Right now I am listening to a pair of audioengine 5's using a zune front end ripped with lossless files; pretty amazing.
Good for your son and his room mates.
Good for your son and his room mates.
Onkyo made nice two channel receivers back before home theater took over. The 1980's Integra line were excellent. I still have an Integra TX-108 which sold for like $900 (in 1980 dollars). It was basically their best 100 watt Integra power amp and their best Integra FM/AM tuner in one box. It is big and weighs a ton.
I have it in a bedroom with a pair of B&W DM302 speakers fed by the much talked about Toshiba SD-3950 DVD Player (unmodified). All hooked together with some middle of the road MIT cables. The FM tuner is of course excellent as well. Just using a decent CoaxMax power strip that has basic filtering.
It sounds amazingly good. Total investment for you buying used for everything listed including cables, about $375. I got the receiver for free so I probably invested $275, the biggest cost being the speakers.
Marantz 2252 receiver, $75, ebay.
Large Advent speakers, $10, estate sale
Denon DCD 1500 CDP, with remote, $15, ebay
Dual 1218 turntable, $4.50, Goodwill
The turntable was sold to me at half price, since the stylus was missing. I didn't complain. Still have everything except the Dual. It comes out to be heard once in a great while. Nice to reminisce with a nice old system.
The pieces of system emerged from the "Pond"
It looked like a frog
but we passed the magic wand
The King sent a "Pawn" to see how it soundith
but they tripped on a log
and got stuck in a bog
it really doesn't matter
cause soon it'll all be gone
(after graduation, we hope...)
Isn't bottom fishing fun?
Thanks for correcting my spelling;-)
My nephews non audiophile system of $45 NAD (hmmm seeing a trend here), tandberg receiver (literally a dumpster dive behind a radio station) hooked up to some JBL Century's (free to a good home and a 2 beer tinsel lead repair fee from his cool uncle)with 12 gauge solid core electrical cable has often made me wonder about my sanity, and lack of budget restraint.
How do the Century's sound to your 2008 ears? These were considered by many people as THE standard reference monitor here in the US in the 70s, and I always considered them to be very very revealing in the treble, bordering on being overly bright. Wondering if they are tamed a bit by having the NAD in the loop. I would guess the Tandberg-JBL combination would be pretty good.
At $45 plus Romex, looks like your nephew's system takes top honors for lowest cost so far, perhaps for potential quality too.
OK, I had a transistor radio too in the sixties that I pretty much wore out. I also had a plastic Westinghouse portable record player that I listened to A LOT and pretty much wore out my ALL my records. I don't listen to these anymore. I agree content is the thing, but presentation is important to all of us too, otherwise we would not read and post here. I guess I mean "Cheapest system you could ever stand to listen to NOW"
PS - the rest of my family and more than half my friends think I am nuts that I turn my nose up at listening to an Ipod and in ear headphones. "It's so convenient!" they say. To me, the space around and timing between notes is just as important as the notes themselves... A cheap system that begin to provide that is way cool to me.
Knownothing - I think you started a great thread. I didn't intend to imply any criticism of it. Finding under valued/over achieving bargain components is a wonderful thing. Worth trading stories about. My post was intended as "hyperbole" - to put the focus on the music as "the main thing" regardless of system price tag. I say this to remind myself as much as anything. Now that I have a half way decent system, I do find myself listening to the equipment or recording sonics more than the music at times. Ultimately, however, great music trumps crappy equipment any day...or so I think (I get off hearing a good song over the Musak system in the grocery store). Psacanli, I too had a "crystal radio" long ago. Happier times. Peace.
Knownothing. The Century's still sound like they always did. Bright, and with the typical JBL foward sound. Great for stadium rock, poor for violin concerto's.
Of course my ears aren't very 2008. When just listening for pleasure I still prefer my old Ohm Walsh's driven by a NYAL Moscode. The current trend of speaker design leaning towards pro monitor detail rather than spatial imaging isn't my particular cup of tea. Like to hear the music, not engineering flaws (especially if they're mine!!)
I think it is great that I was not alone in thinking bed time was music time. I would listen to " like a rolling stone" and "the runaway", along with all the other great early "60's" songs. I started surfing in so. cal in 1964. That transistor radio was as beautiful and as important to us as our boards and the ocean. We heard the beatles, beach boys, stones, animals, turtles, etc grow along with each summer. Sometimes I would like to here the old stuff on the radios and stereos that we had back then. Today I hear things too good when listening to the old music.