Cambridge Audio 851N

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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    rabbitat wrote: »
    I see it's off the market. I'll be in the market for something in the next week. I was considering the cxn v1 or v2. Would this be a significant improvement? If so, in what ways? Thanks.

    Silly Rabbit. What a way to grab yourself another post.....observing something's off the market and then sharing your desires for 2 models that are steps down from the 851N?? Cracked me up...so no foul...just funny to me.
    This forum is special to me and a lot of its members and the forum has rules or standards that ask new member to stick around a while and contribute with posting, at least 100 posts so even if I was desprate to sell (please believe I am not that) I would not be doing a deal with you...sorry but that's how it is. You can find one of these (probably not as fine as mine) but still one that works good on eBay, craigslist, audiogon or whereever you frequent. When I do let mine go it will be to a member here that has been here a while and really loves the forum. I unboxed my player and relived that brand new experience last night (as I thought it would go quick/glad it didn't) and am still very happy with it. Do some research (that's what I need to do) and you will come to realize that yes...the 851N is a lot nicer than the CXN choices, but those too are decent entry level network players as the 851N is too an entry level player... mighty fine one may I add and it's doing the trick until I decide what my next plunge will be. I can say now, it will not be the Edge NQ. Thanks for asking and stick around the forum, get to know some of the members here. I did and I found some members here I love like family and so many here that have steered me all the way to where I am with 2 decent set ups and a massive digital music library, for which if not for this forum and its awesome members I know I would not be so into this crazy but rewarding hobby. Now run along and contribute to some of the threads and before ya know it you will have 100 posts and be a lot more welcomed to buy sell and trade here. These cats here don't play games. God bless and welcome Rabbit! Hop on
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,000
    edited April 24
    I'm glad to hear you decided to keep yours, I went to the Cambridge room at Axpona on a mission to hear the 851N and the Edge NQ. They didnt have a 851N hooked up and kept pushing the Edge NQ.

    I listened to it for quite sometime an amazing kit, for sure but everytime I asked the guy on a one on one conversation about his thoughts on the 851N he seemed to ignore me, and was all about the Edge NQ. Another listener that was sitting next to me said he owned the 851N and told me that the Edge was nice but not nice enough for him to make the switch especially at the asking price of the Edge NQ, that guy got up and left after telling me that he was quite content with his 851N.
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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,334
    I know the DAC is worlds away (in a good way) to everything else I've heard.
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    (Where's Ken? Man I miss him and his help here )
    Here's the breakdown in my decision not to sell my 851N at this time.
    After tons of badgering some of the Cambridge team I was told that if my main use of the 851N is listening to my personal files from my NAS (YES THAT'S ME) then I'm probably not going to hear much of a difference if any! Whoa Nelly!!! Chromecast and the other bells and whistles with the Edge NQ may be fine and dandy but not my answer to ear candy.
    Another point ..what's the Top Secret as to Cambridge Audio not sharing what DAC they use in the Edge NQ? My guess is its the same as what's in the 851N and when I asked a few of the Cambridge guys this very question I could not get a straight answer....hmmm. Anyway...my excitement in the tail chase is crushed and Blue Fox set my thoughts straight on that last night!!! Content I guess I will remain with my 851N for now. I am going to A B my 851N against the Naim N272 right here in my home in a week or so. Was told that the NAIM destroys the Edge NQ in sound so I.will give it a listen.
    Mods Please Remove this thread. 😂😂
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,857
    edited April 25
    Have you been living under a rock Johnny? There are no mods. No one can delete a post much less a thread...
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Have you been living under a rock Johnny? There are no mods. No one can delete a post much less a thread...

    Living under a Rock?? Indeed I have and born under a bad sign as well. I live to Rock. And hope we get someone that can do even a fraction of what Ken did!
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,857
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Have you been living under a rock Johnny? There are no mods. No one can delete a post much less a thread...

    Living under a Rock?? Indeed I have and born under a bad sign as well. I live to Rock. And hope we get someone that can do even a fraction of what Ken did!

    Then why did you ask for the thread to be deleted? Who exactly is going to do that?
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    Settle down
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  • maingeymaingey Posts: 557
    After too much research in the next step up with Cambridge (which I now know is not for me) and not enough real interest here, allow me to say that at this time I am holding on to the 851N. I will repost when I know fur sure which way I am going but for now this baby is off the market. Thanks for the kind comments and the nice messages. It's all good.

