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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon + Receiver + Audioengine + ???

 

Hello,

My name is Chris and I have been looking to upgrade my whole vinyl listening system, but am having trouble fitting together the pieces.

Currently I have a cheap Sony USB Turntable that is connected with a RCA to AUX Y-Cable to a cheap powered speaker. Let me tell you, it is doing no justice to my vinyl.

I have been doing research on and off for awhile and have settled on purchasing a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.

I was originally planning on getting a Bellari VP130 and a pair of Audioengine A5+ Powered Speakers and call it day, but I realized I wanted to use the speakers with some my other audio sources in the room (TV and PC). TV has Digital Optical Out; PC has Digital Optical Out, AUX out, and HDMI out (It has a Blu-Ray drive and I use it as my main Blu-Ray player).

My dilemma is whether or not to get a receiver and which one to go with. Going through the forums and searching the internet yields the HK3490 as an excellent choice, but I was also considering an Onkyo TX-8050 due to it having two Optical inputs.

Of course with the A5+’s being active speakers I assume I would need to use the Pre Amp Out to connect the speakers to the receiver. Connecting the turntable with the receiver directly, I assume this would also eliminate the need for the VP130, let me know if I am wrong on this, or if it still beneficial to use a preamp.

So the set up would be a TX-8050 which has both my TV and PC connected via Optical and the Pro-Ject connected via RCA into the phono input. Then I would connect the A5+’s via the Pre Amp Out using RCA cables.

Is this the way I should do it? Is there a better solution?

The main reason for the upgrade is to listen to vinyl, so the PC and TV come as a secondary need. Let me know if the HK3490 is better. I do not mind buying an Optical Switch, just manually switching the cables, or even buying a DAC for one of the two and connecting via RCA.

Note: I chose the Audioengine products due to the fact that they are aesthetically pleasing and have generally positive reviews, but I am up for suggestions if you have any.

Thanks ahead of time, sorry for the wall of text.

-Chris

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Why Powered Speakers?

I have Audioengine A2's running directly out of my iMac at work and they sound great for near field listening.  However, if you are investing in a receiver, why the powered speaker route?  80 watts should be plenty for a small-medium sized listening environment, maybe you should consider regular speakers.  I think the A5's run around $400, so you should be able to get a similar sized quality speaker in that price range.

Can't comment on the Onkyo vs. the HK.

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I am open to suggestions.

 

bad teacher wrote:

 However, if you are investing in a receiver, why the powered speaker route?  80 watts should be plenty for a small-medium sized listening environment, maybe you should consider regular speakers.  

The powered speakers were determined on the initial reasearch before I considered connecting my TV and PC. I think the main reason I am leaning towards a receiver is because I want the ability to use the speakers with multiple sources. Do you, or anyone else have a recommendation for passive speakers in the $400 range?

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Consider

I also like the audioengine powered speakers, but agree that if you have more than 2 sources it's better to go with a receiver (or integrated amp, or pre and power amps). Lots of folks like the wharfedales for compact speakers - see stereophile reviews. Audioengine also makes a passive speaker I think it's called the p4

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Choices

I suggest that you get the Harman-Kardon 3390 stereo receiver to start with. It has very good amplifiers rated at 80 watts per channel, and even has a built-in phono preamp and dedicated subwoofer outputs. Forget the Onkyo receiver; you will get much better sound quality with the 3390, and you won't need to buy a separate phono preamp.

Amazon has it right now for only $315, and that is a tremendous deal for what you get!

I suggest a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers, which are $349 at Music Direct. They are beautiful in either the Cherry or Rosewood veneer; unbelievably nice finish and sound quality for that low price!

They are WAY WAY better-sounding speakers than the Audioengine speakers, and of course you will have much better more powerful amplifiers in the 3390 receiver than the little amplifier in the powered speakers.

(an Orange County guy, huh? I taught Electronics at Santa Ana College for 25 years...and then retired)

Good luck with the sound system!!

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