Whatever you decide maybe looking for a system that is flexible for future upgrades as well as looking for quality of sound.
The way the industry is going at this moment in time is that the line is blurring between AV, Hi-Fi and so on, things will almost certainly become completely digital at some point even though for myself I prefer a physical copy of the media.
Look at a system that allows you to add different zones at a later stage, maybe in your bedroom or kitchen for example, also if you don't already have a dedicated AV system, one that can play movies from your TV giving you more options.
With the kind of budget you have I can't begin to advise you on your choices, for me it took almost 2 years looking and reading advice to decide that an active system with analogue and digital inputs was the best way to go for me personally.
Take no heed at people who say you shouldn’t spend so much on kit as it is you who will have to live with it not them later.
But do try as already suggested by many people, that you should listen to equipment at different price levels to see if the benefit is worth it for you.
Terrific advice, as versatility allows for future direction changes.
One way to get a handle on VFM is to compare systems (from the same brands) at £2.5k vs £5k vs £10k vs £20k......diminishing returns is a big factor in hifi, but is very personal and subjective.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
The following are also worth a look -
Naim Supernait 2, Rega DAC & Focal JM Lab Aria 2
ATC SIA2-150 MK2, Rega DAC & the forthcoming curved SCM40 monitors
Plinius Hiato, Rega DAC, Monitor Audio Platinium PL200 and Focal JM Lab Electra 1028 Be 2
or the active route -
ATC SCM50ASL, Rega DAC & ATC SCA2
ATC SCM50ASL with DAC/Pre amps - Audiolab 8200DQ, Benchmark DAC2 HGC or Resonessence Labs Invicta or the Mirus.
Btw, i just want to be clear that Musicraft does not deal with Benchmark or Resonessence Labs.
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
im literally totally ignorant to a decent system, coming from a £500 richer sounds Cambridge Audio system but split up with my g/f earlier this year and its time to treat myself... new car or quality sound system.. i know what i'd prefer!!! i'll keep my old banger and enjoy some music!
This may sound radical but what about spending £10k on a kick ass hifi and £10k on a reasonable car?
Why does it have to be either /or? Spending twice as much on the hifi would get you what... 5% improvement? - I'm guessing.
You don't need to spend more than £100k on a houseble.
Nitpicking aside, I'm sure the point is understood.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
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The more I hear certain systems, the more I'm inclined to believe that the law of diminishing returns is nowhere near as diminishing as many think. Lots of variables though. I would certainly state that the difference between a £10k and £20k system is much greater than 5%...
I would certainly agree that the improvement is considerably more than 5%.
Putting the thing on it's head, I prefer to think of how close a cheaper system gets to a more expensive one.
The cost of my system would roughly double if I replaced the Majik DS with an Akurate DS, and replaced the 205/2s with 207/2s.....I believe my system would get within around 75% of this new one. In other words a doubling of cost would get me a 25% improvement....very subjective I know, but that 25% comes at quite a cost, and too much for me to swallow.
yeah not sure about the studio look, but thanks for the suggestions. how do monitors get on with subtler music styles?
Buy the car and get out and meet a new woman!
We know you bought a new car recently, Chris. Anything else you want to share?
I'm too old to be looking for a new woman!
That probably depends where you live, Im sure you can get lots around Coventry for that sort of price but not around here, cheapest is about £125,000 but thats only 1 bedroom.
You can get a nice 2 bedroom detatched house in France for £20,000. I call them 'credit card houses' because you could afford buy one on a credit card.
It puts some of the audiophile hifi prices into perspective.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
Here's a bargain. Some half price Adam Audio Tensor Gamma Mk1 active speakers for £6,750. http://www.audiodestination.co.uk/adam-audio-tensor-gamma-mk-ii-fully-ac...
Brilliant....It's amazing what you learn on a hifi forum.
What area/s are these to be found......not buying, just interested in case my house gets eaten by rot again.
Nice find.......will need a very good source to back it up though.
In northern France I've spotted quite a few nice ones that are ready to move into for £20,000-30,000 in Brittany and Normandy. There's some cheap stuff in Limusin in central France too.
I'll file it under "options" if I become homeless, or my pension goes (more) t*ts up.
To be fair most of the £20,000-30,000 ones would need some work doing on them first but if you spend an hour or two searching there are a few at that price that are ready to move into. English property prices are just silly compared to over there. For £100,000-200,000 you can find some really special stuff with acres and acres of land that would set you back over a million in the UK.
(Apologies again to the OP for the thread drift. )
You never know.......he might just spend his money on a second home in France!
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