Just replaced most of my electronics with Arcam. During the (long!) auditioning process I heard the Arcam CD35/C31/P1 combo at the dealer along with my Veritas speakers and eventually decided on that solution.
The kit is at home at I'm a happy boy EXCEPT that there's a definite edginess to the treble, it's a bit harsh, not unlivewithable (ahemm...excuse me) but really needs sorting. The only difference between what what I listened to at the dealer and what I hear at home (OK different room acoustics I know) was the speaker cable (same interconnects were used). The dealer used Naim speaker cableand mine is QED Silver Anniversary Bi-wire.
When I save up enough I have in mind to replace the speakers and Crustloafer has given me some very good tips on what he recommends in terms of a short list but that's a little way off yet. In the interim I think I need to change to speaker cable.
It could be that the electronics will when run in become more mellow I don't know. I rather thought that the CD36 would be the problem but connecting in my old Marantz CD63 Mk2 KI exhibits the same problem whereas when it used to play through my Arcam A85 it was fine (in this aspect only, otherwise of course the sound is just in a different league with the new kit - otherwise I'd have kept my money!).
What would people recommend in terms of cable? Considerations:
- I'm not going to make my own Cat 5 or any other despite how good they may be!
- I am not convinced of the benefits of bi-wire so am happy to move back to plain old single wire.