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Re: audiophiles

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Apr 2018, 14:20

The whole thing I listed above will cost about $1600. I think what I'll probably do is wait until I'm sure I'll get summer school this year. I should know sometime next month. Once I know for sure, I'll probably pull the plug and pamper myself. God knows I've gone long enough without a proper system.
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Re: audiophiles

Postby George P. Smackers » 27 Apr 2018, 14:52

There are so many ways to do it. But you have to get out of listening through your TV.

I'm happy to feel good about myself for not being an audiophile. But listening on lousy equipment can be as bad as reading a book with every fifth word missing. Moving from bad to good is an eye-opening experience.

I went the thrift store/craigslist route. I have equipment that looks cool (an Empire 598 turntable, a Marantz 4400 receiver with an on-board oscilloscope!, KEF 104/2 speakers, thrift-store Sony SACD/DVD player) and sounds good, though it would be sneered at by an audiophile as mid-fi. And all of it cost well under $1600 even with the pricy restoration of the Marantz.

If you want to go the new and cheap route, people do say good things about those Andrew Jones speakers. And for an amp (unless you really want to listen to the radio), you could get something from the Yamaha line, A-S501, A-S701, A-S801. But that's two-channel, not 5.0, which I have no knowledge of.

P.S. I wouldn't worry about fancy cables etc. Down the line, you can decide if that form of insanity is for you.

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Re: audiophiles

Postby bobzilla77 » 27 Apr 2018, 16:19

TG wrote:I’m no expert. I don’t care about dvds or blue rays or whatever. I did have a 5.1 system and took it apart because I didn’t like it for (most) music. I recently put together a vintage system - 80s era Sansui integrated amp, 70s/80s Technics turntable and some Boston Acoustics speakers. The whole thing cost me less than $200 - thrift stores, etc. and it’s the best sounding stereo I’ve had in years.

Doesn’t really answer your question but I thought I’d share.



That's a good way to go. I was recently given a 110 watt amp by my brother in law & tried to sell it, I couldn't even get $100 for it so I kept it. Sounds great.

I do think "TV Speakers" is less than idea but I've never been a big gearhead, I used to hook up a component CD player to my boombox. Once I got a decent amp and speakers though, it made a difference in how I listened to music.
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Re: audiophiles

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Apr 2018, 17:15

I don't think you guys understand, I want to enter the audiophile world to gain BCB acceptance, and respect! I'm tired of just being that stupid yank with the hot sauce, anal chugs, and ..... that car! I want my home system to be as renowned as my taste and knowledge of music, as my reputation as a nice guy and world class wit.

And once I've conquered this place, I shall boldly stride into Hoffmanland, confident in my abilities as a tech expert and gearhead. And I'll be one of them!!!

I think this will finally put me where I've always wanted to be in life. Even Coan and Dougie will acknowledge.


Women are gonna find me more attractive, too.
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Re: audiophiles

Postby pig bodine » 27 Apr 2018, 17:33

Has anyone heard the 1973 West German pressing of A Hard Days Night In a $15,000 system? It talked me down from a suicide, it was so glorious.

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Re: audiophiles

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Apr 2018, 17:35

There, ya see? Hoffman talk! That's what this place needs more of.
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Re: audiophiles

Postby bobzilla77 » 27 Apr 2018, 17:36

Matt Wilson wrote:I don't think you guys understand, I want to enter the audiophile world to gain BCB acceptance, and respect! I'm tired of just being that stupid yank with the hot sauce, anal chugs, and ..... that car! I want my home system to be as renowned as my taste and knowledge of music, as my reputation as a nice guy and world class wit.

And once I've conquered this place, I shall boldly stride into Hoffmanland, confident in my abilities as a tech expert and gearhead. And I'll be one of them!!!

I think this will finally put me where I've always wanted to be in life. Even Coan and Dougie will acknowledge.


Women are gonna find me more attractive, too.


Gabba gabba we accept ya, we accept ya, one of us.

I hope you are prepared to spend about a hundred grand to impress the Hoffmen though.
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Re: audiophiles

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Apr 2018, 17:40

I won't need to impress them once it's been established that I'm king of BCB.
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Postby clive gash » 27 Apr 2018, 17:47

Matt Wilson wrote:I want my home system to be as renowned as my taste and knowledge of music, as my reputation as a nice guy and world class wit.


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Postby Mike Boom » 27 Apr 2018, 17:55

gash on ignore wrote:Image


What are the sub woofers like on that ?

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Postby clive gash » 27 Apr 2018, 17:58

They’ll blow yer bib off.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 27 Apr 2018, 18:41

There's a guy over the hill from me, The Stereo Doctor, that specializes in buying/selling and refurbishing old stereo components. The guy is a gold mine of stuff.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/stereo-doctor-dublin

With LA being such a big place, there must be a guy like this somewhere in the valley.
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Postby yomptepi » 28 Apr 2018, 07:32

I am no hifi buff, but I was dis satisfied with the sound from my supposedly decent turntable. I was going to spend £1500 on a new deck, but when I went to my local hifi shop for a demo , with ( as Toby says) a pile of the records I was dissatisfied with, the man doing the demo suggested that a simple pre amp would solve all my problems. And he was right. The best £100 I have ever spent on my set up, which now sounds as good as I could ever want it to..
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Re: audiophiles

Postby The Fish » 28 Apr 2018, 08:35

As some of you may know I moved earlier this year into my Dad's old flat. Was looking at the time to upgrade the sound system, but in the end bit the bullet and bought complete new system. Exposure source and power (twin mono amps, pre-amp, CD player and DAC) and Q Acoustics Concept 500 speakers. Sounds fantastic and only £8K ($11K)
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Re: audiophiles

Postby Tomahawk Kid » 30 Apr 2018, 22:33

Darkness_Fish wrote:Audiophiles are weird people who are only vaguely interested in music at best. They should be shunned and mocked in the street.



Ain't that the case. You should read some of the hi-fi forums (PinkFishMedia, The Art of Sound, Hifi Subjectivist to name just three) and see just how weird they can be. Just type in a question like "do cables make a difference" or suchlike and sit back and enjoy :lol:

As mentioned above, book yourself into your local Richer Sounds or similar and see if you think it's worth it.

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Re: audiophiles

Postby Quaco » 30 Apr 2018, 22:47

Matt, if you're serious about it and you want (local) help/recommendations, my friend/housemate Joel is pretty into this world and usually enjoys talking people through it. Let me know!
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Re: audiophiles

Postby Matt Wilson » 30 Apr 2018, 23:13

Everything I listed on the previous page is what I've got in my amazon cart, Jim. Once I know I've got summer school this year, I'll start purchasing it. Show him my list and see what he thinks.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 30 Apr 2018, 23:29

Matt Wilson wrote:I won't need to impress them once it's been established that I'm king of BCB.


The first step in one, long, uphill climb. Hope you have a sherpa.
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Re: audiophiles

Postby bobzilla77 » 30 Apr 2018, 23:34

Matt Wilson wrote:I won't need to impress them once it's been established that I'm king of BCB.


Yeah, that plus a four hundred thousand dollar set of cables will earn their respect.
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Re: audiophiles

Postby Matt Wilson » 01 May 2018, 01:34

Yeah, about that... Do we really believe the cables make that much of a difference in sound? I've only recently learned from the Hoffmen that CD players sound different - though I have my doubts.
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