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    Default Audiophile question, What do you listen to your music on?

    At the moment im trying to decide which seperate system to get so that i can fully enjoy my classical CD collection, but i wondered what system do you currently use to listen to your music collection.

    Has anyone got a NAD C545BEE cd player coupled with a NAD C326BEE Amp?

    Or what couplings do you use?

    Im a complete newbie to seperates so i think it may take me ahwile to decide which ones to get, alhtough ive read its best to have a CD player and amp from the same company.

    Will be interesting to hear peoples fave systems.

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    I generally listen to music through my ipod and a pair of Denon AH-D1001 headphones powered by a headphone amplifier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScriabinMahler View Post
    ... Im a complete newbie to seperates so i think it may take me ahwile to decide which ones to get, alhtough ive read its best to have a CD player and amp from the same company.

    Will be interesting to hear peoples fave systems.
    You might look in the Hi-fi forum.

    THIS recent thread seems relevant to your request.

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    I am working on building a good system. I have my Bose 901 speakers at the heart of my system, with a Sony amp and the CD player and woofer are from Brookstone. (It's that store in the mall like The Sharper Image.)

    A lot of folks hate the Bose 901 speakers, but I think they sound great. I was listening to a CD of solo guitar music the other day with a guitarist friend and she was very impressed by the sound: she said it sounded like the instrument was live in the room, and I agree.

    The only drawbak to the Bose speakers is that if the CD has less-than-audiophile engineering, the speakers expose that. But if I put on an audiophile recording...watch out! The sound is rich and real.

    I want to get a more powerful amp than the Sony I have...it is barebones at best. But let's wait for some some money to come in first...

    And I'll want to upgrade my player and woofer one day, too.
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    I'm not sure NAD gear will be the best option for classical - it's more suited to modern music that needs a rock solid bass. At least that's what I've read - I haven't heard it with classical.

    I feed my Marantz CD input through a dedicated Heed headphone amplifier to my Beyerdynamic DT880 phones (I rarely get the freedom to play it at decent volume through amp/external Mordaunt-Short speakers ... family commitments) - or from PC in lossless data format through a wireless Squeezebox device then the Heed/Beyers - it's a great sound, but I'm looking to improve it with a Cambridge Audio DACMagic which should improve both sources.

    While I'm working I feed the lossless data through a Monitor Audio amp/speaker device (originally intended as an iPod dock) - good enough sound to have for background listening.

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    Default Look at the Mcintosh Amps

    I have only run a few good systems. I have used McIntosh and Onkyo amps before and either Klipsch or Bowers & Wilkens speakers.

    Started with old Sherwood Amp and FM Multiplexer with FM Tuner.
    Then moved to a Onkyo system.
    Then did the McIntosh total system.

    The B&W speakers will run you over $14,000 for a good set.

    I mostly use my iPod (I have several) and Bose in-ear headphones. I don't know much about other systems that what I have tried.

    Have fun building your dream system.
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    Caveat: Will never claim expertise on rocket science engineering or golden ears. Will not make any product endorsements as well.

    If your primary goal is to enjoy music, you don't have to shred your wallet into threads. Buy more records or tunes! Don't mind what others will say about your system or what type of source you listen to. End of the day, you enjoy what you really need.... Listening to Music (not equipment).

    NAD has a history of making quality products. The only problem I encounter with them is that its not expensive or "WOW" looking enough for some folks .

    Quote Originally Posted by ScriabinMahler View Post
    Im a complete newbie to seperates so i think it may take me ahwile to decide which ones to get, alhtough ive read its best to have a CD player and amp from the same company.
    In my experience, no. The best optical/digital player is the manufacturer who makes the best one for its price. Same rule applies for amps. If you enjoy objectively testing products the way I did, please do. I'm eager to know other's experience as well.

    Its good to know you're willing to spend time for your purchase. The best scenario for you is, if your dealer will allow, test the equipment (one at a time) you want to buy using your own existing rig and room. Try all the types of music you enjoy listening. Please do not base your decisions to the quality of "ambulance/police car siren", "jet plane engine" on test records unless thats the kind of music you really want to hear everyday. Also, please do not limit yourself to audiophile recordings unless all your collection is audiophile pressing.

    The basic rule you could apply is: If you don't honestly hear it, don't buy. Get more music or watch live performances instead .

