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A/V Quiet Bookshelf Setup

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by fuus, 7 Nov 2014.

  1. fuus

    fuus Rocking All Year Christmas

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    Hey guys looking to spend up to £500 on a speaker setup to the following prerequisites;
    -Can amplify music from a phono output from my Schiit DAC.
    -Can play DAB Radio
    -Potentially Airplay?
    -A pair of bookshelf speakers

    I was recommended Wharfedale 122 speakers, however my friend keeps recommending AV Receivers as an amp and I swear there must be a better alternative?

    Cheers, Fuus
     
  2. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Rotary Cat.

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    Schiit Audio: "Yes, that is our name. Shih-tah"

    I'm reminded of Hyacinth Bucket.
     
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  3. fuus

    fuus Rocking All Year Christmas

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    Keeping Up Appearances was a glorious invention.
     
  4. MightyBenihana

    MightyBenihana Do or do not, there is no try

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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/2616...3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108

    These Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers are known to punch well above their price bracket in terms of quality and at that price would leave you plenty to buy a decent amp. They are fairly hard to come by however outside the US so you would have to look around for a UK supplier, but as needs grow you can add to them and build the entire set for very cheap.

    You can read some user reviews here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS22-LR-Designed-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers/dp/B008NCD2LG

    Also the whole set (it can be done with floor standers or just book shelf speakers):

    http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-PK...15443276&sr=1-3&keywords=pioneer+andrew+jones
     
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  5. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    fuus Rocking All Year Christmas

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    Now looking at the Diamond 220 speakers, just need an appropriate Amp, maybe I should drop the DAB requirement... What would be the best way, getting a DAB component?
     
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    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    If your pc is going to be routed through the amp then a usb DAB stick might work :)
     
  8. fuus

    fuus Rocking All Year Christmas

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    I guess that would require an aerial of some description? Sounds like a good option to me!
     
  9. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    Buy a cambridge azur series amp. I think they are really awesome integrated amps. I've had a couple, I begrudgingly got rid of my old 640A to get a pair of NAD monoblock amps. I had a 340a prior to the 640a.

    I think the wharfedale diamond 9 are an acquired taste - I used to have a set that I paired with a big wharfedale powercub sub, and, well the 9's were really really bright with my setup, and I didn't like them. I had them for about 2 years before getting rid and getting a pair of Eltax Monitor 3, which, should be inferior but I found them to be amazing. I still have the pair of monitor 3 which are now about 12 years old, and I still love them. The diamond 9 sound is very sterile, to my ears. Go richer sounds, most of them have demo rooms and they can demo speaker and amp combos for you - it's such a subjective thing, that you really need to give it some time with your ears to find which you like the most.
     
  10. fuus

    fuus Rocking All Year Christmas

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    I've decided to go for the Wharfedale Diamond 220 speakers, now I just need to find an amp! The Marantz PM6005 looks very tempting!

    Anyone recommend a decent USB DVB Tuner?
     

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