For the past week, I've been doing everything I can to learn about speakers, receivers, cables, etc. A quick background...I've been interested in vinyl music lately because I've always heard the sound was better than CD's. So I bought an audio technica turntable and have been into buying records. And I'm enjoying it--but only with some Sennheiser headphones and a portable head phone amp.
I dusted off my old Onkyo 5.1 set up that I used years ago for watching movies, put the two front speakers on a bookshelf in my office, and connected them to the receiver. The turntable has RCA cables (well, the white and red audio cables) connected to the back, so I plugged those into the back of the receiver to input the music. This is all I currently have on hand to be able to listen to my record collection, and I'm no audiophile, but the sound is only adequate at best. To me, it seems quite muddy and not clear at all--especially when compared to listening through my Sennheiser headphones.
I say all of that to say--I'm in need of a way to have better audio considering I'm investing in vinyl to, well, enjoy better audio quality.
I suppose I'm on a relative budget...I think I'd like to spend roughly $500 on a pair of speakers and then a few hundred at the most on a receiver. But I'm not an expert when it comes to this stuff like you guys, so I'm defaulting to you.
But here's what I've been thinking:
Speakers: Through doing some research, I was interested in the Definitive Technology SM55 or the Bowers and Wilkins 685. I haven't gotten a chance to hear either in person unfortunately, but everything from written reviews, forums, and youtube, I feel that (at least for the price range) people seem to have good things to say about these speakers. Thoughts on these speakers or maybe even other ones?
Receiver: I don't know, to be honest. All I can tell you is, ideally, I'd love to be able to not only play my vinyl collection through the turntable, but remotely be able to play music from my iTunes or even Spotify (or even Pandora) accounts, too.
As far as speaker cable and all that--I'm clueless. I have no idea what's good, why it's good, why it's better than the other stuff. I didn't even know about this bi-wiring or bi-amping until this week. The back of my current Onkyo speakers have those speaker clamps you press down, insert the cable wire, and release to connect. I had no idea things have since been upgraded.
So as you can see, I'm a relative newbie I suppose. Would love to get your thoughts.