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Your budget means doing some serious value - oriented shopping. And that means finding a decent Preamp/DAC/Power Amp + 2 sets of interconnects combination with a reasonable WAF for under $3K. Tough shopping there. So I'd look at integrated amps:
Marantz Model 40 - $2495
80 W/Ch 8 Ohms/ 120 W/Ch 4 Ohms
Monitor Audio Silver 300 7G $2850
2X6" Woofer 6" Mid 1"Tweet
Half a dozen 'Best of ...' Awards in the US and Worldwide. Absolute Sound Editor's Choice, StoundStage Recommended reference Component, etc, etc,
No bigger foot print than a standmount
That leaves you around $2K for a second/third source (Marantz CD 60 @ $999) For Vinyl, I'd go with a Rega Planar 3 or the really awesome Audio Technica AT-LP2022 For the WOW!, To keep the price down a bit, the Audio Technica AT-LP7 or Pro-Ject Debut Pro Turntable are not exactly peasant fare.
A pair of speaker cables and you're done. If you went to a single source for all this I'll bet you'd could geta pretty sweet system price to boot, easily under $7k - with tax. You could even hold off on the CD and Turntable and bring it home for around $5K if you just wanted to stream.
And you would have a very serious mid-priced system with none of the service concerns you'd have with smaller boutique brands.
@panzrwagn you make some good points. tough shopping indeed. The trend is definitely towards integrated and interesting that some electronics big brands (Technics, Yamaha, Marantz) have made the list. Nice that this has been a really productive discussion for me so far, bringing into focus what decisions have to come first. exactly what I had hoped. hard part still ahead. thanks to all
I agree with you regarding a thread in the speaker topics. ask for recommendations in the ~$2000 range. Keeping in mind that the easier to drive speakers are often more expensive however save on the cost of amplification.
One stand mount speaker manufacturer that produces easy to drive speakers is Fritz. Fritz speakers have a very flat 8ohm impedance across the frequency range. He has stand mount models ranging in price from $2600 - $4000. I own his Carbon 7 se MKII speakers ($2800). Can be driven with 20wpc. Allows one to get more sonic value from an amplifier as you are paying for more quality power than quantity power.. Look Fritz up online. He is easy to talk with on the phone as well.
There are many fine stand mount speakers. Not many that I would call easy to drive in that they rarely have a flat impedance across the frequency range. Thus requiring and amplifier able to drive low impedances.
Any money saved when finding the right amp speaker combination can them be used to improve the sources to bring about a well balanced system.
Good luck and I look forward to hearing what you come up with.
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