Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: Beginner Stereo

  1. #1
    AR Newbie Registered Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    3

    Beginner Stereo

    Well, Christmas time is coming up and I have decided to get myself a solid starter stereo system. I would love some suggestions for gear as I only have about 500 to spend. By researching here it looks like the Sansui 7070 would be a good choice, as it would allow for a little nicer speakers, but please give me your input.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. #2
    I took a headstart... basite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Mortsel, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe, Earth
    Posts
    3,056
    first of all, welcome to the AR forums, hope you learn alot and we'll be happy to help you with your questions.

    Then, i have a few questions for you,
    when you say the sansui 7070, you do mean this one eh?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Sansui-7070-Amp-...QQcmdZViewItem

    that's a nice receiver man, if it's in a good state, you'll be good.
    then, besides speakers, do you need anything else?
    like a cd player?
    for the speakers,
    for that budget, you can get yourself wharfedale diamond 9.2's, b&w 601's, maybe b&w 602's, kef's dunno which model, but there surely are some in that range, paradigm's, mission's,...

    tons of brands to follow, have you got some speakers in mind? or you can look into vintage speakers too, lots of things out there on ebay.

    Greetings,
    Basite.
    Life is music!

    Mcintosh MA6400 Integrated
    Double Advent speakers
    Thiel CS2.3's
    *DIY Lenco L75 TT
    * SME 3012 S2
    * Rega RB-301
    *Denon DL-103 in midas body
    *Denon DL-304
    *Graham slee elevator EXP & revelation
    *Lehmann audio black cube SE
    Marantz CD5001 OSE
    MIT AVt 2 IC's
    Sonic link Black earth IC's
    Siltech MXT New york IC's
    Kimber 4VS speakercable
    Furutech powercord and plugs.

    I'm a happy 20 year old...

  3. #3
    AR Newbie Registered Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    3
    My mistake, it was actually a Sansui 9090DB...also on ebay.

    So far im looking at...

    Sansui 9090DB
    B&W 602 S3's

    That is pretty much my budget there, what else will i need, or any other suggestions?

    John

  4. #4
    test the blind blindly emorphien's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    919
    Audition audition audition! Listen to a lot of different speakers in your price range if you can. Some local shops may carry more affordable products from certain brands or have used gear, otherwise internet direct is worth considering (like Axiom, AV123, etc). I'm not a huge fan of B&W, particularly the 600 series since I think better can be found for less but what matters is whether you like it. I have Axiom M3Tis currently, and have listened to Paradigm Titans. Depending on what you like either could work for you.

    You'll need a receiver, integrated amp or separates. A receiver will be easiest for a beginner and can be found inexpensively, for example I at one point used an Onkyo TX-8211 which was a good buy for $200 new if you want new. I have it still but have been looking to sell it, that model usually goes for around $100 used from what I've seen, possibly less.

    Don't forget source components. If you're using your computer then that eliminates this, but otherwise you'll want some sort of CD player. IMO the newer the CD player you can get, the better as DACs and the other associated bits have improved with digital playback equipment. I don't have any suggestions here for you though.

    Also you'll need cables to connect everything and speaker wire, obviously. Just buy that in bulk as it's cheapest and with the spring clip connections that Sansui has you won't be able to make much use of the various connector ends (except for pins).

  5. #5
    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    5,421
    I agree with looking at onkyo receivers and you might want to consider the yamaha HTR series receivers. They use the same parts as the RV series receivers and can be found on the net for heavily discounted prices.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

  6. #6
    I took a headstart... basite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Mortsel, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe, Earth
    Posts
    3,056
    erm, for what i think, the sansui is far better than what you can buy now for $200,
    b&w's are fine speakers, but maybe you still want to audition some more speakers, like the paradigms, maybe magnepan mmg's are nice too.
    Life is music!

