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33 minutes ago, hifinutt said:

2200 rrp....oh my gosh !!! 

Yep , before it was discontinued it retailed at £1500 , mine was a 50% saving from Seven Oaks .

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34 minutes ago, hifinutt said:

2200 rrp....oh my gosh !!! 

Yep... when launched, more expensive than any of their amps! I was happy with my CD23 and that was a lot of money so no interest at the time but now I have a Bluesound Node2...

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I will be very interested to hear the SA30 if it launches at the expected £2000 in September. That’s a lot cheaper than some of the competitors I’ve been considering. That’s things like the Naim Uniti Nova and Goldnote IS1000 are basically twice the price. 

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Would it be similar to the arcam 250 which has HDMI input too ? You don't see much mentioned of this 2ch  amp

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My immaculate D33 DAC has arrived. True audiophiles of course have their hifi as pride of place in their dedicated listening room; mine is tucked away in a heavily modified "stealth" mid-century HMV cabinet. Changing kit sometimes means (sort of) woodwork which may be one reason I don't change my core kit more often (or maybe I just like the sound it makes as it is). This time I needed to move three pairs of shelf batons which was interesting.

All now installed and IMHO looking good. The non-Arcam interlopers are the Rega RP6 up top and the Bluesound Node 2 sitting alongside the TTPSU. All are comfortably seated on Audiophile Base01's on Apollo 6mm glass shelves on E-shaped draught excluder (er, I mean audiophile grade isolation material) on aforementioned custom-made batons.

The D33 is wonderful. After limited listening, I'm not that keen on Filter 1 which seems to bloat the bass but that has been mainly on bass-heavy tracks. I have my CD23T and Bluesound Node 2 hooked up via Coax/SPDIF into the D33 as wel as via RCA into the A49 so I can readily compare DAC options. I may be mistaken but there seems to be something (good) going on with soundstage/channel separation when using the D33. Sound quality (no filter, filter 2) is at least a match for the CD23T's RingDAC as far as I can tell at this early stage, which is a very good thing indeed.

More to follow.

Photos for the hifi porn obsessed:

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3 minutes ago, TheFlash said:

I'm not that keen on Filter 1

I couldn't tell the difference between the filters , I think I left mine on 2 because it was recommended in a review :ph34r:

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Update on the D33 DAC. Last night I was washing up, as you do, and listening to Radio Paradise via the Dali Opticon speakers which I bought a few months ago in the Nottingham Hifi/Superfi auction. I thought gosh, these are sounding quite good. Not sure what inspired me to take the D33 out of the equation but the Bluesound Node 2 is also hooked up direct to the Arcam A49 amp, so I just switched sources. Crikey: so much missing. It all sounded rather cheap and 2D on the Dalis, and the bass lost some of its impressive shape/definition on the ATC's in the lounge too. I changed back to the D33 and all was lovely again. And repeat. A much bigger difference than I remember when first installing it and doing comparative listening.

Top tip then. If you have the opportunity when auditioning new kit, don't just dial it in and listen; leave it in place for at least a few days and then take it out and see what's gained/lost.

You probably knew that...:minikev:

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