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Ok hifi buffs ...

... here's 3k, build me a system



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What will you use it for (just music, suround, etc?), and what kind of music do you listen to,
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Predominantly music although it would be nice to have
better sound quality for TV. As far as music is concerned
I would have to say virtually anything goes. No one
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What size is the room?
How much furniture is in it?
How many windows?

If the room is laid out well and balanced, then it's worth spending the money. If it's not, well, it's like fitting a better hifi in a car with a big bore exhaust. One defeats the purpose of the other.

As for what exactly to buy, the easiest thing to do is probably go to your nearest Richer Sounds and buy the lot from them. They may not be the best high-end hifi shop, but they are pretty good, tend to know their stuff and don't rip you off (much)

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Predominantly music although it would be nice to have
better sound quality for TV. As far as music is concerned
I would have to say virtually anything goes. No one
particular genre.
What are you going to do with the spare 2k ?
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What are you going to do with the spare 2k ?
Pay to put the sound-absorbing furniture away in storage!
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What medium will you be listening to your music on?
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Records, CD and ipod.



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Second hand 800 series b&w sound amazing. I wish I could have the kef reference. My uncle is currently looking at a full thx system. But its like 12k a pair I'm happy with my demon amp and 2 b&w 685's and a sub had them 6 years, love them!
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I saw a pair of B&W CDM 1NT Speakers with stands go for around 400 on ebay, I really wanted them but the wife was the voice of reason, considering I have no job at the mo
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Well I'm not really a hi-fi buff, but I am a musician and music fan, and my tactic in buying gear (as in cars!) is to go for decent older stuff which is under-rated and not trendy, as I think this way lie bargains!
Also, matching components is important - particularly amps and speakers; some go better together than others.
I'm very happy with my current set up which really works well together in terms of turntable (Linn axis, Linn Basic arm, Ortofon Cart) amp (Luxman LV 105) and speakers (Tannoy Venus).
You could pick up these 3 items on ebay for under a grand,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tannoy-Ven...item27d03ef466

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LUXMAN-LV-...item3a7ede4c8c

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LINN-AXIS-...p2047675.l2557

leaving plenty spare to splash out on a decent CD player and ipod dock with dac

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Linn-Akura...item19d92070d4


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A system that will play your records and CDs to a high quality, play your iPod very nicely, and give you a fantastic home cinema experience too. Hope you've got a good TV!

Turntable/cartridge, 300: Superfi - PROJECT DEBUT CARBON TURNTABLE WITH ORTOFON 2M RED CARTRIDGE

AV Amp, 850: Superfi - YAMAHA RXA820 NETWORKED 3D READY AV RECEIVER WITH AIRPLAY

iPod Dock, 50: Superfi - YAMAHA YDS12 iPOD DOCK

CD/Bluray/DVD Player, 1050: Superfi - ARCAM BDP100 BLU-RAY/DVD PLAYER

Front Main Speakers, 425: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY 301 SPEAKERS

Centre Speaker, 150: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY AEGIS NEO V2 CENTRE SPEAKER

Rear Speakers/Subwoofer, 140: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY AEGO M SUBWOOFER/SATELLITE SPEAKER PACKAGE

Total: 2965
 
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Thanks for taking the time to put that together Max



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Or you could get all your sound by Bluetooth to this item from Beoplay.

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A system that will play your records and CDs to a high quality, play your iPod very nicely, and give you a fantastic home cinema experience too. Hope you've got a good TV!

Turntable/cartridge, 300: Superfi - PROJECT DEBUT CARBON TURNTABLE WITH ORTOFON 2M RED CARTRIDGE

AV Amp, 850: Superfi - YAMAHA RXA820 NETWORKED 3D READY AV RECEIVER WITH AIRPLAY

iPod Dock, 50: Superfi - YAMAHA YDS12 iPOD DOCK

CD/Bluray/DVD Player, 1050: Superfi - ARCAM BDP100 BLU-RAY/DVD PLAYER

Front Main Speakers, 425: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY 301 SPEAKERS

Centre Speaker, 150: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY AEGIS NEO V2 CENTRE SPEAKER

Rear Speakers/Subwoofer, 140: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY AEGO M SUBWOOFER/SATELLITE SPEAKER PACKAGE

Total: 2965
Missing a sub-woofer perhaps?
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A system that will play your records and CDs to a high quality, play your iPod very nicely, and give you a fantastic home cinema experience too. Hope you've got a good TV!

