Can anyone recommend a system for classical music?
I am looking to improve, upgrade or replace the system, consisting of a CD player, amp and speakers, in the main teaching room of our college music department. This is used for the analysis of (mostly) classical music for ‘A’ Level music lessons and exams. We are looking for detail and clarity and the ability to differentiate one instrument from another.
Currently we have a Technics SL-P333 CD player which is definitely on its last legs and is very beaten about. This is going through a Technics SU-V500 amp delivering 30watts/channel @ 8ohms, plenty loud enough for the room which is approximately 30’ long (9mtrs) x 20’ wide (6mtrs) x 9’ high (2.8mtrs). I suspect this may not have been a bad amp for the price. The speakers are a pair of Spirit Absolute 2 monitor speakers which are intended as affordable, nearfield monitors for recording studios and thus are not ideal for their current job. These are rated at 100 watts each and I doubt if we push them enough to get the most out of them. However, they are in good nick and we would use them elsewhere if we replace them with something more suitable.
We don’t need to connect a turntable but would need to plug in an iPod or laptop via a mini-jack – 2x phonos lead.
I have between £1000 - £2000 to spend. What would you recommend?
Also, is there a good shop to listen to your recommendations near me in Andover, Hampshire?
Thanks in advance for any help and advice.