First of all, let me preface this post by thanking everyone who has contributed to the vast amount of information that is available on the forum. It has helped me transform me from a guy who did not know that terms like receivers existed in the world of hi-fi audio systems to a point where I think I have a grasp of the different components :) So Thank You! I guess what started off as curiosity is slowly developing into a passion for me :)
I just graduated and moving to my new job and one of the first big buys that I have planned for is a stereo system in my bedroom. My budget would be anywhere between $1500 and $1800. I figured that I would spend around $1,000 on bookshelf speakers and the rest on the other equipment.
The speakers that I have shortlisted are
KEF – XQ20
Martin Logan – Motion LX16
Paradigm – Studio 20
PSB – Imagine B
Klipsch – RB-81 II
I thought I would give these a listen in person and then decide which pair I am going to buy. Most of my music is either played from my laptop or from an external hard-drive. With this in mind, there are a couple of questions that I would love to have your opinion on
1) I am thinking of going along the lines of an integrated amp and adding a DAC in later.. Is this a good option or should I go in for a DAC right at the beginning since most of my music is going to be from a non CD/DVD source
2) Since my budget for the amp is kind of small, would refurbished amps be a good choice? If so could you please let me know which retailers I could look at in Chicago area or even online
3) Also, this integrated amp is going to be used only for these two bookshelf speakers, it is never going to be extended into a home theater system. So with that in mind, could you please suggest some amps that I could look at in my budget ?
This may be a super basic noob question but I just wanted to make sure that I got this right. The following is the set-up I am looking at, so please let me know if this is right ..
Layer 1 - DVD player, Computer, External harddrive
Layer 2 – DAC ( In this case would I require a DAC that can take in multiple inputs ?)
Layer 3 – Integrated amp
Layer 4 – Bookshelf speakers
Looking forward to hearing your opinions and to a great discussion :) Thank you all very much for your time and I hope you have a wonderful Friday evening and a great weekend !