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Streaming question

Discussion in 'audio' started by DCS, Jul 24, 2022.

  1. DCS

    DCS pfm Member

    Hi all,

    I think it’s time to retire my squeeze box touch.

    Is anyone currently using the Cambridge audio 851n? Not knowing anyone close by to have a listen to one, I thought I would ask what you think if you own one.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Well done for keeping it so long! Has to be the best value game-changing product in the history of hifi. And you can still use it as a clock!
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  3. DCS

    DCS pfm Member

    Ha! It’s the clock that’s annoying, it looses 15mins over a few weeks. Then resets itself and the time is bang on for a few days. Apart from that it still works well.
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  4. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    Have a look for a lightly used Yamaha WXC-50 if you can. Excellent sound quality and modest footprint.
  5. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    I moved to a bluesound & it’s very user friendly.
    Not convinced it’s audio out is as good as the SBT but via a dac it’s great.
  6. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    I think that you may not really benefit from any of the suggestions above. The Touch is an excellent transport into a decent Dac.
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  7. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Actually, I’ve just purchased another one today as I’d sold it when I was out of work.Cool.
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  8. DCS

    DCS pfm Member

    I have used the SBT with a few DACs, the best results came from a W4S DAC 1, that I regretted selling.
    I have heard some good things about the CA 851n.
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  9. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    CA is good, value for money gear. It should sound well. Looking forward to arrival of an old friend! I did miss it.
  10. Amormusic

    Amormusic pfm Member

    I own one. It's excellent. Extremely good streamer and a very decent DAC to boot.

    Where do you live? If close enough, then sure we can work out having a listen.
  11. DCS

    DCS pfm Member

    I’m on the west coast of sunny Scotland.
  12. RoA

    RoA pfm Member

    That'll be the CCA ;)
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  13. adamdea

    adamdea You are not a sound quality evaluation device

    Won't that be an issue with the LMS server and how often it checks to update from a time server. I'd be gobsmacked if this couldn't be solved by a quick query on
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  14. Amormusic

    Amormusic pfm Member

    Ah okay. I'm in Bristol so we are many hundreds of miles apart. Oh well.

    Happy to answer any questions though.

    PS - if you do buy one, buy it from Cambridge eBay shop. They were knocking them out at £799 recently as 'refurbs'. Their refurbs are a sales gimmick and are new items. I've previously bought a CXN then my 851N I currently have from this shop. Both arrived boxed as new with fully warranty and even the cellophane on the casing. Both brand new items as far as I'm concerned.
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  15. DCS

    DCS pfm Member

    Thanks for letting me know, I’ll contact them through the eBay shop.
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  16. Zombie

    Zombie pfm Member

    I compared the SBT to a Korean standalone streamer with a decent separate DAC and couldn't hear any difference. Also compared one standard SBT to an SBT with a Chord Qutest DAC, no difference, except with one filter setting on the Qutest.
    Now looking a the Gustard R-26 R2R streamer/DAC for 1700 euros, but not sure I'd notice any difference. LMS is brilliant, too. Free and not a huge load like Roon.
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  17. DCS

    DCS pfm Member

    Interesting, if you go down the Gustard route I’d be interested to hear the outcome!
  18. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    Bluesound Node 2i. Simple, one-box solution and great user interface with BluOS app on my phone. It's the all-in-one solution I had been looking for when I was looking to subscribe to the likes of Tidal or Spotify.
  19. miktec

    miktec unissued

    Another vote for the CA eBay shop - got a 'refurbed' CA One from there with a good discount - it was quite clearly new ;)
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  20. Amormusic

    Amormusic pfm Member

    Yep, a sales gimmick as tagging it as a refurb means they do not have to reduce price available elsewhere. Presumably overheads less, or higher product turnover so can accept a smaller margin than elsewhere. Either way, a sweet deal for the buyer.

    NB: occasionally eBay offer discounts on stuff too. If you're after one of these the deal recently for £799 also had a eBay discount which could be applied, bringing a further £60 off. Frankly a steal at that cash.

    Stick it on a watch list on eBay. They come up fairly regularly.

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