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  1. Hi all, I am looking for some system advice or perhaps some thoughts on potential changes I can make to my current system. My current system: arcam fmj A38 amp, arcam CDS27 streamer/cd player, Systemdek 11x turntable running through a Graham Slee phono stage into B&W 602s2. Whilst the sound to my ears is very good, vocals and sound stage are great however it seems to lack pace. I had thought speakers, but am now leaning towards the amp. Many moons ago I had a Sugden A28 amp running into Whafedale 505.2s. I am looking for the sort of bass speed that these speakers gave me. Perhaps with a bit more bass as they were a little light on bass even though it was superb. I even bought a set of 505.2s thinking it was the B&Ws but it's not the same. John Lee Hookers Boom Boom album 3rd track is my go to track. Sorry about the long rambling questions . Cheers
  2. Arcam Black Box 50 dac - 100% refurbished and upgraded Every electrolytic cap has been replaced with an upgrade - Nichicon, Elna and Panasonic. Output caps were Rubycon electrolytic bi-polar types but now the dac sports Vishay film capacitors in this crucial position. Main power supply cap also bypassed with a Vishay film cap. Power supply input cable now Neotech. Fuse is an AMR. Lots of chassis dampening. Opamps on the dac board were NE5532 but now universal gold plated dip sockets have been added to allow for opamp rolling. Opamps in the dac are now 2604 upgrades - big improvement. Some chips coated with Audio Magic Blackout Paint. Added a ground post so one can add a grounding solution like an Entreq. 41 component upgrades in total - like a new dac for old money. Very quiet background to this dac. Very detailed and ‘quick’ sounding. Lots of ‘air’ and insight to the music. Big upgrade over a stock unit. Negative is it is not that emotionally engaging - it does not do it all. No original box or manual but will be well packed. £180 incl UK post.
  3. Bought new from Richer Sounds a couple of years ago. Immaculate, very little use, small mark on volume knob retouched (see photo) 120W per channel, MM Phono stage, 7 line inputs, SP1 and SP2 Full spec and manual here: https://www.arcam.co.uk/product,fmj,integrated-amplifiers,a39.htm All original packaging, manual, remote, power cable etc. Looking for £675 ono. Located in Farnham, Surrey Can deliver within reason/petrol money.
  4. The Arcam D33 was $3200/£2200 new, a shocking price for "just a DAC" at the time, though I did not buy mine new. Understated, full width FMJ design. The filters work well and allow tuning to your taste and system. Great connectivity too, including balanced outputs. https://www.arcam.co.uk/product,accessories,accessories,d33.htm. Link from there to the HiFi+ review describing it as "absurdly highly recommended". Front panel on this is excellent (see photos). There are rub marks to the top where it looks like something has been polished out (uniform colour, some patchiness in levels of reflection) but there are no scratches or chips. Side panels have what looks like fingerprints but they don't come off easily so perhaps they're oily? Anyway, they're hard to photograph and I didn't notice any of these when I bought it, only did when I took it out of my rack. Comes with original user manual. I don't have (if I ever did) the original box, nor the original remote - if I find it, I'll forward it, though it's a simple thing which allows selection amongst inputs. Will be extremely well packed for shipping. Extraordinary value for such a well-engineered DAC. Priced £525 for quick sale and because of the minor blemishes to top/sides. Modest discounts possible for modest wammers. Free UK shipping for wammers. Location Melton Mowbray. Happy to answer any questions. Also on the 'bay.
  5. I've yet to find a DAC I prefer to the dCS ringDAC inside this player which is why I've had ringDAC-based devices in my system for 20+ years. Arcam used the dCS ringDAC in the Alpha 9, CD92, CD23 and this ultimate incarnation the CD23T which https://www.arcam.co.uk/product,fmj-cd23-compact-disc-player.htm reminds me has (vs the stock CD23): New dual layer motherboard, with improved power supply grounding and buffering of clocks and audio data to give a cleaner signal New Ring DAC board which reduces distortion in the audio band Improved master clock and clock output distribution circuitry on the Ring DAC board Badged CD23, you can tell it's a T from the serial number and, when switched on, from the display layout. If the CD23T had a digital in as well as a digital out, I wouldn't be playing around with standalone DACs. I like it a lot. Sonically this example is bang on. One of the letter segments on the display doesn't work so it says "N DISC" instead of "NO DISC" but when you are playing a disc and it shows the track number you wouldn't know; it's only when a disc or track has a text title that you might spot this. Comes with the original Arcam remote, original mains cable, downloaded user manual and in Arcam box (though from a DVD player). £345 UK shipped (£325 to established wammers. I'll decide whether your established or not!). Oh, and to answer the FAQ "So if it's your favourite sounding CD player, why are you selling it, Nigel?": because I bought a black one to match the rest of my kit! . More photos in second post. PM me.
