Question Help please? Pioneer XEM16 and Q Acoustic 3020s

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  1. Shenker44

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    I am looking to start setting up a decent hifi system but my knowledge is very limited!

    About a year ago I bought the Pioneer XEM16 mini hifi system (fairly cheap/basic) but have since hoped to upgrade the speakers. I've just bought some Q Acoustic 3020 speakers and have a couple of questions.

    Will the Pioneer receiver be compatible with the 3020s? The instruction manual advises that only the original system speakers should be plugged in and I'm aware that it's a pretty basic unit.

    If the answer to the above is yes, does anyone know what sort of speaker wire connectors I need to connect the speakers to the Pioneer receiver? I'm struggling to identify the terminal type - photo below. One option would be to cut the current wires off the current Pioneer speakers and use them with the 3020s, but I'm not sure about the wire quality.

    Any help hugely appreciated.

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    The speakers require an amp of between 25 and 75 watts. Although the higher figure is not a problem the lower one for you is. Even if you factor in the fact that the 3020s at 6 ohm that is still going to be too low for the amp to drive as it has a maximum of 10 watts at 8 ohm.

    I doubt very much that even if the 3020s could be used there would be very little, if any, gain in sound quality and certainly not volume as the power is not there to drive the 3020s.
     
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    Thank you - I had suspected this might be the case. Any recommendations for a new receiver/amp that will work for the 3020s and won't break the bank?
     
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    That all depends on your definition of "breaking the bank". I think you are going to have to suggest a budget, there a lot of decent budget amps.
     
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    Thanks. I don't want to go too much higher than £200 if I can help it - I'm thinking maybe the Denon DM41 or Pioneer XCHM51 systems? Any thoughts on these would be appreciated.
     
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    Also, what do you use it to listen to. You mentioned a receiver which suggests you listen to radio if so would you switch to internet radio? Do you play cd/tv/turntable etc through it aswell. Would second hand be acceptable?

    Note, that true receivers are not that common but there are some half decent alternative all-in-one systems out there.
     
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    Would consider second hand. I do listen to radio, would also ideally like Bluetooth capability as I'll be listening to a lot of the music on my computer/phone. Thinking an all-in-one system is the way to go, but would appreciate pointers on model.
     
  8. Paul7777x

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    This is the only genuinely good quality receiver I can think of for your budget (and the SR10).

    It’ll drive speakers twice its original £400 price tag with ease. And it’ll certainly get the best out of your new Qs.

    It has digital inputs too and reportedly a fine tuner section.

    As a rule I’d forget, if you can, about all in one systems. They have too many compromises.


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    I don’t know if you really must have a CD player too?

    But if so then either any old DVD player you might have into the SRs digital inputs will be a revelation compared to the Pioner.

    Otherwise something like this would be a good buy.

    CAMBRIDGE AUDIO AZUR 540C CD PLAYER | eBay

    And if you really need to stay beneath £200 for the lot then this receiver and the CD player above will make good music with the Qs.

    Cambridge Audio Topaz SR10 FM Stereo Receiver AMPLIFIER Amp WORKING hascosmetics | eBay
     
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    On the other hand the Denon DM41 gets excellent reviews as far as I can see for an "all in one unit". No idea if it does all you want it to but I used to own one of it's previous incarnations a DM37 which for it's cost sounded pretty good. If you are prepared to go second hand you will no doubt get better sound for your money but no guarantee! Funnily enough just got an e mail from Peter Tyson which includes the DM41 at £189.90. You pays your money you takes your chance I guess.
     
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    The Denon is a legend of its kind. If the OP needs an all in one then there’s no better for the price.

    Even includes Bluetooth.

    Open Box Denon RCD-M41DAB - Black - Ref: OBX085

    And, just about anything at all will wipe out the original Pioneer.
     
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    Think I'll go for the Denon - thanks for your help and patience, all!!
     
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    They are a good buy and a better one at that price.

    I think you’ll be pleasantly delighted at the difference between the pioneer and your new stuff.

    One last thing, just in case your tempted, don’t use the pioneer ‘speaker’ cable. It’s really not fit for purpose. Even a little.

    Just about anything else will do, but this is a particular bargain.

    Measure how many metres a side required and off you go.

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    Already sorted with some far better speaker cable - thanks for the tip though.
     
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    Hope you enjoy the Denon, after the Pioneer I think you will be!
     

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