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Looking for the perfect 2.1 Integrated

I have a set of B&W 686 bookshelf size speakers that are very demanding, 84 db sensitivity(lots of power required).

I am on the hunt for a 2 channel, but my requirements are making it difficult.

 

Speaker specs: http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Speakers/Home_Audio/600_Series/686.html

 

Requirements

  • 2.1 not 2.0 - 2.1 gives me the ability to add a sub down the line.
  • digital input optical or coaxial
  • ipod input of some sort
  • approx 100wpc
  • good power supply
  • audiophile sound
  • an MM input would be ideal, but ONLY if it were a very good one would I use it
  • big bonus would be wifi/ethernet, for updates and other purposes

 

My budget was $500 so the original list was:

  • Onkyo A-9050 -decent power, right features, prolly not musical enough
  • Harmon Kardon HK 3490 -good power, nice feature set, ugly, gets great reviews everywhere, is it musical enough?

 

But then I realized I didn't want ANY buyer remorse and/or feel the need to upgrade in a year, so I do not mind spending more, up to around a grand.

  • Outlaw RR-2150 $699

What do I like about it? It's unique. Has some wild looks and raw power. But it doesn't have a digital input, and it's dated.

  • Music Hall A15.2 (not expensive at all)

Why? Apparently it's the most musical integrated south of a grand. It's very dated. And a 15.3 is probably going to be announced soon. I wonder roy would make it 2.1 and include a digital input, and ipod input of some sort. jackfish, in another threads, suggested that roy probably wouldn't put a dac in there. I sort of agree, that is a long shot. Damn b/c this thing really makes music.

This is another option: I am considering using an old amp that a buddy would sell me cheap. An old Adcom amp from the early to mid 90s. GFA-545. It is 100x2. Then, I would get a modern pre-amp, with all the right features including sub output.

 

Sources: I listen to mostly vinyl. VPI Traveler with a blue 2M. I have a Cambridge 651P preamp. I also listen to my iPod a lot for convenience. 

Music: Indie rock the most. Some classic rock. And jazz. Including female artist.

Room: This setup is for a room that is 14x12 and carpeted. I have a 3.1 and 5.1 setup in other rooms.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I am a sterophile subscriber and a longtime lurker on this forum, there are some great members here and a ton of valuable info. Thx again.

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Usually if it is perfect...

no one makes it. Separates could handle it beautifully.

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jackfish wrote:

no one makes it. Separates could handle it beautifully.

put a $ out there, for me, approx.

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The Peachtreet decco65 for $1000 comes close with

digital inputs, but only 65 wpc and one analog input which could be used for your turntable with a phono preamp. The preamp outputs could be used for the subwoofer, but an iPod would have to be connected to a digital input via an iPod dock with a digital output like the Cambridge Audio iD100.

The $900 80 wpc NAD C356BEE DAC is feature rich but you would still need a phono preamp for your turntable. I don't think you can add both the Modular Design Construction phono stage and DAC. The NAD literature seems confusing, so you would want to ask an NAD rep if both DAC and phono modules can be added.

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I've seen these Peachtrees

65 wpc would be pushing it.

I can probably make it work with these.

Question, do you or anyone else, know if either of these models really make music. I want a beautiful, rich sound. The music hall a15.2 for example - has a reputation for great sound. I do know that Nad and peachtree gear is made well.

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thx again

 

features wise, this could really work!

Peachtree Audio Decco 65

Just need to do a little research for reviews and see what sensitivity the speakers are (in the review). cheers! have a great weekend.

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Sweet stuff

Looks like they have more powerful models too. which I will prolly require.

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Just purchased the nova 125.

Just purchased the nova 125. It's just money. 

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Like your attitude

Congratulations, nice choice!  I bet you're gonna going to enjoy that baby.

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GOT speakers today!
Demondog wrote:

Congratulations, nice choice!  I bet you're gonna going to enjoy that baby.

thx dude, I appreciate it.

 

picked up some boxes today

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What are you thinking about for a subwoofer to help those

nice looking LS50s out? Budget, performance objectives?

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