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I upgraded from a Denon AVR-F100 some time ago for my home cinema setup but I want to put this amp into a room in my house which wont have a TV, it will be a room dedicated to sitting and reading and listening to music and just chilling out, I have a DVD/CD player with the amp (Denon DVD-F100) and may also hook a streamium receiver up to it.

I'd just like some info on what would make a good speaker setup for it.

Should I go for 2 speakers only or a 2.1 setup as it does have a dedicated sub output.

For more technical info the user manual can be downloaded here

Budget is 100-150 and I have no problem with second hand kit, also need to factor in I don't have any speaker wire but do have quite a lot of digital and analogue interconnects.

Room size is 14' x 12' and will be carpeted.

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Suggest you go to Richer Sounds and/or Superfi and listen to some. If you buy floor standing then should be no need for a sub but if you get bookshelf then probably will.
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Suggest you go to Richer Sounds and/or Superfi and listen to some. If you buy floor standing then should be no need for a sub but if you get bookshelf then probably will.
Hah, nothing like that where I live, it's a 50 mile round trip to the closest RS.
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I'm reading good things about Q Acoustics
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Q Acoustics are good. Is it really that far to Stockport? RS and Superfi are next door to each other.
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Q Acoustics are good. Is it really that far to Stockport? RS and Superfi are next door to each other.
thats a 60 mile round trip
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I have a 5:1 system around an Onkyo Ts605. Speakers are Celestion's all round. F20s at front L and R - they aren't current but looking on Google only 100 a pair. I paid 200+. They are magnetically shielded so don't affect the TV.
Sound is very natural. In the office and bedroom I run Wharfedale Modus Cubes. 35 a pair.
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It's just for music really, I have a separate room for home cinema and another for watching telly (call it the living room)

Home cinema has a Denon AVR1610 hooked up to 1200 quids worth of Mission Labs 5.1 active gear, fantastic sound quality, very crisp, with good attack.

Living room just has a telly and a sky+ box, so nowt special there.

Wharfedale have always made nice stuff, I used to have a set of XP2s that were built at the Idle factory in Bradford.

I'm thinking of going for some Q Acoustics 2020i in Walnut then add a sub later if required.
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I'd say that was a good choice - those Q Acoustics are highly rated.
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I've got mission 702e floor standers, a Yamaha sub, a MS T1000 centre & mission M7 DS rears.

Happy with the set up. Old school but so much more presence & clout over a AIO system.
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If you like how the Missions sound then stick with them. I absolutely adored my 752 freedoms when I had them, but they were alas sacrificed in the name of domestic aesthetic harmony . . . . . That said I'm sure you could pick up a set these days pretty cheap. Want some QED Silver Anniversay speaker cable - I have loads I was going to put up on the bay as it suited the Missions really well
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If you like how the Missions sound then stick with them. I absolutely adored my 752 freedoms when I had them, but they were alas sacrificed in the name of domestic aesthetic harmony . . . . . That said I'm sure you could pick up a set these days pretty cheap. Want some QED Silver Anniversay speaker cable - I have loads I was going to put up on the bay as it suited the Missions really well
Nah, I think speaker cable is a bit like HDMI cables, all smoke and mirrors and placebo, but thanks for the offer.
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Hmmmmmm - we'll agree to differ. Cables are never going to make a bad system sound good but they sure can make a good system sound bad. My take is that cables are the final fine tune in the system - but not to spend squillions on them as there are limits. I worked in the HiFi trade for 8 years and there is a lot of bull attached to the stuff, but this is one thing I firmly believe iin.

I too was sceptical re HDMI but having purchased a Chord HDMI recently I was impressed with the difference. Not in a 'WOW ' kind of way, but just the picture seemed to drag less and be a bit 'quicker' if you see what I mean, and colours better defined. Again I wouldn't spend fortunes on it but as a final tweak it has merits

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To a degree I agree with both of you. I do use "proper" speaker cable (possibly QED stuff) but I wouldn't pay stupid money for it. Nor would I use the crap stuff you can buy at B&Q which is really not much more than bell wire.
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good old 2.5mm twin and earth solid mains wire works well as a speaker cable too
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good old 2.5mm twin and earth solid mains wire works well as a speaker cable too
That's exactly what I'm using except without the earth costs pennies in comparison to branded specialist speaker cable and with the kit I'm using there'll be no appreciable difference in sound quality.
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Suggest you go to Richer Sounds and/or Superfi and listen to some. If you buy floor standing then should be no need for a sub but if you get bookshelf then probably will.
Great advice that man.
I spent 3 hours at Superfi in Manchester last April. I bought an amp, speakers and iPod dock.
I had short listed NAD, Marantz and one other (I forget) for the amp. The speakers were Mission's, Celestion (not so good today but in the 70's they were top class IMO) and Tannoy.
I bought NAD and Tannoy, the iPod dock was quite expensive but worth every penny for the difference it made.
Listened to all types of music over different bits. Oh man what a day myself and Joanne had.

I bought Joanne some Mission's from Richer Sounds later in the year on Bury (old or new I forget) road and they too were really good.

She drives the Missions with the old 70's/80's Rotel amp. Actually Richer Sounds commented on how good hi-fi was from back then. They sound incredible with the Rotel

I have bought some retro Yamaha, Denon, Rotel and NAD equipment off eBay (I went a bit mad and have more stuff than I need) and some Denon labelled bookshelf speakers which are quite good Celestion I think.

Go and listen to stuff GD if you buy new. My eBay exploits went along the line of if it sounds **** when I buy it I can sell it again. Sold some of it

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That's exactly what I'm using except without the earth costs pennies in comparison to branded specialist speaker cable and with the kit I'm using there'll be no appreciable difference in sound quality.
I imagined you'd have bits of string and a couple of tin cans on each end
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I spent 3 hours at Superfi in Manchester last April. I bought an amp, speakers and iPod dock.
Which iPod dock did you end up with - a matching one from NAD or someone elses ?
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Which iPod dock did you end up with - a matching one from NAD or someone elses ?
Arcam.
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Nice. Was considering an Onkyo DS-A5 but don't really need it as I have Squeezeboxes. The Arcam looks even better with HDMI out which the Onkyo hadn't got.
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We bought a Cambridge dock for Joanne, I think it was the ID30 but there only appears to be an ID10 or 50. We paid, last August/September about 30. It sounds pretty good for a basic device on her system.
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I have one of those. It's belonged to a step son but he changed iPods and now uses a very long 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable so he can operate his tunes without getting out of bed so I grabbed kt, more as a charger than for its music plaing capability.
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