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Newbie questions..(very long)

Hey, all. Planning on making my first foray into what I believe will be considered "mid-fi".

As for speakers, I've settled on either B&W 602's or 603's. Any thoughts, comments, etc. on these are appreciated.

Now on to my question: Rotel or NAD? It seems from my research that these are the two best value lines out there (feel free to make other suggestions) Because my room is small (couch about 6 feet from all components)I'm primarily interested in 2-channelo audio, but will use the system for TV, movies and video games as well.

I'm thinking I need a multi-channel, home theater (e.g. NAD's T 743 or 753) because at some point,I'll want to make the system 5.1 surround. I want some flexibility in that I don't want to buy another receive in 2-3 years.

NAD's stuff seems very, very well-reviewed by the critics and the prices are right (around $1K for near top of the line). Rotel's A/V receiver is $1300.00 list. Why so much more expensive?
Also, as far as I can tell, NAD lacks HDMI inputs/outputs. How crucial is this?

I'm just looking for any and all guidance, suggestions, etc.

Thanks so much for your time.

Chris

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Re: Newbie questions..(very long)

Hi, and welcome!

The good news is that with those two lines, it's basically a "no lose" situation.

I'd pick the piece that has the better local store, or maybe offers generous trade-in value if you'd ever want to upgrade.

The additional cost of one item could be created by higher quality parts almost anywhere along the assembly pathway...I'd vote for auditioning both to see if you develop a preference.

I'll leave the HDMI question for someone with more expertise, but I wanted to let you know that either choice should make you happy.

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Re: Newbie questions..(very long)

Buddha,
Thaks for your response. I know the only answer is to listen to everything paired up.

This is like any other hobby: you can go low-budger or absolutely berserk! I haven't really ever bought ANY stereo equipment. Received some original series Bose AM-5's just before my frosh. year in college (1989!), and was given a Philips receiver just after soph. year.

It's time to upgrade!!

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Re: Newbie questions..(very long)

You know, I may actually have one more way of answering this question.

If you are just about the get your feet wet, it may be worth doing nothing for a month or so, and seeing what things here or at other Hi Fi sites grab your attention.

I've known alot of people who bought into some new gear, but the Hi Fi bug bit them so hard, it was almost immedaitely that they started to up their budget and thinking.

I'd suggest perusing the forums for gear that has been talked about to see if perhaps you'll catch a bigger fever for this stuff than you already have.

Also, check out some of the posts about used gear, just in case.

Cheers.

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Re: Newbie questions..(very long)

Also, if you wait for a while, you may have some extra Christmas $$ from your loving grandma to spend...or whatever holiday you celebrate. Don't get caught up in the turmoil of cable, isolation racks, and the like. I'm sure if you polled most all of us, all these tweaks we perceverate about were of no concern when we each bought our first decent system. As we always suggest, listen well. If you have a used stereo store or good audio repair shop in town, you may find some terrific bargains. Good luck, and welcome!

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Re: Newbie questions..(very long)

Hi

I will only comment on the HDMI input.output.
If you own or planning to purchase a lcd or plasma tv , HDMI
is crucial although you could allways skip it and connect your dvd player (provided it has HDMI output) straight on the tv.

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Thanks again for you help.

I'm trying to be as level-headed about this as possible. I know myself, and if I spend TOO much time shopping and listening, it may become well nigh impossible to make a decision! The choices are simply overwhelming.

As for the HDMI issie, I already havea Sony Grand Wega LCD, so I supposed I need to find gear that is HDMI capable.

Looking forward to bugging you guys some more. Happy Thanksgiving

Chris

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