audiophile tendencies and wives mix like the three stooges and wives....they don't mix at all. get her an all-in-one bose or polk or boston system, and be done with it. harmony wins over harmonics
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- If she is under 35, IPod with Monitor Audio deck/speaker
- If she is 35-55, a used Bose Wave Music will surely make her happy as her co-workers will likely be of those who will say "Wow, your husband got your a Bose system"
- If she is 55-75, try to pick up an older all-in-one Bang & Olufsen, same Wow factor, different generation.
- If she is over 75, do you really care to please her?
It happened to one of my colleague whose wife (49) preferred the sound of that Bose thing over an Arcam Solo with Triangle Titus.
Heard the Denon DF101S Micro System and it's not a bad sounding system at all. Also, Denon has been making quality audio products for quite some time so if was me, I would probably go that route. Other than that, I think NAD makes a couple of CD/Receivers. Maybe pick up one of them, and then find a pair of small monitors to go along with them. Good Luck
How about a newly made retro Sound Quest tube radio ...
... in mono:
... or stereo:
... and an inexpensive CD player?
They are well built, good looking, unique, and sound great!
The latest Denon mini-speakers are crap, IMHO. They will have to be replaced. Maybe you could get an older system with the REAL Mission speakers.
Also there is a big improvement in sound by hooking up any mini to a CDP with the AUX input. Much better dynamics and resolution.
I like my paper cone Tang-Band W3-871s much better than the poly cone Gallos, or titanium W3-1335s.
Has anyone had an opportunity to listen to the new JVC mini "executive" system that has the wood-cone drivers?
I thought of getting a DVD receiver and a set of speakers, but I wouldn't know what brand to consider. Jamo looks like they have a very nice home theater receiver, but I've read that folks are having major problems with them. I can't do separates, as there's simply not enough space on the shelf.