Arcam CD 17 versus Arcam CD 192


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Username: Silentnote

United States

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jun-08
Does anyone know the differences of the two. The CD 17 is less expensive- $780 the best price- versus $935 for the 192.

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Username: Frank_abela

Berkshire UK

Post Number: 3124
Registered: Sep-04

I never liked the 192. Very smooth, with reasonable but not great resolution, no dynamics, no drive. I really didn't get on with it. Just found it boring - and preferred the much cheaper CD73T since it had some life and sparkle.

The CD17 is a completely different kettle of fish. I've only tried it in all-Arcam systems but I think it's a cracker! Beautifully built with that FMJ case, it sounds fun and fast with excellent resolution and good drive. It needs good partnering equipment and cabling to give its best of course - the A28 is a natural partner and Chord's Chorus interconnect works extremely well in that context. As for speaker cable, I'm getting great results with Naim cable which is a surprise because earlier Arcams (e.g. A70, A90, A85) sounded too full in the bass with that cable.

I hope this helps.
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