Looking to buy a new system....................

GedF

Standard Member
Budget £2k

Sources: Turntable only at this stage with a view to add a CD player (with SACD capability) at a later date. Would be happy to receive recommendations on the CD player at this stage

Speakers: Preferably bookcase as opposed to floor standers

Room: 12' x 9'

Music preferences: Mainly classic rock and pop, but needs to be an 'all-rounder' as I also listen to opera/classical on occasions.

All suggestions welcomed!!
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Define 'system"?

Meaning Stereo or Surround Sound. I suspect Stereo, but it would be better if you just told us.

Next, £2,000 for just Speakers and an Amp? Confirm, Deny, or Clarify?

Next, do you have any special requirements?

For example, if you plan to use the system to watch movies, the you will likely want Optical Digital Audio Inputs on the amp?

Another example, if you have computer based music, then you will want either Networking or a USB-PC input.

Another example, will you require an MM (moving magnet, most common) or MC (moving coil, less common) inputs on the amp, or alternately, do you have an external PHONO Equalization Pre-Amp?

Generally, to establish a starting point I would suggest 1/3rd for the Amp and 2/3rds for the speakers, so

£_667/ea = Amp
£1334/pr = Speakers

That is not etched in stone, but it helps set perspective and gives us some starting proportions; when it comes down to specific equipment, there is plenty of room to deviate from these numbers.

Perhaps not consistent with your needs, but here is a general system to consider -

£1200/ea = Rotel RA-1570, 120w/ch, BluTooth, DAC - 2xOptical, 2xCoaxial, 1xUSB-PC, MM Phono
£640/pr = Dali IKON 2, 6.5" bass (165mm). 41hz @ -3dB, approx 35hz at -6dB
--------------------
£1840 = Total

That is a bit long on the amp, and just a bit short on the speaker, but it should still be a very good combination. Again, that just to demonstrate the possibilities. As we refine your specific needs more, we can then refine our suggestions.

Rotel RA1570 Amplifier With DAC - Superfi

Dali Ikon 2 MkII Speakers (Pair) for £639.00 in Speakers

The matching CD Player would be the Rotel RCD_1570 (£700) -

Rotel RCD1570 CD Player - Superfi

However, at a lower price, the Rotel RA-12 and RCD-12 are workable -

Rotel RA12 Amplifier With DAC - Superfi

Rotel RCD12 CD Player - Superfi

This not remotely every possibility, for now, I'm just trying to establish some perspective.

In bookshelf speakers, of a higher caliber, consider the Dali Mentor 2 (£1650/pr) -

Dali Mentor 2 Speakers (Pair) for £1,649.00 in Speakers

At a more modest price, if you favor clarity over bass, consider the B&W CM5 (£800/pr), Monitor Audio Gold GX50 (£950/pr), Monitor Audio Gold GX100 (£1250/pr), Focal Aria 906 (£760/pr), KEF LS50 (£800/pr), KEF R300 (£1000/pr), etc....

Again, just trying to give you an idea of what is possible within your budget range.

Steve/bluewizard
 

GedF

Standard Member
Thanks Steve for the extensive response.

The system would be just for playing music (ie stereo) and would be looking to include a deck within the £2k budget.

Cheers

Ged



Define 'system"?

Meaning Stereo or Surround Sound. I suspect Stereo, but it would be better if you just told us.

Next, £2,000 for just Speakers and an Amp? Confirm, Deny, or Clarify?

Next, do you have any special requirements?

For example, if you plan to use the system to watch movies, the you will likely want Optical Digital Audio Inputs on the amp?

Another example, if you have computer based music, then you will want either Networking or a USB-PC input.

Another example, will you require an MM (moving magnet, most common) or MC (moving coil, less common) inputs on the amp, or alternately, do you have an external PHONO Equalization Pre-Amp?

Generally, to establish a starting point I would suggest 1/3rd for the Amp and 2/3rds for the speakers, so

£_667/ea = Amp
£1334/pr = Speakers

That is not etched in stone, but it helps set perspective and gives us some starting proportions; when it comes down to specific equipment, there is plenty of room to deviate from these numbers.

Perhaps not consistent with your needs, but here is a general system to consider -

£1200/ea = Rotel RA-1570, 120w/ch, BluTooth, DAC - 2xOptical, 2xCoaxial, 1xUSB-PC, MM Phono
£640/pr = Dali IKON 2, 6.5" bass (165mm). 41hz @ -3dB, approx 35hz at -6dB
--------------------
£1840 = Total

That is a bit long on the amp, and just a bit short on the speaker, but it should still be a very good combination. Again, that just to demonstrate the possibilities. As we refine your specific needs more, we can then refine our suggestions.

Rotel RA1570 Amplifier With DAC - Superfi

Dali Ikon 2 MkII Speakers (Pair) for £639.00 in Speakers

The matching CD Player would be the Rotel RCD_1570 (£700) -

Rotel RCD1570 CD Player - Superfi

However, at a lower price, the Rotel RA-12 and RCD-12 are workable -

Rotel RA12 Amplifier With DAC - Superfi

Rotel RCD12 CD Player - Superfi

This not remotely every possibility, for now, I'm just trying to establish some perspective.

In bookshelf speakers, of a higher caliber, consider the Dali Mentor 2 (£1650/pr) -

Dali Mentor 2 Speakers (Pair) for £1,649.00 in Speakers

At a more modest price, if you favor clarity over bass, consider the B&W CM5 (£800/pr), Monitor Audio Gold GX50 (£950/pr), Monitor Audio Gold GX100 (£1250/pr), Focal Aria 906 (£760/pr), KEF LS50 (£800/pr), KEF R300 (£1000/pr), etc....

Again, just trying to give you an idea of what is possible within your budget range.

Steve/bluewizard
 

Don Dadda

Distinguished Member
XTZ 99.36 speakers
Comes in 2 versions, Rectangular cabinet which is only available in glossy Piano Black which is £1.1k approx and Teardrop cabinet and is cheaper £970 approx and available in Matt Black, White and maybe Walnut. I say maybe because it seems they have stopped the Walnut and possible the Matt Black too as i cannot see it on the website

99.36 MKII Piano - Piano Black = £1.1k approx
XTZ 99.36 MKII White - XTZ, High Glossy, Swedish Design,Speaker,SEAS = £970 approx

To add to the amplifier list is the XTZ Class A100 D3 -

XTZ Class-A 100 D3 Black - XTZ,Swedish Design,amplifier £600
A bit of a beast in size and no tone controls if that a concern but has 5 digital inputs and MM/MC phono stage.

Project Debut Turntable of some kind. Maybe the Carbon Esprit SB (£425) but the Carbon, which is a £100 less then the Esprit is still a very nice TT and fits within the budget.

For CD\SACD, you could consider the Oppo 103\105.

A Universal Disc Player which is Jack of all trades blu ray player but a Jack that is a Master of all. At £1.1k its not cheap and Pretty much touted towards the Audiophile of us but with its separate dac for the stereo playback, CD;s greatly beneift from this

Its smaller bro 103 is also a SACD player but without the separate dac for stereo performance and is much much cheaper At £500.
 
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