Originally Posted by mikejungle
Next, I just don't know what else to get to get this setup to sound good. I would think an amplifier/receiver
of some sort? I would like to buy something that i could use with a home theater system
also if you guys think it's feasible. What speakers and amp should I look into? As a beginner, I don't want to spend a fortune buying nice gear. I just want something along the same lines as the debut...not the lowest on the rung, but something to whet my appetite for better stuff in the future.
Please help me and give me advice on complete setup.
Thanks a lot.
The Boston AVR7120 HAS a phono preamp that works very well, has both 5.1 and 7.1 capability, along with plenty of honest
RMS power. While it does not have HDMI swithing and some of the latest codecs (Dolby HD MA) it has served me well for the past 5 years and I hope many more. I used to use a Phase Linear 700B (350 watts/ch.) just for front main/subs channels and stereo music and was surprised how close the Boston provides similar sound enjoyment. I was and still am amazed at the copious power the Boston AVR7120 puts out. It is a beast weighing in at almost 60lbs. I use it with B&W front mains along with a pair of BIC 10" sub woofers. Bass?
Tight, clean, and solid. No muddy fake bass and works well woth both audio from my vintage turntables and Audio Technica AT120E, AT 125LC, Stanton 681EEE, ADC ST XLM II, and several other cartidges mounted on everything from a Dual 1229Q and 1229, Dual 1219, and one of the two Technics SL-1700 MK2 turntables I have.
The Boston AVR 7120 come up on Ebay now and then and in audio boutique shops. That said, if you want good sound for both music and home theater, I would recommend at least 110 to 150 RMS watts per channel along with some name brand speakers. I like B&W but there are many mid and high end speakers out there. I will say this. As a rule of thumb, in my opinion, after years of owning different speakers from Infinity, Advent, Cerwin Vega, JBL, and more; for home use I have found a tower system using multiple 6" to 8" drivers along with a pair of 10" to 12" sub woofers to work best. Regardless of the brand, speakers of this size generally have less coloration, don't collapse or fold up under high volume levels, and give you both cleaner mid range as well as tight bass with little tendency to deliver the "muddy" bass you would abhor.
I'm sure there are many here who can advise what speakers and brands might fit into this category of parameters I've described, as well as other recommendations.