AVS Forum banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all,


I'm looking to upgrade my bedroom setup. I currently have a Sharp iPod/iPhone dock stereo which isn't bad but it's time for a sonic upgrade. My bedroom is small (10'x12').





My budget is $600 - $700 for an integrated amp and pair of speakers. I already have a SB3 with an Auricap mod that I'd would like to use. As well I have a Apple AE that I'd like to use to stream music to from my phone or laptop. I listen to all types of music. with primarily R&B, 80's, Old Rock, Electronica, World Music, Latin.



Requirements:


A smallish speaker, a sealed or front ported enclosure as they would sit almost right up against the wall. I'd like a wise soundstage or 3D imaging...I know that's asking a lot of a small speaker.


A smallish integrated amp as space is at a premium. Also, an amp with a couple of digital inputs and at least one analog input.


Speakers Possibilities:


Cambridge S30 http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CAS30&variation=BLK


I've heard this speaker and like it, it has a small footprint BUT it has a rear port. However, it is relatively inexpensive.


KEF Q300


I like this speaker too, a bit more expensive but it has a front port. It's bigger than the S30


NHT Classic Model Two


I haven't heard this speaker but it has a small footprint and it's has gotten a lot of good review.


Any other suggestions for a small speaker that plays bigger than it's size?


Integrated Amp


Qinpu A-6000 - It's gotten a lot of great reviews on Amazon. Small footprint, Doesn't break the bank.

http://www.amazon.com/Qinpu-A-6000-Integrated-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0057OI448/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365914113&sr=8-1&keywords=qinpu+-+a-6000+mkii


Emotiva Mini-X - Not too many reviews but the ones I did find really praise it. Small footprint, doesn't break the bank, BUT only 1 set of inputs. http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100




My ideal setup would be the new TEAC AI-500 Integrated amp http://www.teac.com/product/ai-501da/ and a pair of Monitor Audio Silver RX-1.


Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,308 Posts
fwiw,marantz nr1402 avr $250 accessories4 less plenty of power and much more inputs a dac and audyssey

pair of kef q300 $479 accessories4less
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
515 Posts
Here's a pic of my system. Sounds great and is very affordable.


Cambridge Audio S30 speakers - $220 (purchased locally)

AudioSource Amp100 Integrated amp - $90 (J&R online). ..50w into 8ohms/ 60 into 4ohms is more than powerful enough for a bedroom system.


Works great with my squeezebox, and airport express streaming from our ipods/iphones. ..Note that the amp does NOT have digital inputs. However, I don't think the sound would be improved one iota by having an outboard DAC. ..The DAC's in the Squeezebox and the Apple AE work just fine.


A very affordable and great sounding bedroom system.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,705 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,773 Posts
Nice article. I would add the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE to your list. Add the Onkyo 8050 or an AVR and you would be set.
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top