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My First 'Proper' System

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Codex77's picture
Joined: 7 Nov 2012
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I'm very happy with my new system.  I know it's not up to the level that many on here own but for me, it's fantastic!

I'd always gone for relatively cheap all-in-one 'hi-fis' before.  I'd never owned an AV receiver, or any proper speakers.  I decided on the TV first and the rest just snowballed.

I started off looking at the Onkyo 515 and somehow ended up at the Yamaha RX-A2010.  Similar story with the speakers.  I started off considering the Cambridge Audio S70s and matching centre but ended up (via what seemed like endless choices) with the Monitor Audio Silver RX6s and matching centre.  It was all a bit scary for a 'noob' like me but I got there in the end, with a lot of help from forum experts, Sevenoaks staff and personal demos of the equipment.  Even choosing cables, connectors (ended up with banana plugs) and HDMI leads took more research than I thought it would.

Anyway, it's all done now and I'm very happy with it all.  It sounds and looks fantastic!  Unfortunately, I reckon I've now caught the 'hi-fi upgrade bug'.  I'm already planning future 'improvements' (thinking - better surrounds and a decent CD player).  I've got a feeling that this may become a process that never ends...  Wink


Sony Bravia KDL-46HX853 3D smart TV, Yamaha RX-A2010 AV receiver, Monitor Audio Silver RX6 floorstanders, Monitor Audio Silver RX Centre, Wharfedale Valdus 100 SE bookshelf speakers (surrounds), Sony BDP-S790 blu-ray player, Sony Playstation 3 (500Gb).

Ben K.'s picture
Joined: 6 Nov 2010
Posts: 314
RE: My First 'Proper' System

Monitor audio RXFX do the job very nicely!

A word of warning! If you buy a decent CD player that may lead to a desire for better amplification. Nothing wrong with your av receiver but trust me it gets rather expensive!


AV: Sony KDL37w5500-Yamaha RXV2065-Monitor Audio RX8 AV12-Pioneer BDP320-Chord & QED cables and connects-------------

HI-FI: Arcam A38-Arcam CD37-Monitor Audio RX8-Chord cables and connects

Joined: 27 May 2009
Posts: 2362
RE: My First 'Proper' System

Codex77 wrote:

I'm very happy with my new system.  I know it's not up to the level that many on here own but for me, it's fantastic

Seems like a solid mid range system similar to very many forumites. I recon most of us are limited less by budget or enthusiasm but more by the environment. I think a little room treatment can make the most of any kit and whatever upgrading we attempt the limit is always the room. Enjoy.


Mordaunt Short Mezzo System C - 8,5,1,9.Yamaha V2065. SonyS570. Panasonic TX-P42G20B., Sky HD 1TB. Garrard 86SB. PF30. Wii. WDTV Live. Harmony One. STAX300. QED cabling. Galaxy Tab 10.1

System Photos - http://s1051.photobucket.com/user/robinkidderminster/library/?sort=3&page=1

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BenLaw's picture
Joined: 21 Nov 2010
Posts: 5913
RE: My First 'Proper' System

Pics please!


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Hi-FiOutlaw's picture
Joined: 20 Apr 2011
Posts: 1659
RE: My First 'Proper' System

Codex77, this thread in my opinion is useless without pictures... Wink