Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Pineapple, Jan 28, 2005.
These are my main choices in this price point. Can anyone help me narrow it down please?
Not without a listen really. What are they to be connected to?
Rotel RA-01 amplifier and B&W 602 S3 Speakers
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.
Just go and demo the stuff in superfi -they should have your amp and speakers in stock.
RCD-02 sounds great with the matching amp.
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).
I have the NAD and love it, in fact with the same speakers as Markie Boy Good choice!
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.
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!!!
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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