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About BigJK156

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    Northern Ireland
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  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz CD6004
  • Digital Source 2
    Cyrus Stream Xa
  • Integrated Amp
    Rega Brio
  • My Speakers
    KEF LS50
  • Headphones
    AKG K550
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. BigJK156

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    I run the LS50s from a Rega Brio and for my relatively small room they sound fantastic. I have them on Atacama Moseco 6 stands filled with Atabites and the bass is good if not quite reaching the depths of a good floorstander. I home demoed a Linn Sekrit streamer which I really didn't like. My mate brought his Cyrus Stream Xa and we compared the two and I much preferred the Cyrus so that's what I'm using as my main source. The same mate has all Cyrus kit (pre/power amps, cd player) through Tannoy Eyris 2 floorstanders and he really likes the sound of the LS50s too.
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    Cambridge Audio CXA60 integrated

    I auditioned the CXA60 against the Rega Brio last year. I really wanted to like the Cambridge Audio, in fact I was sure that would be my purchase before auditioning, but I really didn't like the sound of it and much preferred the Rega.
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    Wifi Hifi - a user's thoughts after 2 years

    Just a minor point, but the Chromecast Audio does have a digital out. It's 3.5mm socket doubles as an analogue out and as an optical out (via mini tos-link).
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    Top 3 changes to your system in 2018

    I made some fairly significant changes this year. I've long been wanting a streamer but decided I needed to change my old NAD C340 amp for something a bit better so sold it and bought a Rega Brio (after auditioning against a Cambridge Audio CXA60) and this made a significant improvement to the sound of my Marantz CD6004 through my Tannoy Revolution DC6 speakers. The hunt for a streamer began and considered the Cambridge Audio CXN V2 and Azur 851A as well as a Marantz ND8006. I wasn't sure about the CA gear after being unimpressed with the CXA60 (as well as a less than ideal audition in Richer Sounds) and hadn't heard the Marantz so off I went to a HiFi shop to enquire about the Marantz. Unfortunately they didn't have one but after a bit of discussion and some persuasion from my mate I ended up listening to some KEF LS50s which I ended up buying . I also auditioned a Linn Sekrit DS as a streamer and wasn't overly impressed. In isolation it was ok but my mate brought over his Cyrus Stream Xa and we compared them side by side. For me the Cyrus was much better than the Linn and I was able to pick one up for less than a grand so very happy with my current set-up.
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    Interconnects - £30, £50, £100

    I know I'm new here but thought I'd share my recent experience. A few weeks ago I upgraded my speakers and bought a Cyrus streamer and got a set of Rega Couple 2 interconnects thrown into the mix too. I tested the Rega interconnects (retail price of £126 for 1m) back to back with my Chord Cobra Plus (originally retailed at £65 for 1m) and found the bass a bit less boomy with the Regas so have gone with them. During auditioning of the Cyrus I had opportunity to try out a set of Chord Clearway (£99 for 1m) cables so was able to compare them side by side with the Regas and could not tell any difference between them. The Cyrus has two analogue outs so connected the cables side by side on the amp and was able to switch between them and couldn't discern any difference at all. On more than one occasion I checked the amp had actually switched inputs My friend, who has the Chord Clearway cables, has a Cyrus set-up (pre/power amps, psx-r, cd player and streamer) and changed from an unknown but supposedly expensive set of interconnects (inherited from his late father) to the Chords and there was a noticeable difference. I much preferred the Chord Clearway, as did he. Not sure if any of that is any help but just my experience.
  6. BigJK156

    Newbie Intro's

    Sorted now, I'd tried to set it up on the mobile and had hit save but have got to a 'proper' computer and all seems fine now.
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    Newbie Intro's

    Thanks for the welcome. Hopefully that’s my profile updated so feel free to comment/critique.
  8. BigJK156

    Newbie Intro's

    Hello everyone, new to the forum here but have been lurking for a week or two reading through some interesting threads. Have had Hi-Fi separates for a number of years but have recently renewed my interest and some of my gear and enjoying my music again.