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Unread 2021-02-09, 02:10 PM   #1
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Hey guys. Are any of you into HIFI audio? Mainly 2 channel music listening.

I don't have anything fancy or even decent yet, but I have been reading and reading so I can intelligently improve my setup as I go.

I have a pair of Polk Monitor 70 series 2 speakers, powered by a yamaha HTR 4064 for the time being. I've used a couple of Home theater style integrated amps on these speakers, but they aren't getting used properly until you hook them up to a dedicated power amp with 150+ watts from what I have read.

I'm ready to get into a separate power amp for these speakers. In my research I think I should start with something 150 watts per channel at least. I also need to get a better sub to go with the setup. I'll keep using my Yamaha as the DAC until I move it back to home theater duty and get a dedicated DAC.

Do any of you mess with the following brands?

NAD
Adcom
B&K

I know most of these power amps are 40+ pounds so It is always in my best interest to try and buy something locally.

Anyhow, what kind of hifi music listening stuff are you guys into? Anyone have a power amp sitting around for under $300 ?
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I will follow along - not sure I can offer much. I have been doing some home theater upgrades and probably overkilled it. At some point, I want to do an upgrade and put a good stereo together for the main living area.
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Didn't have much beyond a decent 5.1 home theater system but I have LOTS of albums in high quality FLAC in stereo and ones that were mixed in 5.1 and released on the now defunct DVD-A format that I ripped from ISOs. It's debatable whether all of them have better sound quality than the original CD but quite a few of them do, as long as they're not brick walled. But the vast majority of the 5.1 albums sound AMAZING.
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Didn't have much beyond a decent 5.1 home theater system but I have LOTS of albums in high quality FLAC in stereo and ones that were mixed in 5.1 and released on the now defunct DVD-A format that I ripped from ISOs. It's debatable whether all of them have better sound quality than the original CD but quite a few of them do, as long as they're not brick walled. But the vast majority of the 5.1 albums sound AMAZING.
Now we're talking. I have the same type of hi-res rips in my collection. On that note, I have found that even though my receiver and speaker setup is nothing special or even decent at this time, I at least have the source part figured out. I play my hi-res files out of itunes, and keep the bit-rate high by sending it to my stereo via my airport express using optical audio to get it to my receiver. That's made a big difference with my stuff.

A few years ago I got into powered monitor speakers, and hit a real home run with these Thonet & Vander Kugel powered monitors as my living room listening setup.

These things bang, sound clear and clean, and are remarkably inexpensive for the sound they produce.

I plan to get a new set of these powered monitors in the 2.0 version that has an integrated optical input so I can hook them up straight off of my airport express. Or maybe the bigger versions like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Thonet-and-...IAAOSwADVgLEiL
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I started my hifi journey in earnest right before shit went sideways with covid.



My 2 channel setup is:
Polk Monitor 10A speakers
Rogers EHF-200 amp (class A tube)
Topping D90 DAC for playing digital stuff


I spent a lot of time listening to tube vs. solid state equipment before purchasing the amp. I came close to getting on the list for a Decware amp, but got impatient and found Rogers selling this one (a used trade in) ready to go.


I am very happy with how it sounds. If I were to do it again I would probably consider speakers with more sensitivity to be able to get by with an amp with less wattage.


I was originally considering a vintage build and almost bought an old McIntosh at Electonic Center in OP, but after seeing the prices decided I might as well buy something made recently.


My next step is a phono stage and turn table. I don't have a lot of vinyl yet but am glad to see more getting made. A buddy that came for a listen then bought me a Led Zepplin album afterward as motivation to keep going. I really enjoy comparing tubes to solid state and CDs to digital so might as well add records to the mix, lol.
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lol that dude coming into a hifi thread talking about 5.1 lmao

MUH BUZZWORDS LIKE FLAC


i usually stick to headphones with my amps, since its rough to expand into tubes but i just ordered some new audio engine monitors, not the best but decent for mixed listening+gaming
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Yeah most hifi purists will shun even using a sub. Two speakers is all you need!


The best / most expensive system I've had the pleasure of listening to was solid state. Wilson Grand Slamm speakers and Mark Levinson electronics. The monoblocks were almost 4' tall and the sound was just otherworldly.


I went with tubes because I enjoy their "distorted" warmth. I like that sound and that's ultimately what matters in this highly subjective hobby.


I have some high res DSD files in my collection; free samples of classical recordings. I think I need better ears (and probably speakers) to hear a difference to WAV or FLAC files.
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