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Andre Marc

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Welcome the the HiFi Miser Forum:

This will be a sub forum to discuss great sounding, feature rich audio products that are priced under $1500.

There are so many great products available now both from small artisanal one man shops but also from
larger entities who can use economies of scale.

Right now I am reviewing a Network Receiver from Marantz, the M-CR611, that costs $699.

It streams music via WiFi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth, receives AM/FM, has analog inputs, digital inputs, iDevice USB input,
does Pandora, Sirius, and Spotify, can drive two sets of speakers, and offers 60 wpc.

It also has a CD transport built in!!

Best of all, it sounds really good.



I also just reviewed a passive preamp from Tilbury Audio, the Mini Passive II, hand built in a workshop
in London that offers 3 configurable inputs and two configurable outputs. Real wood face plate with
laser engraved aluminum case work. $129 British Pounds!!

http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-p...udio-mini-passive-ii-preamplifier-review.html

tisburyaudio_mini-passive-ii-preamp-3.jpg

In the coming months I will have an open baffle speaker costing $1295 speaker coming in from Spatial Audio, and
the Berning MicroZOTL 2.0 tubed preamp/headphone amp, costing $1100.

My office system is the “lab” I use to run my Miser Experiments. Right now I have the $800 CLONES Audio 25p power
amp, a Carver Black Magic tube amp, the above mentioned Tilbury passive, the $500 iFi Micro iDSD DAC, with the $499
Micro iUSB 3.0, the $499 SOtM server, several reel to reels I paid under $500 for, and I just ordered a pair of Magnepan MMGs, for $600.

Some basic rules

-Please NO disparaging of more costly, exotic equipment.

-Manufactures, Reps, and Dealers welcome welcome
 

asiufy

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Andre,

If you can get around to the iFi Phono, you'll be surprised at what it does, for the cost.


cheers,
alex
 

Andre Marc

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Andre,

If you can get around to the iFi Phono, you'll be surprised at what it does, for the cost.


cheers,
alex
Hi Alex:

I don't spin vinyl. However, after hearing and owning half a dozen iFi products, I would break my rule and recommended their phono preamp sight unseen.

Please feel free to recommend products in your shop under $1500 here anytime. The new Auralic Aries Mini is going to be SUPER hot.
 

asiufy

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Yes! If they can ever ship them... :D
 

asiufy

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I was talking about the Auralic Mini...
 

Joe Whip

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For under $1,250.00 I nominate the Schiit Gungnir Multibit aka The Gumby. This is one great sounding DAC. The BiFrost is available now too as a multibit for $599.00. I have yet to hear one though.
 

Andre Marc

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For under $1,250.00 I nominate the Schiit Gungnir Multibit aka The Gumby. This is one great sounding DAC. The BiFrost is available now too as a multibit for $599.00. I have yet to hear one though.
I have direct experience with a couple of Schiit products and they are the real deal. Build quality and performance seems to good to be true
 
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Andre, have you considered the new Andrew Jones ELAC speakers - $200-300 a pair. Larry
 

Steve Williams

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I have direct experience with a couple of Schiit products and they are the real deal. Build quality and performance seems to good to be true
Joe
With a name like theirs they better sound good. ;)

They even make light of it on their website.
 

Joe Whip

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I have 2 of their products, the Gungnir and the Wyrd. I have had the Wyrd for a year or so now and had the Gungnir delta sigma DAC for almost 2. The Gumby is way better that the DS version. Upgrade only $500. I can live with that! Probably the best $500 I have spent in this hobby.
 

Andre Marc

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I have 2 of their products, the Gungnir and the Wyrd. I have had the Wyrd for a year or so now and had the Gungnir delta sigma DAC for almost 2. The Gumby is way better that the DS version. Upgrade only $500. I can live with that! Probably the best $500 I have spent in this hobby.
I have the Wyrd and can honestly say it works as advertised.
 
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Andre Marc

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Squeezebox touch at $299
Any miniDSP product , well under $1k
www.minidsp.com

tidal at $9.99 a month

nu prime ida 8 at $995
http://www.nuprimeaudio.com/index.php/pages/pages-overview/integrated-amps/ida-8.html

J river $49

I use a SBT, a miniDSP product (dirac DDRC 22) and Tidal
all just over $1100 as the front end of a much more expensive system. I dont think their price in any way compromises their excellent performance
No argument here on the SBT. I have two of them that I used to use as front ends with far, far more expensive equipment. I am selling both mine
just because I have a streamer collection at this point that is getting out of hand.
 

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