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Hi All,

I've just purchased a used/vintage Phillips 777 Direct Control turntable and now want to pair it with an amp (or amp/receiver) and speakers. I'm chasing some advice on the age old question of old versus new and recommendations with either. My budget for amp and speakers is around $500 each.

I've read good thingstuff about used Cambridge Audio amps and also love the look of some of the vintage rotel and yamaha amps.

The room is a medium/large lounge and my musical tastes range anywhere from Johnny Cash to Clutch, it's pretty broad.

Either new or old I would like to connect bluetooth.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I really don't know where to start.

Thanks.

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Thanks for the info. I'll check them out Blakey72. Would it be worth waiting for the hi-first show in Melbourne coming up? Do they tend to have good show specials?

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Thanks for the info. I'll check them out Blakey72. Would it be worth waiting for the hi-first show in Melbourne coming up? Do they tend to have good show specials?

 

Whilst you can sometimes pick up some good deals at hi fi shows, they won't come close to what you'll buy on the used market. Particularly given your budgetary constraints. Keep an eye on the SNA for sale section. 

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I'll back ZB up on that one, Hi Fi shows are great for showing us what is out there and who is dealing in what but show specials aren't going to be as good as regular demo specials and second hand value is almost always better than demo specials.

 

Here's an amp option I've had sitting in my watch list for a while now:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/131757540112?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Hi Marty - the usual advice is that about half your total budget should be on speakers.  That Arcam or something else at the same price point, and $750 on the speakers might be worth considering.  Decide the sound you want from the speakers - the bright/forward or the less full, and then an amplifier to suit.  Also, a slightly higher price point of speakers means you can get better bass, (more precise), if the right deal comes along. Buying second-hand will give you the best value for dollar.

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