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Arcam Solo: any opinions?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Stick1, Apr 9, 2005.

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    There were a few encouraging comments (Arcam Forum) a month or two ago, but nothing recently, apparently. Anybody have any opinions? What about alternatives for the same money?
     
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    Very nice bit of kit, pretty well built apart from the front buttons which look squint sometimes, but this is only because they are all square which emphasises it when they are not straight. Great sound, a bit brighter and snappier than Arcam's usual sound. It's only rival wouod be the Linn Classik which can be had for a little less money but doesn't come with a DAB tuner and sound a bit dull in comparison.
     
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    I think that crustyloafer has hit the nail fairly well.

    For a grand there is no competition for the solo. The Linn sounds as flat as a pancake and is a little lifeless.....

    As for the solo its a great one box solution with one very very small caveat... use sensitive speakers... having tried it with Rega R5s a compact floorstander with high ish 89dbw.. it sounded punchy and detailed with a great central soundstage with nice dynamics.... this was preferable to the sound when driving a slightly more difficult load a pair of PMC GBs...

    Overall... a gerat product and one will be making its way into my bedroom very soon....

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    OK, thanks, both. I'll be off to audition one with renewed enthusiasm.
     
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    I think I'm going to try and demo these soon. The idea appeals to me as I want this for a bedroom too. For anyone that’s used it, did you test the strength of the DAB/FM tuner?

    I'm a bit sceptical as to how good it sounds though, I’m not sure whether I’d use the tuner and therefore may go for separates for a similar price.
     
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    The DAB/FM chip used in the Solo is the same as that used in their new DT91 FM/DAB tuner which retails for £450 alone, it is a very good tuner indeed.
     
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    Drat again Crusty! I was hoping you would say it is rubbish. As you know, I’m thinking of the MF combo but this seems so much more practical! Choices…

    Btw, congrats on your 1000th post! :clap:
     
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    Woo Hoo, I hadn't even noticed. Thanks. :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
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    Does anyone have opinions on the Quattro. It seems to be more expensive than the solo, but I've been impressed with Cyrus.

    Thanks
     

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