One box solution ?

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  1. karkus30

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    Im sure there's a post somewhere but I cant find it. Any thoughts on a one box solution for someone who needs a simple, small unit with fantastic sound. Budget is pretty open as she is looking for something that is true hifi and has promised herself something for a long time.

    I dont usually ask about recommended systems, but in this case I am stuck.
     
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    Linn Classik. £600-700 new.
     
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    Cheers CJ. Anymore for anymore ??
     
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    Arcam Solo Music

    And for the well heeled....perhaps the Meridian F80
     
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    I owned a Classik for a while, having also demo'd the Solo. Tremendous quality with both CD and radio for a one box solution. Remote was slighly idiosyncratic. You could also hook up 2 sets of speakers to it.

    The Primare CDI10 is one I'd also like to listen to - heard some Primare stuff and liked it. I notice that there is an ex-demo one at Sevenoaks in Edinburgh for £800, which isn't a bad price (if you like the sound it makes that is).
     
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    It really is budget dependent, you can start with the little denon's and onkyo micro systems, which with decent speakers sound much better than you may expect. Say £250 to £300 plus speakers.

    You then move up to the Linn classic at around £700 plus speakers, then the Arcam Solo and Primare systems.

    You can also look at stuff like this but its about £2k plus speakers,
    UKD have a Audio analouge enigma in the bargain corner at the mo at £700, again plus speakers.

    Out of the ones I have heard I would go for the Classic.
     
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    It is hideous, though:eek:
     
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    Linn Classik...the earliest ones didn't come with radio for your information. Good system. Have seen them around and about for less than £500 which is a bit of a bargain I reckon.
    Shame the matching Unik speakers are a bit pants. Quad 11ls or Mordaunt Short 912s would be a contrasting set of suggestions for speakers. The MSs for more modern music and the Quads for acoustic, classical, jazz etc which needs more midrange detail.
     
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    Agreed...visually,not TAGs best day,although they can be found,and servcing etc is still available through IAG (and the Audiocellar AFAIK).
     
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    If you've got the cash, I was really impressed by the Solo as well. The Classik is good too, but I reckon the Solo is better (and worth the extra money). Not heard the Primare to compare.
     
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    Excellent advice Rory, Ive heard the Katans off a Linn Classik a few times and to me that is as simple a device and hifi as you could want (add a Sizmik off the pre-outs and I would be in hifi heaven) - FWIW one thing has always made me think the Solo is not up to scratch - a bit daft but hey hifi is a personal thing on sound and build IMHO - the buttons of the fascia all look higglety pigglety .... look at a lot of the photos on the net you'll see what I mean. FWIW there is a CD10i in the classfieds section of HFW for £700 just now.
     
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    Linn Classik but i am a Linn Fan:rolleyes:
     
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    What about the new Meridian Ferrari thing:-
    http://www.meridian-audio.com/m_news.htm
    Its been getting lots of raving reviews in the press, for both audio and video playback. Think it comes in about a grand and a half.
     
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    The Quads are a good cchoice. I ran mine with 11l's and they were really well suited. Also ran TB2+ through it with nice results, although the missus (who has good ears) preferred the Quads.
     
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    Thanks all. Im going to recommend the Linn system to my mate, with the option of the Arcam Solo. Let his mum listen to both. I have suggested the Quad 11s or some neat Motive 3s.

    I have a horrible lust for that Meridian thing ...........who posted that :devil:looks just the thing to be karted from kitchen to bedroom etc !! But £1500 !!! agghhh
     
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    If you have approximately £4k to hand the Meridian G95 is the mutt's nuts.

    Partnered with Mission E81's, E8c and B&W PV-1 it is sublime.
     
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    Marantz Arch 2.0 Integrated Music System ?

    Has the looks and the name.

    The Marantz Arch 2.0 Integrated Music System is a component-quality integrated music system that combines superior audio capabilities with unique styling that complements the most elegant decors. Finished in burnished high-gloss California walnut, the stunning Marantz Arch is equally at home in traditional and modern room settings.

    60-station programmable AM/FM/FM stereo tuner with category grouping feature and Auto Pre-Set System
    CD player features a wide variety of programming and random play options, including Auto Music Scan and Favorite Track Selection
    Soft touch controls
    Two-way speakers with 5-inch high-compliance woofer and ½-inch soft dome tweeter
    Built-in amplifier
    Electronic volume control with visual indicator
    Tone control system
    Dual-sided remote control
    Quartz clock with programmable timer
    Built-in incandescent lamps
    Connection for Marantz CC-870 100 disc CD changer

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