How to spend my $2500, anyone?
I recently posted a question for a friend. Thanx to all that responded.
Since I now have more information, Iím revising the question to include and to simplify and hopefully get the information my friend needs. Ok first of all, my friend is completely blind; so obviously sound quality is very important to him. He currently has a pair of B&W Matrix 802 Series 3 speakers. He wants to build a system around those 2 speakers. He has a ballpark budget of $2500 to spend and for that money he wants three things all new, not used. A great receiver/pre-amp, a great amplifier, and great cables to tie it all together. He will get other sources later like turntable and CD player etc. When we asked the B&W rep about an amp, he responded, ďrecommend using a 200 watt amplifier on the Matrix 802ís. This means that you will want a two channel, 200 watts per channel amplifier. I would recommend Rotel, Classe and Mac.Ē But we are not sure if these comments by the rep are true and/or relevant. So anyway if someone out there could help us for a minute by putting them selves in my friends position and say to yourself, ďok if all I had was those 2 speakers and $2500 for a great receiver/pre-amp, a great amplifier, and great cables to tie it all together, Iíd buy (fill in name and model numbers of all 3 things). Thanx in advance.
Tim for Arthur in Watertown, MA USA
Just a slightly off-topic but hopefully not off-color question: If your friend is blind, how will he be able to use a turntable?
Mitsubishi 57732 DLP TV
Yamaha RX-V3800 Receiver
Emotiva LPA-1 amp
Oppo DV-980 DVD player
Harmony 880 Remote
B & W Matrix 804 mains
B & W Matrix HTM center
B & W 800ASW sub
B & W P6 surrounds
I work with a lot of visually impaired people and I guess people not exposed to them as much as I am donít realize, or probably even think about the level of independence they can achieve. Anyway, my friend is amazing; he does everything by himself, cook, clean, and even does landscaping and much more, so for him, operating a turntable is a very simple task. This is a man who travels from Boston to New York by himself on a regular basis using public transportation. Now to me, that is incredible. Anyway, back on topic, what should he buy? Thanx
$2500 for a great amp, preamp and cables is asking a lot for new equipment. I think you can find good equipment but not great. Consider the Emotiva XPA-2 power amp, B&K reference 200.2, Parasound Halo A21, A23, and 2250 amps, Outlaw audio, Vincent Audio SP-331 Hybrid amp and SAT-1 preamp to name a few. Then I would look at a good preamp. Van Alstine makes nice hybrid preamps as well as amps.
Also, strongly consider the new Cambridge Audio amp and pre amp (840E and 840W) which got excellent reviews in Hi-Fi Choice Magazine, august issue.
I would put most of the money to the Amp and Preamp and then consider Bluejeans cables which are good cables and will do no harm to the music.
Last edited by blackraven; 09-11-2008 at 05:11 PM.
Pass Labs X250 amp, Pass X-1 Preamp
Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
Van Alstine Ultra Hybrid Tube Preamp and Ultra Hybrid Tube DAC
Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
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- Silnote, BJC
Velodyne CHT 8 sub
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