Both are excellent machines. Dead on with observations. The NAD is, I think, better than the Cambridge Audio and is a lot less $$. (I have the Rega.)
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A friend and I tried 840s about a year ago against a Denon 1650AR and like the Denon better. However when he switched to different IC and went balanced the 840 stepped ahead. The Apollo was very good but I thought a little soft. Would an IC change help? What bout the Exposure 2010S CD player? The amp is a mind blower. keith
I have heard all three, and IMO the Rega is the best machine, and that is what I bought - I liked the bigger soundstage you mentioned in particular, as well as the warmer sound. The Cambridge is quite bright in comparison, I would prefer the NAD between the two. The Marantz players have a nice sound, but I think you have to go too far up the line price-wise to match the Apollo. I think the Apollo and the Saturn are two of the best players one can buy for the money. I would be interested in hearing one of the tubed ones, though, I have not had a chance to do so.