Another outstanding system at the show was using the TA-FB940R, so on that basis I think it would be worth a punt for under £100.
The QS range is supposed to be the range below the ES range, but the later models seemed to blur that line a little aparently.
Only thing to look out for on the AE2's is the bass driver surrounds are foam, and after 20 odd years start to disintegrate. These may or may not need re-doing at some point depending on the age and if they had been done by the previous owner. Its easy to spot, and does not cost too much to get them done if you need to.
Michell Gyrodec SE / RB300 / 2M Blue | Sony DVP-S9000ES
Croft Micro 25 Basic | Decware Zen
Goodmans Axiom 201 / Rega Alya / Keesonic Kolt
Thanks for the advice. The AE2's seem out of my price range after a quick look, would B&W's deliver the big sound that I'm after?
Are there any specific Pioneer players to look out for?
Music: Yamaha MCR-140 / Cambridge Audio Minx Go
Movies: LG 32LN5400 / Sony BDP-S1100
CD players, the older Marantz are popular, as you can see on here. I wouldnt worry about them being old. a common thing to go is the drawer gear and you can still buy them for a lot of 90s models. I, among other people that have replied on this thread have a Marantz CD52 mk2 SE (Special edition) player. rated in the day and i can tell you still performs great now. You can pick one up on ebay generally for about £50 delivered, if not a bit cheaper. A top Bargain
Amps and speakers id be looking for something quite upfront, clear and punchy for your tastes in music. I can tell you Rotel amps do that cos i have one, but i dont know about others, so im sure other users will suggest other suitable models. I would steer clear of Marantz amps though, in my experience theyre very good but are very dissapointing in terms of punch and dynamics, or at least the older ones i tried were. bit of a snooze fest.
90s lover. - Marantz CD52 mk2 SE - Rotel RA970BX - Mission 702 standmounters -
I used to have some B&W 601 speakers, which are probably the cheapest 'modern' B&Ws you will find on ebay. they have been replaced a few times over now but i was very happy with them when i had them, very punchy sounding. regret getting rid of them years ago tbh
A Marantz 63se just went for £72 on e bay. Parts are readily available and even intructions for DIY fixes.
Thanks for all of the helpful replies. I have seen quite a few Marantz players, mainly the CD-52 and CD-63 KI Sig, so there seems to be plenty about to choose from.
As I won't be able to listen to whatever I buy prior to purchase, if I went for a Marantz player which amplifiers and speakers would suit best? Bearing in mind my musical tastes, room size and budget?
I have seen the B&W DM601 going fairly cheap.
Does anybody know, off the top of their heads, what the price of the Sony CDP-XB930 and TA-FB940 were when new?? I seem to recollect they were around the £300 mark...
the Denon amp is a no brainer,rs are selling it for less than 200..bargain..
Nad C352pd,C545bee,Denon DNP720ae,Panasonic DMP BDT500,JBL l830,Rel Stampede,Chord Cobra+,Atlas Element Integra and hundreds of assorted guitar driven cd's and dvd's
Well, after much searching and not much buying, I have finally got my hands on a mint Kenwood 3020SE amplifier for the princley sum of.... Nothing!
I am also hoping to be the proud owner of a Sony CD player in the not too distant future.
So, my question is, where do I go with the speakers? I appreciate the kit I have managed to get my hands on is all fairly budget stuff (when new), but so far spent nothing of my budget and I don't have a clue what would be a good match for my amp.
Any ideas? As previously stated, I mainly listen to rock, metal and dance in a 3x4m room.
http://www.richersounds.com/product/amplifiers-receivers/arcam/fmj-a18/arca-a18-blk Speakers could be something like these (very cheap but as fare as i know they are good, havn't heard them) http://www.richersounds.com/product/standmount-speakers/wharfedale/diamond-9.0/whar-9.0-blk or the Q Acoustics 2010 http://www.richersounds.com/product/standmount-speakers/q-acoustics/2010i-gr/qaco-2010i-graph
Or this one, it's a very good deal (imo), both products is the best in its class, for speaker cable i would recomend Audioquest FLX SLiP 14/4 or mabye van damme for a cheaper alternative
Presonus 22vsl soundcard, Tc electronic level pilot and Yamaha HS8 with 40 mm foam between the speakers and my desk
Well in my experience (As i have been asking about stuff in a similar budget) if you were to go with used speakers around the £100 mark, alot of people have recommended the mission 751s and for a bit more the 752s; and the B&W dm600 series is very highly regarded as well. I myself bought some Dm601 s2s for about £80 and I think they sound amazing!
Also I've just remembered, there is a woman on gumtree selling some Denon seperates which are quite nice with a pair of B&W Dm603 S3s all for £450 which is in your original price range. I cant remember what the ad was called but i have the number as i text her about the speakers. I think theyre in leeds or something if you were willing to go pick them up.
I have just got myself a Pioneer PD-S505 to go with my Kenwood KA3020SE amp. For £11 I think it was a bargin! Now for the speakers... any ideas?
I'm looking to enter the separates market for the first time. There is someone near where I live selling a full set for £400 (though I'd be looking to add a turntable). Is it a good deal? All help appreciated.
- Denon AM-FM Stereo Tuner TU-260L
- Denon Integrated Stereo Amplifier PMA-250III
- Denon CD Player DCD-595
- Stereo Cassette Tape Deck DRM-540
- Remote Control
- 2 Mission Speakers with stands
- Optimum 2000 clear glass stand to house all components
- All in immaculate condition and excellent working order. Comes complete with all cabling, as well as full operating instruction manuals.
What are the Mission speakers?
To be honest it sounds a bit overpriced. Think you can pick most of that stuff for around £50 each on fleabay.
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