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tywynash
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Help me build my system

I've been listening to vinyl for a few years now ever since I bought my Rega P1 tt. Fortunately for my pockets, when I got the tt my roommate already had an awesome sounds system that he let me use as my own. However, he recently moved for a job and took his system with him.

As lucky as I was to have that for a while, I didn't educate myself as well as I probably should have and am now left to start from scratch with a budget that's not very big and limited knowledge.

Can anyone suggest a somewhat cost-friendly preamp/receiver and possibly a set of speakers that would match the system? Also, do I need anything else? Forgive me for the likely-juvenile questions

I mentioned being on a budget but I'm also not looking for the cheapest thing out there. Thanks in advance for any help

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tywynash wrote:

...I mentioned being on a budget but I'm also not looking for the cheapest thing out there.

And your budget is?

What is your listening room like?

What are your musical preferences?

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AMPLIFIER OR RECEIVER.

If I was on a tight budget and wanted to set up a system, the first thing I would buy is a Harman-Kardon 3490 stereo receiver.

You can get it for under $400, and it sounds great. It even includes a phono preamp and tuner and has subwoofer output jacks.

To get an integrated amplifier that sounds significantly better you would have to spend at least twice as much money IMO.

A pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers is $349 at Music Direct, and you will be hard-pressed to find anything better-sounding without going over $500.

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I'm looking to spend somwhere

I'm looking to spend somwhere between $300-500 on a receiver. I've got klipsch speakers already but it's a surround sound system so I really don't want to use that. I was looking at the wharfdale speakers the poster below mentioned.  I've already got phones, Grado SR80i.

My listening room is just my living room. Laminate flooring. Minimal furniture. Plaster walls I believe. I don't know the exact size but its large.

As for musical preferences, I listen to a very wide variety of music. Most of my vinyl collection is comprised of classical, jazz, a little electronic, dub, and rock (indie, classic, modern like Queens of the Stone Age, and some alternative)

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