1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Advice on entry-level stereo

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by warrj, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. warrj

    warrj
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Hi,

    A colleague of mine is looking for a new stereo (Amp, CDP, Speakers). He has a budget of 1K. He's asked me to provide him with some advice. My initial reaction is to suggest an entry-level pairing of Arcam CD + Amp or Rotel CD + Amp together with something like a pair of B&W 602 or B&W 602.5.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for other systems around 1K which don't look horrid (WAF is a criteria)?

    Regards,

    Jules.
     
  2. Ed Selley

    Ed Selley
    AVF Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    10,939
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +3,306
    Don't ignore the Marantz PM7200- its huge but a brilliant design and pairs up nicely with most similarly priced CD players. There will be a new Marantz CD player above the 5400 if he can wait a bit.
     
  3. sticker

    sticker
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2003
    Messages:
    1,152
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Ratings:
    +0
    I agree with the Marantz PM7200 you can also pick up the Marantz CD6000KI cd player for around £200
     
  4. hornydragon

    hornydragon
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2001
    Messages:
    28,293
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Somewhere near the M4 most of the time......
    Ratings:
    +1,215
    Marantz and B&W 602s3 will be great but for WAF leisure monitors
     
  5. wilber

    wilber
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2002
    Messages:
    1,970
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +30
    I like my kit:

    Rotel RA-01 £250 (£350 for the RA-02 with remote but that's for cissies)
    Arcam CD72T £450
    Kef Q1 £250 (very high WAF)
    Partington Focus stands £60
    Coppertech alpha interconnect £30

    total £1040, but you should be able to haggle that down quite a bit)
     
  6. Ed Selley

    Ed Selley
    AVF Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    10,939
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +3,306
    Quite some arithmatic you got there Wilbur- I'll think I'll shop where you do from now on!
     
  7. wilber

    wilber
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2002
    Messages:
    1,970
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +30
    quite some spelling there :) (I'd spotted my typo but you beat me to it)

    wilbEr
     
  8. Ed Selley

    Ed Selley
    AVF Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    10,939
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Ratings:
    +3,306
    Touche- I shall endeavour to type with something approaching accuracy- not least as your corrected post makes mine look a trifle pointless.
    Back on subject- is the only difference between RA-01 and 02 a remote? Is that not the most proportionately expensive upgrade in hifi at the moment?
     
  9. wilber

    wilber
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2002
    Messages:
    1,970
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Ratings:
    +30
    The RC is the only difference between the two units, so yep I think you're correct.
     
  10. seany

    seany
    Banned

    Joined:
    May 1, 2003
    Messages:
    2,987
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    61
    Location:
    Manchester city
    Ratings:
    +1
    I have the RA-02 RC-02 and a pair of 601 S3's on attacama nexus 6 stands. I wanted a remote ,i'd no more like getting up to turn my amp down, then i would to turn my tv down or over. Superfi done me a very nice discount to;)
     
  11. jamessampson

    jamessampson
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    What about going for a NAD system - I've just got the C320BEE amp (£220 got for £175) and C521BEE cd player (£200 got for £165) both in silver which look great. (Supposedly in England where I am, there are only 125 silver C521BEE's). I've paired them with Mission M74 speakers (£300 got for £125) which are now discontinued, but still sound great. Even with decent speaker cable (Silver Anniversary Bi-Wire) and interconnects (Qunex 2), it only cost £585 (£920 retail).

    If you compare the above to a Marantz, Denon or Rotel system which costs similar or a lot more, I don't think you get a great deal extra.
    Bar the new Marantz PM7200 amp, the PM4400 amp, CD5400 cd are all merely average, and NAD, Rotel, Arcam are a lot better.
    Rotel's RA-01 is a great amp (£250), as is the RCD-02 cd player, but again cost more.

    Search around for the best prices as almost all stores / web sites will price match and chuck in interconnects, plugs etc.
    Ex-display allowed me to get a substantially better system at a far better price than a new system I could have got.

    Hope that helps,

    James
     
  12. Red Alert

    Red Alert
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I'm considering the following system at the moment, however being a student my price point would be more in the region of 600 pounds.

    Yamaha AX-396 Integrated Amplifier
    Sony CDP-CE375B Multidisk CD
    Wharfedale Valdus V100 Speakers

    Any comments would be much appreciated.
     

Share This Page

Loading...