Can you recommend me a preamp DAC for ELAC NAVIS ARB-51

TheCrazy

Active Member
Ordered the Navis!

Looking for a DAC that has volume control in the region of 500 - 300 bob.

Any suggestions what DAC would pair well with the Navis? Thanks!
 
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Paul7777x

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Oddly, but not really at all, if you want some true excellence for your budget I’d seriously buy one of these using the preouts to drive your actives.

In fact I did.


A superb preamp and as musical as you’ll ever find for that amount of cash.

It drives my Adams wonderfully.

Arc is a bonus very much worth having too.

You'll be surprised and delighted; promise.
 

TheCrazy

Active Member
Oddly, but not really at all, if you want some true excellence for your budget I’d seriously buy one of these using the preouts to drive your actives.

In fact I did.


A superb preamp and as musical as you’ll ever find for that amount of cash.

It drives my Adams wonderfully.

Arc is a bonus very much worth having too.

You'll be surprised and delighted; promise.
That actually would be a good option for me as I'd also like to add a surrond sound system. That would be fantastic for movies.

ARC might also be very cool. The Elac have some EQ on them, but I think its very basic. I am intrigued by ARC.

Only worry I have is, would one not need a high quality DAC to get the best out of something like the Elac Navis?

Reviews mention the speakers are very transparent to your front end and will scale.
 

Paul7777x

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I wouldn’t worry about the dac quality. The Anthem dac/pre combination is first class.

You will not get a better combination for even twice your budget.

I’m constantly surprised by its fidelity and dynamic capabilities. And the detail retrieval is also better than impressive.

Anthem do have a good history in hifi, and remember that even the 300 were £1150 new, and were regarded as awesome at the time. And still are.

The 300 is driving my Adam Compacts as well as I’ve ever heard them, and they are three grand active speakers.

If for some reason I can’t fathom, you found the Anthem not to your taste then you’d get your money back selling it on, so I’d suggest it’s very much worth a shot.
 

TheCrazy

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I am seriously considering getting them. Do you use ARC on it? If so did you find it effective?

I am not sure not being 4K compatible if that is an issue for me.

If I wanted 4K say for instance on my Macbook, I could just connect it straight to my TV and then optical out to the AVR.

Might actually get them along with a pair of Adam 7s to test out, while the Navis are on their way. Could take quite a while since theyre coming from Germany. Already badly missing not having a real HiFi system.

I have some thoughts about the LS50W, shame I didnt do a videoreview. I will do one for the Elacs and compare them to what I thought about LS50w.
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
I do use ARC; from around 350hz down.

It does indeed sort out any bass blooming from the room.

Much better in my room where the Adams had a whopping 10dB gain at around 70-90Hz peak.

Much more transparent sound when its gone.

I only use a Blu-ray player for films so it’s hdmi in and out from the Anthem for me. But optical out from the tv works well too with the very occasional tv film I might watch.

I’m just listening now to some excellent recordings of Vivaldi quartets.

The dynamic swings and separation of instruments is just very impressive. And for £300 or so, quite ridiculously good.
 

Gilbers

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It’s at the upper end of your budget, but you may want to stretch to this:

MRX 710

The x10 range supports the latest ‘Genesis’ version of the ARC software, which offers improved sound quality and can be run on an Apple Mac (older versions of ARC are PC only and require a serial to USB adapter). The 710 is also a much better specced surround amp.
 

TheCrazy

Active Member
It’s at the upper end of your budget, but you may want to stretch to this:

MRX 710

The x10 range supports the latest ‘Genesis’ version of the ARC software, which offers improved sound quality and can be run on an Apple Mac (older versions of ARC are PC only and require a serial to USB adapter). The 710 is also a much better specced surround amp.
It does seem like the ARC is easier to use on this one, and it also has 4K passthrough. Seems like they are both great quality.

This is unfortnately, only pick up in Bournemouth and in London. I do actually have a Mac, but Windows is bootcamped on it. However, new Macs will have their own ARM chips so no more Windows on Mac on those ones. So in the future it might be nice to have it be Mac compatible. But wont be able to get this.
 

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