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post #31 of 67
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If you don't already have a DAC, get the Reference 7 to complete the chain I reckon. 


 

A Reference 7 to complete the chain is planned, but currently I don't really have a need for one in my main system.  My two main system sources are a Marantz SA-7S1 SACD/CD player and a Michell Gyrodec with a SME Series V and Graham Slee phono stage. 

A DAC to go with my Phoenix when I move it upstairs next to my computer is a more pressing need, I was considering the the Reference 5 for this, since it's similar in appearance to the Phoenix, but maybe I should get the Reference 7 and use it with the Phoenix until such time I a need for it in my main. If only I hadn't just learned my car needs a couple of thing doing to it that amount to more than the difference in cost between a Reference 5 and a Reference 7. 
 

post #32 of 67

The C-3 Final and a C-1 Master arrived today. Yes, just one, the right hand C-1, no matching left hand C-1.  

Fortunately, it seems the boxes just got seperated during shipping and the left hand C-1 Master should be with me on Tuesday.

 

Had a listen for couple hours to just the one channel to get an impression and I have to say, the C-3 Final and C-1 Master  together sounded incredible straight out the box.   

 

The C-1 Master at the end of the two hours was barely warm and the top plate isn't vented like the photos show on Audio-gd's website.

 

I'll post more when I've had a good listen to two channels.


Edited by Charnwood - 6/11/10 at 2:23pm
post #33 of 67

I have a feeling that once you hear it you'd start using the Reference Seven with your main system, and just use the Marantz as a transport (unless you were spinning SACD).

post #34 of 67
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I'll post more when I've had a good listen to two channels.

Please do!
 

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Originally Posted by Charnwood View Post

The C-3 Final and a C-1 Master arrived today. Yes, just one, the right hand C-1, no matching left hand C-1.  

Fortunately, it seems the boxes just got seperated during shipping and the left hand C-1 Master should be with me on Tuesday.

 

Had a listen for couple hours to just the one channel to get an impression and I have to say, the C-3 Final and C-1 Master  together sounded incredible straight out the box.   

 

The C-1 Master at the end of the two hours was barely warm and the top plate isn't vented like the photos show on Audio-gd's website.

 

I'll post more when I've had a good listen to two channels.


Awesome setup!  Been wanting to do this setup myself.   What speakers?

post #36 of 67
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I have a feeling that once you hear it you'd start using the Reference Seven with your main system, and just use the Marantz as a transport (unless you were spinning SACD).



I think you're probably correct though I do enjoy the Marantz and I do spin a few SACD's. The posibility of getting the Marantz modified once the warrenty expires has passed through my mind a few times but I worry that I may not like the result as much. There's a lot I like about the Marantz but there's also things that could be better. Adding a Reference 7 to the system when finances permit is a better option and what I'm intending to do to the main sytem next.

 

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Awesome setup!  Been wanting to do this setup myself.   What speakers?


My speakers are the original B & W Nautilus 804s in red cherry, a finish that's no longer available unfortunately. I've not been entirely happy with sound I've been getting but I've never been sure if it was due to short comings of the speakers or the amplifier. I had a Chord CPM 3300 on home demonstation for a few day just after Christmas to try and answer this question. In the UK, when the Nautilis 800 Series speakers first appeared they were often paired with Chord amps so I was expecting good things. I'm sorry to say the Chord made little difference. That is definitely not the case with the C-1 Master and C-3 Final combination and think I'm finally hearing what my speakers are truly capable of.  
 

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My speakers are the original B & W Nautilus 804s in red cherry, a finish that's no longer available unfortunately. I've not been entirely happy with sound I've been getting but I've never been sure if it was due to short comings of the speakers or the amplifier. I had a Chord CPM 3300 on home demonstation for a few day just after Christmas to try and answer this question. In the UK, when the Nautilis 800 Series speakers first appeared they were often paired with Chord amps so I was expecting good things. I'm sorry to say the Chord made little difference. That is definitely not the case with the C-1 Master and C-3 Final combination and think I'm finally hearing what my speakers are truly capable of.  
 


Sweet, that should be nice.  Those amps should make them do what they can do!

post #38 of 67
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One word: Krell
Why?
Krell amps are better?


Ya think? Probably can't compare to the heavyweights in this category, but nice effort.
 

post #39 of 67

The other half of my C-1 Master arrived on Tuesday as promised and it's clear that they're going to need some time to burn in and settle down.  But even now, after only about 10 hours, when partnered with the C-3 and given the right recording, they can make things sound uncannily real. I think this partly down to the clarity of the C-1's and C-3, and partly due to the way the C-1 Master handles all the low detail the C-3 provides.

post #40 of 67

Any news here? Is there another owner of these babies? New experiences?

 

I am looking for a good power amp (for Focal Electra 1007 Be at the moment) and a-g power amps are in the list of serious candidates.

post #41 of 67

Well, according to cyberspyder, they're crap as it's pretty clear he owns both the Krell and the AGD amps and done comparisons.

Kidding aside, if you're not impressed with his amplification, I'll buy them from you.

post #42 of 67

For my wallet, the a-g crap is better than the krell crap

 

just thinking (and still googling): C1 master could be excesively heavy weight for my setup. Maybe the C10-SE would be better companion for my beloved DAC1+Phoenix (and focal 1007be). It is a pity there is not much experience with audio-gd power amps.


Edited by seaice - 8/31/10 at 9:51pm
post #43 of 67

I had the FBI-500 and loved it- Kingwa thought that the Phoenix preamp with the C10 would be a little better. I have the Phoenix with an Emotiva XPA-2 amp and feel the sound isn't as good as the FBI-500 was (it's good though). If you really want to save money, the UPA-2 amp from Emotiva is quite good but you wouldn't be using the full potential of the Phoenix. I plan on getting the C10 at some point.

Good luck.

post #44 of 67

I'm thinking about either phoenix+C10, or selling my phoenix and getting FBI-500. If the difference is only "a little" I lean towards selling the phoenix. First I need good speakers though :p, if anyone finds a way to make audio-gd ship speakers internationally, let me know, I been eying the SP-5 for a long time :(.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/SpeakersCH.htm

post #45 of 67

many thanks tim3320070!

 

C10 looks really good for the Phoenix. Money is not the main concern here, I just feel the C1 is somewhat superfluous for my setup. I will give my decision some time to mature. thanks again!

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