I was inspired by one of the threads here that probably went sideways off-topic, but had some great information on audio systems.
I realized, we don't play our music in the house any more - just the car, the shop and outside with the ghetto blaster. Mrs B has a huge collection of vinyl and CDs, and music sounds less than mediocre on the surround sound system hooked up to the TV in the living room. Movies and TV sound great (man, great) but not music.
So inspired, I set off to build and buy and assemble a modest system.
1. Great sound.
2. Dedicated to music. So stereo.
3. Keep the expenditures reasonable. Budget is 2K.
4. Sources - turntable, optical disk, tuner, computer
5. Must be able to achieve extremely loud volumes.
5.1 cause bleeding ears
5.2 piss off neighbors within 100 yards.
Ok. So this will be an ongoing thread, I'll be adding a bunch of stuff to it tonight, and in the next few days. I should have it done and mostly set up by Monday night
I already bought pretty much everything, so I'm sure I'll be regretting some of the purchases after I get some feedback from the forum, but I'm strong, I can take it.
Here's what I have so far (I'll post pics later)
Integrated amp: Emotiva USP-1 http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/processors/products/usp1
Power amp: Emotiva UPA-200 http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/upa200
Speakers: Klipsch RB-81 II http://www.klipsch.com/rb-81-ii-bookshelf-speaker
Sub: BIC America F12 http://www.acoustechspeakers.com/showpage.php?brand=2&type=8&spkrID=84
Turntable: Techniques SL-BD20 and SLBD-10 (already had these)
Optical Disk: my old Blue-ray player, but would like to upgrade to an Oppo BDP-103 (if someone can talk me into the virtues of it)
Environment - Living room - about 25' x 15' rectangle. Not a pretty shape. Hard wood floors, but large carpet in listening area. Lots of reflective surfaces. This system will co-exist with the surround 5.1 system - they will be completely separate.
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