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building first hi-fi system

with respect to my budget (college student), I'm curious as to what components are recommended. The system will be primarily one for music, as I don't have a television. I plan on purchasing a turntable (new or old) in the near future...

I'm starting out with a pair of pioneer fs51's and a sp-c21. Where do I go next? I'm interested in components that have the best bang for the buck...

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Welcome

Welcome to the forum. I wish I could help you but I have no experience with the gear you mentioned. I'm sure someone here does.

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The Pioneer SP-FS51-LR loudspeakers are over achievers

for sure. Probably one of the best budget loudspeakers out there. But I'm not quite sure why you got the center channel SP-C21 which would be great for a home theater but not necessary for a two channel music system. Looks like now you need a good two-channel integrated amplifier. NAD, Music Hall, Cambridge Audio come to mind. Or sometimes one can find $300 deals on the Harman Kardon HK3490 stereo receiver. Looks like its $305 at Amazon right now and $300 at J&R.

The HK3490 has a phono input, so you would be good to go once you get your turntable. New, a bare minimum in my estimation is the Music Hall MMF-2.2 for $450. Or lots of used options.

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sp-c21 I got used for 19.99-

sp-c21 I got used for 19.99- I couldn't pass it up... will it have any use in my system or should I just return them?

also, what 2 channel int amps ($300 max) do you recommend to power up the fs-51's? 

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I'd recommend

the Harman Kardon HK3490 from J&R for $300. Better act fast as the prices for those units fluctuate from under $300 to $450.

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