Hi, turns out my ears love hifi

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  1. shamalama

    shamalama New Member

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    I never thought of myself as an "audiophile", in fact I only learned about the term a few years ago. After a move I ended up with almost no audio equipment and had to rebuild from scratch. Starting with $10 PC speakers and a portable MP3 player, I realized how much I missed by old THX certified setup. In the quest for better audio equipment, I stumbled across the vintage receiver scene.

    I have a passable setup for my digital music collection right now (top of the line Logitech 5.1 + Lepy), but I'd like to get a hifi stereo system up and running asap. This is all new to me, and I've been reading up where I can on Marantz, Pioneer, Kenwood, Luxman and Sansui receivers from the 70's (I hadn't heard of Luxman or Sansui before). I'm going into this with only theoretical knowledge, reading up on the various forums here. I suppose any tips from the veterans would be great.

    My small budget is for both a receiver and speakers (say $500 to start), and don't need anything too powerful. I was considering a Marantz 2225 with some mid-range bookshelf speakers. What's the best bang for my buck for something that can soothe my ears? I plan on connecting CD's and streaming FLAC audio. With time, adding a turn-table and cassette deck. Would I need an equalizer or pre-amp? And do small modern speakers work with old receivers or would I need to get bigger speakers from that era to really get the nice sound?
     
  2. HarmanKardon

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    Welcome from Europe! :)
     
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    Welcome.
    And you'll be hooked like the rest of us soon enough!
     
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  6. bigx5murf

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    If you're set on vintage receivers, check the usual classifieds locally to see what's available, craigslist, offerup, letgo etc.

    Since you're heavily invested in digital content. I would actually look at getting a DAC, a class D amp, and put as much of your budget towards speakers as possible.
     
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  10. shamalama

    shamalama New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome everyone. :) I'm down the rabbit hole with you now ;-)

    Can you elaborate on this? Is there an online resource that outlines all of the classes and what they're good for? Also I rarely see an amp spec that details the class, where would you find that info?
     
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  12. bigx5murf

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    Class D amps are mostly small, cheap, what some refer to as "digital" amps. There's a huge thread about it "tpa3116 vs tripaths". Most pro sound amps today are class d as well. You can find them for as little as $10 for a bare board, under $100 for one with a case, or $200+ for big power pro amps like crowns. The down side of them is they distort badly when you get past a certain volume level.But within their optimal operating volume levels they will perform well above their price.

    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/tpa-3116-vs-the-tripaths.574806/

    This thread only talks about one particular chip. There are more powerful, and less powerful chips available.
     
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    There are several Quebec Members here on AK perhaps they could be of some assistance to you like patate91 from Chicoutimi, Qc,:)
     
  14. Marine0811

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    Welcome, good luck in your search for sound
     
  15. Quadman2

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    Welcome ot AK.

    Good intro. Yer taking yer time and assessing. Many don't!

    You'll find your tastes change the more you immerse yourself in this world of sound and tend to discriminate more a well.

    Q
     
  16. kryten79

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    Greetings. You don't need to consider an equalizer unless you like playing and getting out of your chair a lot. You've already received good advice just in the intro thread. There are thousands of opinions on what equipment and which combinations are best. Guess what? All they should be used for are starting points or areas to research. Just start. Listen to other peoples rigs and make your own choices. I prefer Pioneer and Polk but have heard other amazing systems, many of which I cannot justify the cost to obtain for myself. Yeah, they are better systems. No, to me they are not THAT much better. Ya know????? Have fun.
     
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