When I was studying in France from 1993 to 1998, I discovered high-end stereo HiFi components for listening to music, with esoteric brandsÂ such as McIntosh, B&W and Linn. With our limited budget, Christina and I couldn’t buy our dream setup at that time: a NAD 310 stereo amplifier, a Philips CD 721 CD player and a pair of Mission 731 Pro speakers. This is something that I still regret. We should have taken the plunge then and get those three components. But we didn’t.
That’s fine I guess because, after twenty years, I have a new dream stereo setup. It starts with the NADÂ C 338Â which is an amplifier with a Chromecast built-in (as well as Bluetooth which I don’t like using):
The C 338 is a hell of an improvement over the 310 of twenty years ago: the sound quality is top-notch, can handle speakers of any impedance and, most importantly in 2017, is fully compatible with digital sources by having a Chromecast built-in. This means, for example, that it’s easy toÂ listen to music (using Plex, Google Play Music, Subsonic, Spotify (which is not available in Mauritius unfortunately), etc.) and also radio, podcasts and audiobooks. One only needs an Android or iOS device and the relevant apps installed. As all our music resides in a Plex Media Server, the C 338 would be awesome for us.
No other audio source is needed. No CD player, no radio tuner, nothing. Only the C 338 and its built-in Chromecast.
An amplifier is useless without a pair of good speakers and I have settled on the DynaudioÂ Emit M10, which has been obtaining rave reviews online:
The Emit M10, whileÂ being small, has an excellent frequency response ofÂ 50Hz to 23kHz (Â± 3 dB). It is a two-way speaker with aÂ 2.8cm soft dome tweeter and aÂ 14cm woofer and the sound quality is top-notch.
The price for the setup on 4 May 2017 is:
- NAD C 338 amplifier =Â Â£599.00 on Amazon.co.uk.
- A pair of Dynaudio Emit M10 =Â Â£499.00 on Amazon.co.uk.
I have chosen Amazon.co.uk because (1) NAD is English and Dynaudio Danish and (2) for making sure voltages / plugs would be fineÂ for Mauritius. The total price becomesÂ Â£1,098.00 (which, as far as I know, include British VAT, etc.) which is Rs 49,000.
Is it expensive?
You bet. But a dream setup does not come cheaply.
Hi! My name is Terick and I live in Sweden.
I own a Nad D7050 and I’m considering combine it either with a Dali Mentor1 + sub or with a Dynaudio M10. Both speakers are availble at the same price.
Since the high frequecy is not the shining feald of the Nad so I thought that a pair of speakers with a first rate diskant might improve the averall performence but not without a sub in this particular case ðŸ˜¶.
Will the soft dome of the M10 performs nicely with enough details with this particular amp compared to a Rotel or a Marantz?
Avinash Meetoo says
To be honest, I’ve never experienced the M10 nor the D7050 so I cannot really advise.
The best thing to do, in my opinion, would be to try the combination where they sell the M10. Try bringing your amp (or maybe they have a D7050) and listen to a few tracks you like.
Hope this helps.