I should add a have an old pair of Monitor Silver RS-6s. I don't know if I should just use those vs buying something like the KEFs.
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Great thank you for the responses. I was actually looking at the Schiit Audio Ragnarok 2 integrated amplifier so it's good to hear some confirmations regarding the brand. I was looking at Music Direct's closeouts as well and saw Quad, Elac, JBL and Vandersteens.
Again thanks for the help so I guess the questions are:
1) Anyone know if the Schiit Audio Ragnarok 2 integrated amplifier is a good product?
2) Out of Quads, Elacs, JBLs and Vandersteens in the 2k-3k range are they better than my old Monitor Silver RS-6s? If so, any recommendation which manufacturer to focus on?
3) When you mention not paying retail, do you mean negotiate with Music Direct directly or try to find individuals selling their gear online?
Quad Z’s or Vandersteen.
And then there's this alternative.
Splurge a little on really *excellent* speakers:
Tell Fritz Audiogon sent you and I'm sure he'd give you a good price.
Combine with class A Schiit Aegir, as these are very easy to drive.
I had the same budget and got Rega Elex-R, Rega P3+Exact+Neo+Groovetracer Reference Subplatter, Spendor A4. This mostly for listening to Jazz, Classical, and Singer/Songwriter - the A4's would not be a good choice for Rock.
The Elex-R is design to work with the Elys and Exact cartridges so you don't need the Fono - that money is better spent on an Exact IMO
Thanks for all the input on the system. In the end I decided to hold off on speakers for now and put the money into the rest of the system. So right on budget all in I ended up getting a Naim Uniti Star Integrated Amp with DAC/Streamer, a Rega Planar 3, a Rega Fono MM MK III and Wireworld Oasis speaker cables and interconnects. I was trying to have as few components as possible but still achieve good sound. I was very interested in what I learned about Schiit after hearing the recommendations but in the end since the system will be in the main living room aesthetics were a part of the decision. Also definitely heard the comment about going for the P6 over the P3 but I had really hit the cap budget wise and need to start saving for speakers so hopefully I enjoy the P3. I have a pair of old PSB T6s as well as the Monitor Silvers and will try them both out. I'm thinking the Monitors but we shall see. I took notes on the speaker and cable recommendations for future system updates. Just wanted to say thanks for everybody's time and input. Hopefully I chose wisely time will tell!