    Mcintosh MA6400 Integrated
    Double Advent speakers
    Thiel CS2.3's
    *DIY Lenco L75 TT
    * SME 3012 S2
    * Rega RB-301
    *Denon DL-103 in midas body
    *Denon DL-304
    *Graham slee elevator EXP & revelation
    *Lehmann audio black cube SE
    Marantz CD5001 OSE
    MIT AVt 2 IC's
    Sonic link Black earth IC's
    Siltech MXT New york IC's
    Kimber 4VS speakercable
    Furutech powercord and plugs.

    I'm a happy 20 year old...

  7. #7
    SuperPoser Rock789's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    608
    paradigm and focal jm lab both have nice speakers in your range depending on how much you spend on the electronics...
    HT: Anthem AVM 50 / PVA-7; Focal JM Lab 4x Chorus 716 S, CC 700 S, 2x Chorus 706S; 2x 12s - Homebuilt Sub
    2CH: B&K PT3 s2, Anthem PVA-2, VonSchweikert VR-1
    Computer: Denon AVR 2805, Old Tecnic & Optimus Speakers
    2004 KTM 200 SX
    2003 Spyder
    2002 Single Cab, 3" cornfed lift, 34"LTB & 31" AT's
    ONLINE PHOTO ALBUM

  8. #8
    AR Newbie Registered Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    3
    UPDATE: Well, got my 9090db locally off ebay. WOW! Hooked it up to an older bose 2.1 system and I am blown away. I have never heard such sounds in my music! Using a 15+ year old kenwood 6 disc changer we had lying around the house. So total cost so far has just been wire and the Sansui. Can't wait to upgrade speakers, but for now I'm damn happy.

    Lol...everything in the system is older than me (almost 17). I say not bad for my first stereo.

    John

  9. #9
    I took a headstart... basite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Mortsel, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe, Earth
    Posts
    3,056
    Quote Originally Posted by z0nar
    UPDATE: Well, got my 9090db locally off ebay. WOW! Hooked it up to an older bose 2.1 system and I am blown away. I have never heard such sounds in my music! Using a 15+ year old kenwood 6 disc changer we had lying around the house. So total cost so far has just been wire and the Sansui. Can't wait to upgrade speakers, but for now I'm damn happy.

    Lol...everything in the system is older than me (almost 17). I say not bad for my first stereo.

    John

    i know that feeling, i'm 16 now and my speakers are from 1980, my tt is from 1978, my previous amp is from 1980, my current amp is only a few months old though...


    Have fun,
    Bert.
    Life is music!

    Mcintosh MA6400 Integrated
    Double Advent speakers
    Thiel CS2.3's
    *DIY Lenco L75 TT
    * SME 3012 S2
    * Rega RB-301
    *Denon DL-103 in midas body
    *Denon DL-304
    *Graham slee elevator EXP & revelation
    *Lehmann audio black cube SE
    Marantz CD5001 OSE
    MIT AVt 2 IC's
    Sonic link Black earth IC's
    Siltech MXT New york IC's
    Kimber 4VS speakercable
    Furutech powercord and plugs.

    I'm a happy 20 year old...

  10. #10
    Forum Regular hifitommy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    sylmar, ca. in beautiful so cal earthquake country
    Posts
    1,442

    infinity primus 360

    this may right up your alley.:

    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Gb8kK87...ity+Primus+360

    below is the review from stereophile:

    http://www.stereophile.com/floorloud...s/605infinity/

    fairly effeicient so loud wont be a problem either.

    note the free shipping from crutchfield.
    ...regards...tr

  11. #11
    Do What? jrhymeammo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    3,275
    As usual, a great advice from Tommy.

    I think Infinity loudspeakers sound good. But for some reason, people wont even consider it . They just hear the name and run away... Maybe because Circuit City carries them and automatically think they are crap.

    But like what emorphne said, Audition, Audition, and Audition. Sounds like you are a logical person so that helps alot of members trying to assist you....

