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Hello Everyone,

I don't know much about A/V eqipment but really need to upgrade my current sound system it's not even worth mentioning the make/model it's nothing fancy.  Over the course of the next year I would like to put together a good all purpose  system.  CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-ray would be my ideal set up but I next to nothing apart from what I've learnd for here and elsewhere online.

I have roughly £1000 a month despoabal income to spend or save to put towards new eqipment.  I know that's not a lot when it comes to these things but I don't have to have an ultra high-end system just good with room to imrpove would do.

This may sound stupid but I assume one should start with the CD player and build from there?  

I'd be looking for something up to £1000 unless you think I really need something more expensive then I can wait and save.  I'd also be looking for a set of speakers as my current speakers are built in and not great.

Sorry for the long post thank you for your time.

Susie 

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I'd say a Cambridge Audio 751BD (currently on sale for less than £500) or its successor the 752. This is a universal player and will cater for all disc play back.

I would then consider a pair of active speakers and the soon to be released AVI ADM5s would be my first port of call.

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Hello Everyone,

I don't know much about A/V eqipment but really need to upgrade my current sound system it's not even worth mentioning the make/model it's nothing fancy.  Over the course of the next year I would like to put together a good all purpose  system.  CD/SACD/DVD/Blu-ray would be my ideal set up but I next to nothing apart from what I've learnd for here and elsewhere online.

I have roughly £1000 a month despoabal income to spend or save to put towards new eqipment.  I know that's not a lot when it comes to these things but I don't have to have an ultra high-end system just good with room to imrpove would do.

This may sound stupid but I assume one should start with the CD player and build from there?  

I'd be looking for something up to £1000 unless you think I really need something more expensive then I can wait and save.  I'd also be looking for a set of speakers as my current speakers are built in and not great.

Sorry for the long post thank you for your time.

Susie 

Hi Susie,

welcome to the fun.

Your budget will go a long way. My vote would be: a relatively cheap Blu-ray player (e.g. from Sony) plus an outboard digital-analogue converter (DAC) e.g. the Audiolab MDAC (£699). The outboard DAC will give you the option of turning your PC/Mac into a high-quality music source, if you decide to go down that route later.

Speakers are a very personal choice. I think the general view on this forum is that speakers should always be tried out at home, because the interaction with your room is crucial. Are you located in/near a major city with good specialist hi-fi dealers?

:cheers:

Matt

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Hi Susie ,oh gawd your brain will be exploding with suggestions soon. All will be totaly pointless at this stage in game in my honest opinion.

Do you have a 'proper' independant hifi retailer close by  ?. If so get ye down there and moosie around with your ears and eyes wide open. But your purse closed !!. 

One mans/womans meat is anothers poison in this game. 

Not much help to you I guess , but you will read what I am getting at as the thread evolves. Paracetamol are quite cheap these days  Wink  :).

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Overdose wrote:

I'd say a Cambridge Audio 751BD (currently on sale for less than £500) or its successor the 752. This is a universal player and will cater for all disc play back.

I would then consider a pair of active speakers and the soon to be released AVI ADM5s would be my first port of call.

Thank you OD for your time that looks great if a little ugly it does almost everything.  If I may ask where would one find it for that price?  I did a Google search and only got eBay results must be looking in the wrong places...

Would a multi-purpose unit like the 751BD/752 equel the qaulity of a deadacated CD/SACD and or Blu-ray player for their respective roles?

Much appiracited! Smile

 

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Hi Susie,

welcome to the fun.

Your budget will go a long way. My vote would be: a relatively cheap Blu-ray player (e.g. from Sony) plus an outboard digital-analogue converter (DAC) e.g. the Audiolab MDAC (£699). The outboard DAC will give you the option of turning your PC/Mac into a high-quality music source, if you decide to go down that route later.

Speakers are a very personal choice. I think the general view on this forum is that speakers should always be tried out at home, because the interaction with your room is crucial. Are you located in/near a major city with good specialist hi-fi dealers?

:cheers:

Matt

Thanks Matt, I live in London but my time for shopping is limmited I had hoped to do most of my shopping online.  I do understand what your saying though about hands on experince with the equpment so may take a day off to have a look. 

If I'm honest DACs etc confuse me I know what it does but my brain does start to go into meltdown slightly.  I will look into what you mentioned in your post.  As for the PC/Mac I have a Mac Mini with a large HDD so would be delgihted if that could be worked into the system some how.

Thanks again for your time.

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Shilling again, Overdose, they haven't even been released, no-one has heard them, no reviews, no comparisons, plus they need a preamp! you really are not helping anyone here.

