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I know nothing about stereos but want to play some actual records in my apartment rather than just ipod stuff (so nothing loud but want something that sounds and looks ok). Anyone willing to throw out some advice? I'd really like a to get a braun sk5 but seems like those are tough to find in the us?
So could someone recommend a decent small set up that wouldn't require too much brain damage? Or maybe I'll throw a straw man out and tell me why it doesn't work and what I'm missing (I literally might not even have the right components listed)?
turntable (maybe that technics sl 1500 that someone's selling on here or something)
miniwatt a3
dynaco a25s

This looks like it should work fine, but the output from the miniwatt is only 3.5 watts per channel. I'm not sure that this amp will be able to push those speakers very well. You may want to consider getting a simple phono stage and separate analong amplifier to drive those speakers or alternatively, find a more powerful integrated tube amp.
post #1952 of 2378

I upgraded a few years ago.  Still haven't gone the original source route, too much vinyl, etc.

Rega P9 with Shelter cartridge(sweet sound)

Linn Klimax amp and pre amp

Linn CD, tuner, phono

Wilson Sophia II

I have heard more on my vinyl than I ever had before, with some nice 70's-80's gear

post #1953 of 2378

Just got the Beolit 12, nice sound quality made for portable, wifi sound.  

B & W headphones sound nice as well

post #1954 of 2378
I recently did an upgrade to my 25yr old BA's and 15yr old Yamaha...

Kept it simple with an eye on the future-

Yamaha RX-2000

and

KEF Q700 speaks...

I will eventually build out the surround for movies and such but 80% of my use is music... so, a decent 2-channel set-up was paramount to start.

Really like the KEFS- bright and articulate without being shrill or brassy...and the Yamaha is beefy....I have all of my music in lossless so its great to be able to stream all of my FLAC files right to the receiver without additional hardware...- just put it on random and hear music I haven't played in years...
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Verity or Devores? Anyone audition them and have anything to comment on?
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Verity or Devores? Anyone audition them and have anything to comment on?

I like both but the Devores would be my leaning.
post #1957 of 2378
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Thanks. They really sound good. Was listening to the Tea for the Tillerman hirez download last night.

Congrats on the new speakers, and I do need to download that; I've heard it sounds great.
post #1958 of 2378
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Verity or Devores? Anyone audition them and have anything to comment on?

All I can add is that I love my Devore Nines. I listened to a fair number of speakers, and the imaging, soundstage and "openness" of the Nines is just outstanding. They are quite efficient -- don't take hundreds of watts to drive.
post #1959 of 2378
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Thanks. They really sound good. Was listening to the Tea for the Tillerman hirez download last night.

Congrats on the new speakers, and I do need to download that; I've heard it sounds great.

Thank you. They are breaking in nicely.
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Verity or Devores? Anyone audition them and have anything to comment on?

All I can add is that I love my Devore Nines. I listened to a fair number of speakers, and the imaging, soundstage and "openness" of the Nines is just outstanding. They are quite efficient -- don't take hundreds of watts to drive.

The entire Devore line is AF-approved. smile.gif I see John every year at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Very nice man with quality speakers. He also has some high quality electronics he displays them with.
post #1960 of 2378
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Thank you. They are breaking in nicely.
The entire Devore line is AF-approved. smile.gif I see John every year at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Very nice man with quality speakers. He also has some high quality electronics he displays them with.

I think that the next time I'm in NYC with an afternoon to burn I'll see if I can get over to his factory/office -- at least I'll email him and see if he's interested in meeting a customer.

I had my audio sales guy come over and we spent a few hours moving the speakers around. It's really interesting what a few inches either way can do to the sound. Unfortunately, my room has some issues -- some odd little geometries and other than a 9x12 wool rug and some simple mid-century furniture and framed art on the walls, it's all hardwood and hard walls and ceiling. It could benefit from some "acoustic treatment" but unless it's art "she" isn't going to hear of it.

I had a hard time hearing a lot of what he heard -- my ears just aren't that good (yet, anyway). I could tell that he had to be pretty good, as at one point we got the speakers out of phase and he heard that immediately.
post #1961 of 2378
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I think that the next time I'm in NYC with an afternoon to burn I'll see if I can get over to his factory/office -- at least I'll email him and see if he's interested in meeting a customer.
I had my audio sales guy come over and we spent a few hours moving the speakers around. It's really interesting what a few inches either way can do to the sound. Unfortunately, my room has some issues -- some odd little geometries and other than a 9x12 wool rug and some simple mid-century furniture and framed art on the walls, it's all hardwood and hard walls and ceiling. It could benefit from some "acoustic treatment" but unless it's art "she" isn't going to hear of it.
I had a hard time hearing a lot of what he heard -- my ears just aren't that good (yet, anyway). I could tell that he had to be pretty good, as at one point we got the speakers out of phase and he heard that immediately.

I assume you got your devores from Goodwins High End. The guys there are incredibly knowledgable and helpful.

-LR
post #1962 of 2378
Just pulled the trigger on a Pioneer VSX 1021-K from newegg (on sale for 300, normally 550).

Very excited to get this. Not so much that it will be my first hi def experience, but because I will be able to get an iPhone app to control this bad boy. And it comes with blue tube capabilities and all that bullshit.
post #1963 of 2378
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I assume you got your devores from Goodwins High End. The guys there are incredibly knowledgable and helpful.
-LR

Yup I got my Devores and some of my Naim gear at Goodwins. The rest of the Naim gear I bought via Audiogon. Three different Audiogon transactions, all of which went swimmingly whereby I got barely used stuff, all built in 2011, for around 50% of retail. I'll continue to support Goodwins too, however.
post #1964 of 2378
Listening to a pair of Spica 50 now.
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Listening to a pair of Spica 50 now.

A great, classic speaker. Very smooth midrange.
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