Been a headphone enthusiast for a few years, but now it is time to venture into the scary and expensive world of stero setups :)
I live in Wellington, New Zealand, so it's hard to demo all the brands/gear I'd like to without flying to another city. I'm pretty much left with reading lots of reviews on the net.
I want a simple setup - 2 floor standers, x1 integrated amp, x1 DAC. Or an integrated DAC/amp combo.
I don't want monitors/stands, a subwoofer, or a power amp/preamp combo.
My budget is:
Speakers: $6500 US
Integrated amp:$6500 US
I primarily listen to electronic music - DnB, House, etc. Also a bit of Jazz, Hip Hop and classical. So I'm after a set up which will deliver a bit of bass for my electronic needs, ideally without the need for a sub.... I know. I should probably get a sub. But I really don't want the clutter! And something with the finesse and dynamincs to play Jazz/Classical. Maybe that's a big ask.
After a load of research, I've narrowed my choices down to:
Speakers: Sonus Faber Venere 3.0, or Dynaudio Contour S 3.4
Integrated amp: Plinius 9200, or Micromega IA-400 (pretty interested in the Plinius Hiato also, but that will well and truly wreck the budget I feel)
DAC: Waida 121
Any reccomendations or info much appreciated.