispersion. Bottom line, I can highly recommend the Rubicons, but acknowledge that there are many fine speakers at this price point ( and some very flawed ones to boot)
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    Advice: Elac - Canton - Dali

    With respect, BS, I listen to my Opticon 6s and Rubicon 6s most days and IMHO the Rubicons justify the 250% price differential. I agree that a quality amp is required to get the best from them as is a quality source. Pointless if you are going to stream compressed files.
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    final Marantz component purchase

    Was thinking the KI Ruby amp might be preferable to the PM10 as that is class D, although never wise to judge on technical specs alone, IMHO. To anyone interested, would highly recommend trying Radio Paradise FLAC stream just to sample the SQ. They have just launched a new web player/ desktop version complete with SBT plug in (having sold mine!) but APP version works well fed into a DAC. The 320AAC was good, but the fLAC in a different league. The ability to skip tracks welcome on any radio station. Yet to try the FireTV version to my AV. Apple TV4/Sonos also supported.
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    final Marantz component purchase

    Ken Ishawata certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to extracting the best from various quality sources and recordings. I did have a brief listen to the SA10 and PM10 with Sopra 2s. Huge soundstage and detail but probably too much for my 4.5m sq listening room - and wallet. Like the new KI ruby and PS Audio direct stream there is no DAC per se, everything up converted into hi speed DSD. Certainly had an analogue feel. Very happy with Marantz 14s and hopefully final hifi purchase. Happy listening and having seen how good your colour looks on the Atacama Equinox, I might have gone for the wrong one!
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    final Marantz component purchase

    Congrats BigFish, Approaching 2 years for mine and has brought new life to many old CDs as well as top quality SACDs etc. Also plug in the ipad as shown - stream FLAC Radio Paradise and can even skip tracks with the remote. Sorry for blurry iphone image. This seems a happier place that the troll infested WHF forum