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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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