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What stereo(s) do you listen to? What do you want?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Artisan Fan, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. eg1

    eg1 Senior member

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    Part of the problem is my stereo receiver is on its last legs right now, so I need something to replace that. If I buy a new AV receiver today I think you are looking at buying at the minimum a $500 receiver for one with a pre out. It might be easier to go the separates route right than do this. If I had something that was functioning with a pre-out I would definitely look at picking up an amp.

    But you could use the AVR as the amp as well while you stash cash for upgrades to allow for pre+power amp set-up, yes?
     


  2. pscolari

    pscolari Senior member

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    But you could use the AVR as the amp as well while you stash cash for upgrades to allow for pre+power amp set-up, yes?

    What would you suggest for separates? I originally had planned on getting this done for around 1000 when I thought of buying an AVR, but I would rather spend wisely and not have to replace things in 2-3yrs down the road for scalability. This project is my indulgance as part of my bonus that gets paid in a few weeks, the majority of which is going to savings. Fortunately I am in a position where I don't have to wait and save to upgrade.

    Let's hear some ideas on the separates side. Just remember this will be split evenly between theater and music and I am not going to add rears at the moment b/c there is nowhere to put them.
     


  3. Artisan Fan

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    What would you suggest for separates? I originally had planned on getting this done for around 1000 when I thought of buying an AVR, but I would rather spend wisely and not have to replace things in 2-3yrs down the road for scalability. This project is my indulgance as part of my bonus that gets paid in a few weeks, the majority of which is going to savings. Fortunately I am in a position where I don't have to wait and save to upgrade.

    Let's hear some ideas on the separates side. Just remember this will be split evenly between theater and music and I am not going to add rears at the moment b/c there is nowhere to put them.


    Also look at the NAD Viso 2.
     


  4. Pezzaturra

    Pezzaturra Senior member

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    I have a question to which I could not find the answer.
    Will Denon DL-160 with output of 1.6mV damage my Moving Coil phono amp whose input range is 0.8mV to 1.0mV ?
    Is there any danger of "overloading" ?
    Is there a any danger of sound distortion ?
     


  5. Artisan Fan

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    I have a question to which I could not find the answer.
    Will Denon DL-160 with output of 1.6mV damage my Moving Coil phono amp whose input range is 0.8mV to 1.0mV ?
    Is there any danger of "overloading" ?
    Is there a any danger of sound distortion ?


    Depends, probably not but what specific phono amp do you have?
     


  6. pscolari

    pscolari Senior member

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    I think I am going to go the Peachtree Nova route and also get Apple TV. I think this is the best solution that will address my needs. Thanks for the suggestions guys.
     


  7. Artisan Fan

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    I think I am going to go the Peachtree Nova route and also get Apple TV. I think this is the best solution that will address my needs. Thanks for the suggestions guys.

    Great choice, love the Nova. Terrific sound. Enjoy!
     


  8. deaddog

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    WRT getting good music out of 5.1 setups, and assuming you are not averse to used equipment, I highly recommend a used Anthem AVM20. No HDMI but all other bells and whistles with great surround sound 5.1 slam and -most important to me - really nice 2 channel stereo. I paid something like $3000 for mine years ago but the current resale for excellent condition is well under $1000.

    As for the Peachtree Nova, I really like mine but primarily because of its versatility with the built-in DAC. If you don't need the DAC, I'd look elsewhere. I think the amp is perhaps slightly weak and I found the volume control to insuffcientily "staged" for want of a better term - difficult to play quietly.
     


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    I'm currently dusting off my early 2000s Arcam Alpha 7r amp, CD72 disc player and Mission 771e speakers, which have been sitting in the cupboard since moving house. A nice simple, reliable and decent sounding setup for not too much money.
     


  10. pscolari

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    WRT getting good music out of 5.1 setups, and assuming you are not averse to used equipment, I highly recommend a used Anthem AVM20. No HDMI but all other bells and whistles with great surround sound 5.1 slam and -most important to me - really nice 2 channel stereo. I paid something like $3000 for mine years ago but the current resale for excellent condition is well under $1000.

    As for the Peachtree Nova, I really like mine but primarily because of its versatility with the built-in DAC. If you don't need the DAC, I'd look elsewhere. I think the amp is perhaps slightly weak and I found the volume control to insuffcientily "staged" for want of a better term - difficult to play quietly.



    The DAC is key for me as well. If I find the Nova amp doesn't meet my needs I can always pick up a 2 channel amp.
     


  11. Artisan Fan

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    The DAC is key for me as well. If I find the Nova amp doesn't meet my needs I can always pick up a 2 channel amp.
    DACs are back in vogue with all the interest in computer audio and headphone-based systems. I have been listening to the new Audio Research DAC7 at a local dealer and I really like it. I have also been considering an iBasso DAC/amp for my new Grado headphones.
     


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    A very modest setup: Onkyo SR805 -> B&W 683s.
     


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    Amp:
    Musical Fidelity A1
    CD player:
    Sony X202-ES
    Speakers:
    Polk Audio RS125
    Cables:
    CAT5E cables. Don't laugh, they're great budget cables
    Interconnects:
    Kimber Hero
    Headphones:
    Grado SR60
     


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