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NAD C542 VS Rotel RCD-02 vs Cambridge audio 640C

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Pineapple, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Pineapple

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    These are my main choices in this price point. Can anyone help me narrow it down please?

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    Not without a listen really. What are they to be connected to?
     
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    Rotel RA-01 amplifier and B&W 602 S3 Speakers
     
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    If what you have now does not sound a bit bright and "in your face" then the matching CD is a natural choice. The 640C is a good choice to warm things up a little however.
     
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    Just go and demo the stuff in superfi -they should have your amp and speakers in stock.
     
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    RCD-02 sounds great with the matching amp.
     
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    As the guys said, go and have a listen for yourself. My preference however would be the NAD (I was originally tossing up between that and the Cambridge).
     
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    I have the NAD and love it, in fact with the same speakers as Markie Boy :) Good choice!
     
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    Another factor to consider is reliability and build quality, in which case the Rotel wees on the others from a very great height.

    Sounds great and would be the perfect aesthesitc match too.

    The CA is very good though (when its working) and does have a lovely remote.

    DT
     
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    I dont think Rotel is built any better than the NAD. From the outside the Cambridge wins hands down, but despite the plastiky look/feel of the NAD - its the internals which are more important and I dont think NAD are behind the other two in this regard.
    dynamic turtle may have experiences with reliability issues with the mentioned items, heck you could buy a Rotel and still end up with a mechanical lemon!!!
     
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    The Rotel is clearly going to look the best with a Rotel amp, no arguments about it as far as I'm concerned. Although the performance of all is fair similar IMHO, the Rotel also edges it in the performance stakes... and I personally think the Rotel looks the best full stop.
     

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