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susand's picture
Last seen: 4 years 3 months ago
Joined: Jul 6 2013 - 9:37pm
Simple Home Stero Configuration

I am now looking for a new stero system and need some help with all the jargon out there.   I want a system that has a receiver AM/FM and with the ability for streaming/ipod in the future.   I want the ability to connect a turntable.   When I listen to music I prefer good crisp sound, we don't indulge all the time.  

I want to know where to start do I get an amp and receiver with some tidy small speakers.   Money wise my buget would be around the 1500 - 2000 especially if I can do it slowly.   e.g. I have an old Sony stero system which has a five track cd attached.    I thought if I got say a simple amp/receiver and plug in the existing speakers, then six months down the line upgrade the speakers and then get myself a good turntable.   

I am finding the lack of online information hard to decifer and there are not may  hi fi shops around me.



commsysman's picture
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Joined: Apr 4 2006 - 11:33am
System choices

I would suggest the following for a system of that type.

1) A Harman-Kardon 3490 Stereo Receiver (around $350). It has good power, good sound quality, a phono input, AM/FM, and a subwoofer output, plus many other features/options. Nothing else in this price class even comes close.

2) A pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers ($350). Read the Stereophile review of these.

3) An OPPO BDP-103 CD/SACD/DVD player ($500). This is one of the best-sounding CD players you can get at this price, plus it plays DVDs and SACDs too; a real bargain.

4) A Music Hall MMF-2.2 turntable ($450). This is an excellent turntable, which I have used in systems costing far more money.

5) A Klipsch RW-12D subwoofer ($300). A very good subwoofer for the price. Better ones cost 2 to 3 times as much.


You can start with the first 2 items and go down the list as money allows.

These are all very good products for their prices. If you choose to upgrade later, you will have to spend 2 to 3 times as much money to go to the next level.

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