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Upgrade my Qute with new speaker cable?

Tom Mitchell ·
I'm really quite fond of my simple setup:   UnitiQute with Rega RS1's       Was wondering if you guys thought I should upgrade the cable?     An audio buddy suggested:   ChordCo SilverScreen     or  ...
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Upgrade Path for simple Naim System

George White ·
OK, I am new here but I am looking for advice. I want to progress from my current configuration where I listen to vinyl almost exclusively. I feel that I have the right system for my listening (room) situation, which is combined with our living room where we entertain guests and sometimes have non-audiophiles in to listen to old and new vinyl tracks. I am not very interested in "trading up" to more power and bigger speakers  because I am happy with what I have in the room size including...
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Re: A messy setup... and I would really want a nDAC!

Jan-Erik Nordoen ·
Hi Luca, I also have the 82/HiCap/250. I went for the nDAC and UnitiServe as an upgrade over my CDS2/XPS. And a substantial upgrade it is! I don't feel any need to move to the Supercap. Yet. I'm confident that you'll hear the difference in your room. I like your diffusors, but for optimal effect you really should train them to sit at the first lateral reflection points. Jan
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Re: A messy setup... and I would really want a nDAC!

Luca Wolff ·
Originally Posted by Jan-Erik Nordoen: Hi Luca, I also have the 82/HiCap/250. I went for the nDAC and UnitiServe as an upgrade over my CDS2/XPS. And a substantial upgrade it is! I don't feel any need to move to the Supercap. Yet. I'm confident that you'll hear the difference in your room. I like your diffusors, but for optimal effect you really should train them to sit at the first lateral reflection points. Jan Ha ha thanks Jan, I will see if I could ask my dealer to lend me a nDAC to try...
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Re: A messy setup... and I would really want a nDAC!

gary yeowell ·
Hi Luca, Before I did anything I would try to separate your boxes so that the 82 is by itself without the Hicap or Dac sat on top and give it all as much space as possible. Gary.
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Re: DAC for a chrome bumper system

Andrew Porter ·
dyxzn,having heard both the Rega and Beresford bushmaster together with 3 friends we all preferred the Bushmaster! Worth a go and if it didn't suit just send it back for a refund within a couple of weeks.
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Re: Upgrade my Qute with new speaker cable?

