CD - AMP advice please for sub £1000


Standard Member
Hi there

I'm looking for a new Amp and CD combo and have looked at the following, I'd be gratefull for any experiences with any of these and any general advice with my search :-

opps....connecting to Celestion Impact 40 floorstanders...91db-4ohm and listen to mostly rock ( though some country classical etc )

Marantz SA7001 - PM7001 cira £750

had Marantz CDs in past and always loved the sound and both seem to get good solid reviews...HI-FI Choice etc.

Denon DCD1500AE - PM1500 cira £850

Looks good spec and gets good reviews

Cambridge Audio 740C - 740A £1000

Very good reviews and I can go to the shop....

Arcam CD73 - A80 circa £550-600 on ebay.

Arcam always seems to get good reviews and no probelm with used Hifi had plenty never had any problems.

Original 2008F CD - Dussun V6i amp circa £1000 ( inclu taxes ) hi-end/dussun v6i.html

I would prefer the simplicity and safeness of a UK deal but you cannot argue with the Chinia gears bang/buck.

If anyone has any experiences or views on the above choices and any recommendations on these or indeed any other combo's I'd be most gratefull.


Cable Monkey

Well-known Member
Your main issue IMO is driving those 4 ohm speakers. I am a Cambridge Audio owner and fan so I would certainly suggest a listen if you can, and of course any listening has to be via your speakers or other similarly specified speakers to see if the amp gets distressed.


Distinguished Member
91db and 4 ohms isn't that tricky.... my Dyn's are 86db and 4 ohms and i've heard them sound stunning off the Arcam Solo, which would be something i'd urge anyone to test at the £1000 price point... sounds far better than it has any right to!

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