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Advice on new speakers & receiver?

Hi- I'm new to this list, and to audiophilia in general, at least in terms of researching serious equipment. I'm trying to upgrade my system, but am on a very strict budget- hoping to spend a grand or less on a new set of speakers and amp. My current plan is to get a pair of PSB Alpha B1s ($279) and maybe a Marantz PM7001 integrated amp ($600).

I've been reading a lot of good things about the B1s on this and other sites, and I figure that they'll be just about as good as anything in the next few hundred dollar range, and that it'd be better to put the extra money towards the amp. Anyone have an opinion on the PM7001? Alternatives?

Many thanks in advance - Elliott

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Re: Advice on new speakers & receiver?

I love those Marantz integrateds, and use a PM7000 with a pair of Infinity Intermezzo 2.6's for my computer rig.

The PSB's are also a good match. I think you can't go wrong here.

You will have many years of enjoyment, and if you decide to in the future, the Alpha mates well with its subwoofer.

Cheers!

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Re: Advice on new speakers & receiver?

I would stretch the speaker budget ever so slightly to get the PSB B-25
speakers. You can find them for $350, new, unless you plan on using
an actual brick and mortar dealer for the purchase. Even then, I would
try to make a deal on dealer demos. You get a little more bass extension
that more fully covers most instruments. The B-25 recently fell off the
recommended components listing due to the "not auditioned in too long a
time" rule. It's still a fine speaker for the money.

I'm really picky about amps and trust Buddha's experience with the Marantz.
Just about everything mates well with the entry level PSB line of speakers.
As it should.

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Re: Advice on new speakers & receiver?

Thank you both for your replies- it's much appreciated. Monty, your post brings up a further question- what's the story with these online discount suppliers like Audiophile Liquidator (http://www.audiophileliquidator.net) & Best of Audio (https://bestofaudio.com)? Are these places legit or are they 'at your own risk' sorts of rebuilds and such? They both have the Marantz amp for about $460, which is pretty darn good.

And I've also read that the NAD 325 and/or 352 are comparable to the Marantz- thoughts or preferences?

Thanks! - E

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Re: Advice on new speakers & receiver?

I would second the PSB Image B25s and don't be afraid to buy them from the discounters ($350-$370). I would also look at the Cambridge Audio Azur 540A, NAD C325BEE and Music Hall A25.2 integrated amps.

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