    Best Wishes,

    JRA

  12. #12
    Forum Regular hifitommy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    sylmar, ca. in beautiful so cal earthquake country
    Posts
    1,442

    i OWN some 150s

    and was quite surprised at their abilities. very dynamic and fast, good imaging too. i dont recommend much i'm not familiar with. and the price at $400 delivered is great!
    ...regards...tr

  13. #13
    AR Newbie Registered Member thichduthu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1
    hi all, i am a newbie in this place

  14. #14
    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    5,421
    My daughter has the Primus 160's and they have a very nice sound for $160 on sale. Very clean sound. I imagine the 360's are that much better being a tower speaker. However the infinity Beta's are much better.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

  15. #15
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Vancouver B.C.
    Posts
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by Rock789
    paradigm and focal jm lab both have nice speakers in your range depending on how much you spend on the electronics...
    Hey Rock, I like the bike in your sig. 03 450 EXC for me

  16. #16
    SuperPoser Rock789's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    608
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbag
    Hey Rock, I like the bike in your sig. 03 450 EXC for me
    sweet bike,
    mine's a 2004 200sx
    I used to do harescrambles in hs and college, but haven't raced one of thoes in a long time... I need to get back into it...
    I do a moto ever once in a wile and realize how bad shape I'm in now...lol
    I do a lot of trail riding at wellsville, and other places similar (slow technical trails with lots of rocks, hills climbs, tight switch backs, ... funstuff hehe)
    where are you from?

    later
    Mike

    online photo album
    HT: Anthem AVM 50 / PVA-7; Focal JM Lab 4x Chorus 716 S, CC 700 S, 2x Chorus 706S; 2x 12s - Homebuilt Sub
    2CH: B&K PT3 s2, Anthem PVA-2, VonSchweikert VR-1
    Computer: Denon AVR 2805, Old Tecnic & Optimus Speakers
    2004 KTM 200 SX
    2003 Spyder
    2002 Single Cab, 3" cornfed lift, 34"LTB & 31" AT's
    ONLINE PHOTO ALBUM

  17. #17
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Vancouver B.C.
    Posts
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by Rock789
    sweet bike,
    mine's a 2004 200sx
    I used to do harescrambles in hs and college, but haven't raced one of thoes in a long time... I need to get back into it...
    I do a moto ever once in a wile and realize how bad shape I'm in now...lol
    I do a lot of trail riding at wellsville, and other places similar (slow technical trails with lots of rocks, hills climbs, tight switch backs, ... funstuff hehe)
    where are you from?

    later
    Mike

    online photo album
    hey mike,
    I'm from Van. B.C.
    Strictly trails for me. With a business to run and small kids racing is out of the question for a 47 yr. old. Usually ride in the Kamloops area, amazing trails, some say the best in North America. Great camping and not many people. Can't wait for spring to come!

    Cheers Dale

  18. #18
    SuperPoser Rock789's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    608
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbag
    hey mike,
    I'm from Van. B.C.
    Strictly trails for me. With a business to run and small kids racing is out of the question for a 47 yr. old. Usually ride in the Kamloops area, amazing trails, some say the best in North America. Great camping and not many people. Can't wait for spring to come!

    Cheers Dale
    never too old to race ;o)
    my dad races (about as often as I race) in the super senior class, and some of the guys in that class are in their late 60s (dad is in his 50s)...
    maybe wait till your kids are old enough to join you ;o)

    I hear you about spring, although it hasn't been bad this winter for ohio... we'll see how the next couple weeks go ...lol

    have a great weekend,
    later
    Mike
    HT: Anthem AVM 50 / PVA-7; Focal JM Lab 4x Chorus 716 S, CC 700 S, 2x Chorus 706S; 2x 12s - Homebuilt Sub
    2CH: B&K PT3 s2, Anthem PVA-2, VonSchweikert VR-1
    Computer: Denon AVR 2805, Old Tecnic & Optimus Speakers
    2004 KTM 200 SX
    2003 Spyder
    2002 Single Cab, 3" cornfed lift, 34"LTB & 31" AT's
    ONLINE PHOTO ALBUM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •