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A new challenge! What's the best system you can build for under $500?

Discussion in 'New Gear - Values' started by BadassBob, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    I recall there should be a "stereo - mono" switch on the back, if it is bridgeable. The speakers must be hooked up a certain way too, I recall there is a "BT" position. Is your amp a P30, or something else? Oh, and call me Splat.

    EDIT: I looked at a photo on the www, and the sliding switch should be labeled 8 ohm, 4 ohm, and BTL 8 ohm. Switch it to the "BTL" position, and hoop up the speaker to the "BTL +" and "BTL -" outputs. That should do it. I think I know where you can get a second amp, btw.
     
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  2. bimasta

    bimasta Super Member

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    No, mine are the P80. More power I guess (50WPC I think), but no switches on the back — one of them has a 110/220 voltage switch, but that's all. Otherwise they're identical, and neither has a Mono/Stereo/BTL switch. I still think they're bridgeable, it's just not built-in. The two channels share a common ground, and I believe that makes them bridgeable — if you know what you're doing... and I don't. Anyway, they're surprisingly good, very compact, and I can run them Mono with a Y-connector, and get two 100W monoblocks.

    Thanks for the help, Splat. BTW, did your stack come with the separate Remote Control box?
     
  3. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    At a flea market, I bought the tuner, tape deck, pre and power - $20. I didn't know there was a Remote Control Box.
     
  4. bimasta

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    Got mine the same way, but at thrifts. Got a couple of stacks, for that kind of money, within a year. I thought the Pre and Tuner were mediocre. I don't play tape anymore (big mistake) and the Deck needed new belts. I was impressed when I looked inside — it's like a full-size deck, but "folded" up the sides — and Aiwa made great decks, their 770 almost like a Nak TOTL. But the Power amps really impressed me, toroidal transformers and other audiophile stuff. They're all I kept. I only use them as "utility" amps, like to test new speakers without interfering with my main rig, or to power computer speakers (small size and silver color complement my Macs). But I always wonder what they'd sound like with superior parts. They probably need a recap anyway because of age. I had a Perreaux 200W amp (high end) improve dramatically just by upgrading 4 caps. Went from cold and clinical to warm and musical.

    I know we're not talking serious components here, but maybe they could be with a few cap and resistor upgrades. Too bad you didn't get the RC unit. It's a little marvel. I have 3 of them. If you find one, grab it.
     
  5. johnda

    johnda AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I really like the Yamaha R-S202, which replaced the R-S201, it has great capability because of the built-in Bluetooth system. Match it with any home computer that can use Bluetooth and you have the internet at your doorstep.The only thing to watch out for is that it is recommended for 8 ohm speakers. I have the R-S201, but it is currently acting as a tuner for my A-S500 amp.
     
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  6. Nixxuz

    Nixxuz AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Kindle Fire 5th gen $39.99
    NobSound Mini BT 50wtx2 $29.00
    Dilvpoetry TUBE-01 6j1 preamp $29.00
    BIC DV64 (pair) $246.00
    Dayton Audio SUB-1200 $148

    $6 left over for wire.
     
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  7. theophile

    theophile Pheasant Plucker. Subscriber

    This costs nothing.

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  8. trog69

    trog69 New Member

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    Swapping out the sub-out means using any of the @ $100 desktop amps, but for $550, a pair of Klipsch RP-160m's and, via Massdrop, the TEAC AI-101DA desktop amp/DAC will let you play hi-res files via USB, SPDIF and RCA, a decent headphone output, speakers and a sub-out, all for $200 is a killer system for, admittedly $50 over the line. 26w/ch. powers those 160m's to face-melting output with gobs of tight bass and detailed highs without the "shouting" some older tweeter horns using aluminum were described. The reference premiers use titanium for a slightly more laid-back yet very dynamic tweeters in these new rubberized horns.
     
  9. timsclips

    timsclips AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Dayton Audio B652-AIR 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker with AMT Tweeter Pair $59pr
    SMSL AD18 HiFi Audio Stereo Amplifier with Bluetooth 4.2 Supports Apt-X,USB DSP Full Digital Power Amplifier 2.1 for Speaker,Small 80Wx2 Class D Amplifier with Subwoofer Output $140

    using phone or tablet for bluetooth source for streaming music leaves $300 for subwoofer if wanted or other extras, cd player? turntable with built in preamp?



     
  10. rob Brandt

    rob Brandt Active Member

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    Used mac mini and a pair of Koss headphones.................
     
  11. timsclips

    timsclips AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Sherwood RX4508 200W AM/FM Stereo Receiver with Bluetooth $155
    ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Bookshelf Speakers $150 Black Friday special
    Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable $200 Black Friday special

    all priced today at Amazon and can be found at other websites

    Yea, I know I am $5 over but I think this would be quite a good starter set with getting into records, the receiver is decent and has bluetooth to connect to phone or tablet/computer.

    Lot better than what I started out with in 1975.



     

     

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