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Modern replacement for an Arcam Alpha 8 and speakers?

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I've got an Arcam Alpha 8 Amplifier, and a couple of old 80's wooden speakers - I think they are Technics from memory. I like the sound, but as housing has got more and more expensive in London, I… Read More
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6m, 1w agoPosted 6 months, 1 week ago
I've got an Arcam Alpha 8 Amplifier, and a couple of old 80's wooden speakers - I think they are Technics from memory.

I like the sound, but as housing has got more and more expensive in London, I've found myself squeezed into smaller and smaller spaces.

I was having a bit of a re-arrange last night, and I wondered if technology had got to the point where I could get the same, or greater sound quality, from a smaller set up?

I had a look at the Sonos 5, and although it seemed cool, it looked like it was primarily for playing music from phones and other similar devices - which isn't quite how I use my existing sound system. It also seemed a bit proprietary, which I was a bit cautious of. Especially as it's quite pricey!

At the moment, my primary input to my sound system is a pair of stereo cables from the back of a sound card (Soundblaster ZXR), but I have on occasion run audio from the TV and other devices through it too.

I think what I'm saying is that it would be great to have the option of using it wirelessly with my phone (Android), but that's not my primary objective.

What I really want to do it set myself free of the 3 fairly large pieces of kit, and the lengthy speaker cables that have to be tucked away and are irritating to move around.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Am I misinterpreting the Sonos? Are there Sonos equivalents out there that might better fit my needs?

Would really appreciate any advice anyone has - I haven't really been following this stuff for a while, and it all feels a bit alien now!
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6m, 1w agoPosted 6 months, 1 week ago
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The problem with all of these Sonos like systems is midrange. The amps are just ok. They're a massive compromise from an amp and two speakers but do offer convenience. I've got Tannoy Arena speakers which are superb through a Yamaha receiver for AV but mediocre for music (again where's the midrange) I decided years ago that a stereo set up for music was something I wasn't prepared to have sitting alongside my AV setup. I've got an old Cowon J3 MP3 player that plays back uncompressed files really well and I listen to my music through Sennheiser HD 25 SP ii headphones.
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You could probably buy smaller bookend speakers and a separate subwoofer to make up for the lower bass preformance of the small speakers.
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cchopps
The problem with all of these Sonos like systems is midrange. The amps are just ok. They're a massive compromise from an amp and two speakers but do offer convenience. I've got Tannoy Arena speakers which are superb through a Yamaha receiver for AV but mediocre for music (again where's the midrange) I decided years ago that a stereo set up for music was something I wasn't prepared to have sitting alongside my AV setup. I've got an old Cowon J3 MP3 player that plays back uncompressed files really well and I listen to my music through Sennheiser HD 25 SP ii headphones.

Ah, okay. Sounds like I might be slightly stuck for the moment then! Thanks though - always interesting to know how others have solved their problems or compromised! :)
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cchopps
The problem with all of these Sonos like systems is midrange. The amps are just ok. They're a massive compromise from an amp and two speakers but do offer convenience. I've got Tannoy Arena speakers which are superb through a Yamaha receiver for AV but mediocre for music (again where's the midrange) I decided years ago that a stereo set up for music was something I wasn't prepared to have sitting alongside my AV setup. I've got an old Cowon J3 MP3 player that plays back uncompressed files really well and I listen to my music through Sennheiser HD 25 SP ii headphones.
Ah, okay. Sounds like I might be slightly stuck for the moment then! Thanks though - always interesting to know how others have solved their problems or compromised! :)


I really did try. I one stage I had a pre amp and amp and AV processor (no built in amp). I got my music sounding great using conventional speakers, I then bought 4 satellite speakers, one Sub Bass box, and a centre speaker. Try as I might I then couldn't get the AV balanced at all. AV requires a set of speakers made to compliment each other as well as a dedicated amp. As I said my comprise was headphones which to be fair is a fantastic way of listening to music.

Edited By: cchopps on Nov 16, 2016 12:01
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Don't be tempted by all the micro modern systems, you will not find anything better than your Arcam Alpha8 unless it an Alpha10. Personally I would maybe change the speakers for something smaller, but I would never part with my Alpha8. You can even buy Digital to Analogue converters now to enable you to plug a flat screen TV into your system and who really needs Dolby anyway? You're getting a genuine 50 watts per channel, not like the bogus specs given on these new gismos that have no midrange capability. Don't do it!

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