Could it be the IPL M1tlm transmission line speakers I'm close to buying for £382?
But definitely my Sonos ZP80 and ZP100 I kind of get a new feature every time sonus upgrade for free!
Sonos ZP80 - Leema Pulse MKII - PMC DB1i
ZP100 - Mordaunt Short MS 3.10
Play 5 Audioengine A2 Pioneer PDP436SXE
I think 'sound for pound', fiscaly speaking or physically, a good set of headphones can't be topped.
Of those, I would rate the JVC HAS - 160 as the best return for the money I've experienced.
A cheap product that way exceeds expectations is, for me at least, more satisfying than an expensive one that at best meets expectations or at worst, under performs.
This one scores big time even though I use more expensive headphones as well.
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
Spotify at 10 quid/month, BitPerfect for iTunes at 7 quid and DS Audio for Synology DS212j for free.
Agree with Drummerman that a cheap product going beyond expectations, and sometimes way beyond, is more satisfying than an expensive product meeting them. I mean if you've paid out big bucks, it damn well should really, shouldn't it.
Study: Synology ds212j (+ DS Audio) & Sonos ZP90 (Spotify & Tune-In Radio)→ Metrum Acoustics Octave DAC→ Cyrus Pre-XP (with PSX-R) + 2 Cyrus X Power → Vienna Acoustics Hadyns (Study) & ATC SCM11s (Kitchen), Beresford TC 7220 speaker switch, HiFi Racks Podium
Living Room: Macbook Air (2012 - iTunes + Bit Perfect) → M2Tech HiFace 2→ Metrum Acoustics Octave DAC →Cyrus DAC XP with PSX-R + Cyrus Mono Xs→ Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands
My EE Minimax DAC Plus. A fantastic-sounding piece of kit, and very upgradeable, too.
For a cheap product, Motorheadphones Trigger in-ear 'phones are excellent. You can pick them up from £23-£30 depending on finish (silver, graphite, brass).
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 (bi-amped)
AVI Laboratory Series CD Player
SBT and rega rb300 are id guess 2 of the best bargains in hifi great sound for beer money.
AKG K702 headphones - not cheap but they sound wonderful and they have extended my listening into the small hours as I can play music without upsetting the people in the rest of the block.
It's got to be my 20 year old Audiolab 8000A, stonking bit of kit, it's going to be a hard act to follow (when I eventually pull my finger out and find a replacement )
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
Seconded for headphones. Sennheiser HD650 still going strong after a decade.
Rega RP6/DV20X2L/Rega Aria/Naim CD5XS/Flatcap XS/Naim NAT05XS/Naim Supernait 2/Dynaudio 1.8-II
DS Audio for Synology DS212j for free.
I was going to say my active speakers, but that is a great shout. It's freed up my music from needing my laptop and cost a lot less then Sonos or similar would've.
Synology NAS + ATV2 > ADM9RS
Probably my 'Studiospares' Seiwin 5A actives that I use in my office.
At the £140 odd for the pair, they're incredible vfm.
JVC DLA-X30•Grandview Cyber Series (92")•LG 50PX990•Oppo BDP-93•Humax Foxsat HDR•Humax HDR-Fox T2•Vu+ Solo²•Roku 3•Sonos Connect•Onkyo TX-NR818•Mackie HR824 MK2•BK Monoliith DF•Drobo 5N
Sonos Connect•Studiospares Seiwin 5A
RPi•Fostex PC-100USB•Studiospares Seiwin SN-4A
Gotta be the antimode i bought for my sub. Made such a noticable difference.
Micromega Mydac, althought AppleTV comes close.
My Primare I30 amplifier bought second hand from ebay for £650, the guy even delivered it. Superb sound and very versatile, works well with all the speakers I have tried.
Sonos - Primare I30 - Kef LS50
My amps I'd say. I got a Quad 909 new just before they replaced with the Elite range for £600 delivered, bargain and not a component I can see me replacing for many years. Likewise my preamp, a Croft 25 (line only) which was also £600. Trough in a mark grant RCA at £50 and for £1,250 I've got an amp that in my opinion can better many £3k intergrated amps.
The Squeezebox Touch has to be up thre too. I also have a Mini T from Amptastic, a spare I guess but so cheap I bought out of curiosity and so long as you don't push it out of its comfort zone is fantastic for the money.
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