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    AR Newbie Registered Member
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    May 2009

    So I'm looking for some advice...

    Hey everyone, new to the site

    I'm looking for a relatively good sounding setup (turntable, amp, receiver, and I missing anything?) for about $1500 Canadian. Is this even possible? I'm moving away from home and I'd love to have my own equipment to listen to my records on, but I'm thinking that it wouldn't even be worth purchasing anything since I wouldn't be able to get any good quality equipment with such a small budget.

    If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts feel free to post!

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    Phila combat zone JoeE SP9's Avatar
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    Jun 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    Welcome aboard. I hope I or one of the other folks here can help you.

    If you get a receiver you won't need an amp.
    I have no experience with receivers as I've never had one. Therefore I can't give any advice in that area.

    For a TT I would look at a Music Hall. ( They're reasonably priced with excellent performance. They are easy to set up and a cartricddge is included.

    In order to give a speaker recommendation you need to give more detail. However, if you're not a headbanger or bass freak you could try Magnaplanar MMG's. They're about $600 a pair new. If you don't like them Magnaplanar will take them back and refund your money.

    That would leave you around $500 for a receiver. Or you could buy an Oppo universal CD/DVD/SACD player and still have $300 for a receiver. You would then have a player for silver disks, and a player for vinyl. Just make sure the receiver you select has a phono input.
    ARC SP9 MKIII, VPI HW19, Rega RB300
    Marcof PPA1, Shure, Sumiko, Ortofon carts, Yamaha DVD-S1800
    Behringer UCA222, Emotiva XDA-2, HiFimeDIY
    Accuphase T101, Teac V-7010, Nak ZX-7. LX-5, Behringer DSP1124P
    Front: Magnepan 1.7, DBX 223SX, 2 modified Dynaco MK3's, 2, 12" DIY TL subs (Pass El-Pipe-O) 2 bridged Crown XLS-402
    Rear/HT: Emotiva UMC200, Acoustat Model 1/SPW-1, Behringer CX2310, 2 Adcom GFA-545

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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Harmon Kardon 2ch receiver HK 3390 or 3490 These have bass management and phono preamps with plenty of high current power

    PSB B-25 or T-55 speakers, Magnepan MMG's as mentioned, Energy speakers.

    Pro-Ject Debut III TT, Rega P-1, Rega P-2 TT or Music Hall 2.1, Music Hall 5.1

    Oppo 980 universal DVD/CD player. this is a great budget CD player that excels at SACD, CD and DVD. And compares to CD players costing a few hundred more.
    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

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