Huge ·
Originally Posted by Tom Mitchell: Okay, if this many people are saying Speaker Stands, then Speaker Stands it is... I'll get some this week. Really excited about hearing the difference, I bet it is going to be good! p.s. Yes, the Apple TV device is for Airplay streaming. So convenient Thanks guys! Now you have the question of what speaker stands, and high or low mass! Always more decisions!
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Brubacca ·
I use Analysis Plus Speaker wires with my Qute. I am using the oval 12 with good result.
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Bart ·
Originally Posted by Huge: Originally Posted by Tom Mitchell: Okay, if this many people are saying Speaker Stands, then Speaker Stands it is... I'll get some this week. Really excited about hearing the difference, I bet it is going to be good! p.s. Yes, the Apple TV device is for Airplay streaming. So convenient Thanks guys! Now you have the question of what speaker stands, and high or low mass! Always more decisions! My Dynaudio Stand 3X stands can be filled with sand or some such . . . but...
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Huge ·
Originally Posted by Bart: My Dynaudio Stand 3X stands can be filled with sand or some such . . . but I haven't done that. I use Custom Design CS104 Signature, filled (to 80%) with a mixture of granite chips and MaFeic sand (i.e. black volcanic / basaltic sand), this mixture is about 50% to 60% more dense than just using normal yellow sand.
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Mohamed Amin ·
I love my Tellurium Black cables , to my ears they elevated my system , it was like lifting another veil to see the sound more clearley also agree with moving your speakers to stands , they do make a diffrence
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Tom Mitchell ·
Okay, if this many people are saying Speaker Stands, then Speaker Stands it is... I'll get some this week. Really excited about hearing the difference, I bet it is going to be good! p.s. Yes, the Apple TV device is for Airplay streaming. So convenient Thanks guys!
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Solid Air ·
Obvs NACA5, but if you're looking for a much lower cost alternative then try Van Damme Blue 2.5mm. It's excellent cable. Perhaps not quite the equal of the Naim, but pretty darn close (unless you're using high-end gear) for a tiny fraction of the cost. I always recommend people to either pick the Naim if they have the cash, or Van Damme if they don't. You won't go wrong with it.
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Huge ·
+1 to Mikes comments. Sort out the supports for the speakers and Qute first, give them good supports and let them have the opportunity to show you what they can really do. For the list of candidate speaker cables I would add Audioquest 14/4 SLiP.
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Mulberry ·
Originally Posted by Mike-B: I would first look for ways (if possible) to get the speakers off that cabinet & on stands & get some distance between them. You will probably get much more SQ gains in that direction than changing cables. +1 to this. If the speakers have to remain on the cabinet, try Black Ravioli feet. They do a great job between speaker and cabinet, but at a cost of $34 per piece (you'll need 8).
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SongStream ·
+1 Getting a bit repetitive now, but for the record I agree with all of the above, either stands, or some kind of feet / support will help as much, if not more, than changing the speaker cable. Really, it will.
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charlesphoto ·
Of all the upgrades/tweaks I've made over the last year to get the sound where I'm at now, the biggest was new speaker stands (started with a UQ1 which now serves just as source).
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TOBYJUG ·
For cables get a full loom of nordost purple flare. Will look Bonny against the coloured wall and cabinet and will see you through some upgrades.
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Justin9960 ·
Originally Posted by TOBYJUG: For cables get a full loom of nordost purple flare. Will look Bonny against the coloured wall and cabinet and will see you through some upgrades. What when he re decorates??
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dayjay ·
As above with stands etc but in terms of cable Chord Rumour 2 works very well with the Unitiqute. I wouldn't get the Carnival, the Qute will benefit from a higher quality cable
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GregU ·
Seems there is total agreement to get stands. After that I question (no disrespect) if your set-up is going to allow you to notice a difference in better speaker cable. I suspect it will not. Maybe getting a sonos or something (via digital out) to replace the apple TV would be a better use of money? I assume your files are lossless
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alan33 ·
Not sure I see your point GregU... I'm guessing the AppleTV is just for AirPlay of some things (such as Spotify from an iDevice) or audio from Netflix (but I don't see the TV!). The Qute can stream all the lossless files from a home network by itself without resorting to Sonos. I may have missed something in your suggestion, though. Regards alan
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Dave***t ·
I changed from bog standard speaker cables to K20 with 'just' a UQ2 and absolutely did notice an improvement. My subsequent change to A5 was after I'd added a power amp, but I'd still expect to hear a difference without one. The speakers may be comparatively modest, but I certainly wouldn't rule out speaker cables making an audible difference. After following the above advice, of course.
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GregU ·
Well I'm not sure what the Apple TV is doing there !! My main point is I don't see spending money on speaker cables here Buy an entry level TT and used phono pre-amp
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Kiwi cat ·
Hi Tom i have found the Naim A5 cable to work superbly with my Rega Jura speakers in the past, and they are, of course optimised to use with Naim equipment. I agree with your comment about this forum. as a resource, it can lead to a constant feeling of dissatisfaction with our existing, very good setups. This can only be relieved by spending yet more money on "Improvements", which only give a temporary respite. Welcome to the "audiophilea nervosa"forum. Still, all in all, it's lots of fun...
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Mike-B ·
I would first look for ways (if possible) to get the speakers off that cabinet & on stands & get some distance between them. You will probably get much more SQ gains in that direction than changing cables. Don't put your money into screened speaker cable, more bang for buck in other places I would also look for a cable size one size up from Chord Silverscreen, Chord Odyssey with 12AWG (3mm/2) is a better choice & sounds really good too. Naim NACA5 (can't not have NACA5) Rega Duet...
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Justin9960 ·
Hi Tom, I agree with Mike regarding some speaker stands, I think you would be quite surprised by the difference in sound quality. Good luck.
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ChrisSU ·
+1 to the comments above. You're not going to get away with posting here without being told you should be using NAC A5, although there are plenty who like Chord as well. Try to borrow some from a dealer then you can decide for yourself. Put the speakers somewhere else! Not only will they perform much better, but your Qute will also improve if the speakers aren't shaking it about on that heavy cabinet.
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Re: First turntable purchase advice please

