Hi, So I have been listening to music streaming to my B&W Zeppelin Air for a couple of years now. Its great, but I want to get back to listening to vinyl.
I am putting the setup in my office/patio in my house where I spend most of my time. The room is a little more than 200 sq feet.
I sit about 6 feet or so from where the speakers will be.
back in 99 I had a great setup with a McIntosh c15 preamp and a McIntosh mc 202 amp, entech dac and B&W nautilus 803's. I bought a Marantz 6100 turntable with a shure m55.
I no longer have any of that stuff obviously and can not afford to spend that kind of cash nor do I have the room. Being married and having a mortgage takes its toll!
So here is what I am looking at, using my Marantz 6100 table which is in perfect condition. I bought it from the original owner on ebay for 45 bucks in 99. I haven't used it until recently to clean it up and test it. Still works great.
Marantz 6100 Shure m55
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1
Marantz pm 8003/4 or Music Hall A15.2
Apple airport express to stream my iTunes library.
SO my questions are...
first, I do not have stands for the 10.1's and cant seem to find any cheap. I don't want to throw away 200 bucks for stands. Should I step up in price and buy the Diamond 10.5 demo's from music direct for 600? Or would the wharfedale evo 2-30's be a better buy at 600? I am buying wharfedales off reviews and have never heard them. I can not seem to find anything I would buy locally to listen to. Most of the audio stores here in north texas have closed up. So I am taking a shot with the wharfedale.
Next question. Should I spend the money on the Marantz 6004, 8004 or the music hall a15.2 I imagine the 8004 and the a15.2 are very similar. I have always liked Marantz and have never listened to anyting from music hall.
Can you guys recommend a dac to run the airport express into?
and finally. Should I just keep the Marantz 6100 turntable or should I jump up to the rega p1, project debut carbon or music hall 2.2
I am open to any help and really appreciate. Like most I want to just get all this settled so I can get on with listening to records which is what this is all about. I am an editor of Music TV show and spend basically 90% of my time listening to music in one way or another!
In a perfect world I am hoping the 6100 is ok, the dac in either of the integrated's is good enough and the 10.1's are enough.
would love if someone could recommend some stands to go with the 10.1's!
thanks again. I look forward to the responses.