I have 2500 USD to build my first system and would like some advice from you. I don't have means of auditioning components since I live in Brazil and the selection here is very limited and expensive. Things that usually sells for 500 USD in US cost around 3000 USD here.
I'm gonna buy the components when I travel to US in October.
I want a 2.0 system. Source will be my PC with my FLACs. Through a lot of reading I thought those speakers would be a good start. What do you guys think?
PSB Imagine for 1200
Focal 807 V for 720 - There's the V W also but I didn't understand the difference
Paradigm Studio 20 for 1500
Then I've read people using the following:
Dac + power amp
and when I was looking for integrated amps I found stereo amps which seems to be 2 channel integrated amps (although I found one which was 4 channel with the option of using 2 speakers in mono(if I recall the name correctly))
Which way do you guys recommend?
One thing that confuses me a lot is this. I've read everywhere that under powering speakers is the worst thing I can do due to clipping (which damage the speakers) and overheating of the amp. I've also read that I should look for amps with 150% of the speaker wattage. But I also read a lot of recommendations of amps with lower wattage than the speakers in the forums. So, how low is too low for the system to work?
Looking for a stereo amp I found the Harman Kardon HK 3770 which can deliver 120W @ 8 ohms. Is that too weak for those speakers or is it a good match?
Thanks a lot in advance guys and sorry for dropping so many questions at once.