Well, the moment has finally come! I've saved up for a very very very long time and now I am in the the position to get myself a new setup after over 12 years of listening to records on thrown-together, used hand-me-downs. I was wondering if there are any other vinyl enthusiasts who could possibly point me in the right direction as I'm going to start from scratch. I have read tons of reviews, gone through loads of forums, but I'd love to hear some opinions specifically about vinyl. I'll start by answering some of the usual questions:
Budget: £2200 - £2500
Type of music: Mainly soul, Modern Indie, New Wave, Electronic, Alternative, Grunge. Occasionally Jazz, Classical, Classic Rock, Prog. Seldomly Folk, Acoustic, Country, Singer-Songwriter.
Format: Mainly vinyl. I work in a record shop and I own and have access to lots of great second hand records. I may also use the set-up for an occasional film and although it's normally reserved for the commute to work, I may use Spotify to preview albums.
Size of room: 5m x 6m. When listening I'll probably be 3-4M away from the speakers.
Room decoration: Quite minimal, far from lush with no cushions, carpeting, etc. Just two small couches, and a table. (I am going to decorate my sitting room with sound)
Wife or other restrictions: None. Girlfriend said I can do whatever I want. We'll see how long that lasts :
The sound I like: I like sound that would be punchy with a good amount of clarity and ability to single out the intricacies of the instruments. I would like the recordings to be represented well, allowing the superior albums to rise to the top.
Usual listening volume: Medium to loud, never soft.
Previous systems: Probably the best set-up I ever had was a Technics SU 810 integrated amp (http://www.audio4maniacs.co.uk/technicssu810.html), Technics SL1200 MK3D, Monstorous Sansui speakers (don't know the number, but they were over a meter tall and heavy as hell), Stanton Discmaster Cartridge & D3 Stylus.
I'm in a bit of a predicament because I am in rural Ireland and although there seem to be a couple showrooms in Dublin, neither of them seem to have what I would be considering buying all together in one spot. There's gonna be some blind purchasing at some point. For instance, I am deciding between the Pro-Ject Carbon Esprit SE, Xperience or the Rega RP3, but I am only able to find one dealer that sells the Rega, but nothing else. I am also interested in the Arcam FMJ A19, but nobody seems to have it in stock here. Any suggestions? Here's a full list of what I am considering in speakers: KEF LS50's, Monitor Audio Silver Rx6, Dynaudio DM3/7, Rega Rs5. Turntables: Listed above. Amps: Denon PMA720AE, Rega Brio R, Arcam FMJ A19.
Sorry if this is turning into a novel. I just don't really know how to proceed to get the right working combination. Should I just get the KEF's because everyone across the board seems to rave about them and use those as a starting point? Also, if you have any other Amp ideas or info as to whether or not I should get a phono stage, I am open to any suggestions. Cheers in advance.