Jump to content

Marc

Affordable Hi-Fi - StereoNET Sponsored Room - Input please

Recommended Posts

Admin

An initiative originally inspired by John Darko and implemented at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is a room (or more) dedicated to showcasing affordable Hi-Fi.

 

StereoNET_Room.jpg

 

This is and has been very well received by all reports, and while we don't have the luxury of donating multiple rooms, we will offer one StereoNET sponsored room for a similar concept at our own domestic show. I also believe it's important to show that high-fidelity sound need not cost thousands and thousands of dollars. As show organisers, what is actually exhibited is completely out of our hands, so this is one room in which we can collectively piece together a system from brands that are often not even represented at our shows.

 

I'd like to throw it out to our members to design a Hi-Fi system, that includes speakers, components and cables, plus a physical or streaming platform source,  and/or turntable. I believe in this day and age it should also include Bluetooth for connectivity. The total value (excluding rack) is also up for discussion but in my head I am thinking $2,000 max, or even less if we discover it can be done.

 

Any brand suggestion is welcome, but it must be commercially available in Australia. We'd also love some StereoNET members to volunteer across the course of the weekend to manage the room and handle demonstrations. We'll get some pull up banners made explaining the purpose of the room and details of the system for the show, along with StereoNET shirts for those helping out.

 

Once decided upon, StereoNET will purchase the system as agreed here and we will give it away via a free raffle on Sunday (14th October) afternoon at 2PM. The winner must be present at the time to collect their prize at the completion of the show.

 

Let the suggestions begin!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Now there's a challenge...

Me I'd go powered speakers (amp only no Dac like KEF 300 XA)...

Add DAC/Pre...use generic (what's in the box cabling)...

Bring laptop with music (laptop with music not part of the cost)...

Now to see what's out there...

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Admin

Certainly going to require some thought.

I'll be having a crack at this one tonight once the house is quiet (ie. kids are asleep!).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great idea by yourself and Mr Darko.

 

I know when I was selling sub 2k was kinda difficult to put together something pretty good but 2.5 to 3k got a real really good package. Still achievable though especially if a PC is involved as the source but is that cheating?

 

Actives really are a good option like the KEFs mentioned above 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Moderator

I reckon a PC complicates the idea. Why not a streamer with a portable hard drive attached?

Not sure what might fit the price range.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmm...  a thought provoking challenge indeed, I wonder how the below combo would stack up against other suggestions in terms of capability vs. absolute performance.

 

Denon HEOS Link (HS2) (Streaming Source)  ~$600

Pro-ject Juke Box E (Record Player + Pre-amp/Amp)  ~$700

Mission LX-2 (Speakers) ~$350

Atacama Estilio 6 (Speaker Stands) ~ $260

5m QED Performance Original (Speaker Cable) ~$12/m = $60

1m QED Profile Interconnect ~$70 

Total of $2,040 (but I'd be disappointed if I couldn't knock off the $40 by asking!)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


This room is a terrific idea.

 

I know vinyl has made a comeback.

But lets face it,  most people coming into the hobby now or in the future will  almost certainly want to use their PC/phone/tablet like they do for everything else.

 

So we should be showing a system which incorporates these devices.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Jeddie said:

This room is a terrific idea.

 

I know vinyl has made a comeback.

But lets face it,  most people coming into the hobby now or in the future will  almost certainly want to use their PC/phone/tablet like they do for everything else.

 

So we should be showing a system which incorporates these devices.

The PRO-JECT MaiA amplifier might be a good central piece to build around.  It has phono, line, USB/digital/bluetooth inputs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great idea this . . . looking forward to seeing what the room ends up containing . . . here's my 2 cents . . . both with RRP and online prices via AU retailers . . . 

 

Speakers: Dali Zensor 5 Floor Standing

@ RRP $1575

Available online for $895

 

Integrated Amp: Marantz PM5005 

@ RRP $710

Available online for $568

 

CD player: Marantz CD5005

@ RRP $599

Available online for $519

 

Digital Streamer (WIFI, Bluetooth, NAS): Yamaha WXAD-10

@ RRP $229

Available online for $200

 

Turntable: Pro-Ject Elemental Turntable with Ortofon OM5e Cartridge

@ RRP $299

Available online for $255

 

RCA Cables: just use the RCA’s that come with equipment

FREE

 

Speaker Cable: just some basic cable

@ approximately $20 (dependent on length)

  

So the total RRP of all of the above is $3,432 . . . however available online via Australian based retailers for only $2,457 . . . bargain right there!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×