my first hifi (the ebay way)
up until a month ago i was very happy with my bose companion 5 system and playin music through my laptop, then my brother (hoggers on this forum) brought come new gear for his hifi and i realised just how much better sound a hifi was producing compared to the laptop speakers.
so i decided to take the plunge into the world of seperates. being a complete novice i decided to have a read around (mainly on this forum) and try to educate myself in what is a very complicated field. after a bit of a read around i decided i could get a much better sytem by buying well second hand than i could afford off the shelf.
i decided i wanted a cd player, amp and some bookshelf speakers and had set a budget of £400 (a pretty tight budget. ok so this is what i ended up doing with my money.
after a little look around i settled for a mainly cambridge audio based system as there product are very well priced. after loosing a few auctions on ebay i finally brought an azur 540a setting me back only £90 seemed a steal to me. the amp was in really good condition and i had a good starting point to form the rest of my system around.
sticking with the CA theme i brought (again on ebay) an azur 640c for £105. again this was in really good nick and came with the original box.
speakers and stands
now the speakers was not somewhere i wanted to skimp on quality. so after a massive session reading around i set my heart on some Dali lektor 2's. i thought that the small design would be perfect for my small bedroom. after waiting for a week i finally brought the lektor 2's for £135. not sure if thats a good price or not but there wasnt many for sale and i had my heart set on them. as for the stands my brother very kindly donated some atacama nexus to the cause (cheers bruv).
again another place where i knew not to skimp so decided to go for new items instead of the used route. QED seemed to offer really good value products so i decided the go with them for the wiring. i brought a performance interconnect for the amp and cdp. i then purchased some xtc speaker cable. the interconnect and the speaker wire set me back £40 but seem like really well made products (nice and sturdy looking)
so after spending £380 i was ready to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. got all setup and sat down for a music sesh. instantly i was blown away. being very new to this is dont have the expert ears of many but the sound was perfect. the dalis had great bass and the music seemed very crisp (not sure if thats a technical term but sounds good to me). im sure that had i have brought new equipment i would have no where near as good a system (especially on the speaker front).
still to come
ok so this is where im needing a bit of advice. firstly im in the market for a DAC so i can play music from my laptop, any suggestions people?
also thinkin of gettin some decent power cables and a 6 bank plug socket, again will this make a difference? and what would you guys recomend?
ok so what do you (who definatley know more than me) think of the system? whats the weekest component, wanting to make the weakest component the strongest and upgrade slowly in this manor.
thanks for reading guys and thanks in advance for any advice. oh and sorry for the poor spelling as im almsot certian theres probably hundreds of typos in hear