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    Hey James -- good to know . Wouldn't want my daughter falling asleep listening to Kenny G. No, wait, that'd be her old man... Zzzzz (just kidding...I'd use a Kenny G disc for a frisbee).

    How about the newer Arcam range? Like the A19? Any good? Seems to be well reviewed.

    Svend

    PS -- I see you have a Cambridge Azur power amp. How do you like it? I can get a new CXA60 integrated here for a good price. Worth looking at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XiangShen...8AAOSwr6xZnTpx

    As a dac these are hard to beat at anywhere near its cost. good headphone amp too and has great connectivity. V/C only used in headphones.
    They seem to do a dac 03 now, I.would assume it's better and might have the xmos usb upgrade as standard at a lower price than the 01, although I haven't looked recently and prices on these fluctuate as sellers come and go I've noticed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svend N View Post
    Hey James -- good to know . Wouldn't want my daughter falling asleep listening to Kenny G. No, wait, that'd be her old man... Zzzzz (just kidding...I'd use a Kenny G disc for a frisbee).

    How about the newer Arcam range? Like the A19? Any good? Seems to be well reviewed.

    Svend

    PS -- I see you have a Cambridge Azur power amp. How do you like it? I can get a new CXA60 integrated here for a good price. Worth looking at?
    Hi Svend ,maybe I'm doing the old Arcam stuff a disservice, the stuff I had just didn't do it for me, I haven't heard any of the new gear. The Cambridge power amp works really well for me,seems well put together,speaker binding posts are a bit cheap and nasty though. Plenty of power,drives my usher s520 speakers really well, I've read good things about the new Cambridge cx range but haven't heard them yet, Jim
    cambridge audio azur 651w power amp, novafidelity x40 music server/pre/dac, tannoy dc4t]
    , van damme blue series interconnects, van damme studio blue 4mm speaker cable, klotz mc 5000 ,klotz silver hybrid, thanks Brian, fisual hollywood optical cable,, pioneer bdp170, akg k 550

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    Thanks Jim. I think I might take a closer look at that CXA60, and hopefully give it a good listen soon. I've checked out some reviews and they're all good.

    To the gang: has anyone had experience with the Mies i100 integrated? I chatted with a few shops on the phone yesterday and a couple mentioned this one as a solid choice. Very reasonable price too - C$500.

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    Svend

    Edit: Apologies, ignore the question re. Mies amp. This seems to be a N. America only product, Canadian manufacturer as it happens, but probably not made it to the UK as yet.
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    The Young DAC with psu in the classifieds is very very good (I have one).

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    I might be listing a Lead Audio/Northern Fidelity 32/384 dac next week for 200. It had a rave 5 globe review in HiFi World when it was 650.

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&so...PZwwNN2u1NsMnz

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    Quote Originally Posted by clap View Post
    The Young DAC with psu in the classifieds is very very good (I have one).
    Me too.
    The Young with a linear power supply will be hard to beat for sensible money.
    have hifi n stuff

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    Tristan, Lawrence, Gazjam -- thanks for the the head's-up on stuff for sale in our forum. Unfortunately I'm in Canada and we're running on 120V here, so that pretty much rules out most everything for sale over there in the UK. Believe me, I've been tempted -- some great stuff being listed there. So I just avoid looking in there now . Shipping and customs duties are also a hassle. But thanks for the recommendations on these two DACs. I'll be visiting some shops here soon and I'll see if they're available on this side of the pond.

    Regards,
    Svend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svend N View Post
    Tristan, Lawrence, Gazjam -- thanks for the the head's-up on stuff for sale in our forum. Unfortunately I'm in Canada and we're running on 120V here, so that pretty much rules out most everything for sale over there in the UK. Believe me, I've been tempted -- some great stuff being listed there. So I just avoid looking in there now . Shipping and customs duties are also a hassle. But thanks for the recommendations on these two DACs. I'll be visiting some shops here soon and I'll see if they're available on this side of the pond.

    Regards,
    Svend
    Sounds like a good reason to take a trip over the border and buy a DDA 120!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    Sounds like a good reason to take a trip over the border and buy a DDA 120!
    Could very well happen . In fact, my in-laws live in Michigan, about 4-1/2 hrs. drive away, so we get stuff sent there, umm...every now and then

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