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  1. Thanks Stump. Much appreciated!
  2. Hi Guys, I am looking at selling my Tascam CD-RW900 recorder soon but have no idea what I could reasonably expect to get for it. It is in 'as new', 'mint' condition. Would really appreciate some advice on this. Cheers Gary
  3. It's indeed a special unit. Also good for me to hear that you still miss it because it provides a little gauge suggesting it rates well for you against other dacs out there. I will invariably upgrade someday but will hang onto Arcam too.
  4. Yep Dan the Cambridge styling is pretty special. I particularly like the lowered bevel panel at the front giving it a neat almost flush fitted look - then a taller stance to the sides and rear to provide plenty of breathing clearance.
  5. Hi guys, I just bought a new Cambridge CXC transport to pair with my Arcam irDac and want to share my thoughts on how they perform. Well, to start.....there is overt precision to the sound reproduction - more akin to a higher end audiophile CD player. The clarity is stunningly open with loads of detail & depth which are very well controlled. I fail to detect any unwanted noise intrusion or jitter distortion. There is an abundance of analogue warmth too which I happen to love as I listen to a lot of older Jazz & soundtrack recordings. Live recordings bristle with real "LIVE" sound openness, presence & ambience. The soundstage is extremely well defined too with individual instruments seeming to leap out with pinpointed perspective. Listening to Miles Davis "Round About Midnight" '55/'56 legacy edition is now as I imagined it might be to sit in the original recording room. I can clearly and almost eerily hear the air vibrating and rushing over the reed on Coltrane's Sax and the almost mournful aching cry of Miles' trumpet now reveals a new depth of solitary loneliness through the detailed accurate ambience the components reproduce. Mel Tormé and George Shearing - Complete Concord recordings now have a "Live" warmth, presence and ambience previously disguised by my old YAMAHA player - highlighting even more the vocal control & masterful skill of Tormé. All I can say in summary is: although the Arcam irDac & Cambridge CXC transport have been out now since about 2012/13, for the money, they sure punch above their price point and provide a glimpse into the world of audiophile components. Have a great night! Cheers Gary
  6. No luck. Will have to book them in with a speaker technician. Speakerbits in Melbourne is good!
  7. Hey Wimbo and Trevor, I hate to admit this, but I will, I have just discovered why the 20mm x 5mm I got from Jaycar wouldn't fit. It took some time but I finally worked out that the ends of the original fuses must be stuck deep inside the housing (it must have broken off) thus not allowing me to insert the 20mmx5mm fuses. Wimbo, thanks for the original manual .pdf. I have no idea where my original manual is after 30 years. Yes the specified one must be correct. I now have to find a way to get the broken off piece out of deep inside the housing.....hmmmmm. Thanks again for your help and interest guys. Have a great one! Cheers Gary
  8. Thanks Trevor and Wimbo for your advice. Appreciate it.... I don't have the original fuses anymore to read numbers. I have been using them with tin foil in the fuse housing as was advised at a Hifi store this was fine as long as I didn't drive them too hard. (This is probably not advisable long term - hence me trying to get the correct fuses now). The fuses I got from Jaycar are the 2ag quick blow 20mm 5mm. These are too long and the diameter too narrow. From memory they were stubby with very little glass and thicker metal ends.
  9. Hi guys, I'm trying to find replacement fuses for my set of old DM580 B&W speakers. I tried Jaycar electronics (i gave them the B&W recommended spec 2A - 250V) but the ones they supplied were too long and narrow for the speaker housing. Any suggestions? thanks Gary
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    Yep Lee I see why you are undecided if much of your material is audio file. It's difficult to make absolute decisions when there is so much choice out there, all competing for user preference, but in contrast to your dilemma I have 2000+ CD's, many of which are rare and I won't be passing up soon (also I love the tactility of the CD and LP's for that matter, which is an important part of the experience for me), so the transport is a no brainer. I am about to look into some better cabling too so thanks for the tip. Best of luck with your decision! cheers G.
  11. New member Melbourne

    Hey Lee, Yep, I sure am. And very impressed with the irDac too - have been using it all evening! Have paired it with my TASCAM CD-RW900sl CD recorder till the dedicated CXC transport comes along. I like a really warm analogue sound for vocalists, Jazz and soundtracks and the irDac certainly delivers this. Are you after the Cambridge CXC also? I'm hoping one will come up on here but prepared to get one new if I have to. Have a good one! Cheers Gary
  12. New member Melbourne

    Thanks David for the greeting. You guys are pretty great! Have read / learnt so much here. I've only just joined and already got one of the components I was looking for. The Arcam irDac - got it through here a few hours ago! It is brilliant! Now onto the Cambridge CXC transport! cheers Gary
  13. New member Melbourne

    Haha...thanks for the greeting djb. cheers
  14. Hi guys, I'm a new member here from Melbourne. Re-kindling my passion for audio after years in the wilderness. Love the supportive community on here and look forward to getting to know some of you. Some of my past equipment includes: B&W Dm580 speakers Rotel RA-840BX3 Proton power D1200 & Pre 1100 Nad 352 integrated amp Currently seeking an Arcam irDac and Cambridge audio CXC CD transport. cheers Gary