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500 pound and no idea!

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by millymollymandy, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. millymollymandy

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    I am in need of help buying a decent hi fi, I have about 5-600 pounds and would like a cd player that also plays MP3 and a digital radio. I listen to Jazz and hip-hop mainly and live in a attic flat with low ceilings. I have been looking at something along the lines of Oknyo Cr505 or a TEAC CR-H250, I am also considering speakers and have looked at Wharfedale 9.1 and Bose AM3. To be honest I haven't got a clue but these items are in my price range, have what I need and look good!!

    I would eventually like to add more speakers and hopeful take the hi-fi to a house when I buy one, so I need something pretty decent I think. Any idea of the best combination of the above items or anything else that will suit my needs. I am really new to all this, but have a pretty keen ear and would hate to end up with something which doesn't sound good enough!

    Any ideas appreciated - MMM
     
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    mmm - there are many variables with choices to match. It looks like the Onkyo system you mention can be had for £400 with a pair of Warfdales included (from Audio-T), leaving you with £200! Though I can't see the product on Onkyo's website. Are you set on a fully integrated mini hifi dab system? You mention wanting to add more speakers at a later date.... If that's the case you should ensure the Onkyo supports 5.1 at least so you can add more speakers, if not then you might wish to consider a seperate amplifier that does.

    Mentioning the addition of extra speakers suggests you have an interest in video surround sound as well as 2 channel stereo. If this is the case, perhaps you might consider still staying with a partially integrated system but buying seperates.

    There maybe some package deals around which would give you this. Certainly looking at the clearance sections of many online retailers or at second hand ex-dem is going to get you more for your money. As an example (though not necessarily your only choice) Audio-T are doing the Denon 1705 AVR, 1710 DVD player and Elac 5.1. speakers for £699. Ok, this is over your budget but you get a DVD player that supports MP3 playback amongst other formats, and a pretty decent 6.1 amp.. I'd only question the speakers but they do throw in all your cables, sop for a complete system something 'like' this might be the way to go.

    http://www.audio-t.co.uk/html/red_hot_systems/HC_System_01.html

    If however you don't wish to compromise on pure Stereo quality, then you could perhaps squeeze more for your money on getting a good 2ch stereo amp, cd player and a pair of bookshelf speakers... and if you have a bit of spare cash you could always buy a DAB radio. Foe example... Marantz PM4400OSE Amp (£220), Marantz CD7300 CD Player (£250) which does playback MP3, a pair of AE Evo 1's bookshelf speakers (£120) Total £590...

    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1578
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1619
    http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1277

    These systems are not 'recommendations' just examples of the types of configuration you could get for your money. Obviously you might spend less on a CD player and more on the speakers and vica versa

    I think you need to firstly decide whether you want really good 2 channel stereo and forgett the addition of more speakers (without adding an extra amp), OR whether you want a hybrid Audio/Video (AV) system.

    btw.. look on the classifieds of these forums too. The people who live here are generally very discerning when it comes to Hi-Fi and so you're likely to pick up well looked after, top quality equipment at a very good sell on price :smashin:
     
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    If you want a CD player that'll do MP3s and may want AV at some point, you could also looking at getting a DVD player with good audio: some of the Cambridge Audio and Marantz ones (for eg.) have pretty good CD play-back, and can also play MP3s (and, sometimes, SACD and DVD-audio, too, if that's any help); DVD players are probably more expensive new than a comparable CD player, but their price often falls pretty quickly as new models come out so you could well get a bargain secondhand.
     
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    If your looking for a small 1 box solution thats expandable, then your looking for something similar to me. I have listened to the onkyo, the Teac 250 and the Denon DM31, the best sound was definitley from the DM31. Ok so it hasnt got a DAB tuner, but theres away round that. DAB broadcasts over the air are not good enough quality yet. Digital radio from a freeview box gives in most cases double the quality(bit rate). Buy a Humax800T/80 Freeview box with a HDD recorder 150 from QED. Connect the Audio out leads into yor DM31 and hey presto you have high quality DAB, and More TV channels, and an 80gb PVR. Total price around £450 and a highly recommended Hi-Fi to boot

    Good luck ! :thumbsup:
     

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