While this page isn't directly home
theatre related, they are connected. I didn't listen to music all
that much until I completed the HT. I then came to appreciate
how good music could sound through a nice HT system. I was happy until
I heard a mate's dedicated stereo system! (My THX HT speakers have a
hard 80Hz cut off). This took two channel
listening to a new level.
Not wanting to spend a great deal of
money I did a lot of research and came across the Chinese brand
Sheng Ya. This is a high
end brand that is not well known outside of china. Sheng Ya
specialises in value hybrid designs. The systems made by this
company have received a great deal of positive feed back on the
Ok, this is where things start to sound
dodgy... I purchased the CD player, pre amp and power amp over the
internet from a web site (NY
Sounds) in New York that organised the gear to be shipped to me
directly from the Sheng Ya factory in China! How dodgy is that! I
did do my home work though. NY Sounds had a good reputation from the many
people who had dealt with them on the net. I also first off purchased
the CD Player only to see how this arrived. It only took two weeks
and arrived in good working order. I then ordered the pre amp and
power amp which once again arrived in two weeks. My only issues
where some hold ups in Australian customs. Of course the down side
to the very cheap prices is no warranty (you can however send
it back if it arrives damaged), but in my case all equipment arrived
in good working order and has been functioning for a year now.
For speakers I purchased some
outstanding Australian made
Orpheus Aurora 3 Signature Editions through
Audio Junction. These are
very musical sounding speakers with crystal clear highs and an
amazing mid range.
So how does it all sound? Warm / rich
with a full body and an amazing mid range and highs. Needless to say
I'm very happy with the systems performance. I was lucky enough to
get high end audio at a budget price.
In 2016 I entered the 21st centry by adding a dedicated media streamer.
This is a Cambridge Audio CXN.
It hooks into the wifi network in the house and can stream music from
the Network Attached Storage (NAS), attached hard drive or over the internet via Spotify.
The sound quality is outstanding and maybe a touch better than the CD player (original CD vs CD lossless audio rip).
Media Streamer - Cambridge Audio CXN
CD Player - Sheng Ya CD-S10CS Valve
Preamp - Sheng Ya SA-T3 valve hybrid
Power amp - Sheng Ya SP-T300
Valve hybrid 2x150w
Speakers - Orpheus Aurora 3