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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by woosey, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. woosey

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    Hi

    Ive been into Car Audio for quite a whlie now and have competeted in the national competions in SQ so i know most (not all!!!) of the theroy invovled with audio, at the start of this month i decided to sort my IHE out and so far i have bought

    Mission 771E
    Rotel RB 960 BX
    Rotel 971 mrk 2
    an in house sub (the missions are only bookshelf so im guessing there not great at <50-60hz

    Now for my source i was planning to use a car headunit (it uses VERY good DAC's, its the alpine 7969 incase you wondered)

    What sort of equipment should i be looking at next? is the equipment i have bought so far good?

    thanks

    Chris
     
  2. gandley

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    Car audio aint home audio dude

    Id ditch the alpine and search out some decent kit

    No offence intened its just you will get a much better sound else where

    Rest off your kit ok.

    search out mission 773e as these have great clarity and more beef and can be found cheap.
     
  3. woosey

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    no offence taken mate, but this was an £800 headunit in its day!!!! anyone into car audio would know about the quality :)

    I do know i need a decent source, which is why i came on here, for advice, what sort of decks would be good? would i be better sticking with rotel?

    Also still go to buy the cables, oh joy :eek:

    cheers for the help so far

    Chris
     
  4. alexs2

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    Not sure what your budget for a CD player would be,but without too much disrespect to your Alpine(which I know is a good piece of ICE gear)you'd honestly be MUCH better off with a decent CD player...the clocking,regulation,jitter etc are generally much better on a purpose built piece of equipment.
    Give us some idea of how much you want to spend,and may be able to give some more useful advice regarding what the better buys are in your price range.
     
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    It depends what u want to spend.

    Wasnt dissin the alpine head unit as i have a 7894 in the beemer
    Alpine is quality. but they dont sound the same in your loung.

    the more u can spend on the cd deck the better. but a particular high quality midrange deck is the NAD C541i. its clarity is awsome for its price and has hdcd dcoding onboard which helps with ordinary cd as well.

    so compare NAD, Arcam diva CD82T, Rotel RCD-02 as these are all PERFORMERS but nad got my vote

    Hope that helps
     
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    hey

    budget for the deck, upto 200-250, i know thats not much but im a poor student!! I would prefer as cheap as possible (dont sony do one for around £80 that got some good reviews) but i realise that a bad source = bad system, so bad part to be tight on

    So far i have got some real bargins IMO

    Rotel 960 - 160
    Mission 771e - 60
    Rotel 971 - 90

    this is only for a smallish room so i dont think floor standards would work to well, so opted for book shelf speakers

    Also how much benefit would a pre amp be to me? i have two power amps so far and im sure i could improve things somewhat using a pre amp,

    thanks

    Chris
     
  7. alexs2

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    OK...well worth your while looking at Marantz,Rotel and Nad in that sort of price range,and also worth trawling ebay and ex-dem for decent(and recent) ex-dem and secondhand players.

    As for preamps....basically you're saying that you would otherwise route the CD direct into the power amps...not a good idea as you'll end up running the speakers at full tilt,with no volume control.

    A few(and generally expensive) CD playuers do have volume controls,and apart from a separate active preamp,you may be able to use a relatively cheap passive preamp if you only intend to use CD as a source....QED and Creek Audio both make passive pre's.

    www.ex-dem.co.uk
     
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    im new to home audio

    :eek:

    although, my rotel 971 looks to have volume control on the front?!

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Andywilliams

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    Hi Woosey
    Hi spek where doing the nad c541i for 199 quid check this months
    what hifi sound and vision mag.
    Iam a bit miffed as just paid 300 quid a couple of months ago and it is a nice peice of kit.
    Cheers Gonzo.
     
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    Absolutely right!....just use that....what you have there is an integrated amp(pre and power sections combined)..as you can see,Rotel's model numbering isn't my strong suit either.
     
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    think you were thinking of the RB which is just a power amp

    very clever numbering!! think ill have to get used to it too :D

    would i be better with a dedicated pre amp?
     

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