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  1. Hi, My system until now has consisted of Bowers and Wilkins CM1 S1's, powered by a Rotel RA-1520, with a Marantz NA7004 acting as my DAC. I mainly use my computer for music, so a DAC is important. I have a PV1 subwoofer in the mix for lower end. I recently purchased a pair of second hand PM1's as a nice little upgrade, and will sell my CM1's. But now, will the rest of my system be seriously lacking? If so, what do I need to upgrade? If I got rid of the Marantz / Rotel combo and got the RA-1570 instead, which has a built in DAC and double the power, would that suffice as a worthy upgrade? Or should I be going further with an amp / DAC upgrade to make it worthwhile? Is the Peachtree gear actually any good? Naim or Roksan gear has been mentioned, or even separates - however those lack the inbuilt DAC, which I would have to buy separately or keep my Marantz, which I worry would hold the system back. Thanks for any help, it is very appreciated. (Separately, if you know anyone still selling the stands for the PM1's please let me know!)
  2. Item: ROTEL RA-1520 in black, purchased 2011 Location: Fitzroy, Melbourne. Will post at buyers expense Price: $700 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Pictures:
  3. Item: Rotel RA1570 Integrated Amplifier (120W per channel @ 8ohms) Location: Glen Waverley, Victoria Item condition description: Excellent Price and price conditions: $1195. RRP: $2399. Reason for selling: Dismantling unused bedroom setup. Purchasing new HT speakers. Payment Methods: Paypal (add 3%), Cash - Pickup, Bank Transfer. Extra info: Excellent sounding amplifier with many many features. Selling at less than half of retail price. Original box no longer available but unit is in excellent condition and working perfectly. Was used in a very short lived vinyl setup that barely lasted a couple of months and was barely used even during that time. Review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/rotel-ra-1570-review/ Product site: http://www.rotel.com.au/products/ra-1570-integrated-amplifier
  4. Hello everyone, I am new to Hi-Fi but am just assembling my first (entry-level) serious system. I just bought a Rotel RA-1520 integrated amplifier and now I am on the lookout for a set of bookshelf speakers that would be a good match. This is for a 10m x 3.6m x 3m quite dead (mostly carpeted) open-plan space. The lady of the house has dictated that floorstanders are not an option. Ultimately I would also be looking to add a subwoofer to the mix to adequately cover the bass. At the moment I am just using a Pro-ject DAC box for input which I will also upgrade down the track. I was thinking to spend $AUD1000-1500 but could stretch to $2000 if there is a significant and justifiable increase in quality. I know that the only way to pick speakers is by auditioning them which I plan to do shortly. However, it would be very helpful to have a list of vetted options on which to focus. There is an incredible number of different options out there. It would also be helpful to get an Australian perspective given the different pricing and availability here. So far I've only listened to the Polk LSiM703 which I thought were excellent. A lot of people talk about B&W being a good match for Rotel (685, CM1, CM5). From other forums, KEF (Q300, R300, R100, LS50), Dynaudio (Excite X12, DM 2/6, DM 2/7), ATC (SCM11) and PMC (DB1i, twenty .21/.22) have also been recommended, though the latter are a little out of my league. If anyone could share their experiences with the above or suggest any other options, it would be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance. Kind regards, Nick
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