Alas, neither the speakers and TT are worth much! The complete Z-22 system would be a good bedroom system for a teenager!
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Robert, thanks for replying, really appreciate it and see you're a major contributor on this site. So I understand, you're saying that a modern $1,500 system, say, two bookshelf speakers + subwoofer, would sound far superior to these big boys? (Would love to know if you have a suggestion in that case, for a system that can also stream music / aptX!) Or are you saying it more tongue-in-cheek from a pure audiophile viewpoint, comparing these to really high-end systems from the period that people still seek out today? Asking because I'm comparing more to a $1,500 system than to a brilliant audiophile system. Thanks again.
I disagree somewhat with the above posters, although, I agree, the Technics rack system is on the low end. But I would take it, set it up, and enjoy it for what it is, until you get other stuff. I am assuming you have nothing right now for a system. The majority of the posters here on the 'Gon, started somewhere with low end. As you listen to this system, you will be able to take your time, and decide, if possible, what are the things, musically, that move " you ". Not what moves me, or the other posters here. As an example, I would encourage you to get a used pair of Klipsch Heresys, off of Craigs list, and start from there. But again, that is what " I " like. Too many choices. Too many opinions. And the reality is, we are all individualistic from one another, of what sounds good to each of us, of what moves us. It is, of course, all about the music. You can always give the system back when you are done, or donate it, at that later time. I am a retired audio consultant, and I am making this suggestion solely based on my own experiences with clients I had, when they started out, as you are. YMMV...Enjoy ! MrD.
i can't speak to the turntable, but i've used the sb g100 speakers on my porch for close to a decade and cannot tell you how many times people have commented on how good they sound--clean, surprisingly detailed with voluminous tight bass. they're also seemingly indestructible (i leave 'em out year round). also quite efficient--they'll get loud with your garden variety mass market receiver
Mr. Decibel, really helpful perspective, and Loomis, coupled with your experience, it sounds like while it may not be anywhere close to an audiophile's dream, it's going to be a system to pick up and play around with while figuring out the better and more compact system.
This feels like the start of fun journey and new hobby, gents. Can see a speaker collection developing over the years... thanks for the encouragement!!
The good news is that there are currently lots of ways to get good sound for relatively little money. Whichever way works best for you. My garage comment wasn’t a joke. Been using old Advents and an old Onkyo receiver in there for years. Summer and winter and it sounds great. Advents 40 years old. Onkyo 20
Viridian, thanks for the historical sentiment and your really specific turntable advice. It really helps clarify things and I'm going to get the cartridge you suggest, which has great reviews.
JL35 and Highway61, agree, it's going to be a great "first foray" into the audio world. Even if it's older technology, and doesn't compare (my original question), it's going to be a fun and educational ride and make me appreciate both the history and advancements.
The best part is that it also comes with his record collection, too. What a trip back in time.
Thanks again to EVERYONE who took the time to reply. Amazing COMMUNITY on here. I do the same for people who write into the history website I run as a hobby, and it's nice to think that good karma somehow comes back around. Wish you all the best!