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Hi everyone,

 

I'm looking for some advice for a good budget stereo amp and floorstanding speakers combination?

I'm definitely want used equipment but that means I wont necessarily be able to try them in combination before I buy.  

 

Budget is ~2500

Room: 3.5m x 7m, wooden floors.

Music: Classic rock, Metal, Reggae, Electronic.

Source: Spotify (probably using Chromecast audio, unless someone recommends an amp with Spotify Connect?)

 

Any advice or experience people have would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers

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Hi, 

Some floor rug might be necessary, room acoustic is quite importan. 

You should auditione at least few speaker brands before buying anything. 

Cheers,

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50 minutes ago, Raab said:

Hi everyone,

 

I'm looking for some advice for a good budget stereo amp and floorstanding speakers combination?

I'm definitely want used equipment but that means I wont necessarily be able to try them in combination before I buy.  

 

Budget is ~2500

Room: 3.5m x 7m, wooden floors.

Music: Classic rock, Metal, Reggae, Electronic.

Source: Spotify (probably using Chromecast audio, unless someone recommends an amp with Spotify Connect?)

 

 

Audition as many speaker brand as you can from retailers. The voicing of a particular brand speaker is a personal choice. Once you have narrowed it down. Check the classified section often, be patient. Speaker will dictate what sort amp is required given the load characteristics (sensitivity, impedance load and how loud you like your music).

 

Some of modern integrated do have inbuilt DAC, so a Chromecast can do the job as source. Good luck and have fun along the way. 

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There are endless combinations. Some suggestions although some are on wrong side of country so will need to sort postage and some self promo 😊

 

For amps you can get integrated amps or separate preamp and power amp combinations such as:

Yamaha AS1000 for $1200 in gumtree

Anthem 225i for $1000

Vintage 200W Yamaha P2201 power amp for $300 with a $500-800 Preamp like the Audio Research Ls8 in stereonet classified listing and other similar.

I have a 150W Vincent SV236Mk intergrated (see gumtree) for $850.

Other amp brands include Accuphase, Rotel, Musical Fidelity, Cambridge Audio, NAD etc.

 

For Speakers you want something that does good bass for reggae music and nice easy relaxed sound for rock metal so examples are:

Krix Esoterix Mk2 in Perth humtree for $1200.

Large floorstanders or stand mounts like Richter, Dynaudio, Kef Ref 3-4, B&W, NHT, Focal, Monitor Audio etc.

Also see Ascension Audio in Adelaide website for new speakers.

You can also use a subwoofer with large bookshelf or standmounts (refer to speaker brands above). For subs refer to brands like Velodyne, SVS, Rel, Krix etc. lessor brands brands can be quite good for little money. There is a Sunfire subwoofer in gumtree for $1k and could be matched with a $500 standmount two way speaker.

 

Depending how old and appearance, bare minimum you can get a used kick arse setup for maybe as low as $1000-1500, example TDL transmission line small fridge size speakers for $500-800 and NAD amp for $500.

 

 

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Thanks for the help guys I will definitely go and do some demoing. 

 

There's some Richter Dragon IV on gumtree ($1000) that caught my eye, but I'll go to a shop to try a few out first. 

 

@AI.M thanks for all the suggestions. I couldn't find your 150W Vincent SV236Mk on the tree, but its a mighty fine looking piece of kit.  

 

P.s....My wife will be pleased that she needs to buy some more rugs ;) 

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Here’s a good speaker example for $895 on the wrong side of the country and he’s got a nice huge powerful NAD power amp. All you need is to match with a nice preamp and then well under budget to spend on several carpet rugs for room acoustics.

 

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/perth/speakers/rrp-2799-kef-iq90-speakers-floorstanding-high-end-iq-90-70-50/1186489241?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

 

 

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