I'm new to the forums and I don't consider myself very knowledgeable about Hi-Fis or anything audio related. In fact I'm completely new to this.I have recently purchased an Iphone 5 that now has a fair bit of my music on. I'm also quite into computers and have a large mp3 collection, therefore streaming music appeals to me. I'm planning on getting into Spotify too.
For this reason I'm planning a purchase of a Denon CEOL Piccolo DRA-N5.
Having read a couple of issues of What Hi*Fi, I'd planned on pairing this with a pair of Q Acoustics 2020i speakers.
I was also going to buy Soundstyle Z2ii Stands for the speakers.
As I don't really know anything and feel a little out of my depth I was seeking a bit of advice before I buy. :help:
My main questions are:
1) Is the Denon DRA-N5 a good choice.
2) Are the speakers overkill and should I be looking to get 2010i speakers instead? I was hoping that the 2020i speakers would give me more scope to upgrade in the future if needed.
3) Will the stands make a difference, as otherwise I will be plonking the speakers straight on the floor.
4) I always thought a speaker cable was a speaker cable - then I started to look on various retailer websites and realised that it is a lot more complicated than that. Am I right to avoid 4 core cables and go for a 2 core (for single wiring) cable with 4mm banana plugs?
Also, I know another silly question but am I right in saying one cable needs 4 banana plugs - 2 at each end? I'd just never imagined a cable would cost so much!
Also - last cable related question - should I avoid the cable being too long? Is it unreasonable to purchase two 5 metre cables and will that make a significant difference to the sound?
Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated.