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  1. As someone else starting the audio path, my strategy would be ideally to buy benchmark used hifi a couple of years old and then then go up the value chain with subsequent used purchases, doing A/B testing in your own home. By benchmark hifi, I mean speakers and amplifiers that a lot of people are familiar with and there are extensive reviews so that when it comes to comparisons, it is easier to discern if subsequent purchases will be an upgrade or not. If you find something better to your ears, sell your previous purchase and move on. The likelihood is that you won't be happy with your first purchase as there is a lot of knowledge to take in and therefore you will inevitably take a big hit on new purchases, particularly if the equipment is more esoteric and hence a limited pool of subsequent buyers. The benefit of benchmark hifi is that there will also be a more liquid resale market. This approach also means you don't need to worry too much about your first purchase.
  2. Klipsch speakers just happened to be down the road from me. I will check out your suggestions above.
  3. Budget - I am comfortable between $1k and $2k for speakers but can go higher (my main objective is noticeably better than what I had in the past as I don't want to go backwards - so the reference point is Wharfedale 9.5 plus Cambridge Audio Azur amp). I haven't decided on streaming method. I thought I would get speakers first and then do blind tests to see what I am comfortable with. As for DAC, I used a Cambridge Audio DACMagic in the past, which noticeably improved the sound to my ears but was another piece of equipment to turn on. My objectives are: - I want my wife to be able to use the system effortlessly on occasion (so no complicated switching on various equipment to get sound) - Good sound quality, better than my Wharfedale 9.5 plus Cambridge Audio Azum amp I had in the past but maybe with a similar sound signature - Avoid vendor lock in I have been toying with Spotify via Chromecast Audio as then my wife could use the system and my spotify account via Google Home mini commands. However, I am reading that the Spotify re-encodes Ogg Vorbis to AAC for streaming to Chromecast reducing sound quality. https://www.xaprb.com/blog/spotify-audio-quality/ Anyway, core hifi equipment first (speakers and amp) then I will worry about the rest later but happy to take advice on those issues!
  4. Brilliant advice - thank you very much. I think the used speaker market beckons. I will treat it as an opportunity to experience some random hifi equipment. I just checked out a set of Klipsch RP-260F floorstanders, which were extremely good, but I think they will have to wait!
  5. Hi, I have a 6m x 8m living room/dining room with 2.7m ceilings. I have attached the layout. On the left end of the living room is a large glass sliding door going from wall to wall. The flooring is hard glossy tiles. The kitchen has hard granite surfaces and the cupboards are all glossy laminate. I have a rug on the floor between the TV and the couch and a bookshelf behind the couch on the back wall. There is a bit of an echo in the room when I clap. I am starting from scratch with my audio and this will not be my forever home (renting; probably here for 1 1/2 years before buying elsewhere). I am only interested in music listening as I am quite happy using the TV built in speakers for watching TV. Years ago (2006 or so) I had Wharfedale Diamond 9.5s with a Cambridge Audio amp (Azur 6XX) and I loved the warm sound of that. I listen to a lot of folk rock (acoustic guitars, deep bass etc with earthy tones) as well as classical music. I subsequently had a Focal Bird 2.1 system which was not as impressive as my Wharfedales. I have been bitten by the audio bug again and I am researching what I should buy. My living room is a bit reverberant (I think I am using that correctly) given all the hard surfaces. From an aesthetic point of view the best location for speakers is either side of the TV facing the couch. However, that will put the music system in the corner of a longish room with glass on one side. I would like a system that is a bit better quality than what I had previously. So I guess my questions are: 1. Do I go for two bookshelf speakers plus a sub-woofer or do I go for two floorstanders, similar to what I had previously? 2. Where would you place the speakers since I would hover between the couch and the kitchen while cooking and listening to music? My wife and I (no kids) never use the dining table. The benefits of the 2+1 system would be perhaps (1) aesthetics as my wife would find big floorstanders imposing but she would give me permission if I want to go down that path; (2) I am wondering given my room layout if I would benefit from the flexibility of being able to place the sub-woofer in an optimal position. However, I have had better experience with floorstanders in the past vs 2+1 system. Thoughts? What would you do in my shoes?
  6. I should mention I am only interested in music listening and am not that bothered about sound quality for watching TV.
  7. Hi all I came across this forum when researching my next hi fi set up. Years ago I had Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 floorstanders with a Cambridge Audio amplifier (Azur 6??) (my first decent stereo) which I had to let go sadly. Subsequently I had a Focal Bird 2.1 system, which I sold before moving back to Oz from overseas. I always looked back with nostalgia to the warm sounds of the Wharfedales so I am researching what is the best setup for me in this new modern era. I notice I can still buy brand new 9.5s quite cheaply, but I don't want to go over old ground.
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