  6. In mint condition. In original box with manual, remote, power lead and cables. 2 x optical, 2 x coaxial and 2 x usb inputs. Price includes delivery to U.K. mainland only. Collection from Bury St Edmunds considered. £160
  7. Good morning to all, i own an arcam CDS50, used as a media server. All files are saved in a Nas WD cloud ex2. To control ARCAM i use ARCAM APP and another app call Music Life on my Ipad. When i start an album reproduction, song's order is not right. Songs are not reproducted by # but by Title (in alphabetic order). If i change the files name the problem is not solved (i think it don't look files name but title in file's propriety -see attachment). How can i do to reproduct albums by # of songs without changing one by one all titles in file's propriety? Thank you! Sofia
  8. Arcam A29 amplifier. Class G and sounds awesome. Transferable warranty, valid until Oct 2022. Very tidy condition indeed. Pics are not the best but condition is very good. Ps that's not a defect by volume knob which I've realised it looks like - that's just the light/dust. £385. Location in Bristol. WAM taxis accepted, and courier by your own arrangement (and risk and cost). Cheers.
  9. Hi all. I've been mulling this over for a while and have posted a few threads based around this but, after spending a weekend at Nigel's (The Flash) apartment in Kendal, I am now set on selling my current gear in favour of a high quality stereo integrated amplifier. The sheer quality of the audio I heard on Nigel's systems in both the lounge and master bedroom was unlike anything I've heard before and I was just bowled over by it. I realised that reason behind it was down to the quality of the amplification and I tried to imagine my speakers on the end of it all. In light of the above, I'm now looking to pair my Spendor A7's with a suitable high quality amplifier. I currently use an Arcam SR250 with a Cyrus Stereo 200 as a power amp. These are both good in their own right but I know that this can be easily bested. I'm not bothered about room EQ as I've been using the Arcam with DIRAC turned off and, other than DIRAC boosting the levels, I hear no difference with it off. A surprising aspect of having DIRAC switched off is the bass from my subwoofers. I thought it would sound awful but it actually sounds better, more punchy and impactful. Anyway, after selling both of the above, I should have around 3.5k to play with (after adding in some funds myself) although I would rather not spend that much if it isn't necessary and I'm open to both new and used. It has to be a stereo integrated (for input selection purposes) so a straight power amp is a no no and I do not need a DAC so analogue only. I feel my speakers are natural sounding and I would prefer a natural sounding amp as I prefer to hear things as the artist intended (so no tubes). The two amps I've taken a keen interest in are the Musical Fidelity M6 500i and the Leema Tucana II Anniversary as they seem to be highly regarded but I'm really keen to hear your thoughts on what you guys would pair with the A7's. Nigel suggested an Arcam A49 but it's another Arcam and I'm unsure if it's what I want as, to be totally honest, I hate the look of the Arcam amps and loving how something looks is half the battle in choosing a new amplifier (like you would a car). I would love to hear your thoughts on this and I apologise if, due to my previous posts, I'm going over things too much. Mike.
