Hello, I am a newbie at Stereophile forum and would appreciate any advice on my thoughts about the system I am going to build.
I have chosen the PSB Synch. One as main floorstanding speakers due to their bass extension, which I regard as very important for me in classical music, and relatively low price.
The CD/SACD player will be budget Oppo-95. I think it's a good start for a person who never had a proper source (just the laptop haedphones' jacks).
The main question is about the amplification. I would like it to be an integrated amp - the low-priced solution for moderate-fidelity audio :).
The amp should have digital inputs, analog ones, to be powerful enough to drive PSB One-s up to 110dB SPL (300W @ 4Ohms, as I've calculated [317W, to be exact]). And, as I've read from John Atkinson's review of PSB One-s, the amp should be warm-sounding.
Could you please tell me if the HK990 is the best integrated amp to fit into my tight requirements at 2-3k$?
I would also appreciate any thought on whether to buy a dedicated good phono stage (which is expensive) for Music Hall MMF 9.1 turntable to connect it to the HK990, or the phono inputs in the latter are good enough for a young audiophile?
I would also be happy to see any comments on the room dimensions, PSB speakers' placement and room treatment to get the best sound of emotional and powerful classical music at home.