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I've been tossing around the idea of purchasing components and building a solid stereo system for some time... Here's what I want, in a nutshell, and keep in mind that I'd prefer to purchase the components over the course of time, not necessarily right away:
1) receiver - I really want to get a good receiver that'll last for 20 years. I don't mind paying a little extra but nothing insanely high priced. Just a solid, basic receiver, the most bang for my buck.
2) speakers - I see these speaker sets at places like Costco and Best Buy all the time. Like the receiver, I want some quality speakers that'll last forever. They don't need to be powerful enough to shake the house because I'll be setting up a medium sized room, the most important thing is clarity. If one of the musicians farted during the recording I want to hear it.
3) iPod dock - Nothing fancy, just the basics.
4) record player - Great quality. I want to be able to purchase old records and hear everything. This component is critical.
5) anything else I need?
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5) Blu-ray player a must!!
For a med size room a receiver with 800 watts should do the trick, HDMI connections (more the better), WIFI and/or internet connection. Denon makes solid receiver, can’t go wrong. Some complain about setting it up.
Speakers, will that will depend on your preferred choice. Just don’t be a BOSE speaker groupie, and spend all that money for them.
Here's a link:
J&R has one of the better inventory in the dying business of audio equipment.
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"Audiophiles" don't use receivers. They use amplifiers and w/ separate pre-amps.
Prima Luna tube gear w/ Vienna Acoustics speakers (Baby Grand model) is an "audiophile" set-up that will give you happy listening for many years.
Hmm...if only there was a home theater thread on tRCMB with this kind of info already in it.....
I live in an average sized apartment and Ive seen that Onkyo has made some
35,600 posts and counting since 09-09-2002. tRCMB Dead Pool Commissioner.
A high roller like gHost ?
Just go to the following address with your fat check book
Bang & Olufsen Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Rd, Space 1151
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ask for a demonstration of the Beosound Encore with some BeoLab 9 speakers Its not stereo, its art.
find out what some of your hipster friends are rocking and buy the same
Yes, but OP didn't ask for info on a Home Theater.
Not sure if you're looking for just music or if you want a home theater setup. Assuming you are just looking for music, I'd recommend the following:
DTA-1 amp 15 watts per channel
Dayton B652 bookshelf speakers
Dayton 10" powered sub
For around $200, you'll have a solid 2.1 system that will sound great. You can plug an iPod dock into it, and a turntable (you'll need a phono pre-amp for the turntable and a splitter, since the DTA1 only has 1 3.5mm input).
Thanks.... Yeah I'm not interested in a home theatre
What's your budget? As said above, when you say audiophile, I think separate amplifier, preamp and tuner if needed. High end CD player, turntable and speakers. You can easily spend $20K on this type of setup.
For a more basic system with a receiver, decent speakers and iPod dock you can get this for a small fraction of that price. I'm not up on today's more basic systems but I'd guess that Scottsdale has some high end hi-fi stores that can help at both price ranges. Stay away from Best Buy and box stores if you want decent sound.
I've always been a huge fan of Adcom. I wouldn't go with a receiver, I would go to ebay and pick up something like a GFA-545 and GTP-500. You would have a hard time finding a receiver that could sound as good. Here's a pair with a buy-it-now of $300.
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I was hoping to just build a system slowly but definitely not 20k type system, maybe $3500 when it's compete. But no cd player just iPod and records
If you're looking to spend $3500, ignore my post above.
Instead of a dock have you (or anyone) considered a bluetooth receiver?
I can plug anything into my stereo and listen to it, but my problem is I want to be able to control it from anywhere (within reason). I've been thinking of trying one of these out, I'm just skeptical on sound quality and range.
Radio Shack has some clearance stuff
Meet me at the Fowlerville exit. I have some excellent deals. I am easy to spot in my white van.
Receiver - Integra, Pioneer Elite, or Onkyo Pro
Speakers - Parasound Studio Series
iPod Dock - just buy one from apple unless you want to defeat the internal DAC, then buy a Wadia
4 - record players... i know nothing about
5 - Blu ray player - Oppo BD 93
Did the same thing in 1998 - did a lot of searching and price/quality research - granted, that was quite a few years ago, but my system has really held up well and I don't see having to replace anything soon. I went mainly with Harmon/Kardon components. Harmon/Kardon avr 20 II receiver (love it).
He says he wants "audiophiles" to build him a system but then talks about speaker sets at costco. This discussion is meaningless until he gives us a budget to work with.
A few posts above he did. About $3500.00
I didn't realize it was ghost. Now that I know it is, I don't believe that he's really in the market for a system.
Build a system with a Denon or Onkyo receiver (or if you want components - Rotel). Add the DVD player of your choice and build the speaker setup with B&W,
B&W is first-tier: the 600 or 800 series is great for the $$
Bowers & Wilkins doesn’t believe in spoiling your enjoyment of what you hear by designing speakers that you don’t want to see. Speakers are furniture.
I've been using a Belkin bluetooth device that plugs into my receiver for a couple of months now. The sound quality is definitely not amazing, but it is pretty good. Being able to instantly listen to music throughout the apartment from my phone, iPad, or computer has been more convenient than I would have thought. I really like it.
The range isn't as far as advertised, but for the most part you are going to want to be in the room with the music so it works out.
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