Setup for Triangle Titus 202's?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by TrevorNetwork, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. TrevorNetwork

    TrevorNetwork Auditioning

    Oct 20, 2002
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    Firstly, I'd like to say thank you for welcoming me to the forum. I have purchased a set of Triangle Titus 202's after much research. However, being fairly new to the stereo world, (My present system is a Denon AVR-900, PSB Avette II's) I am curious as to which Amp, Preamp and CD player I should use. The obvious answer would be "Use Krell amps, McIntosh preamps and a Rega Planet / Sony Reference CD player" However, my budget is somewhat limited. I am willing to purchase items from eBay.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.


  2. Scott Oliver

    Scott Oliver Screenwriter

    Aug 30, 2000
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    Audio Refinement complete system would be an affordable way to get good synergy with your Triangle's

    In this range they have
    Multi 3 and 5 channel amps
    CD Player
    Interated Amp
    Preamp/ Processor

    Allo of this stuff costs around $1000 new
  3. Allen Longcor

    Allen Longcor Supporting Actor

    Oct 21, 2001
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    I think you will find a wider selection of quality components at if you are going to go used.
  4. Eujin

    Eujin Supporting Actor

    Mar 19, 2001
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    Trevor, welcome to the forum.

    It might be easier if you told us what exactly your budget is. Allen's suggestion that you use Audiogon is a good one and there are many deals to be found there. However, I notice that you're in Canada so the exchange rate might make it a bit more challenging. As for set-ups, is your focus going to be strictly 2Ch music? Or will your rig have to do double duty for HT as well? My set-up falls into the latter category and I consider it a budget system:

    Source: Sony SCD-CE775 SACD/CD Changer modified by Matthew Anker of

    Pre/Power: Harman/Kardon AVR320 HT Receiver

    Interconnects: Audio Magic Excalibur II

    Speaker Cables: Mapleshade Clearview Golden Helix

    Stands: Tyler Accoustics Reference

    I think the 320 does a great job for a 50/50 music and movies solution. For the money, I really can't complain but I'll be adding outboard amplification at some point--right now, my space is small enough that I don't really need it. The sound on my system is smooth, detailed and rich. It's also less colored sounding than when I had the Rega Planet 2000 in it--this is purely subjective as some listeners like the warm, rounded sound of the Planet. I actually like the Planet a lot, but wanted to be able to listen to SACDs as well. The one thing about the Titus 202/XS that I've heard over and over again is that it "sounds bright". This is partly true. It's very detailed, fast and with superb clarity--to me, it was like removing a veil that had been obscuring the music. It'll also expose many weaknesses in a system. In mine, limitations with using the AVR320 aside, there was a bit of hash when using inferior interconnects and speaker cable. Upgrading the interconnects, first to Audioquest Copperhead, and then to Audio Magic Excalibur II's made a real and audible difference. Speaker cabling is more interesting and I've only had my Mapleshades for a couple of days so my impressions are incomplete, but I like what I hear so far.

    By the way, the suggestion above about Audio Refinement is a good one--I first heard the Titus in an AR set-up and thought it was brilliant. Good luck and let us know how it all works out.

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