Originally Posted by 0425antgray
Still saving up money , but I am interested in what people would buy if you had a maximum budget of $8,000 for dedicated stereo system. I have not started auditioning speakers yet. As I know this is the best way to select them. And I know once speakers are chosen then you can pair them with the right equipment. Just wanted some ideas. Also the room it would go in now is only temporary because I may move soon. The current room I have now is fairly small maybe 20 x 20. I listen to a broad selection of music, but I love hard rock and techno music.
This is just a rough idea but my thinking was
$2000 -cd player
$2000 -integrated amp
$3500 -speakers (pair). I would prefer floorstanders.
Possibly would consider a subwoofer if needed.
Here's an option, based on personal experiences:
$1200 - Oppo player
$800 - to be used as a Pre/Pro, make sure pre-outs exist to add separate amp
$1800 -Amplifier: Wyred 4 Sound Class D monoblocks. ( around $900 each )
$ 4200+ left in your budget for speakers. With the right pair of towers, there will be no need for a separate subwoofer. Only catch is, the towers need to be full range, preferably display models from the manufacturer, or used from a trustworthy
Audiogon member. In other words, buying used speakers can save you THOUSANDS. So now you can afford the speakers that retail for around $7k to $10k ( brand new ).
When I mean used, I'm not talking about old scratched up speakers, I'm referring to showroom condition models with very low mileage.
This is just a suggestion, everyone will have their own. I took this route and saved nearly 45% by getting a dealer demo. My speakers retail for $10k....a price I could never afford. And since they play down to 20hz a subwoofer isn't needed. Let me know your thoughts, you have a very healthy budget to work with....and many, many options to explore.
If you were into movies I'd recommend a different route, with a Subwoofer. But you sound like a music guy...so full range towers are the way to go ( in my opinion
). You'll have a sweet 2.0 stereo rig...enjoy the ride bro!
Talk to ya soon,