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post #76 of 95
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Wow! It's been awhile. Lots of things have changed since my last post!

I bought a pair of generic-looking black B&W stands ($100) for my 602's. I could definitely hear a minor upgrade in sound after putting the speakers on these stands.

I stricly use my MD deck for radio recordings. I make sweet 24-bit vinyl recordings through my Mac.

I'm ready for two new upgrades:

1) I'm purchasing the Rotel RT-02 tuner for radio recording. I didn't want to wear out my RX-1050 by plugging in and out of the tape out on the receiver (for when I need to record to my Mac or MD)....I really wanted the Rotel tuner that's one step higher than the RT-02, but I couldn't justify spending more money for a tuner. This will cost me $300 (I'm picking it up Saturday)

2) I'm ready to upgrade my low-end Yamaha CD deck. I need to decide between two models: Rotel RCD-02 or Marantz DV-6400. I'm going to A/B them at the shop. I really love how SACD's sound, so I'm interested in the Marantz universal player. However, if regular CD's will sound better in the Rotel deck, I would rather just go with that and wait out the SACD/DVD-A war. Any suggestions on what choice I should make?
post #77 of 95
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I should also clarify: I'm only interested in 2-channel SACD. It will be a long time before I go 5.1. I would prefer to invest in a Loewe before I invest in the other speakers. SOOO...

It's Rotel RCD-02 vs. Marantz DV-6400...

Any advice? (Like I said, if redbook CD's will sound better in the Rotel, then I'll just have to continue to live without SACD for now and go with the Rotel)
post #78 of 95
I can only tell you about the rotel, since I own that one (see sig). I absolutely love how the rotel sounds combined with my other items; it's one of the most decent cd players I ever listened to. Not as if I listened to all too many cd-players in that price-range though. I also heard many good things about marantz, but the salesman in our country's "audiophile" shop told me that a rotel setup in general would fit the b&w speakers very much.
I suggest you to read reviews about both players and to found your decision on that. Also found your decision on whether you want to be able to listen to sacd or not. You really have to listen to both players yourself on your own setup and should take your decision then, if you can have the possibility of doing so.

One more thing : They say that rotels tend to sound analytic, which I tend to like with a touch of warmth .
post #79 of 95
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Originally Posted by Alu
I can only tell you about the rotel, since I own that one (see sig). I absolutely love how the rotel sounds combined with my other items; it's one of the most decent cd players I ever listened to. Not as if I listened to all too many cd-players in that price-range though. I also heard many good things about marantz, but the salesman in our country's "audiophile" shop told me that a rotel setup in general would fit the b&w speakers very much.
I suggest you to read reviews about both players and to found your decision on that. Also found your decision on whether you want to be able to listen to sacd or not. You really have to listen to both players yourself on your own setup and should take your decision then, if you can have the possibility of doing so.

One more thing : They say that rotels tend to sound analytic, which I tend to like with a touch of warmth .
yeah, I will A/B the two at thse shop tomorrow. Wow, you have 705's!!!! How are you liking them? I would love to get those someday, but I hope they retain the same amount of bass found in my 602's. It's nice to see you're happy with that CD deck matched with your B&W's. I sure love how my Rotel receiver sounds with my 602's!
post #80 of 95
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Originally Posted by Mr. X
yeah, I will A/B the two at thse shop tomorrow. Wow, you have 705's!!!! How are you liking them? I would love to get those someday, but I hope they retain the same amount of bass found in my 602's. It's nice to see you're happy with that CD deck matched with your B&W's. I sure love how my Rotel receiver sounds with my 602's!
I use to owm B&w 602's a few years ago when I was starting to become an audiophile at the beginning. They are amazing speakers for the price. After a while I upgraded and switched to dynaudio. You would not believe the small standmounters could put out so much bass. I sold these eventually to build a headphone system.
post #81 of 95
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Thanks for the advice, but I went with the RCD-1072 (what an amazing player). I made a new post about it and other issues in the components board, since that's where these kinds of topics belong.
post #82 of 95
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It's been awhile, but I'm moving next year and will be ready for another upgrade. Here's what I'm going to add to my system:

1) Sony XBR 34" Direct View HDTV
2) A good outdoor antenna (I decided I don't want to pay for TV anymore)
3) Upgrade Rotel RCD-1072 to a Rotel DVD Player (not sure which one yet, but I definitely will sacrifice a bit of sound to trade in the CD deck for a DVD deck; I only want one player)
4) A DVHS Recorder
5) A decent stand for TV and other A/V equipment

