I am a performer and player of primarily "early music," historically-informed performances on copies of original 18th and 19th century instruments, oboe as it happens. For fun, I do improvisatory rock on historic saxes.
I am building a small, two channel system here in the US as I live at least half the year in Europe. Maybe it will seem like lo fi to you folks, but I've been amazingly happy with the JBL bookshelf speakers called Balboa 10's. I found a pair here and would now like to have a simple a system as possible with hopefully a receiver or integrated amp that will allow for some modern attachments eventually such as a digital recorder or input from my Mac laptop for streaming audio from Europe.
Don't have big bucks but could someone give me some advice? At the moment, the equipment would be placed in a room with 8 foot ceilings and about 13 feet x 18 feet. The floors are bamboo and plaster walls. I doubt that furniture would be a factor.
I have always chosen truth over beauty, meaning that I want to hear as much as possible how my friends and myself sound on our cds. Of course, this is very individual and recording environments differ, never mind what particular performers and producers chosen. Nevertheless, with the oboe traditionally being one of the most difficult instruments to record, I do not want the sound "prettyfied" or enhanced. I have had very poor luck in the past with equipment that sets it's own, various playbacks such as jazz, classical, small hall and the like. I prefer to set my own with treble and bass controls though those can vary as well.
Eventually, I want to add a modern phonograph for my 6 foot by 6 foot wall of lp's, most not available on cd, but not yet.
Can anyone give me some ideas?
Also, once and for all, do the connective cables matter and what might be necessary to the speakers which are rated 125 watts? Are honest, AWG 12s appropriate?
Thanks in advance!