Reasonable dream 2 Channel System?

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  1. Jesse Sharrow

    Jesse Sharrow Supporting Actor

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    What is your dream 2 Channel System. If you had a family member win the lottery and they said you could buy the 2 Channel system of your dreams but not too outragous. You cant spend millions maybe only $15,000 tops. What would it be?

    Mine would be.....

    Krell Kav-400XI.

    Krell SACD Standard.

    Kef XQ5's.

    Sunfire True Sub Signature.

    AudioQuest Kilminjaro Dual Run Biwire.

    AudioQuest Sky XLR Interconnects.

    AudioQuest Corral Sub Cable.

    Monster AVS-2000 Signature.

    Monster HTS-7000 Signature.

    Bellogetti Audio Rack.

    For what I get it for I could squeeze that in under $15,000.
     
  2. Salvatore Restivo

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    How about this for a nice $15K 2-channel system?

    Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor speakers ($3600 + $650 stands)
    VAC Avatar Super tube integrated amp ($5500)
    Meridian 508.24 cd player ($4000)
    Audioquest Python interconnect ($550)
    Audioquest Gibraltar speaker wire ($450)
     
  3. Scott_N

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    This is the system i'm slowly building now and it will cost about 15k when i'm done.

    Tetra Space speakers $4000
    Conrad Johnson MV60SE $3000
    Conrad Johnson PV14L $2500
    Cary Audio 308T CDP $2500
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace turntable, Nottingham Interspace arm, Lehman Black Cube phono preamp, Dynavector 20x cartridge $3475

    With dealer discount that leaves enough for Harmonic Technology cables.
     
  4. Yogi

    Yogi Screenwriter

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    My dream system for 15K would be:

    Sonus Faber Grand Piano $3K (still researching speakers)
    Conrad Johnson Premier 140 6.5K
    Conrad Johnson PV14L $2.5K
    Audio Note Tube CDP $1.7K
    Homegrown audio all siver cabling.
     
  5. Kevin_R_H

    Kevin_R_H Stunt Coordinator

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    Jesse,

    My current 2-channel system is:

    Prices . Retail
    ------ . ------
    .4,500 .. 5,900 KORA Cosmos monoblocks
    .2,900 .. 3,750 KORA Eclipse preamp
    .4,900 .. 6,200 VMPS RM40 speakers (w/ TRT & opt. finish)
    .1,700 .. 2,200 Basis 1400 turntable
    ...850 .... 850 BetterCables XLR/Speaker Cables
    ------ . ------
    14,850 . 18,900

    This stuff is integrated with some HT gear (front projector, DVD Player, HT amp, speakers), but I'm much more of a 2-channel guy.

    I'm certainly not so vain as to think it is some kind of ultimate $15,000 system. It's just what I decided to spend my cash on. And these decisions didn't come easy, as I'd been saving for 12 years for the big day (and auditioning different stuff for 15 months). Now I'll keep it for 12-15 years, by which time I will have saved up for its replacement.

    Kevin
     
  6. Scott_N

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    Yogi

    I ordered some tubes for my CAV-50. Ei big bottle 6CA7's for the EL34's, Ei ECC83's for the 12AX7's and EH 6SN7EH's for the stock 6SN7's
     
  7. Yogi

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    Scott, I cant wait to hear your impressions on the tubes. I have thought of ordering the Ei EL34's for my MV-55 but havent done it yet and now I am gonna wait until I hear from you on how they compare with the stock Sovteks.
     
  8. Scott_N

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    Well i've heard the 6CA7's will extend the highs and the bass but aren't as good in the midrange as the Sovtek EL34's. I'll let you know what happens after the break in.
     
  9. JeromeS

    JeromeS Stunt Coordinator

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    For 15K mine would be

    $3495 Blue Circle Audio BC3 Despina MKII
    $2150 Blue Circle BC22 MKII Stereo Amplifier
    $825 Wright-Sound WPP100C Phono Preamp
    $799 VPI JMW-9 Series Tonearm
    $525 Dynavector 20X
    $1400 VPI Scout Turntable
    $2000 Shanling CD T-100 CD Player
    $3495 Vandersteen 3A Signature
     
  10. Tom Grooms

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    OK, I'll bite....

    Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD Player
    Balanced Audio Technology VK-300X Integrated Amp
    Dynaudio Special 25's

    Simple and Oh so sweet!
     
  11. gregD

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    Recipe for $15k dreamscape system:

    -- 1 pair Talon Audio Raven loudspeakers ($7500).
    -- Add electronics to taste.


    Just recently discovered this line of speakers at the HE show in SF last June... easily the most exciting product there, to my ears... seriously, I would start with them and experiment with a CD player and pre / power / integrated til something matched well to the Talons... FWIW, their top-end Firebird sounded magical paired with Simaudio Moon electronics (though well beyond our skimpy 15k budget).
     
  12. Scott Oliver

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    Kevin, your post reminded me of how fortunate I have been with pricing for my system.

    Of all my audio and video stuff only one piece was purchased used (the amp), the rest from the nearest local dealer (some new, some demo) and comparing my cost versus MSRP equals a savings of 40%.

    Very fortunate indeed.[​IMG]
     
  13. Scott Oliver

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    Oh and try this system on for size.

    Galante Audio Symphony - $3000
    [​IMG]

    Wavelength Audio Cardinal X1 300B Monos - $7500

    Nottingham Analogue Intersace Turntable - $1300

    Morch UP-4 Red Dot Tonearm - $1295

    Dynavector DV-20X- $525

    Welborne Labs Ultrapath BP preamp - $695

    Welborne Labs Reveille phonostage - $695

    Audience AU24 interconnects (2M & .5M)- $1000

    Audience AU24 Speaker Cable (1M)- $500

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Kevin_R_H

    Kevin_R_H Stunt Coordinator

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    Scott,

    You're right - I didn't get anywhere near the kind of deals that you (and others) get. For you to save 40% off retail is fantastic (considering the quality of gear you own).

    Patience has its virtues (as well as saving you cash when shopping).

    Kevin

    P.S. - thanks for the tip about buying replacement tubes before you need them. It makes sense, so I'm going to take your advice, and buy them now.
     
  15. ChrisWiggles

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    CRAP!

    I had something all typed out and I lost it cause i copied it then copied the IP for the forum change. duh! heh

    *grumbles incoherently to himself and all who will listen*

    [​IMG]

    Well, now I'll just say a Bose 3-2-1 and a Dodge Dart color: light orange.

    Along with about 2K of cabling for the Bose system, and thousands more for those spinny rims on the dart.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Steve-sas

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    Pre-Amp - Bryston BP25 - $2,395

    Amp - Bryston 3B SST - $2,295

    CD/SACD - Sony SCD-1 - $3,500

    Speakers - Vienna Acoustics Beethoven - $4,500

    Interconnects and speaker cables - Audioquest Coral and Audioquest Type 4 speaker cable - $400

    Turntable - none

    Total MSRP - $13,000 ± ($10,000 - $11,000 street).

    I have actually heard this system (with Sony SCD555ES instead of the SCD-1) and this is a rig I could live with for a long long time...plus this is the top end of what I would ever pay for a stereo rig.
     

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