Surely I can.........
Yo...... Check this out!!!!!
My "UNDER" $1K System
Speaker System: Paradigm Atom or Wharfedale Diamond 8.1 -- $200.00 (New)
Stereo Receiver: NAD 7225 -- $125.00 (I'll go right down to the consignment shop and get my receiver back)(Used)
Compact Disc Player: Rega Planet (The "ORIGINAL" One) -- $300.00 (Used)
Turntable: Thorens TD-165 -- $150.00 (Used)
Cartridge: Grado Prestige Green -- $60.00 (New)
Speaker Cable: Kimber Kable 4PR or MITerminator 4 -- $35.00* (Used)
Interconnect Cable: Kimber Kable Ultra Pure or MITerminator 5 -- $50.00, $25.00 Respectively (New)
Speaker Stands: Target FS60D -- $80.00 (New)
And with the $25.00 difference that is left over after going with the cheaper system option, you can take that money that you have just saved and get you a subscription to either "Stereophile" or "The Absolute Sound".
I granted that half of my system is new, and the other half of it is used. But nonetheless, I did manage to assemble a complete system at around $1,000.00 or below $1,000.00 (my lower total came in at $975.00). And unlike the system this guy has assembled, mines DOES include a tuner, a CD player, and a turntable. Plus, this guy didn't even get any good cables, or any stands for that matter. I on the other hand, has also managed to include good cables and good speaker stands on top of that. I feel that at the $1,000.00 price point for a total system, I feel that it makes better sense to go with a good receiver as opposed to getting marginal separates. Plus.... the receiver I included in this system has a tuner built in and provides an upgrade path. And also, it also includes a phono stage and an AM/FM tuner (AND (!!!) both of them are BUILT-IN right into the receiver).... so there is nothing extra to add or buy. And thanks to a low impedence/high current amplifier design, 25 W/P/C from this NAD receiver is going to sound a lot like 50-to-60 W/P/C coming from a mass market receiver, plus you get the extra benefit of low impedence drive capability (and when it comes to this VERY receiver, I know what I am talking about...... I used to own one back in the early 90's). The only thing you're omitting from this system is SACD capability. And to me, that is more a sin of omission rather than that of a commission. Unless you are willing to spend at least $3K or $4K+ on a total system, and unless you have the resources to do it right, it makes better sense to go with a receiver and forgo SACD playback. All it comes down to then is a matter of sonic preference. It's going to have to come down to whether you prefer the fuller, meatier and warmer sound of the Paradigm Atoms??? Or would you opt for the open, spacious and brighter sound of the Wharfedale Diamond 8.1's???
Don't "EVEN" think about buying separates at this price level.
And SACD playback???? AT THIS LEVEL!!!!!! PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
And besides, 10 W/P/C is not going to cut it in the hi-fi world today. So, I don't know what this guy was thinking.
My $1K System!!!!!!
ToK20000, Sugarbrie and others.........
What do you think?????
P.S.: And he says that the next time, he's going to do a $5K-to-$10K system???? Well.... if and when he does that, then this I will have to see for myself then. I would be inclined to compare my system to his, and see how his system stacks up to mine. That's about how much my system costs (about $5K-to-$10K).
"*" means that this is the approximate price of the cable(s) in question if I was to get it used.