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fipsut
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Second opinion needed on first-timer setup

I did a day's worth of research into this and with the help of the sales guy at my local audio store I put together this setup. I'm on a budget and frankly this is already pushing it. The setup is meant for a smallish apartment for a wide range of genres. I should also point out that I'm from a small European country, which means that some brands are not accessible to me. Which means, if you suggest alternatives, less obscure is probably better.

HP Windows 8 laptop + FLAC library

Arcam irDAC connected through USB

Yamaha A-S500

2x Guru Junior

 

So, tell me: how bad did I do?

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Opinion

It's kind of hard to comment. I and I suspect many others have never heard of "Guru Junior". Could you be more descriptive?

Arcam and Yamaha are well known and respected.

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SYSTEM CHOICES

My opinion on the amplifier is that Arcam makes some of the best integrated amplifiers on the market, along with Musical Fidelity and Music Hall.

NAD and Cambridge Audio also make some fairly good ones, and Marantz is not too bad.

My experience with Yamaha amplifiers has been that they sound lousy and are designed poorly. I would only wish one on my worst enemy.

Were I in your shoes I would return the Yamaha if it is at all possible and get almost ANYTHING else!

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Yamaha

I've never owned any Yamaha audio product and most likely never will. However, I know people who do and they are quite happy with them.

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Yamaha

Some people are happy with a cheap Yamaha reciver, which sounds like crap to me.

I bought a Yamaha top-of-the line amplifier once, for $800, and it didn't sound very good.

I replaced it with a $300 NAD amplifier, which sounded way way better, and returned the damn thing.

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