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    Any good? Thinking about getting one for the spare room.

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    Xmas 2017, saw me buying a pair of Dali Zensor5 from the classifieds of hifi choice being sold by a local guy. When I went to ick them up he had them on the end of a Denon all in one midi system which he used to demo them. I was shocked as to how good this little 30wpc lump of plastic sounded. SQ was at worst the equivalent of say a modern budget Cambridge amp (am 10). So provided you put a reasonable pair of speakers on then end of it (QA 2010/20i, Dali Zensor 1 etc) all should be good.
    Can't remember if it's in the classifieds here or the WAM but there is a network cd/streaming midi unit with QA 2020i and audioquest SC for 250 which seems pretty fair to me.

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    If that's the ad I'm thinking of, it's Onkyo with Q Acoustics speakers, and some other bits. Looks so good I wanted it myself, even though I have nowhere to put it! The ad is in Private Exhibitions page 5, user name studiohertz. 250 delivered, and it looks like it hasn't sold. Them Q Acoustics speakers look cool.
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    Electronics are unbeatable for price. Not so keen on speakers so would pair with other brand!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lurch View Post
    Xmas 2017, saw me buying a pair of Dali Zensor5 from the classifieds of hifi choice being sold by a local guy. When I went to ick them up he had them on the end of a Denon all in one midi system which he used to demo them. I was shocked as to how good this little 30wpc lump of plastic sounded. SQ was at worst the equivalent of say a modern budget Cambridge amp (am 10). So provided you put a reasonable pair of speakers on then end of it (QA 2010/20i, Dali Zensor 1 etc) all should be good.
    Can't remember if it's in the classifieds here or the WAM but there is a network cd/streaming midi unit with QA 2020i and audioquest SC for 250 which seems pretty fair to me.

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    Denon or Onkyo all in ones from say 7 years ago are all pretty good. As said match with a pair of good speakers and these deliever good sound, which is more sins of omission than commission. Want mini separates then the Teac 300 series is very hard to beat.

    JVC also once upon a time made nice micro systems as well, but you need to go back to the early 2000s for these. And while I am thinking about it Sony over the years has made some nice micros as well.
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    Has anyone heard this model? - https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio-...64499-pdt.html

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    Had earlier model which was excellent.

    Go for different speakers though!

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    I have mordaunt Short MS10i that should suffice for a while. Had them for years!

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    I had a couple of Denons; pretty good sound quality (a bit too soft and warm for me) but both mine went wrong fairly quickly (bought new, failed at around 18 months or so).

    I now use a TEAC CR H 101, paired with Dali Zensor Micro. SQ from the TEAC is significantly better than the Denon IMO, plus it's quite a flexible bit of kit. The overall sound quality with the Dalis is sensational, especially so given the low price. I could easily live with it as my only system, if such circumstances arose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simon g View Post
    I had a couple of Denons; pretty good sound quality (a bit too soft and warm for me) but both mine went wrong fairly quickly (bought new, failed at around 18 months or so).

    I now use a TEAC CR H 101, paired with Dali Zensor Micro. SQ from the TEAC is significantly better than the Denon IMO, plus it's quite a flexible bit of kit. The overall sound quality with the Dalis is sensational, especially so given the low price. I could easily live with it as my only system, if such circumstances arose.
    Do you mean Dali Pico? I'm guessing they are even smaller then the Zensor 1!

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