I’m looking to put together my first hi-fi system. I’ve done a bunch of research already, but hoping for a bit of guidance before I pull the trigger and commit!
I plan on using it almost exclusively for music and listen to a wide range, from classical piano to house/electronic.
Speakers - 2 B&W 685s
I considered the 686s, but it seems like the relatively inexpensive bump up to the 685s is worth it
Sub – B&W 608
I was thinking about trying with out the sub to begin with, but I’m expecting I will need it. I’m not looking to rattle my windows, but do want the bass to be present when called for.
Amp – NAD C316BEE
I don’t really need much in the way of features, just something basic and quality that is going to be able to drive the 685’s. From what I’ve read it seems like the NAD should have no problem with that.
I was also considering the Marantz PM5004, which has A and B outputs – could those be used to bi-amp the speakers (never done this before)? And if so, is it worth doing? The Marantz is slightly more expensive and the output is 5 watts less.
Input – Currently, the main input is going to be from my Macbook Pro or iPod via the 3.5mm jack with an RCA adapter. My space is about a 16 x 16 square studio apartment and the setup will go centered up against one of the walls
My question is basically – am I missing anything obvious with this setup/is it a good choice for the money for a first time setup? Is there anything else I should consider or tweaks to the setup worth looking into?
Any thoughts appreciated!!