Khan ·
Very interesting suggestions. Firstly ANALOGMUSIC, I have the cable that came with the 82 which i believe is the RCA to 5 pin DIN. And I aim to upgrade and service the NAP 300 to DR spec next year as Ive already spent over 8K on hifi so far this year. LOL. Sounds insane when i write it out. But it had to be done since I bought & heard the Naim Unitiqute 2 BT (second system), I sold almost my entire old system to upgrade to old Naim gear. Which is why I trust all your opinions as we share...
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k90tour2 ·
I have a Gyro SE with SME IV and AT OC9 III upstairs and an old LP12 with 1988 basic arm and a Rega MM cartridge downstairs. I use the LP12 so rarely that I could not compare with the Gyro in a meaningful way. I guess the Gyro is brighter and more detailed. But I would say that having had both Naim NDS/555 and Hugo (now settled on Linn Klimax) that even my old and out-of-sorts LP12 is miles better than any of the digital sources that I've owned. I shouldn't think you need to go to far up the...
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Adam Zielinski ·
I can vouch for Linn LP12 with Urika / Radikal and Rega RP6/Exact/Aria. Use bith of them on daily basis. Having said that - if I had to keep only one - LP12 would be the one to stay. I find it special / magical.
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Former Member ·
Rega RP1 (or whatever its number is -- the bottom of the range, 220 quid thing) Rega Fono stage (usefully has usb out too) Combination is excellent value for money and a very strong starting point. Huge respect to Rega for making all of this stuff in the UK Do not spend a penny more until you are completely convinced that vinyl is for you. Do not buy second hand old stuff, which might have knackered bearings, clapped out cartridge etc. Start simple with a known good starting point. If you...
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Skip ·
I have a nice vinyl set up that I have improved over 35 years to what is likely its last stop. Verdier, Morch, Lyra, Superline, Supercap. I started with a Rega Planar 3 and this is a good place to start because it is easy to ship to a dealer, replace a cartridge, and return via UPS or whatever. I also have a room full of vinyl and a chest full of accessories including a table top record cleaner, etc. To move my vinyl set up would take a mini-van, a vinyl expert, and a day or two on each...
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ChrisSU ·
Much as I like my LP12, I think this is good advice, although if your budget stretches to an RP3 or above, you could still get one to test the water, and sell it on easily. The cheaper Rega Fono Mini is the one with a USB out. The regular Rega Fono doesn't have this. Both are very good for the money.
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Adam Zielinski ·
I don't agree with Skip's advice - there is no substitute for pre-mid-80's vinyls. Even modern music, if recorded in an analogue domain or ultra-high resolution, will still sound better on a vinyl. 'Unfortunately' vinyl, being analogue, is still better at reproducing music, which is analogue. Don't get me wrong - digital sounds great and is a convenient format, especially when streamed from a local server.
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The Strat (Fender) ·
I'm the anti-Linn around here I would go for a Rega P6 or 8 with Dyna Vec MC and stageline powered with a flatcap. But last weekend heard the new Roksan Radius with a Nima arm - very impressive. Michell Gyro/Techno another good alternative.
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Adam Zielinski ·
One thing to note with Rega - their turntable work very well with factory-fited Rega cartridges. The OP is new to the black-gold-stuff, so best to purchase a ready-made combo, rather than fiddle with different cartridges. I tested both the StageLine and Rega's Aria - ended up with the Aria
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Mulberry ·
Most of my music, I'd say something like 70%, is on vinyl and I still prefer it to anything digital. Having said that, unless you can see yourself digging into music from the 50's to early 80's, stay with digital. Most music from the 80's on was recorded digitally. You may still prefer it on LP, but the difference between LP and file based audio is much smaller. It becomes more like a different flavor than a different level of quality.
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Massimo Bertola ·
