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Arcam Alpha 9 v NAD C352

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by GW43, Mar 9, 2005.

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    Any thoughts on which would be best? Used mainly for music (rock, indie etc.), although DVDs and the telly get plumbed through from time to time.

    I like the Arcam sound from my old Alpha 5+. The Alpha 9s on E-Bay are going for around £250-270 plus postage, whereas the NAD C352 is around £300 new, so there's nothing in the price, and power outputs are about the same.

    So - what's best? New NAD, or 4-5 year old Alpha 9?
     
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    If it was me I would buy the new NAD. I have trouble with my Alpha 9 crackling etc when I alter the volume, or change scource position. Probably just needs serviced, but my mates also does the same. Never heard a NAD amp so I cannot comment, but I think £300 is expensive for the an old Alpha 9 amp, mine only cost me £499 about 7 years ago new, so £300 sounds a bit of a rob to me. Arcam gear seems to keep its money well if it was japanese it would be worth peanuts. Just my opinion, others may differ!!
     
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    Thanks Wokeye

    I have seen your comments about the volume pot and selector switch repeated by other people, so perhaps its a common problem with this model. My 9 year old Alpha 5+ is fine in this regard, so it may be model specific.

    I agree the prices seem high, but I've tracked several on E-bay and that's what they're making.

    I'm having a bit of a re-think anyway, and looking at an A65 and then adding a power amp later for bi-amping. A 2nd hand P75 of older Alpha power amp would be ok - no volume controls or selector switches to worry about!
     

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