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Budget Set Up For Newbie

Discussion in 'audio' started by Sgt pepper, May 16, 2017.

  1. Sgt pepper

    Sgt pepper Member

    Been posting on HiFi Wigwam and recieved great advice from the guys there. so thought i will post here also as the more advice i get the more i learn.....i think? :eek:

    So the guys over there are recommending as far as possible to go down the used route and with a possible budget of £600 (that is a might be), i am looking for a Turntable, Amp, Speakers. I will not have the readies until next month for most of it however i might have a couple of hundred by monday possibly. So any advice to this newbie is very much appreciated.:)
  2. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    Rega planar 2 / ion obelisk / Linn Kans

    Might be a stretch.
  3. Sgt pepper

    Sgt pepper Member

    Any links to anyone selling these?
  4. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

  5. Sgt pepper

    Sgt pepper Member

    That looks great thanks. How much would the stylus be for one of these?
  6. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    An unthrashed un-dj'd Technics,
    Harmon Kardon HK6550 amp...
    hmmm...speakers... look at the the less trendy under the radar kit. Epos, Mission, Castle, Mordant Short, Tannoy DC2000, Heybrook h100's - and if you have any change spend it on upgrading whatever cartridge comes on the Technics.
  7. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I'd probably start with your room, how big is it, where will the speakers be?

    What sort of volumes do you like?

    What music do you listen to mainly?

    Then I'd spend as much of that budget as realistically possible on the speakers.
  8. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Thorens TD150
    AR Legend

    JVC AX 3

    Speakers to taste!

    You won't need £600. The AX 3 will take on all comers, it sounded better than a NAIM 72/135 in my system.

    TD150 is superb as is the Legend.

    Speakers really are to taste and loads of ace ones around for £100 or less.
  9. MartMan

    MartMan pfm Member

    Technics 1200
    Pioneer A400, Arcam or maybe a Cyrus 3
    mission760i SEs
  10. Sgt pepper

    Sgt pepper Member

    Thanks everyone.

    Are Audio Technica decks any good, they seem reasonably priced at Richer Sounds?
  11. raysablade

    raysablade pfm Member

    I note that you are Newcastle. I have a Cyrus 2 integrated and a Golding GR2 turntable in the loft The Goldring has a very good 1012GX cartridge. You are welcome to try them.
  12. sq225917

    sq225917 situation engineer

    Ipod and headphones...
  13. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    A Thorens TD150 beats a Rega P2 all day.

    Raysa's GR2 and Cyrus 2 would be good, then speakers to suit, and upgrade as you see fit. This would come in well below any £600.
  14. Sgt pepper

    Sgt pepper Member

    Sorry mate not sure what you mean?
  15. Ragaman

    Ragaman pfm Member

    This ^^
  16. Barryoke

    Barryoke pfm Member

  17. eastone

    eastone pfm Member

    Double This
  18. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

    These old amps being recommended aren't the caps going to be shot by now so servicing is going to be needed?
  19. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones pfm Member

    I'd go source first, but as others have pointed out the room is important.

    Rega Planar 3/RB300 - £250 ish

    Arcam Alpha 6 (decent phono stages in these) £100 (max, probably a lot less)

    Mission 760is/MS10is/Kytes (£100 max, prob less for the Missions)

    Leaves £150 for cart/cables/half decent speaker stands
  20. Mullardman

    Mullardman Resident Philistine

    Ion Obelisk 1 will not drive Kans. It has more sense...;)

    3X-X-Pak might. but I suspect getting a bit sought after and pricey?

    For good and relatively easy to drive speakers..

    Tannoy 603/605/609

    Kef Cresta 1 and 2 were superb and should be cheap now.

    A certain dealership in Warrington is selling RP1/Pioner A2 and little Dali speakers for about £600. Doesn't sound half bad.


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