Khan, although I am probably the less qualified member of the forum to give advice about TTs, I still want to add my 2cents (or pennies). First, you'll have noticed that here suggestions tend, with an esigue fistful of exceptions, to promote British turntables – which, if understandable, is nonetheless not perforce shareable. Second, I have in the recent past started playing vinyl again, because of the gift of an older DUAL 701 from a friend. Lately I have given the DUAL back to him and...
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staffy ·
No, regarding the RCM. I really enjoy the manual cleaner. I think a top of the range Project Turntable would give a more revealing sound that my Rega P3. I reckon a good Sirocco would give your average Porsche a run for its money
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Bodger ·
I have used Rega for years. Mainly due to the ease of set up living a long way from a country with a decent dealer. Two points here. I have never considered the sound lean, quite the opposite. My P5 was simply "better" than my previous CDX2, even with the XPS PS. Only when I moved to CDS3 did digital beat the vinyl. I now have an RP8 with Superline and Supercap. It came fitted with the Apheta and sounds again better than the cd even with its 555PS. Great sound and all you need is take it out...
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Adam Zielinski ·
Max I'm Polish, so no interest in promoting 'Made in the UK' Having read your post though, I made a small indexing of my gear (not just current, but over the last 20 years). And the result? Japanese for lower-end electronics - Pioneer, Denon and Yamaha British made (not just designed) for higher-end: Naim, Rega, Linn, Monitor Audio I've tested a lot of other stuff (German, Danish, Italian, American). And I kept coming back to the British..... I'm not sure what that means, but reminds me of a...
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Massimo Bertola ·
Well, considering that Ferdinand Porsche was Austrian, just like Pro-Ject turntables (and ignoring the fact that he founded both Porsche and VW), I'd say that a proper comparison would have been 'I love my Leyland but if I had to buy another car I'd go for a Porsche'...
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Adam Zielinski ·
And by the way - my cars are German
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JRHardee ·
Anyone selling you a TT should be prepared to do a home demo. If you hear something at home that floats your boat and puts your CDs to shame, buy it and enjoy it. Don't torture yourself over what might have been better. If you are that sort of person, buy something with an upgrade path.
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Adam Zielinski ·
+1 to JR. Home demo is a must. If you dealer tells you 'we don't do home demos of turntables' change the dealer. They are there to sell to you, not other way round
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Massimo Bertola ·
Adam, I wasn't making a 'nationality' point (these are always very slippery terrain, and I try to avoid them although my last two posts seem to contradict what I'm saying), but just suggesting that other options exist; and because the turntables mentioned were mainly British, I mentioned other brands. Tony's post, on the other hand, seems to prove my point, where he compares a rega Planar3 to a Porsche - which, to my eyes, is to say the least benevolent. I remember my first and only Planar3,...
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Adam Zielinski ·
I think our responses are also biased, due to the nature of the forum (British-made audio). The so called 'sampling bias' is clearly evident in our suggestions Come to think of it - I actually do own something relating to our pursuit of musical excellence that was not made in the UK or by a UK-based audio company. Power supply cables and my audio racks. They simply sound good.
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Naijeru ·
Khan, this is good advice. I had an entry level Pro-Ject which sounded fine when there was no overlap between my vinyl and digital libraries. I purchased an album I own on CD on vinyl because I liked the cover art and imagine my surprise to learn my digital section utterly trounced my turntable. Not good. Looking to get a turntable at least equal to my digital section, like you I was completely overwhelmed by the choices. Fortunately my dealer is one of those gifted in the setup of an LP12...
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JRHardee ·
Your first upgrade should probably be a proper TT stand. You won't appreciate this until you hear how much of difference it can make, and it's a gift that keeps on giving as you upgrade other things. It's this sort of epiphany that keeps the hobby fascinating.
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