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Montanphile
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First HiFi Build

I've decided to build my first HiFi system because I want to get back into vinyl. My budget is $1500. I bought a Fluance RT85 for $500.00, Denon PMA-600NE Amplifier for $450.00, ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Bookshelf Speakers $400.00, and a Elac SUB1010 120 Watt 10" Powered Subwoofer for $129.00. Any tips, hints, or changes to get the most out of my investment? Will the Denon be able to power the Elac speakers properly? Do I need the subwoofer? Do quality speaker cables make a difference and do you have any recommendations? TY

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Looks good

I see no reason why the Denon would not work with the Elac's. Adding a sub is a subjective thing. I have one in my system, and recommend them for Hi-Fi listening. I personally feel that they can add to the dynamic range and even improve the imaging somewhat. But you don't *need* a sub, especially if you listen to mostly acoustic music.

I don't think expensive cables are necessary. I prefer gold plated interconnects, as they generally resist corrosion a bit better than non-gold ones, and I go for Oxygen Free Copper speaker wire of at least 12 gauge. OFC is not so much a better conductor than regular copper, but it should ensure that the wire does not contain aluminum, which IS worse.

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To answer your questions…

Yes, yes, yes, sometimes and yes.

In your case I’d recommend paying attention to where you plan on sitting most of the time. You basically want to make an equilateral triangle so the distance between the speakers is the same distance from a speaker to your seat. Play around with the modes on your Denon. For the best quality sound in playing your records, try the (whatever it is called for your model) Direct mode. This will cut the sub out and the DSP settings. But it will sound most natural. Then again, try it with everything on as well. Your preference is your preference! Don’t worry about cables and stuff at this stage in the game.

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In your case I’d recommend paying attention to where you plan on sitting most of the time. You basically want to make an equilateral triangle so the distance between the speakers is the same distance from a speaker to your seat.

Yes and he will also have to play around with the placement of the sub since neither the Denon nor the Elac have much in useful controls for integrating the sub. Thus, positioning it will the be best tool he has.

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Play around with the modes on your Denon. For the best quality sound in playing your records, try the (whatever it is called for your model) Direct mode. This will cut the sub out and the DSP settings.

AFAIK, the Denon has no modes and no DSP. It has only a fixed level output for the sub at a fixed rolloff of 100Hz. Unfortunately, the Denon also has no bass rolloff for the main speakers. I hope there is some useful guidance for setup with the Elac because, otherwise, the integration of the sub is hit-or-miss.

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Don’t worry about cables and stuff at this stage in the game.

Amen.

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Thanks Kal!

When Kal answers you listen! Experience always beats enthusiasm! He’s def right. And I’ve learned a lot along the way from his insight in the reviews in the mag over the years and his posts.

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