I'm wanting to put together a system for my 80+ year old dad. The requirements of the system (CD, AM/FM) are: under 2K (used OK), easy to operate, remote comtrol, small foot print for speakers, cool running. The tonality should probably error on the side of brightness, as there's some hearing loss involved here. Considerations to this point are an Arcam Solo, Linn Music Classik and (your suggestion here.) Other thoughts are along the lines of an NAD receiver and Oppo player. Not sure about the speakers; have entertained some Totem Arros or Quad 22L's. Mind you...the man has never owned a high end or mid-fi set up, and he positively drools when he visits and listens to my system. Time for him to have this kind of joy in his home. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Buy something new from a reputable dealer. Can't go wrong with anything you mention as long as the service /support is available.
What is in your system that he drools over? Just get him something that resembles what he has seen and heard and liked and that you can help him learn to operate properly without issue.
If you think hearing loss may be a problem, consider only more efficient speaks, like Klipsch, etc. The smaller less expensive models in the Klipsch reference line cost only a few hundred and sound great even when I've heard them on fairly standard electronics at BEst Buy.
I've found that one of the keys with introducing technology to seniors is getting the best possible ease of use. As people get older, it's very difficult for them to learn a new system for doing things. When my folks' VCR died several years ago, I was willing to pay more to get it fixed than a new one cost just because I knew they'd have trouble learning to operate a new one.
I would think he would be very happy with the Solo and a nice pair of Monitors and decent speaker wire. You could do all this within your budget. I appreciate the fact you are wanting to give back to your Dad, I wish mine were still around to do the same.
For simple, compact, reasonable sound systems I would add the 3-piece table top systems from JVC or Denon. Don't know model numbers but I've heard both and they can offer surprisingly balanced sound for under $1K. And a big plus, they are easy to operate. Don't sell them short if you've never heard one.
I've got the MH trio but when it came to a senior, I bought my aunt a denon all in one. The quality crushes the competition such as yamaha. It is all one small box, with either cd or dvd and tuner. I'd go for the dvd built in for I think $999. The only thing that should be added is a $120 yamaha sub hidden in the corner. Hearing goes with age. Don't waste a bundle on the higher resolution stuff that can not be appreciated. Mids and a sub are what count. Most of all, a simple remote counts the most.
I nominate a Music Hall CDeiver or similar all-in-one CD player/receiver (others available from NAD, Philips, and others) with (of course) unified remote, plus nice stand-mounted speakers such as the PSB Image 25's, Paradigm Studio 20's, or similar that fits the budget.
One thing to consider also is the layout of the remote or the ability to replace the remote with a programmable unit. Seniors usually have less than ideal eyesight and arthritis. Large remotes with large buttons and simple controls may be more user friendly in this instance. Given that large button telephones and other such products are available for these reasons, I would think that someone has come up with a large button remote. If not, there is a real project that could be of value.
I have an NAD Receiver C 715. $500.00 I am actually running Klipsch Quartets with this little receiver 25 watts. You can get some smaller Klipsch speakers w/ horns in them fairly inexpensive. The unit sounds great, has a CD player, sub out, tape loop for recording, audio in and out, aux in, remote control, usb, phones, mb, AM FM, bass and treble controls, radio text scrolling the station and name of song and artist, and more! Try to get speakers w/ 92 or more sound pressure level.