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B&W CDM 1 SE and ARCAM sounds HARSH? WHY?

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by STIFA, Jun 9, 2005.

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  1. STIFA

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    So my systemis as follows:

    Arcam Alpha 8r integrated
    Arcam alpha 9p power amp
    Arcam alpha 8 CD Player
    B&W CDM 1 SE
    VanDenHul CS-122 speaker cable with D-102 mk3 interconnects

    Sound has brutal resolution and dynamics but it is hard on the ears , highs are harsh ,
    It lacks a bit of warmth too.

    I bought all of these used from a friend, but I was told that it takes some time for components to mix together (BURN-IN)
    ??? TRUE??
    What is the problem? should I change to new cables and which?
     
  2. Hifi addict

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    well, both the CS-122 and D-102 are not the best in the high frequencies. They both tend to overdo the high notes. I would also expect that your voices are a little bit "tight" or "small".

    Try some other speakercables 1st (whatever you can get your hands on)
     
  3. radio

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    I agree. Finding a speaker to your liking which may not be liked by others or may not be approved of others...

    I find most brands out there to be very harsh.. polk.. paradigm... psb image series... i found the AE Aesprit series to be not so bad...

    but its all dependent on what you prefer...

    i am anti-harshness and arcam in its class has little or no harshness if paired with fitting speakers.
     

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