If I had that sort of money I'd want to hear the PMC AML2 an Genelec 8260s. I'd also be talking to those two and Quested about custom install services...
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Have you heard either of the Beolabs ? What did you think.
I turned up at the Bose shop by mistake last week . So still haven't heard them.
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Aye , but coming from folk who 'maybe' havnt even lived with a 3k system let alone10k/20k , well they would say that wouldnt they if you think about it.
I have lived with an approximately £5000.00 system. My current system that I prefer cost around £1500.00 but many of the components are second hand.
I did have a good listen to a system consisting of B&W 800 series speakers with Meridian electronics that total cost if bought new would be more than £10,000. It did sound amazing to a point but had something missing. With the brief (a couple of hours) demo I know I could not live with it.
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I heard the 9s once and liked them a lot, but not necessarily over £5k worth of traditional alternatives. I couldn't have the 5s in my house, irrespective of their engineering credentials.
A £20,000 Quested custom install including room treatment and custom speakers.
Now where did I put that lottery ticket...
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Indeed, there is some wild talk on this thread about a £2K system sounding "better than any £20K systems". Very easy claims to make, but when pressed they generally turn out to be based on very limited experience.
Having said that, I'd join with those who advise demoing lots of stuff before you buy (I happen to find that part of the business very enjoyable, though I understand why others don't) and carefully considering whether you need to spend your whole budget.
Also I'd recommend buying second-hand electronics. If you make a mistake and want to change something, you've not suffered a big hit on depreciation. (I'm less happy buying second-hand speakers.)
What classical music are you listening to?
If it were me....
I'd look at it like this, you have 10-20k to spend on awesome things... You by your own admission don't know a lot about high end hifi. Most people have a point at which spending more on an object doesn't increase the enjoyment you get out of it. For example I can hardly see a £200 chopping board making me happier than a £10 one.
For speakers I would try to find this rough price point. The way I would do it would be to take a few companies eg monitor audio and listen through the bronze, silver, gold and platinum lines (with suitable amplifiers) until you find a price point where spending more doesn't really improve your enjoyment of listening to the music significantly. You could do this with b&w, wharfedale, adam etc etc.
Just don't pay £20k when the £8k chopping board makes you just as happy.
PS I'd also buy one of these: http://funkywaves.net/catalog.cfm?item=fw_18_0
Indeed. Even if I had £20k I'm not sure I could bring myself to spend it on hifi. Guitars, on the other hand...
I am quite frankly mystified as to why anyone would want to spend this much on a system when the main source is going to be 'sonos (spotify and lossless CD collection)'
Whatever you spend you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear.
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I tried to get that very point across some time back......it was why I asked the question in the first place.
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This would be a good start, though I grant a Linn DS might be better.
I disagree. There's nothing wrong with the quality of lossless CD rips and Spotify Premium with any system. Even one costing £20,000.
The Sonos would be a perfect source for those Adam Tensor speakers that I posted earlier.
I agree there's absolutely nothing wrong with lossless CD rips. I don't think that was Al ears's point.
The problem with Sonos is that, whilst it delivers a bit-perfect message, the message comes in a noisy signal. That's my experience at any rate, based on quite a lot of (admittedly informal) blind comparison of basic Sonos with other sources, e.g. modded Sonos, PC via USB, and a Naim Superuniti.
First of all -- better late than never -- Welcome to the forum!
I'm in a somewhat similar situation as you: I'm on the look-out for a new hifi-set, starting from scratch; haven't owned proper hifi gear ever before, and I want to get it right at once. Budget is in the same order of magnitude.
I would urge you to first of all decide on a direction, before going into the details. Have a good listen to a set of top notch 'classic' box speakers, but try to hear what panel speakers and horns are about too. And -- as mentioned more than once -- give the active speakers route the necessary attention.
Same thing for amplifiers: are you a tube guy deep inside? Do you prefer class A over class AB? Maybe you're fond of class D...
To make things complicated: the amp often dictates which speakers are suitable -- or the other way round!
I hope I confused you, so you take your time before you come up with your money!
Very wise words!
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