Cambridge Audio Azur 540A vs NAD 320BEE vs Marantz pm7200


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Username: Dallaghan

Post Number: 2
Registered: Nov-04
Hi all,

What a great forum this is, I have just stumbled back into the church of HiFi and have spent the last hour or two reading through the forums! I hope you guys can help me, you certainly know your onions...

I have a small predicament I hope you can advise me on because of my job I tend to receive and store alot of internet based media white lables drum and bass tunes etc, I also tend to spend alot of time travelling all over the UK, as a result my laptop and gb after gb of MP3's WMA's and even DIVx's has been my primary method of media consumption for the last few years, even including my more mellow musical tastes I just find it so much easier to store stuff on DVD/CD-R.

Consequentially I have been down to Richer Sounds and bought a Pioneer DV575 (Which is the only DVD/CD player that will play all my chosen file formats-see above!) and a Cambridge Audio Azur 540A Amplifier.

I have a pair of Gale 3040's which are very nice and gave early 90's Technics Amp a lease of life for when I am rarely at home.

Richer do an exchange scheme so now that I have been looking around your forums I am wondering whether it's worth me looking at some other Amplifier Options that you people might beleive are more suitable for the job at hand, eg, taking a fairly cold basic sound source and putting it through a great pair of well balanced floor standers...

The NAD is currently available for £180, The Marantz for £226, could you guys enlighten me the audio pros and cons of these devices set up with my stereo, Muscically I have very diverse tastes the idea of the Switchable Class A for listeing to some gentler indie guitar on the Marantz appeals, is it worth the extra £26 and the Journey!!!? Or is the Nad best putting aside the looks of the rather pretty Cambridge Azur...

Finally is it worth me looking at any other £200-250 amps, is the Azur 640 worth considering?

Many, Many Thanks in Advance

Martin Dallaghan

PS I know the DVD player is the weakest link here but it appears my options are limited!! unless you know better!

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Hi.Depending on the space u have i would really consider trying the Azur 640.Belive me it is exceptional and worth all the money.It plays all kinds of music with no effort, and the most impressive is that it can even drive very expensive hig end speakers.Regarding the A mode of the Marantz, the CA has a class A follower driver stage.Pay ettention tothings like; room size. speaker impedance, and minimun/maximum power handling of your speakers.If i may sugest, buy a decent cd player, the sound u get from a dvd player is a sin compared with the one you can get from a cd player.Some bargain tips: Marantz cd 5400, Nad 521 BEE, Cambridge audio azur 540C.Have fun with your new gear and many hours of pleasure with your music.
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