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4 hours ago, tuga said:

My almost 30 year old golden era Pioneer was bought used. I replaced the laser mechanism and it has been working flawlessly since.

My point exactly.

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Think I know perhaps why I had issues hearing the difference.

The last two days I've had a cough. Woke up this morning with a heavy cold. Maybe the early stages of this cold influenced what I heard or didn't hear.

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Just to tie me over for a couple of months, I'll buy an old Rotel RCD 965BX. If I can get one for less than £60 and just run it until it drops.

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On 03/02/2019 at 13:37, plasticpenguin said:

That seemed to be a sweet era for Rotel. I had my 975 from 1997 until I purchased the CD73 in 2005. Pleasure personified.

The 975 remains the player I would most love to own.   Rarer than rocking horse doo doo though.    Ive got my 965 stored for a rainy day though :)   (along with a spare CDM4/19 mech.)

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26 minutes ago, hifikrazy said:

The 975 remains the player I would most love to own.   Rarer than rocking horse doo doo though.    Ive got my 965 stored for a rainy day though :)   (along with a spare CDM4/19 mech.)

If I could find another 975, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Fabulous in it's day and still stacks up again the new kids on the block.

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Hi there,

I don't come on here much but thought I'd add my 2 penneth.

I used an Arcam CD36 for over 10 years that I bought brand new, it is a superb player, very organic and analogue sounding I use to listen to it much more than my lp12 so for me that said it all. I came from a Rega Planet MK1 and last year bought a Rega Isis which is another story.

Don't be scared about buying an old player my Arcam is still in fine fettle and mint, never missed a beat , still doesn't and if I hadn't have been curious to hear a better cd player in my system it would still be in use.

My late Dad bless him had an Arcam CD192 and tried a Chord Mojo with it but preferred the sound straight from the Arcam.

good luck in your search.

Jules

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11 hours ago, jules68leo said:

Hi there,

I don't come on here much but thought I'd add my 2 penneth.

I used an Arcam CD36 for over 10 years that I bought brand new, it is a superb player, very organic and analogue sounding I use to listen to it much more than my lp12 so for me that said it all. I came from a Rega Planet MK1 and last year bought a Rega Isis which is another story.

Don't be scared about buying an old player my Arcam is still in fine fettle and mint, never missed a beat , still doesn't and if I hadn't have been curious to hear a better cd player in my system it would still be in use.

My late Dad bless him had an Arcam CD192 and tried a Chord Mojo with it but preferred the sound straight from the Arcam.

good luck in your search.

Jules

I've had some bad karma with older players, so that has choked me off a little, unless they are as cheap as chips.

Think I may stick with buying a Rotel 965 or if I can find one a 975. For less than a £100 you don't mind so much if it goes pear-shaped after a few months.

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On 12/02/2019 at 09:59, plasticpenguin said:

Think I may stick with buying a Rotel 965 or if I can find one a 975. For less than a £100 you don't mind so much if it goes pear-shaped after a few months.

I still have and use my 18 year old Rotel 961.  No complaints here as I find it sounds as good as Tidal through the Node 2.

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I bid to 400ish on that non-working Michi RHCD-10 in last few secs and it shot up from 250 to 10 more than me... so at least I helped the seller get a decent price! I have the matching power, pre and phono stage and the CDP would have been the icing on the cake. Bummer. Fantastically over-engineered piece. Yes it would have needed sorting but I know a man who can and they’re rarer than rockin’ horse droppings. 

Just sayin’.

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6 hours ago, TheFlash said:

I bid to 400ish on that non-working Michi RHCD-10 in last few secs and it shot up from 250 to 10 more than me... so at least I helped the seller get a decent price! I have the matching power, pre and phono stage and the CDP would have been the icing on the cake. Bummer. Fantastically over-engineered piece. Yes it would have needed sorting but I know a man who can and they’re rarer than rockin’ horse droppings. 

Just sayin’.

I would like to hear one I think - they never took the world by storm but of course in those days if it didn't have Naim on the box the reviewers were sort of apathetic.  The same was true of the top end sony Esprit stuff in the day .. some people got some some bargains as there were some up for sale at the end for silly money. 

  Having said that I had one to try from a mate (and a Threshold pre from the day) and have to say the Audionics B2 I had was nicer than both but having said that the Threshold and Sony's are probably still going strong whereas the Phono stage in my Audionics died after about 20 years use and was replaced with an Audio Research after trying many preamps.  

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I've had the Pulse rigged up for a couple of days, and really enjoying it.

For a £1200 integrated it's incredibly rhythmic, musical, with stunning imaging. It's easy to forget how good this amp is: being all consumed by the Tucana one forgets the virtues of cheaper amps.

I'm not saying for one moment it's as good as the Tucana, it doesn't have the power, mind blowing dynamics or detail resolution as the Tucana, but the Pulse has a certain charm that keeps you drawn to its presentation.

I was originally - perhaps - looking for a good cheaper option and found it right my nose.

Would I seriously sell the Tucana for the Pulse? no...maybe...dunno. It certainly is a tantalising prospect. 

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I've decided to keep the Pulse and ditch the Tucana. I know, I know... the Tucana is much better in all aspects but I need to free up some cash. And in a few months I can look at another Tucana MKII or something different.

At this moment in time there are more things important than hi-fis. As the Tucana is the most valuable... it has to go.

The Pulse is a super little amp -- always had a soft spot for the MKI version.

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7 hours ago, plasticpenguin said:

I've decided to keep the Pulse and ditch the Tucana. I know, I know... the Tucana is much better in all aspects but I need to free up some cash. And in a few months I can look at another Tucana MKII or something different.

At this moment in time there are more things important than hi-fis. As the Tucana is the most valuable... it has to go.

The Pulse is a super little amp -- always had a soft spot for the MKI version.

Wow! Brave decision but these need to be taken at times. Hope it all goes well. At least you've got the sound that's familiar and that you so enjoy. 

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9 hours ago, insider9 said:

Wow! Brave decision but these need to be taken at times. Hope it all goes well. At least you've got the sound that's familiar and that you so enjoy. 

Not really brave - just being practical in light of a new business venture. The Pulse is just a watered down version of the Tucana, in isolation it's more than adequate.

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I don't blame you for ditching the Tucana, i was sceptical when i ditched mine but like you i wasn't using it to its potential and now use a Leema power amp for my Kef r5 's, a third of the price and no difference in sound. this is what swayed it for me.... from the Leema website Q & A section.

There is not much advantage in swapping the Elements amps for a Tucana, but a pair of Hydra’s in monoblock mode would deliver serious current and exceptional performance.

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