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Arcam P38??

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by Baltika_no_9, Aug 10, 2005.

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  1. Baltika_no_9

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    The handbook for the C31/P35/P1 available from the Arcam website http://www.arcam.co.uk/prod_fmj_C31_intro.cfm has pictures of how to connect the pre-amp to a power amp. Although the text clearly says P35 as the power amp, the diagrams mark the power amp as a P38. Is this an announcement? Should I hold off buying my P35? :)

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    I would highly suspect this is a typo in the manual. I have been given no indication of a new stereo power amplifier on its way, and as a dealer I usually get informed well ahead of time.
     
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    Since the text repeatedly refers to the P35 I agree with crustyloafer. Should be a typo
     
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    Bummer, A high power Arcam gain matched stereo power amp is just what I’ve been waiting for... I have a CD33 + C30 + 2 * P35 but I’m thinking of getting bigger speakers so I was planning hopping to get a higher power Arcam amp to drive the base first then follow that up wit a second one when funds will allow. Alternative plan is to get a Bryston 4B-SST. It won’t match the rest but I know it will have the power I need. Well if something is announced in the next month or so I will still be interested otherwise need to jump ship.
     
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    What speakers did you have in mind?

    I ask because I auditioned your very combination against a CD33/C30/2xP1 and the P1s were better by a country mile which surprised me greatly. (The speakers used on that occasion were Linn Akurate 242s which are 87 Db/W sensitivity and reputedly a difficult load.)

    I've since had an extended listening session using CD33/C30/2xP1s with the new(ish) B&W 802D and even (gulp) the 800D and the P1s handled them both superbly. I think you'd have to go quite a long way up in price to find something obviously better. For example, the Meridian 559 was no better in my view and it's on a par spec-wise with the Bryston.

    (The 800D is simply the best speaker I've ever heard: think QUAD electrostatic with bass but I digress...).

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    My main target is the 802D's. I’ve not had a serious listen to these yet but I did demo the 803D's extensively with my setup and they were defiantly running out of breath trying to control the base. I actually bought my current setup in preparation for a pair of B&W 703's. In that context I also listened to the 703's driven by the P1's but I felt that although the base was a little more sure with the P1's there was more detail and sense of involvement with the P35 Bi-Amp. They gave a much better sense of instrument separation and reality in my opinion. I got the amps first and then borrowed the 703's just to check room compatibility. Only to discover that they were too weedy to drive my room (6.5m * 5.5m * 5m). Only then did I try the new 800 series and I was blown away. I’m now gong to be investing a lot more in my hi-fi but I want it to last this time! In hindsight I may well have been better of with the P1’s and that is one expensive lesson I have now learned: Don’t buy any part of an amp speaker combo until I have tried the whole setup at home! I still have the option of getting a pair of P1's and bi-amping those with one of my p35's (and selling the other) I will be trying this combo, the P1s on their own, as well as the Bryston + anything else the dealer can put up against them. Of course if a P38 or P45 or whatever turns up then that will get a go too.

    James
     

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