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I have a 12'6" x 11' reading room that currently has no sound in it.

I'd like to build an all-analog* 2:1 setup in this room, with headphones as an output option.

I'd like to emphasize tubes and wood in the components, as the visual/tactile aesthetics of these devices are at least as important as the sound, for me.

The components I have in mind are:

- 2 speakers and 1 woofer
- preamp
- amp
- turntable
- simple 24/192 DAC w/optical TOSLINK input to connect my sonos zp80 to

Is this possible on a $2k budget ?

Thanks very much.

* except for the sonos zp80 going into a DAC, going into the amp
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Very possible, actually doable, if you buy used. Audiogon will be great source. I would suggest looking at an integrated tube amp to keep you on budget. Here is a good start.
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Sure. I'd suggest limiting myself to tubes in the preamp. Getting lots of clean power out of tubes is not cheap.

As for wood, I wouldn't put a high priority on that, myself, but if you want a certain look, I suggest you consider Axiom speakers. They offer a lot of custom options, so you can really get the look you want. And they're good sonically, as well.

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Thanks very much to all. When I said wood, I meant in the components themselves as well as the speakers.

When you speak of an integrated tube amp, you mean a single component that does the duty of both the amp and pre amp ?
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Thanks very much to all. When I said wood, I meant in the components themselves as well as the speakers.

When you speak of an integrated tube amp, you mean a single component that does the duty of both the amp and pre amp ?

Yes, a single component, both amp and preamp. Look around, there are several tube amps/preamps/integrateds that feature wood trim. Some of the trim is retrofitted.
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Something like this?


"Audiowood basic custom tables feature a quality Rega parts kit, and generally have an integral motor/drive system in a single plinth/base structure. These tables can be made to house your choice of tonearms, but are generally offered with Rega arms."


"Through a collaboration with Red Dragon Audio, Audiowood is proud to offer modified class D ICE-powered power amps that can be built into almost any type of enclosure. These great sounding amps are also incredibly efficient, delivering over 80% of consumed power to your speakers."


"In association with Decware, we are able to offer a remote-controlled version of their CSP2 preamplifier. Our version adds a remote Alps volume control to this quiet and full-bodied tube pre. In addition to 2 inputs and a headphone jack, it features adjustable gain to match it with almost any power amp."

http://www.audiowood.com/retail.html

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Don't think that it is possible for all that for $2k.

Check out Yarland Audio.

Yarland FV34C - 12W per channel Integrated Amp - $600
Emotiva XDA-1 DAC - $350
Rega RP1 Turntable- $450
Rega Phone Stage - $150

That leaves $450 for tube friendly speakers..

I'd say drop the subwoofer and add $500 to your budget. Then you are at about $950 for speakers. Should be VERY possible.

Good Luck
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For speakers that go well with tubes, I gotta recommend building a pair of these 95db efficient beasts:

http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/DTQWT_Tomas.htm
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Peachtree Audio makes a hybrid integrated amplifier that combines a DAC, tubed preamp stage and solid-state amp stage, and it's available in two different wood finishes. That would get you your DAC, preamp and amp, and leave you about $800 for speakers.

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Peachtree Audio makes a hybrid integrated amplifier that combines a DAC, tubed preamp stage and solid-state amp stage, and it's available in two different wood finishes. That would get you your DAC, preamp and amp, and leave you about $800 for speakers.


+1

although that doesnt have the classic "tube gear" look to it

2.0 > 7.1
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Thanks very much to all. When I said wood, I meant in the components themselves as well as the speakers.

When you speak of an integrated tube amp, you mean a single component that does the duty of both the amp and pre amp ?
Found these wood panelled integrated tube amps at Sound and Vision. Also look at the preowned selections. A good start for keeping it under $2K.
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Can you stretch your budget a little?

MOTH AUDIO EMPIRE SPEAKER SYSTEM & Reps R-1 FULL RANGE

Only need an amp with 2W of power, so you can get some savings!
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Sorry, wrong thead! Tubes and wood had me thinking of my girl!
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