The new Rega Saturn cd and Elicit amplifier combination is simply fantastic! £ 1679 each or £ 2999 for the pair

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It is beautifully made, solid as a rock, and has a sound that gives power, punch, and sweet delicacy to the most difficult of discs.

If you want to upgrade your cd player you must check this one out

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The matching Elicit-R amplifier is just as impressive. Massive power with ease and an elegant simplicity, and you don't have to just take my word for it, What Hifi also gave it an award as the best at the price

This pair can work with different speakers, Rega recommend their own RS7s, but also check out the Kef R5s at £ 1999. They sound great with the Regas

 

To Stream or not to Stream?

Is that the question? Or is that debate over?

Not just yet as many people want to retain the simplicity of putting on a disc, vinyl or cd. Personally I haven't played a cd at home for ages. My streamer, Linn Akurate, sounds far better, is more convenient, and as a result I listen to more music. I also have a lot of records to play!

While there have been discussions and heated debates about cd vs streaming, as streaming has been improving it is now accepted that streaming rules the performance agenda, Naim Uniti Nova pictured, a complete solution in one box.

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( See the article in Music/Geeks for some more technical opinion)

So as we head upwards in sound quality we use the superiority of Linn DSM streaming.

The Linn Majik DSM has a streamer and amplifier in one box, connected to a NAS drive at one end and speakers at the other. The 'open' nature of Linn means that you have a wide choice of how you prefer to control it.

Android, iphone, ipad, pc, mac, laptop, KindleFire, all can work with either Linn's or 3rd party software.

Uniting the latest and best from Linn in one elegantly engineered case, Majik DSM delivers a dramatic new standard of specialist performance from a one-box system.

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Partner this amazing little box with Majik 109 speakers for great sound at £ 3490, or move on to the 140 speakers for a terrific system at £ 4700, but allow another £ 200-600 with either for control, a NAS drive, and install if needed. 

Want a good comparison? Check out the Naim options, Uniti Star at £ 3499 includes a cd player or the better sounding Uniti Nova at £ 4199. let your ears decide. This Naim Uniti NOva with Kef R3s comes to you for £ 5500 and sounds superb

Speaker Options?

Check out the brand new Rega RX5 speakers, £ 1698, but oh my!

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Also in this price range are the KEF R5s at £ 1999 and R7s at £ 2600. With drive units derived from their high end Blade speakers these are brilliant at just about everything. Open, easy, punchy, with a mighty low end bass these are simply special! Three beautiful finishes, gloss black, gloss white, and walnut. Click the link for more info

  KEF R Series Info