Apologies for the outburst, Susie, but  welcome, and, yes, a CD/SACD/Blu-Ray player is a good place to start. I'd look at one of the Sony models, which play all formats and sound good, use one myself. You'll need an amplifier too - NAD would be my choice here. The rest you should spend on speakers, something like the Boston Acoustics A25 or 26, the Dali Zensors or the Q Acoustics. That'll give you a good base system which sounds good and upon which you can build.

If you want to save, then I'd hang fire on the speakers and look at something like Neat, Spendor, or Dynaudio. You should audition speakers, though, to give you an idea how they sound, what the differences are, and what the extra money gives you.

 

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Hi Susie ,oh gawd your brain will be exploding with suggestions soon. All will be totaly pointless at this stage in game in my honest opinion.

Do you have a 'proper' independant hifi retailer close by  ?. If so get ye down there and moosie around with your ears and eyes wide open. But your purse closed !!. 

One mans/womans meat is anothers poison in this game. 

Not much help to you I guess , but you will read what I am getting at as the thread evolves. Paracetamol are quite cheap these days  Wink  :).

I would go along with this.

@ Susie

I would just add, that If you can let the forum know the general area where you live, I'm sure you will get suggestions about which dealers to check out.

BTW. Welcome to the forum.

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If it were me - with £1000 per month to save towards a system - I would save up for three months and buy a Naim Uniti 2 (£2795) and then get a pair of speakers up to £1000 the following month.

The Naim Uniti2 is a one box solution containing CD player, DAC, FM, DAB and internet tuners, amplifier, network streaming etc.

Again, I should stress this is what I would choose for myself based on my own experience of owning a Naim system and having heard the Uniti a few times. (And my preference for keeping the number of boxes and cables to an absolute minimum.)

Speakers?  That really depends on the size of room, effects of furnishings, your music, how loud you like to play it and whether you like their looks.  So I only suggest a budget for speakers.

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The 751BD

An alternative, the OPPO 103/105

Most universal players are likely to look a little mundane and wouldn't have the aesthetics of more esoteric specialist designs, however the performance of such equipment will not vary much.

Speakers and the respective amplification is where the big differences exist and it's here that you really need to focus. Active speakers will do away with the need to try and match an amplifier to a pair of speakers and to be sure there doesn't seem to be any hard and fast concensus as to what is best in this regard, opinions vary so much.

The main downside that you will encounter with active speakers though, is trying to find a pair that doesn't offend the eye, few 'affordable' active hifi speakers exist, but the list is growing slowly.

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You should be ashamed of yourself, Overdose, and apologise to Susie, the moderators and this forum for your wildly inappropriate recommendations. 

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Hi guys,

I just wanted to say I will reply to everyone and thank you for the warm welcome to the forum.  I didn't execpt to get many replies as I was pretty vague but I live in London and can drive and would do so if I had to do so in order to get the right things at the right price. Smile

Thanks again to everyone for their time I know you must get a lot of these threads I really appiracite your time.  :cheers:

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CnoEvil wrote:

I would go along with this.

@ Susie

I would just add, that If you can let the forum know the general area where you live, I'm sure you will get suggestions about which dealers to check out.

I actually typed the question for 'names of dealers' and deleted it ,lol.

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Speakers?  That really depends on the size of room, effects of furnishings, your music, how loud you like to play it and whether you like their looks.  So I only suggest a budget for speakers.

Plus how they gel with the amp, pretty sure thats just an oversight by you Chebby.

@Susie. Do you like to kick back and chill . Blast it out and boogie , or a bit of both. See where I'm coming from here ?. 

Lots of brain food coming your way. 

Find the ruddy time and go to a dealer please. We read far too often cries for 'help 'ive lashed up' on this forum.

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As you live in London you could go to Bartletts in Islington, they have a good range inc. ADM 9RSSs, Tannoy, Dynaudio speakers, you need to book a demo, best to go for 1-1.5 hours. They had Marantz Pearl Lite CD and amps not sure if still in stock, if you look at their website you will see whats in stock. £1,000 per item is quite a heafty budget, not sure you need to spend that much.

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You should be ashamed of yourself, Overdose, and apologise to Susie, the moderators and this forum for your wildly inappropriate recommendations. 

Silly so and so is still listening to a box of drivers though isnt he,or hasnt he worked that out yet.  :twisted:.

Sorry Susie , tad off topic.

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Exactly, FD!

Susie, there's also Richer Sounds who are more at the budget end of things, and Grahams, who have a good reputation. Best advise, as BigH says, is to go along and do some serious listening.

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