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NAD C-356DAC

or CA DacMagic + CA Azur 650A

or ? (For $800-1000.)

Or maybe just get HK3490 for $270 and some alcogolic beverages?

Inputs are all digital.
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I own the Monitor Audio RS6's and I am currently driving them with my Onkyo A-9555. The sound is detailed, lively and musical. I had been using a Krell S-300i with the RS6's. The Krell is going for service so I substituted the Onkyo. I am enjoying that combo so much I will not be pacing the floor waiting for the Krell's return.

The A-9555 may have been discontinued but for the money it would be worth a search for one or a gently used one. I paid $500 for the Onkyo and $2,500 for the Krell. I would rate the Onkyo the better value.

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I bought a NAD C356BEE amplifier for $800 based on the experience I have had in the past with NAD amplifiers. I had 3020 amplifiers years ago and currently have a C325BEE at my other house in the den, and no problems; good sound.

Unfortunately, it seems to me that they dropped the ball on the C356BEE; it sounds OK in the midrange and treble, but it has very poor bass; it sounds like it may be current-shy in the power supply or something. Hell, maybe it actually has a bad diode or cap in there or something...doubtful, but I guess I should get it on the bench and fire up my scope, I guess.

Anyway, I upgraded to a Musical Fidelity M3i and it is 100% better. Now I have the 356BEE sitting here and I hate to sell it to anyone until I bench-test it. $800 shot to hell!

Well, that's my sad story on that NAD.

The 650A should be good; priced right now.



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NAD C-356DAC

or CA DacMagic + CA Azur 650A

or …? (For $800-1000.)

Inputs are all digital.

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Audiolab M-DAC and the Rega Brio-R is what i just got for my 2 speaker audio system. The brio-r is great for the phonograph too (input one)
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I would stongly recommend both. They are "cheap" (only in the crazy audiophile world) and give you great bang for the buck. Both for a headsetup system and speakers.

A cheaper suggestion would be
DAC: HRT Music Streamer II (if you are are looking for a USB DAC)
AMP: Marantz PM6004 is a great cheap AMP too.

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