  10. Hi all. I currently use an Arcam SR250 as a one-box solution for both 2 channel listening and HT duties *2 channel plus 2 subs*. Although the Arcam is a fantastic unit, I am considering selling and going the separates route. My speakers are Spendor A7's and feel they would benefit from some beefier amplification in the form of a stereo integrated with HT bypass. With the sale of the Arcam and some piggy Bank money, I should have a budget of around 2.5k. Can any of you amplifier aficionados point me in the right direction? I have my eye on a Musical Fidelity M6si which seems to tick all the boxes but would it be a good pairing with my Spendors? I'm open to any and all options and opinions (including constructive criticism) so please fire away..... . Just some additional info: My plan is to buy a slimline Marantz NR1507/8/9 to handle my movie audio decoding and HDMI switching. MiniDSP 2x4HD with DIRAC built in to give me my room correction and parametric EQ tinkering fix that I love and need. I use REW regularly so using the miniDSP will be a joy. Then comes the integrated. I want something with plenty of power in reserve for 2 channel listening. Plenty of headroom is the key. I like to listen loud sometimes and that's where I feel the Arcam can struggle on occasion. With only 90w per channel, it isn't exactly a powerhouse. I'm not interested in valves as the wife would have a fit and I know for a fact my 3 year old son would see the warm glow and want to touch it. I'm happy to answer any questions you guys might have. Including questions on my sanity.
  11. b3rimbau

    riddle of the hum

    My c1988 Arcam Alpha has started to hum: The hum starts immediately at power-on and sometimes declines a little; occasionally a lot over 20 minutes or so When the power is disconnected the hum ceases immediately and the amplified sound continues clearly for a second until the charge is dissapated The hum affects all source channels The hum is not affected by the volume control - it is pretty loud irrespective of volume setting I've replaced the big PSU electrolytic capacitors and this hasn't fixed the problem What is the answer to the riddle? Thanks!
  12. Imagine if all DACs and CD players didn't sound the same... hey, humour me here. Mike (Stylesound) popped round this afternoon for a coffee and a natter: Mike might like to add to what follows. Those wammers with a memory (there must be one, surely?) may recall that I bought the heart of my vintage Pioneer Urushi-design system (M-90 power amp, C-90 pre-amp, Prologue 100 floorstanders) from Mike last year. I have since added the contemporaneous PD-91 CD player, F-91 tuner, CT-91 cassette player and earlier PL-530 turntable. Conversation turned to the Arcam RingDAC-based CD players as Mike has been engaged in conversations about how they stack up against the multi-format DV139 which I also own and which some have been hailing as a great value alternative... and a mini-bake-off was born. Arcam CD23T vs Arcam DV139 vs (legendary, apparently: Eddie-Baby, your ears should be burning!) Pioneer PD-91. Rest of system: Arcam A39, Celef LS8's, REL Strata II, Isotek GII MiniSub, ProAc Signature Black speaker cable, custom Thai/eBay interconnects, LAT AC-2 mains cables, Custom Design Oak rack, comfy cushions, Booths' Columbian coffee. Just one track: Jamie Woon's Night Air from the album Mirrorwriting. The incumbent Arcam CD23T was up first: an engaging listen across the spectrum - clear treble, lovely midrange, crisp and powerful bass, notably where the winding bass kicks in around 90 secs in. Arcam and dCS may have fallen out and failed to agree commercial terms to continue to deploy the superb RingDAC after its first few years but that DAC is legendary for a reason. Next up the Arcam DV139: these machines are superb as a DVD player, with upscaling that works wonders. £1800 (!) new, now £300-400ish used: a "barg" as my kids would say. Conveniently the DV139 handles DVD-A (not tried) and SACD (excellent) as well as CD via its "CD DIrect" circuitry which I have never tried (why would I with a CD23T to hand?). So should Mike consider one as an excellent value and format-agnostic player? Well, no. I described the SQ as "thin" with which Mike agreed, though we didn't have a micrometer to hand to measure the thinness (sorry, Serge ). Just not emotionally engaging at all. I'd strongly recommend this player to anyone looking for a DVD player which will wring the best out of their "legacy lo-res" movies and will enjoy hi-res audio as a bonus, but it was a pale shadow of the CD23T from the same Arcam stable. Finally the Pioneer PD-91: from 1990ish when Pioneer were pulling out all the stops to show just how good Japanese engineeering could be. Ridiculously over-engineered with for example a copper honeycomb chassis and an externally mounted transformer on which the mounting screws were to be tightened only for shipping so it could be decoupled from the rest of the player during playback. More buttons for playback options than a sane person would consider using if they wanted to spend more time listening to music than setting up the litening experience... Mad but beautiful. Eddie-Baby, look away now: legendary it may be, and enjoyable it was today, with lovely clear treble and mid. But the bass was noticeably muddy compared with the Arcam CD23T. The winner: Arcam CD23T. And by, to me, a surprising margin. This was not one of those repeat-listening-marginal-differences sessions and did not need to be. If you're into that sort of thing (and most wammers are distinctly not) the only difference not documented above is that the CD23T was plugged into the Isotek GII MiniSub and the other two CDPs went straight into the wall. If that explains the performance difference then I'll electrocute myself with my own filthy mains. A great afternoon - thanks Mike.
