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A real-world challenge

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Had an idea. Doesn't happen that often, but every now and then...

I've been spending too much on kit - waaaay too much! - so it struck me - is it necessary?

Well, yes. I know what I like, and it costs money.

But what about people starting out in hi-fi? Where do they go? What do they do? What's out there? So I decided to set myself a challenge. I want to be at scalford next year - but ideally with two systems.

System one - This is the best I can afford on my limited means. Nice speakers, nice amps, nice cables and interconnects, probably either CD driven (got a nice transport lined up for next month, hopefully) or PC based.

System two - this is where anyone can start - a reasonable all-rounder system with a budget of £100 all in - including cables and interconnects. Has to be standard separates based to allow for ease of upgrade (box swappery) in future.

It certainly wouldn't hurt for people to see that hi-fi on a budget is possible, and that systems are available to people with limited means. Is anyone else up for this?

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Are you talking used kit for the £100 system presumably? would make it more interesting to see what bargains people could get.

I guess you are because £100 ain't gonna buy anything decent new, heh.

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For sure, second hand! I'm thinking about hunting up a Nad 3020 of some flavour, although I may have something much more interesting in the pipeline :D

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I'd actually love to hear everyones £100 systems in comparison to each other, and in comparison to the 'real' systems.

Great idea!

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i have a b&o 5000 system (£70) - tuner, amp & tape

speakers mission 700le's (recently seen for £20ono in calassifieds)

cables - whatever freebies or bits from maplin i can get for a tenner.

Source - whatever digital is to hand - phone, laptop, squeezebox, whatever.

sounds pretty good for what i paid for it.

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ClassikFan wrote:

I've got an amp, dac and iPhone as source, just need suitable speakers. I'm up for it!

And this lot costs how much? :P

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Marantz CD 67 - Cambridge Audio A1 - Acoustic Energy Argis 1, sound rather entertaining.

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I did this a couple of years back for the mag - Dual CS505-3 (£30), Yamaha AX-300 (£12) and Wharfedale Diamonds (£5). sounded great.

I'd be up for having another go if you fancy some competition! ;-)

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Great :D I just scored a Technics pre amp and power amp... for a fiver :P

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budgetblown wrote:

Great :D I just scored a Technics pre amp and power amp... for a fiver :P

Oooh, good start. Guess I should have kept my £5 Quad 33/303!!

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Beobloke wrote:

I did this a couple of years back for the mag - Dual CS505-3 (£30), Yamaha AX-300 (£12) and Wharfedale Diamonds (£5). sounded great.

I'd be up for having another go if you fancy some competition! ;-)

Adam, was that the article where you got everything from the tip?

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Haha! Ladies and Gentlemen - welcome to my world!!!! :D

Azur 640c - given to me by uncle, PM6010OSE given to me by father, heybrooks given to me by friend.

Butuz

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