The BEST Audiophile System under $5k...

*** We challenge anyone to put together a better sounding NEW system for under $5,000. ***

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• Silverline Audio Panatella MkII floorstanding reference monitors • DH Labs Silver Sonic Q-10 internally bi-wired • Creek 4330SE integrated amplifier • Creek CD43 high resolution 24-bit CD player • DH Labs Silver Sonic BL-1 Series II interconnects • Chang Lightspeed CLS 6400 ISO power line conditioner

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I own the A3 Musical Fidelity,and would urge you to consider it in addition to the Creek,although I am not sure if the price is equivalent. Tracer
Adcom 750 CDP $1250 (Musical Fidelity A3CD $1000) (Class A) Musical Fidelity $1500 A300 150w Integ. PSB Silver-i $1300 speakers Silver Audio 1m $250 Hyacinth Harmonic Tech $450 x 2 Pro 11 double runs Monster HTS 2000 $125 - (globe-mart) line conditioner This will top creek based system and sound very good
Let me repost, came out jumbled. Adcom 750 CDP (class A rated) $1250 * Musical Fidelity A300 integrated 150w $1500 * PSB Silver-i speakers $1300 * Silver Audio Hyacinth 1m interconnect * Harmonic Tech Pro-11 8ft speaker cable $475 x 2 (bi-wire) * Monster HTS2000 line conditioner $125 * total cost $ bring under use single run of HT speaker cable, or double run of A.P. Oval 9 cable. This system will top Creek system IMO......
BETTER? Absolutely: Linn Majik II(Audioquest silver jumpers), Linn Genki cd, Linn Tukan with Linn stands filled with lead shot. Lk-400 bi-wire cable Transparent interconect. If large room, add Velodyne VA-86 Sub, "actively" connected with DIY "Belden" cables!!
Bryston B-60 Integrated ($1300) Audio Refinement CD ($900) DH Labs Silver Sonic BL1 Series 2 ($100) Soliloquy 5.3 ($1900) PS Audio Power Plant 300 ($600 Used) DH Labs T-14 ($100)
Musical Fidelity A300 integrated, Arcam Alpha 7SE cd player. Meadowlark Kestrel Hotrods. That's only $3800.00 with $1200.00 left. Enough for Cardas Neutral Reference interconnects,Audioquest Midnight+ biwires and two Harmonic Tech ac cords at $175.00 apiece.
Resolution Audio CD w/vol ctl(1300?), Vandersteen 2ceSignatures (1600), vtl st-85 tube amp(1700), Nordost Blue Heaven interconnect(500?). Not exactly sure of the prices, but pretty close.
This thread is about as subjective as it gets! I'd say MY system. Some of these pieces are a little older and not made anymore but is all less than 8 years old and can be had now for even less! Snell CV speakers($1900), Hafler 9270 150Wx2 amp ($800), Parasound DAC 1600 ($800), Pioneer DVL-700 CD/DVD/LD - beefy transport! ($750), Audio Alchemy DTI-PRO32($600), Audioquest Quartz interconnects,Audio Alchemy powered digital cable, and Audioquest Cobalt speaker cable ($600), Panamax MAX1000+ ($200). OK, this brings it to $5650, but you can probably pay far less for this on this site and be well under the $5K limit. I've bought a few pieces, including some of the equipment above, used for the prices listed. I am not going to go out on a limb and say this "sounds" better than any of these other systems listed but I am extremely satisfied with the equipment and the sound! In a perfect world we'd be able to listen to all of the combos above and vote! Who knows, with progression of technology we'll be able to do that in a "virtual" setting one day. Wouldn't that be cool! Enjoy the music!
I know this thread was started with NEW equipment as the guideline. Sorry 'bout that.
How 'bout this: Wright Sound WLA12A Line Preamp; Wright Sound WPP100C Phono Preamp; Electronic Tonalities AfterGlow Amp; Rega Planar 25 turntable w/ Elys cartridge; Soliloquy SM-2A3 Speakers w/stands; BetterCables 3m Premium Speaker Cables & 1m Audio Interconnects. You can upgrade by tube rolling the Wright & ET products, playing with differect cable combos, playing with differect cartridges and looking into power conditioning, if desired. Oh yes, I suppose you could drop the phono stuff :-( and get SACD or a hot shot CD player...