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tag Mclaren DP processor winner

Discussion in 'TAG McLaren Audio Owners' Forum' started by targetrich, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. targetrich

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    To whoever won the DP processor on ebay a few moments ago.....

    You only won it because my girlfriend took me out for a drink!

    bugger buger bugger!
     
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    I was fairly sure you would get it.
     
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    I think this is the first "new" or "as new" DP unit that went on ebay for <2k
     
  4. targetrich

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    I know! I was prepared to go a little bit higher but was dragged out. I'm not happy at all. My 32R is too old to make sending it back to Tag cost effective.

    So the wait goes on. I consloe myself by saying I didn't want a silver one anyway. Would clash terribly.
     
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    :rotfl: No accounting for taste! :devil:
     
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    "silver".......no wonder it went for less than £2k, black ones are worth £1k more, as that is what my one went for :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
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    how much did it go for in the end?
     
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    Nic.
    £1960 or there abouts.
    Was only 5.1 though? which i never quite got.
    No THX2, No PL2x, No THX-EX, No DTS-ES, No Action Switches, No Zone 2, No Height Channel, etc
    Although not all may be used for the £500 extra that i have seen ths odd 7.1 DP go for (£2.5k - £2.6k) it almost seems rude not to go for the 7.1 for the extra money involved.
     
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    yup, about £1960 for a 5.1 system. I don't have a 7.1 system, but the DP would be a significant advance on my basic model. IAG charge way too much for upgrading an old processor. Which leaves me considering my options. again. Would my DVD32R work through a Naim AV2? Does it have digital inputs for sound?
     
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    It appears I am not the only one bauking at the £2.5k upgrade cost and wondering what the best way forward is....DP or a old proc bargain.....
     
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    I don't think the £2500 is unreasonable considering that they fit a new mainboard with 192 dacs etc (I don't think they can rework the old one) also it might involve a new chassis and 5.1 bypass board BUT (and its a biggy) the 3 month warranty stinks, nobody is going to like the idea of parting with £2.5K for that and who could blame them. IAG need to revise this or at the very least increase the price but include longer warranty.
     
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    I thought they would rework my old board, if there is a new board it sounds better.
     
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    My one had everything but DAB (7.1)...... Worth every penny of £3k.....
     
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    can noone answer my question about the Naim AV2?
     
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    I thank you. I'll see what the AV2 goes for on ebay....
     
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    Hope it helps....very nicely made in the Naim fashion but sonically quite different from the AV32R/AV192R.

    Good luck.
     
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    how would you describe the sonical differences between the two contenders?
     
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    Just my views,and nothing more....the Naim sound is generally characterised as being fast almost to the point of edgy,and tends to emphasize that,and also the usual things of pace and rythm,none of which are bad,but it's just the overall tonal balance I'm attempting to describe.

    I'm sure you're well aware of TAG's general sound balance,but I'd describe it as being perhaps a bit less edgy overall,but no less detailed....it just suited my requirements better overall,having tried a good bit of Naim gear over the yrs.
     
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    thank you very much for your descrition.

    hm... naim is even brighter than tag. where would you sort in the linn sound? always compared to my really beloved dualsharc.
     
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    Not so much brighter as such,just a bit of a sharp sound for my tastes.....I've owned a fair bit of Linn gear over the years,and never liked their lower powered amps much as they tend to run out of steam quite easily,but the old Klout was a very neutral and tolerant amp with plenty of power,and the newer SMPS type amps( the laughingly named "Klimax" etc)are also very neutral and powerful,much in the vein of Chord amps.
     
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    interesting. You've probably seen my Naim AV2 vs. Tag DP threat in the processor section. I'm increasingly frustrated about the fact that DP's aren't made anymore and are as rare as hen's teeth when it comes to second hand units for sale - noone wants to part with them! Which is why I reckon the Naim AV2 will do instead. Ultimately it will prove alot more expensive as I'll have to get a separate preamp for my LP12/CD source, but will suit the NAP250.2 and 150 power amps.

    The principle source of frustration is the Tag DVD32R which goes so well with the AV32R I currently have, but it looks like it'll have to go through an AV2 instead!
     
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    Yes....I did see the thread....it's left a real hole in the market,into which there are few contenders left to fall....the Proceed,Naim and a few others are very worthy,but all lack one or other feature that the AV32R/DP has,and whilst the AV2 is different sonically,and lacks some obvious features,like room correction and video processing,but otherwise,the sound quality is very good.
     
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    I reached the same conclusion.

    I'm not very good a 'fiddly' hifi anyway! At the moment I'm struggling to set up my new rel Strata 5 sub (well, it's not as complicated as I had first thought, but you get the idea).
     
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    Very much so....subs I think are one of the most difficult bits of a system to get working at their best,and benefit from as much fiddling as possible to get things right.
    It's again one of the strengths of the DP in being able to iron out the remaining problems with a sub once you've got it positioned correctly,and such a shame that more manufacturers dont provide this,with TACT being about the only that does a really good one currently,albeit at quite a price.
     
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    I've got two REL Strata II subs. Tried to set 'em up myself, but in the end left it to the clever man from Rayleigh Hi-Fi when he set up the TMREQ. Being an inveterate tweaker, I've tried changing them a bit, but they just never sound as good as he got them!

    Incidentally, I'm interested in the comparison between Naim & Tag. I've got exclusively Naim amplification for my 7.1 system, some of the amps (2 active NAP250s) & the front two Naim SBL speakers being very old. I personally love the sound, particularly using my trusty LP12 & vinyl, and they're beautifully built.

    When my DVD32R packed up for the third time, I had a demo of a DVD5 Naim player. Piccy was fine, sound on Digital multichannel also OK, but with CD there was no contest, the TAG was head & shoulders above the Naim.

    Luckily, since getting it back the DVD has been fine (am I tempting providence by even mentioning it?). I can't say I've listened to many different systems, but I really think the TAG DP 32R & DVD is a really superb combination. I dread the day when We'll be parted! :(
     
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    Likewise,I love my DP,and apart from the rather more expensive TACT,I can't think of anything that could replace all of what it does,and thanks to John Mulcahy,the TMREQ wizard is so much easier to use as well.
     
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    how do you rate the smaller of the two Gxx meridians? it also has something similar to the ingenious tmreq from tag with a similar price tag...
     
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    Not something I've tried to be honest,so I wouldt like to hazard a guess,although the older Meridians I've owned or tried have always been superbly made.
     
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    Also interesting. So what else, other than the AV2, are the best processors in this price bracket?
     

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