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I'm looking for a "nice" 2.1 channel system for my bedroom. I haven't yet selected speakers but they will be bookshelf of some sort. My objectives are good sound (audiophile not necessary considering my sources) and a quality, unique look and feel are high on my priorities.

I'm looking at an integrated amp primarily to minimize backlit screens and unnecessary lights. My girlfriend is extremely light sensitive when she is trying to sleep. It's very normal for me to wake up and find any available clothing article draped over my backlit clock, cell phone, etc. I have a HTPC in the bedroom which I play music/movies from. Digital inputs would be ideal but it doesn't appear many integrateds have them yet. I probably won't invest in an outboard DAC so if the integrated doesn't have digital in I'll probably do PC headphone to RCA. Lastly, I also want a remote.

I have found the Peachtree Decco & Nova units. Plenty of digital inputs making it great for a HTPC system. My understanding is if the tube section is bypassed the tube doesn't light which could be a bonus. Some reviewers have said they can't tell a difference. I love the wood retro look too but the Nova is pricey for a limited use bedroom system. I'm concerned the Decco could be underpowered depending on my speaker choice & the Nova may be borderline.

I also ran across the Yamaha A-S1000 with wood side panels. I really love the look and it meets the low light output objective. No digital inputs though. Retail is very steep but I have seen "open box" deals around $1000. Still fairly steep...

So aside from those two units what else is out there that might fit the bill? I'm kind of into the wood retro look if done well. If not retro, I like clean geometric lines. Creek stuff comes to mind but it's well above my price target for this system. I have reviewed NAD's models quite a few times but find them pretty generic looking.

I'm also open to non-current models. Thanks for input
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I'm looking at an integrated amp primarily to minimize backlit screens and unnecessary lights. My girlfriend is extremely light sensitive when she is trying to sleep. It's very normal for me to wake up and find any available clothing article draped over my backlit clock, cell phone, etc. I have a HTPC in the bedroom which I play music/movies from. Digital inputs would be ideal but it doesn't appear many integrateds have them yet. I probably won't invest in an outboard DAC so if the integrated doesn't have digital in I'll probably do PC headphone to RCA. Lastly, I also want a remote.

Then you might actually want to look at HT receivers. Many have have a feature to completely turn off the display. Plus, you would have the choice of HDMI or optical input for your HTPC, bass management that allows you to set the crossover at a variety of points, the option of adding a center channel if you want, and a remote control to turn things off and adjust the volume. Find one that has a minimal power on light (which may not dim), or maybe you might cover that up with a piece of electrical tape, paint it, or set something in front of it. And look to see if the dimmer function has a button on the remote.

The HK 3390/3490 2 channel stereo receivers do have dimmer capability for turning off the display, but the power button remains on and is very bright. The 3490 has optical input. Great value for a bedroom system.

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Do you really want a 2.1 system or would it be more accurate to say that you want a 2-channel satellite plus sub integrated?

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I'm looking for a "nice" 2.1 channel system for my bedroom. I haven't yet selected speakers but they will be bookshelf of some sort. My objectives are good sound (audiophile not necessary considering my sources) and a quality, unique look and feel are high on my priorities.

Check out the Cambridge Audio Azur 350A. [It comes in black or aluminum finish.]

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summar...ated+amplifier

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audi.../dp/B003R2QHVY
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The Outlaw Audio RR 2150 has what you want as far as the hardware, but does have some LED action going on and a fairly unique look. Still apparently a nice rig: http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/rr2150.html.

I have the Yamaha A-S500 and like it quite a bit. I'm using it with the NHT SuperZero 2.0 and Super 8 sub system. You're right that it doesn't have digital inputs, but if you can live with fewer watts you could use the difference to buy at least a cheap DAC. It makes a big difference if you're running onboard sound.
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Peachtree Decco underpowered? What kind of speakers would you be using in a bedroom?

I have a Peachtree Decco (original model) in a office/spare bedroom situation powering Era D4 speakers and it's plenty loud if I want it to be and much louder than needed with no distortion than I've ever tried to crank it.

And you're worried about the lights? It has two tiny pinhole blue lights on the input and on the volume control and a faint glow from the tube. Hardly obtrusive.
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I bought the Decco2/D4 package in cherry and in looks and sounds wonderful. Much better than I thought. I am using a sub with it because I just wanted a little more lows. If you do buy the Decco2, make sure you buy the package because the speakers are great and get much louder than you need.
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. I forgot about the outlaw audio rig. Before I really got serious about the bedroom setup that was my choice except for the display... Maybe I'll revisit it and see if there is a dimmer feature.

Nice to hear the Peachtree decco doesn't seem to be under powered. I really like the Cherry finished system. I'm leaning towards building some Seas or Skanspeak book shelf speakers for the bedroom. I have Dynaudio in the living room. All three of these companies speakers are usually in the 84 - 89db sensitivity range which had me concerned. I've decided to attend Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this fall to get an opportunity to listen to some of the offerings out there before selecting a DIY kit to build. I have some entry level Paradigm bookshelves for the interim.

HK has some great looking 2 channel setups too but as pointed out, that power button is way too overpowering for a bedroom... Sounds like I'm on to most of the offerings in the $1000 & less range. If anyone knows of something not yet covered please post!

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