    THJ

    what about the next step up is not for you, if I may ask.. Maybe a PM...
  • rabbitatrabbitat Posts: 7
    Top hat johnny. You sir are a complete ****. I don't even know why I feel compelled to retort, but I will. All the groups Ive ever belonged to, be it Datsun z club, BMW, Audi, Honda and Kawasaki motorcycles,Klipsch, and various other hi-fi, you name it, I e never been treated in the manner which I have in the three days since joining this group. Should I have offered to suck everyone's **** before conversing? I came here on a members referral, despite him telling me that there would be lots of people like you and the others that ripped me a new **** for reaching out to wtb posters, and going through loopholes. I came here to sell my lsi9 to fund a new dac. I was surprised to see a Cambridge, as it was in fact the front runner. Just because yours is more expensive than the cxn v2, it doesn't make it better for my application. After I responded to your ad, I did more research, and concluded that I would not be Pershing your model, and likely not even a Cambridge at all. Naim is where it's at. You people need to stop circle jerking each other and remember that every one of you were new to this group at one time. Get over yourselves.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,028
    edited April 25
    rabbitat wrote: »
    Top hat johnny. You sir are a complete ****. I don't even know why I feel compelled to retort, but I will. All the groups Ive ever belonged to, be it Datsun z club, BMW, Audi, Honda and Kawasaki motorcycles,Klipsch, and various other hi-fi, you name it, I e never been treated in the manner which I have in the three days since joining this group. Should I have offered to suck everyone's **** before conversing? I came here on a members referral, despite him telling me that there would be lots of people like you and the others that ripped me a new **** for reaching out to wtb posters, and going through loopholes. I came here to sell my lsi9 to fund a new dac. I was surprised to see a Cambridge, as it was in fact the front runner. Just because yours is more expensive than the cxn v2, it doesn't make it better for my application. After I responded to your ad, I did more research, and concluded that I would not be Pershing your model, and likely not even a Cambridge at all. Naim is where it's at. You people need to stop circle jerking each other and remember that every one of you were new to this group at one time. Get over yourselves.


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  • rabbitatrabbitat Posts: 7
    Fwiw. I did t even bother reading your entire response. Moderator, please delete my account.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,133
    edited April 25
    Go cry elsewhere.

    rabbitat wrote: »
    I see it's off the market. I'll be in the market for something in the next week. I was considering the cxn v1 or v2. Would this be a significant improvement? If so, in what ways? Thanks.

    Perhaps you missed this part in his first post, otherwise maybe you wouldn't have started bringing up other models and wanting us to spoon feed you information in a FS thread:
    Any questions please in a PM.as not to make this a conversation thread.
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  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,032
    edited April 25
    Can I get a moderator on aisle #9 😂 😂


    FWIW, I'm looking forward to your thoughts on the Naim N272
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  • verbverb Posts: 7,641
    What just happened here? Anyways, I'm in. What are we buying? :smile:
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    We dodged A bunny hoppin' ****!
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
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  • verbverb Posts: 7,641
    Been following this thread, very interesting your journey @tophatjohnny . Got me thinking about your Cambridge, and I gotta tell ya, was so close to pulling the trigger!

    Interesting comments on the Edge. Was looking at that baby too, but as always the collective minds here sort through the details/hype/you name it, and provide good advice.

    Standing down on the Edge too! :smile:
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  • verbverb Posts: 7,641
    We dodged A bunny hoppin' ****!

    I was reminded of when I first joined CP. Not afraid to ask the questions, or know Schiit about protocol, getting spanked a few times. Gotta have some thick skin, and be ready to give it back!

    Banter is part of the fun, IMO! :smile:
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    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    edited April 25
    verb wrote: »
    Been following this thread, very interesting your journey @tophatjohnny . Got me thinking about your Cambridge, and I gotta tell ya, was so close to pulling the trigger!

    Interesting comments on the Edge. Was looking at that baby too, but as always the collective minds here sort through the details/hype/you name it, and provide good advice.

    Standing down on the Edge too! :smile:

    By all means..don't stand down on my account. The 851N is a slamming unit. I was just after (and I guess I still am) an even more slamming unit without breaking my budget. For a grand you this would be an amazing grab. I'm just not letting it go until I find out how many more grands I'll need to gather up for what ever unit I decide to switch over to. No rush here but I am looking and reading. The 851N is a mighty fine player. Hope that helps Verb??
    Post edited by tophatjohnny on
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  • verbverb Posts: 7,641
    Of course brother! Got my eyes on a silver 851N right now! :smile:
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    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
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  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 448
    John, I’m sleeping much better knowing that you are keeping this. I was wrestling with my decision.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,432
    Sorry but this thread has some good folks on it and I’m curious on the consensus :

    If spending slightly more for a streamer, what would be the best choice up from the 851n?
    I love the auralic g series streamers but they don’t have balanced outputs and I want that. The other model that have is the Altair and has the features I like Except the color front screen. I wonder if this is a silly point for me to focus on. The other one that’s not out yet is the proposed PS Audio one (not sure of the model #)
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    Hey Joe, if you want to chat give me a shout tomorrow. This is a game I have a good amount of experience and research with.
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    John, I’m sleeping much better knowing that you are keeping this. I was wrestling with my decision.

    Keeping it till I'm ready to get the new one.😂
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
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