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My Linn Classik appears to have died and is throwing an error code (might try to get it fixed but Linn no longer fixes, likely a bunch of failed capacitors). I would love a direct replacement with tuner, cd and amplifier but honestly we don't listen to the radio anymore and I have sources for everything else. The only think that has all that is the Denon CEOL RCD-N10. 

Looking around it seems like the Yamaha Integrated amps are my usual "wire with gain" type of thing so I was looking at the Yamaha A-S801BL. There is also an interesting NAD device but their software might have issues and not sure of sound. 

Any recommendations or experiences?

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I think I am going to go Yamaha R-N803 as it has built in advanced subwoofer management and room correction. I will also get to bi-wire the speakers which is fun.

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NAD is quality gear. Having owned Yamaha, Rotel and NAD gear I would go with NAD or Rotel over Yamaha. I would also look at what Marantz has to offer especially if you are interested in DSP.

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Thanks for the feedback. I'll make up my mind shortly but probably go with the Yamaha. I had one paired with B&Ws a while back and loved it at the time.

Still looking at Marantz to see if any of their current receivers with room and subwoofer correction will work for me. 

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On 6/16/2019 at 5:26 PM, morphsci said:

NAD is quality gear. Having owned Yamaha, Rotel and NAD gear I would go with NAD or Rotel over Yamaha. I would also look at what Marantz has to offer especially if you are interested in DSP.

NAD T758 V3 has Dirac. Seems like an awesome choice and I like the math. 

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Looks like a nice HT receiver. I like the mdc on my M12, as it allows a bit of customization. I am glad they are expanding it to their other units. 

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Yeah my biggest concern is that I will not have a TV nearby. I could move one over move it once the unit is configured. Could be a pita if the settings get lost though. 

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On 6/17/2019 at 7:26 AM, morphsci said:

NAD is quality gear. Having owned Yamaha, Rotel and NAD gear I would go with NAD or Rotel over Yamaha. I would also look at what Marantz has to offer especially if you are interested in DSP.

I love Yamaha gear, but I would go for the NAD

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Congrats! Might be worth getting the Linn fixed later as well.

My Arcam CD player's tray broke a while ago and Arcam refused to repair it. A local electronic repair shop was able to fix it.

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Called the local audio repair shop and apparently the Classik often remains broken after the repair so it isn't worth doing :( I shall miss it. 

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First I'm going to agree with Jim on NAD's quality. I've owned lots of their gear over several decades, and it's bullet proof. 

I also have that same feeling about Parasound. Everything I've owned from them sounds great and just keeps rolling, like an old Subaru.

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I got through the full Dirac setup and splurged for the full frequency range correction to let me correct above 500Hz. The system sounds fucking amazing. It's like an audio scapel! I can pull the entire image apart and hear everything. It sounds as good as anything I have ever heard. I need to build a filter with the few dB roll off rather than dead flat. 

I had to cut out the back of my rack to get it to fit but it does fit now. 

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The BluOS features have also made my Squeezebox Touch obsolete. 

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