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    The only drawbak to the Bose speakers is that if the CD has less-than-audiophile engineering, the speakers expose that. But if I put on an audiophile recording...watch out! The sound is rich and real.
    All things being equal, good recordings will sound good on a decent system. If audiophile recordings sound rich and real on your rig, all the more reason for you to celebrate for you have a good system that didn't cost you an arm and a leg. Horray!

    As for power ratings of an amp, consider first the room. One doesn't need large wattage for a small room. Also, for small rooms, just buy monitor speakers and live with its limitations. Think of the useless electricity bill for overkill systems.

    Be realistic. Be immune to advertising. Trust your ears, your better judgment and what really makes you happy!! An impressive-wow-looking rig would be a tragedy if there's not enough music to listen to. Happy Listening!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kg4fxg View Post

    The B&W speakers will run you over $14,000 for a good set.
    I'd like to know what is so special about the engineering/sound of these speakers that warrants an outlay of $14,000.

    This seems awfully steep, and I can't imagine that the sound that much better than good speakers that cots $1,400.
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    Thanks for the replies so far, been interesting reading. I guess when it comes to buying a seperate hifi system, the more a person reads the more questions it brings up.

    Unfortunately where i live there are no shops that deal in seperate systems, quite possibly the nearest is 200 miles away.

    But its interesting reading what people listen to their music on.

    I dont download classical music, i much prefer the CD and box in my hand, however i did go through a phase of downloading indie/pop/rock, but im now back on CD's for that type of music. I buy much more classical than any other type though.

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    Default Price

    You don't need to spend a fortune to get a wonderful system today. I started collecting pieces before there was digital music and iPods.

    You can learn more about B&W here, but they are very expensive and you will see them in recording studios like Abbey Road. http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/

    They most likely produce more sound than my ear can hear. For convience I don't heat up the tubes all that much. I mostly listen via iPod or my computer with Bose speakers. That was not possible back in the day when I bought expensive Hi-Fi equipement and turn tables were all the rage.

    In terms of amps, I was told once to focus on a system that offered a Loudness control so at lower levels I could boost the bass without artificially adding to it. I had a mentor who was a sound engineer that explain much of this to me.

    There are some terriffic bookshelf systems out there with wonderful speakers as monitors. I have played with Yamaha, Onyko, Luxman, McIntosh in the past and I am sure Nad is a fine system also.

    Don't get discouraged. You can put many systems up against the big dollar ones and you won't tell much difference. Technology has improved greatly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bplary View Post
    I generally listen to music through my ipod and a pair of Denon AH-D1001 headphones powered by a headphone amplifier.
    Hi,

    I do the same and connecting with amplifier really creates the enviornment which is very good.


    I always do this stuff, whenever I go to listen my classics.


    Thanks!!

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    A synergistic system. Not shown. Clearaudio Titanium cartridge awaiting an AJ Conti 'table and arm.

    I'm reviewing dCS Paganini and Sonus Faber speakers, presently.

    Lotsa fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiophilia View Post


    Audio Research VT 100
    Audio Research SP 9 Mk. III (auditioning NuForce and Aesthethix preamps for personal replacement)
    fabaudio Model 1 loudpspeakers with Murata Supertweeters hardwired
    Accustic Arts CD 1 CD Player
    Cables by Transparent and Cardas
    Conditioning by Audio Power
    Support by Target and Solidtech

    A synergistic system. Not shown. Clearaudio Titanium cartridge awaiting an AJ Conti 'table and arm.

    I'm reviewing dCS Paganini and Sonus Faber speakers, presently.

    Lotsa fun...
    How many of your children did you have to sell to acquire all of that equipment?

    The think in the middle looks like something from Dr. Frankenstein's laBORatory.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiophilia View Post
    Audio Research VT 100
    Audio Research SP 9 Mk. III (auditioning NuForce and Aesthethix preamps for personal replacement)
    fabaudio Model 1 loudpspeakers with Murata Supertweeters hardwired
    Accustic Arts CD 1 CD Player
    Cables by Transparent and Cardas
    Conditioning by Audio Power
    Support by Target and Solidtech

    A synergistic system. Not shown. Clearaudio Titanium cartridge awaiting an AJ Conti 'table and arm.

    I'm reviewing dCS Paganini and Sonus Faber speakers, presently.

    Lotsa fun...
    It is absolutely beautiful.... WOW

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    "How many of your children did you have to sell to acquire all of that equipment?

    Google the name. My job. Nice day gig.



    No children sold.
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