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The Audio Affair Entry Level Hi-Fi System has been thoughtfully hand-picked to offer a complete hi-fi system, offering a taste of the stunning sound that can be had without needing to break the bank. Allowing you to enjoy your CD collection in impressive full-scale audio and offering incredible detail and balance, this system is ideal for the entry-level user who wants to experience the benefits of a proper hi-fi system.
This package includes everything you need to start enjoying your music, including cables. With a range of upgrade options, this system can be expanded and improved to offer even greater performance and added versatility and connectivity to ensure it can operate with your existing music collection and equipment.
The Dali Zensor 5 are an impressive compact floorstander which offer a full-scale dynamic sound with bags of detail and balance, ideal for showing off the A-S500's potential for detail and precision. The multiple driver array ensures excellent bass weight - deep, dynamic and defined.
The Yamaha A-S500 Integrated Amplifier is an award-winning product and a real budget champion. Distinctly Japanese in sound, the A-S500 is bright and chirpy - offering delightful insight without ever being overly analytical. World famous Yamaha build quality ensures that the A-S500 will stand the test of time, and that it will perform as well 5 years down the line as it does the day you first plug it in. The A-S500 is extremely versatile for its budget price tag, featuring an internal phono stage, allowing you to connect a turntable directly and enjoy your favourite vinyl records.
The Yamaha CD-S300 is designed to match the A-S500 in looks and in sound. Similarly detailed and chirpy, the CD-S300 will offer levels of detail previously not possible at this price point, and ideal to unlock hidden dynamics and details in your favourite CDs.
The Chord Carnival Silver Screen Speaker Cable is a multi-award winning cable, and has been our best-selling cable in recent years and with good cause. Punching way above its weight in terms of design, detail and tone, its inclusion in this package really was a no-brainer. We challenge you to find a better speaker cable at the price. Impressive design and shielding mean that you only hear what the artist intended, and let the A-S500 and Zensor 5s work their magic.
The stunningly detailed Chord Chameleon interconnect is an ideal match for this insightful system - a five star rated product, with multi-stranded silver-plated oxygen free copper conductors, it is the perfect match for the tonal characteristics of the Yamaha components.
Adding the Audiolab Q-DAC allows you to take the digital output from the CD-S300 and feed it directly into the Q-DAC, allowing it to handle the conversion rather than the CD player. This will not only improve the performance from your CD-S300 in terms of weight, detail and soundstage, but also adds an entirely new level of flexibility and versatility to your system by allowing you to connect a range of digital sources to your system including computer audio via USB. Simply connect your PC or laptop to the Q-DAC via USB, and enjoy the increased detail, soundstage and impact it can deliver.
Adding the Dali Zensor 7 rather than the Zensor 5 is ideal for those who have a larger room or crave more impact, bass response and power! The bigger drivers and cabinet move more air - they also can replicate instruments closer to their original scale - bass drums, double basses etc.
Adding a Pro-Ject Elemental Turntable enables you to take advantage of the A-S500's phono stage and enjoy your vinyl record collection through this stunning system. Despite its simple design and effortless setup, the Elemental is by no means a basic turntable in terms of the sound it offers, featuring a straight ultra low mass tonearm and a quality Ortofon OM5e cartridge.
'We're pleased with the player's fluid way with dynamics and its ability to tie instrumental strands together to form a well-organised whole.' (Pro-Ject Elemental, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'Those who want a good-quality record player at an entry-level price should start here. They won't be disappointed.' (Pro-Ject Elemental, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'FOR: Full-scale sound from dinky cabinets; dynamic, detailed and balanced' (Dali Zensor 5, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'The soundstage they present is broad and coherent, and the intimately textured vocals are unshakeably centred' (Dali Zensor 5, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'Yamaha has produced a new class leader, with a stunningly capable product' (Yamaha A-S500, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'FOR: Strikingly clear and dynamic; fine timing; impressive resolution; plenty of features' (Yamaha A-S500, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'A sound packed with authority, clarity and insight, detailing is excellent, tonally balanced' (Chord Carnival Silver Screen, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'Add a remarkably cohesive presentation – where no part of the frequency range stands out – and impressive timing into the mix and you have what is a truly standout cable for the money.' (Chord Carnival Silver Screen, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'FOR: Gives your kit a serious shot in the arm, AGAINST: Nothing' (Chord Chameleon, What Hi-Fi Magazine)
'fast-paced, rich sound, packed with lashings of detailing and a dynamic punch.' (Chord Chameleon, What Hi-Fi Magazine)