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Arcam vs Roksan

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Johnny Thunder, Jan 5, 2005.

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  1. Johnny Thunder

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    Hello guys........
    Could you please give me an honest comparison of the
    Arcam Diva CD73T v Roksan Kandy MKIII.
    Please do not take price into consideration.
    I would be running the CD deck through a Home Cinema Amp.
    Denon AVR 3805.
    Thanks.
    Johnny.
     
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    Johnny,

    I have the CD73t and also have a CD192 on home trial at present. Both these CD players are 5 star rated and deliver a detailed and refined sound. I have to say I can notice little improvement between the 73 and 192, the 192 just sounds slightly more refined and detailed but not much in my opinion, that's how good the CD73 is. I have not heard the Roksan Kandy, but I have compared the CD192 to the Roksan Caspian CD player. The Arcam is a little less forward and is, to my ear, a sweeter sound but I was impressed by the Caspian as it really dug out more depth and was more "in your face"....sorry but I can't think of any other way to describe it.

    As the Arcam players sound very similar, I would expect the Caspian and the Kandy will probably have a similar sound aswell. Best bet is find a dealer who will allow a home trial and see what you think.
     
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    Hi Johnny,
    I expect both will be limited by your AV Amp. No offence but AV amps (unless you spend a lot) generally don't cut it for 2 channel duties.
    Best advice is to arrange a demo. You're the one who has to live with your choice, not us! :)
    HTH
     
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    Thanks for all your input guys.
    I have listened to the Arcam through the Denon amp and I was impressed.
    Could you give me some links to sites that do good discount on the Arcam.
    Thanks.
    Johnny.
     
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    In a word - NO!

    Arcam do not allow the sale of their equipment via internet sites. To buy Arcam you need to visit an authorised Arcam dealer.
    You also wont find Arcam gear advertised at a discount. The only way to get it below list price is to go into a dealers shop and haggle.

    Mark.
     
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    Thanks Mark.
     
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    i auditioned both the roksan (@£550) and the arcam (@£400) for a few hours side by side and found the roksan a more involving listen for my musical tastes - classical, dub, house and trance. You really need to partner it with a good stereo amp, rather than av amp tho. After a long runin, I have found the Roksan sounds sweet with my NAD amp (C352) - even better than with the Roksan amp which really surprised me. As has been mentioned though, its all a matter of personal taste you should get a demo of both with a range of different cds.
     
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    A friend of mine has the Roksan, and I have demo'd the Arcam.
    The Roksan is on a dedicated music system and sounds awesome.
    The Arcam was playing through its partnered Amp(cant remember
    the model no.), and that too sounded awesome.
    Bear in mind though, I have NEVER had what I would now call
    a good audio setup.
    I am currently rebuilding my Home Cinema, so, for now, it will
    be running through that system.
    I will consider the music side of things in a few months time
    (when the wife has come to terms with this spending spree).
    Then, I will seek advice on this forum regarding a second amp.
    Hope that makes sense.....
    Johnny.
     
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    Hi
    I run my caspian through my receiver and it does sound very good.Most decent cd players are loads better than dvd players even those that cost quite a bit like the denon 2900 which is supposed to be good with music.So you will benefit from a good cd spinner even though you are using an av amp.
    Cheers Gonzo.
     
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    In my experience even a £100 DVD player with a decent external DAC will better a £1500 CD player any day. There's nothing wrong with DVD players as transports but the DAC's tend to be rubbish.
    In my experience there's little point in trying to make an AV system into a CD system. You end up spending a lot of money and still not getting it right. AV amps (unless you spend an awful lot) are let down badly by the stereo pre/power stages thus limiting how good things get.
     

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