Newb with £300ish to spend...need amp & floorstanders

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  1. tamsin4000

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    Hi all,

    I'd really appreciate your help - complete newb here when it comes to buying equipment, but a total wannabe future audiophile.

    I'm looking for a suitable set up to play everything from chillout to disgracefully heavy d'n'b while I work in my home office. I'll be playing everything through my laptop, so I do not need any tuners/cd players etc.

    I don't need the loudest set up, nor the highest spec system. I'm just looking for a reasonable degree of clarity and warm sounds to gyrate my rump along to.

    I'd like to keep my budget to £300 if poss.

    So far, I have my eye on the following, but would appreciate any suggestion for alternatives.

    Cambridge Audio Topaz AM5
    Cambridge Audio S70s

    Big thank you in advance...
     
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    If you want big sound and not too worried about finesse then the Wharfdale Xarus 5000 for £150 are very hard to beat. Pair these with the CA AM5 and I think you would have a pretty loud system.
     
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    Hi PSM1 thanks for your reply. I'd opt for finesse over loudness if there are any alternatives out there. I'll never be whacking it up to full volume.

    I've been considering the Tannoy Mercury V4s which are a little more expensive than I'd first considered but the reviews are superb....

    I'm really struggling with the amp now....do I go for a really cheap Cambridge Audio AM5, something else at around £170ish or do I push the boat out to a Marantz PM6004.

    I'm also a bit confused about connectivity from my laptop - it's got a headphone jack and HDMI. Can I connect HDMI to the amp?
     
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    A stereo amp is not going to have a HDMI input. So would have to be the 3.5mm jack with a cable to convert this to phono.
     
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    I've got a Cambridge Audio 640A V2 spare in a cupboard ill be sticking on the classifieds here soon... ;)
     
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    Hi Alex

    How much would you be looking for, inlcuding UK delivery?

    Thanks
     
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    Let me have a look and get back to you. Will have to put it in classifieds though as per the rules...

    Would be the cheaper side of £100 though. ;)
     

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