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In Reply to: RE: The vid sort of illustrates the problem posted by RGA on March 06, 2021 at 03:09:47
Thanks for those links, I'll check them out when I can.
Always amazed at their offerings. That, to me sounds like a logistical nightmare. But, as I said it must work for them.
So, RGA, fount of AN knowledge here, If I were to ask you to spec me an AN system for say, $15 - 20,000, what would you suggest I go and ask Nick the AN dealer down the street (not literally down the street, but Nick is real and 2.5 miles away) to demo for me.
My criteria are:
Integrated amp preferred
remote control volume (I only see the "Cobra" integrated offering that. Don't like the style at all.
smaller speakers (E's are just too big for my space)
Digital source (I have mostly cd's, but a quite a few SACD's and am asking in the HiRez forum if they're "rippable"
I'm trying to simplify the boxes, IC's and power cords. Space will be small and relatively near field. I know you're familiar with that in HK.
I'm hoping to have some ready money soon and maybe try and trade the SME TT in if I can get a good value on it.
Edits: 03/06/21Follow Ups:
Remote control will be an issue but Audio Note did make remote control preamps in the past. If you really need it - Audio Note can probably custom make them. The Cobra is a bit ugly but it is integrated with a remote and a built-in non-oversampling DAC for I believe $4,200.
Nick would be the man as he is also a fully knowledgable repair facility.
AN doesn't do SACD
My room is 18 by 13 - the AN K is superb. But then so is the E.
For under $20k and In a smaller room -
Meishu Tonmeister - is the best 300B I have heard and will eat half your budget - the basic one is great. The two above may be better but there is always something better. The basic version is great. (I was not a big fan of the older Meishu is sounded too delicate for me). But you may like it - it was their number one selling integrated and the price may be reasonable second hand.
Lexus cables throughout which is the internal cable of the LX speakers.
Then any combination of CD player or DAC/Transport with the money left.
If you plan to rip most of your music - a DAC. I listen now mostly to vinyl due to the TT3 being IMO a Gamechanger for vinyl. So the DAC 0.1X has been more than fine for me the last few years. Plus it's the only one with USB input (Peter's humor once again) where his least expensive DAC caters to computers. The good DACs cater to CD. I like the chutzpah!
All of this should be under $20k and I would expect much less if buying multiples. But as always just audition - being that close you should get home auditions of the stuff as well. And they may have good deals so you may get a better version of something.
I ended up with the AN K because the dealer noted to me that another customer was saving for the AN J/SEC - so he needed to sell his K to get the money for the J. Dealers know their customers so it's possible to get something better for less. At the time I was trying to sell my KEF LS-50 which no one wanted here. Hong Kongers don't generally like anything made in China. So the dealer convinced the fellow to take less cash for the AN K along with the KEF.
Thenks so much.
That integrated looks great, except for the red lettering and that font, ugh. Didn't they used to be blue? I'm sorry to say I'm a bit of an aesthetist, so looks are important. Lack of remote may not be a killer though (see below re Marantz SACD player). I saw some of their discontinued products had them, wonder why they moved away from that feature.
I actually have a 300B integrated from Wavelength Audio (no remote) that needs repair (Nick refused, said it wasn't worth his time and my money). I need to send it back to Wavelength I guess.
Other amps I'm considering are the Wavelength Duetto (using the Marantz), the Linear Tube Audio ZOTL, either power or integrated, and for SS, the Sugden A21. I think that covers all the bases.
Speaker looks phenomenal. The applewood finish is beautiful (again with the font on the finish descriptions, it's unreadable!). But it looks like it would be what I'm after as far as "close to the room boundaries" condition.
I don't have golden ears, so as far as digital I'm looking at the new Marantz SACD 30N. It's sort of a Swiss army knife, includes a preamp in some fashion. I know I could use it with a power amp, not sure about an integrated.
Thanks again, and I'll give Nick a call when things are amenable here.
If buying new then you can have whatever case you like. You can get the Meishu in black with black or gold knobs. The speakers have stick on badges so you can put them wherever you like. I left mine off. One of the advantages of made to order is that you can get the look you want. Peter has an artist who does special prints on the amps as well. One guy bought it with a front Scottish plaid plate. Another person bought a hot pink Jinro.
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