Hi as the title I am a newbie and I'm wondering if you guys could give me some tips for what to buy for my first system. Any magazines I could read for example what HiFi ?
It depends on exactly what you want. e.g. some just want to stream from their phone but others want to play vinyl, CD's etc. And of course what you plan to spend.
That's the thing I have no idea what I expect to get for my budget. Have no idea what I would need for needs, needs are CD's, TV and Xbox so films and gaming.Start with BUDGET?
Then what equipment do you expect that Budget to buy you? Just an Amp? Just an Amp and Speakers? Amp, Speakers, CD Player, Turntable, Network Streaming, and so on; the more you buy, the less each item is worth within a fixed budget.
Then, how will the system be used? What type of music do you listen to and how do you like to listen to that music (or whatever)? Will the system be used purely for music, or music and movies?
What features do you want? For example, if you plan to use the system for TV and Movies, then your will probably want an amp with Digital Inputs? Are you interested in Network Streaming of Audio from local storage and from the Internet?
Which brings up the next point - Surround Sound or Stereo?
Lastly, what are the dimension of the Room the system will be in?
Will this be a desktop system, or will it be place more traditionally?
Whether asking us for advice, or simply working out the preliminaries on your own. These are the factors you will have to consider.
Google, ebay (UK, US, German), hi-fi forums are the best places to read about hi-fi.
If you really want to find out what's what when it comes to hi-fi, attend a few bake-offs or host one or more of your own.
Yes but you will also quickly come across the charlatans peddling snake oil.
What you really need to do is (in addition to forum reading etc) appreciate science and read up on acoustical engineering websites that will guide you on the best way of achieving optimal performance.
The following may be of use.
DIY Audio Articles
Rod Elliott, the author of DIY Audio Articles is not someone whose advice I would follow in any way shape or form. Reading his articles is an exercise in how many incorrect / misleading statements you can spot.
The Magic in 2 Channel Sound article is a load of waffle.
As well as charlatans peddling snake oil you will come across a lot of people who write, more or less "Buy what I've bought." If you were to folow their advice you'd come to the conclusion that just about every audio component ever made is the best ever. This clearly cannot be true. That's where bake-offs / comparative demos come in.
So that, for example, DCFC79, you might find it interesting and informative to bake-off a system I'd nominate against kc5819w's, Paul7777x's and BlueWizards main systems.
That's the thing I have no idea what I expect to get for my budget. Have no idea what I would need for needs, needs are CD's, TV and Xbox so films and gaming.
Yes I'm interested in Network streaming, I use music from Amazon and Google.
Have no idea of the difference, at a guess surround is all around. (stereo vs surround)
ah now the dimensions, maybe I've been a bit premature with my question as I'm hoping to move into my own place at least before end of the year.
What do you mean by desktop system or will it be place more traditionally?
Awesome BlueWizard, very interesting and informative post you have provided
I have zero equipment so basically I'm starting from scratch.
After looking at the photos of the floor standing speakers Id prefer those that would go on a stand.
Yes I've heard of the Chromecast audio over on hukd as people mention mention they have it connected to so and so.
You mention the Yamaha AS501 only has 1 coaxial and 1 digital, what would use the 2 type of ports?
Other than Yamaha/Wharfedale what are the other brands to look out for or avoid for the various pieces of equipment ?
...What I meant by "You mention the Yamaha AS501 only has 1 coaxial and 1 digital, what would use the 2 type of ports ?" was would having just 1 port be enough If I had 2 speakers, CD player and an amp ?
Thanks for the links, much appreciated.
That I can think of, the TV would be the only thing you would NEED to plug into a digital input.
Likely you could plug the CD Player in via some Digital In, but there really is no need to do that.
Likely you could plug your streaming device in by a Digital in, but it is not necessary.
The only thing that need a digital input is the TV.