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New Stereo System (£750)

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Mr Pumpkinhead, Feb 24, 2004.

  1. Mr Pumpkinhead

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    I’m putting together a system for someone who wants just stereo music, i.e. no interest in AV.

    Sources to be CD and FM room size approx 4m*5m, high ceiling. Music styles Indie/Rock/Acoustic.

    Budget £750 Max.

    Planning on demoing the following:
    Amp:
    NAD C320BEE AMPLIFIER (£200)
    CD
    NAD C521BEE CD PLAYER (£180)
    Speakers
    KEF Q3 (£200)
    Tuner
    SONY STSE370 TUNER (£80)

    Takes the budget up to £660 leaving £90 for cables etc.

    Any opinions on the above?

    I know the Q3s are not too popular but for £200 you couldn’t get the Q1s plus decent stands.

    Any views on a good receiver instead of the NAD and Sony Tuner?
     
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    The C320BEE is £180 and the C521BEE is £170 at Richers saving another £30. Also you can usually get a good discount if buying a complete system from one dealer.

    I see in the latest issue of What Hi-Fi? Richers are advertising a system, excluding tuner, for £400. It consists of both NAD components with some Mordaunt Short 904 floorstanders.

    They have another system on their website featuring Mordaunt Short Avant 902 bookshelf speakers for £450.

    http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=hifisystem3.htm
     
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    What hi fi budget system of the year was MS 904 floor stander CA amp and NAD CDplayer i think
    Also consider this:
    http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301603 £200
    http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301607 £200
    http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301863 £250
    http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=301621 £100
    OR
    http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=itemdetl.php&p=201138 £90 (black only)
    Buying all this in one go from an RS branch and you should be able to get them to throw in speaker cable + a couple of pairs of decent interconnects.
    Also look at B&W 601/2S3 and Rotal RA-01 + CD player and Tuner sevenoaks often have good offers on these type of packages, some food for thought mate.
     
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    The cd player in that system was the Marantz CD5400 (£100). The amp was CA Azur 540A (£200) and the speakers were the 914's (£280).
     
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    914 are a good idea then perhaps with the Azur CD or marantz with the azur 540A and either a good FM tuner or a DAB/FM tuner.
     
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    You'll need a reasonably big room for 914's but if you have it, I promise you they'll impress. The reason for them being a good match with the Azur's is that the Cambridge engineers have a pair as a voice referance for the budget speakers. Lovely pair of Living Voice for their master reference fact fans.
     
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    Regarding the tuner it would be wise to future proof the purchase by getting a dual digital/analogue one. If you decide to go with one of the package deals from Richers you will have to source the tuner elsewhere as the only one on the Richers website is one from Acoustic Solutions who (from experiance) make pretty dire stuff.
     
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    If it were me I woul;d seriously be checking out the Linn Classik CD-FM Tuner-40 W Amplifer one box solution, can be upgraded later with a Linn PA, all you need do is add speakers, In this case £100 speakers as budget is tight. (Tannoy R1s were recently at Hifibitz for £100 IIRC), No need for ICs, just speaker wire. I have seen these from between £650-800 on a regular basis ex-dem from dealers a quick check of :

    www.ex-dem.co.uk (type "Classik")

    will bring up a raft of them.

    ATB

    And yes its worth upping the budget by £50-100 to get one.

    Edit : http://www.classik.com/
     
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    Agree with CJ, when I saw the title of this thread, I thought it had Linn Classik written all over it. Rotel RA-02 and RCD-02 is also a great combo, but again, costs more money...
     
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    Cambridge Audio are bringing out an Azur dual DAB/FM tuner in April/May - not sure of the price though.
     

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