Turntable/cartridge, 300: Superfi - PROJECT DEBUT CARBON TURNTABLE WITH ORTOFON 2M RED CARTRIDGE

AV Amp, 850: Superfi - YAMAHA RXA820 NETWORKED 3D READY AV RECEIVER WITH AIRPLAY

iPod Dock, 50: Superfi - YAMAHA YDS12 iPOD DOCK

CD/Bluray/DVD Player, 1050: Superfi - ARCAM BDP100 BLU-RAY/DVD PLAYER

Front Main Speakers, 425: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY 301 SPEAKERS

Centre Speaker, 150: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY AEGIS NEO V2 CENTRE SPEAKER

Rear Speakers/Subwoofer, 140: Superfi - ACOUSTIC ENERGY AEGO M SUBWOOFER/SATELLITE SPEAKER PACKAGE

Total: 2965
Good list but the rears/subwoofer won't work in that configuration as they're a standalone active 2.1 set.
 
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Good list but the rears/subwoofer won't work in that configuration as they're a standalone active 2.1 set.
I hadn't noticed that! But they would actually still work just fine, there are line-level outputs for the rear speakers, on the amp.

I'll have another look around and see what I can come up with.
 
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I'm not taking the whatnot here but if you buy a copy of what hifi, it lists a variety of systems for various budgets.

I'm a Sony separates man. Some ES stuff, with mainly mission speakers. Got a Belkin Bluetooth adaptor to stream music but overall, it's used for films & TV
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I'm not taking the whatnot here but if you buy a copy of what hifi, it lists a variety of systems for various budgets.
Or maybe you are because you are assuming I haven't already
done that. This place is for conversations, surely

I don't know anybody who works for What HiFi so I'm asking
opinions from another source.



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How about this Gibbo? I've basically changed the speakers.

Turntable/cartridge, 300: http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-10648-pro...cartridge.aspx

AV Amp, 850: Superfi - Superfi - YAMAHA RXA820 NETWORKED 3D READY AV RECEIVER WITH AIRPLAY

iPod Dock, 50: Superfi - http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-3232-yama...ipod-dock.aspx

CD/Bluray/DVD Player, 1050: http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-3229-arca...vd-player.aspx

Front Main Speakers, 250: Superfi - MONITOR AUDIO BRONZE BX2 SPEAKERS (PAIR)

Centre Speaker, 150: Superfi - MONITOR AUDIO BRONZE BX CENTRE SPEAKER

Rear Speakers 200: Superfi - MONITOR AUDIO BRONZE BX1 SPEAKERS (PAIR)

Subwoofer 170: Superfi - WHARFEDALE DIAMOND 10MX SUBWOOFER (CHERRY)

This comes in at 3020.

I have personal experience of Yamaha AV amps (I set a system up for the ex.) and they are very good.

I personally have some Arcam AV stuff and it's excellent - still designed in the UK by top geezers.

I don't have experience of recent Monitor Audio speakers but I'm sure you can find somewhere to have a listen - that's quite important. They're well-reviewed though.

I've specced a cheaper Wharfedale subwoofer, which unless you are a diehard subsonic movie-nut, shouldn't matter a jot. You'll be able to set up the system so it only comes on when you're watching films, not when you're listening to CDs. But you should get a nice rumble in your jungle during an action movie, it's 150W RMS. Depending on what finish you want, you may be able to get a good wood-match between the main speakers and the subwoofer. But this may not be important?

I seem to remember your ears are a little bit past their best (as indeed mine are now) so your best bet is to get along to listen to the speakers with Lynn, get something that sounds good to you, but also to Lynn, who I'm sure has lovely unblemished aural receptors!

If 3020 were a little too much, you could very easily get a slightly cheaper Yamaha amp with a little less power. It wouldn't make a lot of difference unless you wanted to blow up your neighbours with acoustic waves.

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Or maybe you are because you are assuming I haven't already
done that. This place is for conversations, surely

I don't know anybody who works for What HiFi so I'm asking
opinions from another source.
I was trying to help - no need for the snotty response

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... Lots of helpful stuff ...
Cheers Max, this is all very useful and thought provoking.

I think your suggestion to go and listen to setups is very
wise and shall give it a go. I'm not likely to get my wallet
out until August/September so I have plenty of time to
sample and cogitate

You remembered well re my hearing in as much as my left
ear is fine but my right ear is not what it was. Lynn, on the
other hand, seems to have good hearing still.

As a result, I'm not planning on spending tens of thousands






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Not sure why I'm bothering but last I recall you live in the Bristol area?

I think What HiFi run an annual event at an hotel there early in the year where you can go to rooms set up by kit manufactures & listen to what they have.

I'll check.....
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