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karlrborne
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New Apartment Needs New Sound

I need some advice.

My girlfriend is moving out of a teeny apartment of three to a cute and historic single bedroom. Pretty exciting stuff we think. She is a bit retro as far as fashion and furnishings, and a music lover. Her new place has a great living room that I bet will even better for listening to her vast collection of vinyl. Her tunes are played on a garage sale turntable, a 70's Lafayette LR3500 receiver that is in great shape, and a pair of Advent Mini's. The new apartment will show off her sound system much more prominently, and will (in my opinion) require a larger more powerful speaker. I'd like to get her an apartment warming gift and this is where I need some advice.

There are two directions I can see going:
#1: Speakers: I'd love to find a pair of attractive wood grain speakers that have good to great sound. If I wasn't already using a pair of Allison's that would be a perfect match (sort of retro, handsome), but I think it would be more fun to mix it up and should we move in together down the road. I'm happy to search ebay, craigslist, goodwill, and forums for the right pair. I was thinking $250 or so max. Some possibilities I was considering:
Bozak's, RDL (same as Allison but different), Wharefdale (not my favorite look), and Rectilinear (also kind of unattractive). I wouldn't be against newer stuff either, but the $250 tag doesn't help with newer speakers though I have been looking at AV123/Onix (as immoral as that may be) and the rare NHT wood grained options.

Do you have any other or more specific suggestions that fit this vague criteria?

#2: Turntable: Her turntable is junk as far as I can tell but it works. It's automatic and doesn't allow you to choose a track, you have to listen to the whole record from the start. Again, due to the visibility in the new apartment, a nice looking turntable would be a big step up. I have been looking at older Pioneer's and Marantz's but the nice looking ones get expensive quickly. Yamaha's seem to carry less value but are often in better shape and look nice, but people must not want them for a reason.

To some degree I am looking for a diamond in the rough like everyone else, but wonder if there are brands and/or models that I am not searching for that I should know about.

Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

KB

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Well for looks and sound I could easily go for

a pair of used New Large Advents in the wood veneer cabinets. I used to own five pairs of New Large Advents (one pair I had for 32 years) until I downsized my equipment. $250 should get you a pair in good condition with replaced woofer foam surrounds. They work well close to the wall behind them and would actually need baffle step compensation if you bring them out into the room any.

For turntable advice you can't beat the Vinyl Engine forum. Is vintage a prerequisite? A Pro-Ject Debut Carbon for $300 will offer you a taste of how good vinyl can be.

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Jackfish, Thanks for the

Jackfish,

Thanks for the insight.  I have certainly thought about bigger Advents as a replacement, but have never been too impressed with their sound, but I do like the aesthetic.  In addition, there will be plenty of room to pull the speakers out from the wall, a look I love but she'll likely hate.

The turntable doesn't have to be vintage, but she does prefer that look and the idea of bringing old electronics to life.  I'll check out the vinyl engine forum, thanks!

KB

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I suggest that you consider a Music Hall MMF-2.2 turntable, which comes complete with a decent cartridge ready to go for around $450. Old turntables tend to either be junk or worn out or both.

A very good pair of speakers you might consider are the Monitor Audio Bronze BX-2 speakers; Audio Advisor sells them for $489 per pair in black oak or natural walnut finishes.

$300 does not buy you much these days; they are either too small to sound good or too cheaply made to sound good.

You could get the Boston Acoustics Classic CS26 speakers; they are not too bad, and Amazon sells them for $150 each. I guess that is the best you can do if $500 is too much to spend on this.

 

 

The turntable doesn't have to be vintage, but she does prefer that look and the idea of bringing old electronics to life.  I'll check out the vinyl engine forum, thanks!

KB

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