Of course, this will all be added to what I currently have:

B&W 602 S3 w/ B&W Stands
Pro-Ject 1.2 turntable w/ Sumiko Oyster cartridge (still loving it)
Rotel RX-1050 Receiver (still loving it)
FanFare FM Antenna (recent purchase; love it)

.......any thoughts or advice?
post #83 of 95
Why the DVHS deck? Just curious.
post #84 of 95
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Originally Posted by soundboy
Why the DVHS deck? Just curious.
ONLY for recording HDTV. And yes, I'm aware that the upcoming HD-DVD recorders will probably kill DVHS, but those are a long way off, I'm sure, and it won't matter for me---since it's a digital format, I can easily transfer any recordings I wish to save to the next digital media.....
post #85 of 95
Interesting thread title. IMO there's no way to "become" an audiophile by throwing money at the issue. A person can own $50000 worth of gear and not be an audiophile but merely a rich snob who enjoys the image .

Conversely, one can own no gear at all, and be an audiophile.

IMO it's more a matter of good ears, intense interest and love of good sound. Not sure it's a process of 'becoming' .
post #86 of 95
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Originally Posted by fewtch
Interesting thread title. IMO there's no way to "become" an audiophile by throwing money at the issue. A person can own $50000 worth of gear and not be an audiophile but merely a rich snob who enjoys the image .

IMO it's more a matter of good ears, intense interest and love of good sound. Not sure it's a process of 'becoming' .
Please note that I started this thread in 2003 and have learned a lot since then. I appreciate the response, but am hoping to stay on topic from a few posts ago...
post #87 of 95
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Originally Posted by Mr. X
Please note that I started this thread in 2003 and have learned a lot since then. I appreciate the response, but am hoping to stay on topic from a few posts ago...
Fair enough, just wanted to drop my opinion on that. Onwards then...
post #88 of 95
Just my opinion. but you might want to reconsider "upgrading" the 1072 to a DVD/CD player. Of course, if room is the issue, I guess just having one player is the best thing to do. I really like my RCD-1072 and what it does for music; I know there are better CD players out there, but this one is very good at its price point. I guess I don't want to sacrifice sound for the sake of fewer components....of course, I've never heard the Rotel DVD player...

I am assuming, perhaps wrongly, that you have decided to go for more of a home theatre set up instead of a system geared more towards music. With my limited budget - and small house - my system has to do for both so I have made some compromises, but my set up is mostly geared towards music.

Hope to hear more from you when you get the components you want. It is always fun to upgrade and tweak, isn't it?

Holly
post #89 of 95
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Originally Posted by OakIris
Just my opinion. but you might want to reconsider "upgrading" the 1072 to a DVD/CD player. Of course, if room is the issue, I guess just having one player is the best thing to do. I really like my RCD-1072 and what it does for music; I know there are better CD players out there, but this one is very good at its price point. I guess I don't want to sacrifice sound for the sake of fewer components....of course, I've never heard the Rotel DVD player...

I am assuming, perhaps wrongly, that you have decided to go for more of a home theatre set up instead of a system geared more towards music. With my limited budget - and small house - my system has to do for both so I have made some compromises, but my set up is mostly geared towards music.

Hope to hear more from you when you get the components you want. It is always fun to upgrade and tweak, isn't it?

Holly
Hey, thanks for the response.

I, too, love my 1072. Music is always the most important to me. However, I'm a very space-conscious person, and would prefer to have fewer components. Yet, if I start listening to some of the Rotel DVD players and discover that the difference is huge, then I'll probably be forced to go with two components and just buy the lowest end Rotel DVD deck. I'd be really surprised, though, if they don't make a good DVD deck that sounds as good as the 1072. I also like Arcam, and would probably sample their DVD offerings...
post #90 of 95
An audiophile doesn't buy "audiophile brands" at "audiophile stores". He listens to a wide range of equipment to determine what is the best for his particular needs. People seem to think that "audiophile" means expensive. I've heard obscenely expensive rigs that just didn't sound good, and mid priced ones that sounded great. The trick is putting together components that work well together. The most expensive is rarely the best choice.

See ya
Steve
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