  13. Hi all, I've been experiencing some trouble with my A&R Cambridge A60 amplifier and would greatly appreciate if any of you more knowledgeable wammers could lend their expertise to help me diagnose and fix the problem. Thanks! So, what's happening is that I've seemingly lost the output signal from one channel, entirely. Previously, the amp had been running perfectly until blowing some fuses; which I've since replaced. After the new fuses had been fitted, it worked just fine for about half of a LP before the signal dropped out to the right hand channel. There is some serious crackling whenever I try and isolate the right hand channel, via the balance knob, and am yet to get any other sound out of the unit. It is also worth noting that I can't get any signal from the right hand channel from the headphone jack either. I've troubleshooted both the speakers and speaker cables, and am confident that the fault lies within the amp. Does anybody have any experience with the A60, or with this same problem, whom can recommend the best way to resolve this issue? My working assumption is that there's a dry joint within the potentiometer; Is there a simple fix that might eliminate the need to replace the pot? Thanks, Trent.
  14. I am looking for a pair of these speakers to be used as computer speakers. Preferable finish silver but black also acceptable. I will be fixing these to the wall at ear height so as not to take up space on the desk.I am as my name suggests in West Yorkshire and would like to pay between £100 and £130 for the pair.If anyone has a pair to sell please contact myself through the forum.Kind RegardsDave
  15. Arcam CD17 CD Player – originally £700 would sell for £350 Buyers will be referred to our selling customer http://www.audiologica.co.uk/special_offers.html
  16. Arcam AVR350 - originally £1495, would sell for £500 Buyer will be referred to our selling customer http://www.audiologica.co.uk/special_offers.html
  17. Black Arcam Diva CD72 Cd Player, black in excellent condition. Comes with original remote control, mains cable and user manual. Our price £139.
  18. The latest addition to the Arcam AV Receiver line up, the AVR390 comes in at £1999. Arcam has developed a reputation for balancing a finely honed technical specification with world class audio performance. The AVR390 AV Receiver offers a level of sound quality that is far above competing receivers. Equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music, the AVR390 Receiver delivers stunning realism with everything from heavyweight blockbusters to your favourite concert video. Set for release in September 2016 we are now taking pre orders of the Arcam AVR390, contact us to register your interest on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk. Arcam AVR390 Features: Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 decoding, DTS:X ready 4K (UHD) HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs, ARC compatible Dirac Live® for Arcam room correction Spotify® Connect enabled 7 channel high performance amplifier on board Ethernet, RS232 and IR control Free MusicLife iOS UPnP and control app Trade In Of course at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing receiver against Arcam AVR390, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in. Finance Available We can also offer buy now pay later on the Arcam AVR390 AV Receiver allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.
  19. The latest addition to the Arcam AV Receiver line up, the AVR390 comes in at £1999. Arcam has developed a reputation for balancing a finely honed technical specification with world class audio performance. The AVR390 AV Receiver offers a level of sound quality that is far above competing receivers. Equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music, the AVR390 Receiver delivers stunning realism with everything from heavyweight blockbusters to your favourite concert video. Set for release in September 2016 we are now taking pre orders of the Arcam AVR390, contact us to register your interest on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk. Arcam AVR390 Features: Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 decoding, DTS:X ready 4K (UHD) HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs, ARC compatible Dirac Live® for Arcam room correction Spotify® Connect enabled 7 channel high performance amplifier on board Ethernet, RS232 and IR control Free MusicLife iOS UPnP and control app Trade In Of course at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing receiver against Arcam AVR390, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in. Finance Available We can also offer buy now pay later on the Arcam AVR390 AV Receiver allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.