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I'm thinking of building my first audio system, on a not-very-expensive budget. I'm thinking of a stereo amplifier with FM radio, a pair of speakers, a CD-player and maybe a turntable. I'll be checking what I can find locally, second-hand included, but you guys know what I should look for.
Any thoughts? I don't even know what brands to looks for, and almost everything I've seen so far in stores is either Sony or some other large consumer brand. All I know is I don't really need 5.1 support except if it's cheaper than a stereo system. And what's the difference between an amplifier and a receiver?
 

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Well, an amplifier does nothing but amplify the signal, while a receiver can receive radio and choose between different sources, like CD, Turntable, your computer and whatnot. For specific recommendations you need to be more specific about your budget I'm afraid.
 

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Receiver is an integrated amplifier with a tuner built in. An integrated amplifier combines the pre-amp, which controls the volume, selects inputs, etc and the power amp, which gives you volume.
 

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Budget should be under $600, I'm looking at something really affordable that I can listen to CDs and radio on. So it seems a receiver should do. Also the speakers should be in the bookshelf format
 

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NAD C515BEE

Does anyone have experience with this CD player? Thinking of getting it to pair with my Darkvoice tube amp and HD650.
 

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I've used NAD equipment in theater setups, but I don't know that I've ever used that particular model, and I've certainly never done a real listening test, but their stuff has struck me as solid on the whole.
 

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I've used NAD equipment in theater setups, but I don't know that I've ever used that particular model, and I've certainly never done a real listening test, but their stuff has struck me as solid on the whole.
What about a Marantz CD-5001 (Assuming I can find one).
 

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NAD stuff i've used and heard sounds fantastic, I personally prefer it to the marantz stuff i've listened to
 

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Well, at the moment I'm just hooking it up to my La Figaro 336 (Basically the darkvoice but updated) and HD650 headphone rig.

I figured that when it comes time to build my speaker set-up I'd jump straight to a Rega Apollo because I fucken love that thing so much.
 

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I'm looking for a little headphone buying advice. I've got a Cowon J3 with Sennheiser px-100's, but the headphones are a few years old and getting a bit beatup. I'm looking for circumaurals to use at work, is it worth spending $150-200 on a pair (and if so what should I get) or should I stick with new px-100's?
 

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going to put together a pair of these:


BPA's CerAl-4.1
since i've already had the W4-657 thingies doing their stuff for quite a while here now and they're really not perfect broadband speakers, at least i thought i'd do something with them.
already ordered the tweeters, rest of the stuff... i'll have a quick dig through the basement and what's missing i can still order. no worries there :p

now with all the woodwork... i'm not quite sure about what i want to do. i'd love to have a "real-wood-front", maybe just have the rest of the speakers in black, but i'm open to any suggestions anyone might have.
since i haven't done a lot of this kind of work yet, any suggestions as to what i should avoid or be extra careful about when building this thing? thanks in advance :thumbsup:
 

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I'm looking for a little headphone buying advice. I've got a Cowon J3 with Sennheiser px-100's, but the headphones are a few years old and getting a bit beatup. I'm looking for circumaurals to use at work, is it worth spending $150-200 on a pair (and if so what should I get) or should I stick with new px-100's?
What music do you listen to?

If you don't mind closed back, then the Shure SRH-840 might be worth looking at since they're not hideously expensive and sound reasonable.
 

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What music do you listen to?

If you don't mind closed back, then the Shure SRH-840 might be worth looking at since they're not hideously expensive and sound reasonable.
Those look interesting. I listen to everything, classical, indie, hard rock, hip-hop mostly.
 
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