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First Analog System Build

First time posting to the Forum.  Good day all!

I'm hoping to garner sound (pun intended) setup advice for my first analog/2 channel system.  I have a robust A/V platform, but am aching to take advantage of a bequeathed, 500+ LP collection that has recently come into my possession.  My budget is limited (I'd like to target < $3K), and so too is the listening space (I live in condo in Washington, DC).  First up, the space:

Living room/bay-window alcove that measures approximately 15 ft x 13 ft.  Eames easy chair, hardwood floors, and a generously sized turkish rug.  That's it.  That's the space where I'll be doing my listening.  Large, 3 panel bay windows are the centerpiece.

Equipment:

I'm a bit of loss in this department.  I know I'll need speakers and a turntable.  What's next, the drive of the system, is where I'm totally confounded.  Given my cash constraints I assume I'll need a capable Integrated Amp that has, preferably, a dedicated phono input.  I realize that it may not be an option, so having a separate phono stage is fine as long as it keeps me in my price range.  I already posses an OPPO BDP-103 SACD, so I'm good to go in that arena.  Integrated Amps I've been considering:

* NAD C-316BEE -or- 326BEE

* Marantz PM-5004

* Outlaw Audio  RR2150

That's as far as I got before being overwhelmed.  Next up, speakers and a turntable.  Not even sure where to begin.

Thank you, in advance, for any and all help.

Stu 

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Update to post...

I think I've narrowed down my choices and would love some feedback:

* Integrated Amp:  Outlaw Audio RR2150

* Phono: Rega RP1

* Speakers (this is my dilemma):  Wharfedale 10.2 - OR - Focus Chorus 706.

At Music Direct the Chorus 706's are on sale from $700 to $499.  Seems like a great deal to me.

This definitely keeps me in my budget (sub $3K), so I'd welcome any speaker upgrades you suggest/recommend.  I plan to pick my top choice and at least demo through an online shop.

Oh, and please read my post above to learn more about the space/requirements.  This is a first setup, in a somewhat limited space.  My only/biggest concern is getting a good speaker pair that are well-balanced.

Thanks again!

Stu

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Well...

First, I prefer the Music Hall MMF-2.2 or Pro-Ject Debut Carbon over the Rega RP1.

Second, you could do worse than the Outlaw RR2150. Should be very serviceable.

Finally, for loudspeakers, bring a pair of Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1s into your room for 30 days and I doubt you will be sending them back for the purchase price refund. http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRM1/srm1.html

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SYSTEM CHOICES

I second the choice of the Music Hall MMF-2.2 turntable; very good and not too expensive. ($450)

The OPPO is definitely a winner; good choice there.

I would suggest the NAD C326BEE for the amplifier, with a Musical Fidelity V-LPS phono preamp. ($800 total)

The phono stage in most integrated amplifiers is a cheap and minimal one that will not sound nearly as good as the V-LPS. It compares to some that cost $500 or more; a real top-quality phono stage for only $199.

The Focal and Wharfedale speakers are both very good; either should be good.

The PSB Image B6 is another excellent one to consider.Saturday Audio Exchange has them for only $439 per pair, which is a very good deal (normally $600).

You should be around $2000 for the whole system with that equipment.

 

 

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Thanks - and one more question

Thank you Jackfish and Commsysman for the thoughts/recommendations...

Would it be worth the extra money to move from a monitor speaker (like the PSB B6's), to a more full-range speaker like the PSB Image T6?  I've ready great reviews, and was thinking about spending the extra cash on a set that covers the full range.

Regardless, thank you again for the comments.

 

Stu

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Speakers

I had the PSB Image T6 speakers for 2 years, and I highly recommend them. I powered them with the NAD C325BEE for much of that time, before eventually upgrading to a Musical Fidelity M3i amplifier.

I think they would be well worth the money; i don't think they have much real competition at their price. They are very good speakers.

Originally I assumed that you did not want floorstanding speakers, but they are definitely the way to go if you can.

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Floorstanders...

Yeah, I was orginially thinking bookshelf/monitors as a way to maximize both price and floor real-estate, but I'm starting to realize that I'd rather have a pair of speakers that a) gives me a component upgrade path in the future, and b) leverages the full frequency range without having to add in a powered sub.

I think I'm going to give those T6's a run.  Thanks!

Stu

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Speaker wire

One more question...

I was going to order some pre-terminated speaker wire from blue jeans, and just assume that those will be more than adequate for my setup.  As far as I can tell, keep the gauge on the lower-end (14 or less) and I'll be fine.

Stu

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