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Hi, i'm starting to venture into the world of hi-fi, and intending to build a value-for-$ sound setup for my own room (it's very small and i won't be turning the volume loud), thus need a few recommendations for the speakers, dac, and amp. I listen mostly to jazz and oldies, and i like controlled bass and warm tones.

 

My budget is 500 - 800 (cheaper would be better, if the loss in quality is not great), and i intend to use a computer as source. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

 

Speakers:

Heard abt Usher s520 which is 380 or 480, any other recommendations? Need a pair that is not more than 20-25cm in width since my desk is quite small.

 

Amp:

Was recommended a Trends TA10. Around 240.

 

DAC:

Not too sure on this yet, but i'm on an Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1 soundcard now, intend to migrate to a DAC since i'll be using a laptop in University.

 

Thanks again!

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if i hv tis budget, i will allocate

 

$200 for amp, cdp n speakers each (1)

$55 for Klotz GY107 IC cable

$30 for Belden 1313A ( 2 x 2.5 mtr x $6/mtr)

 

Total $685

 

for (1), can hunt down at WTS in Xplace n Echoloft, Zenn Audio, local auction at ebay or Yahoo

 

will leave the PC for computing,  ;D

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Can go Audio Basic at Aldephi Level 2 to audition the Usher 520.

 

Non-piano finish is at 380 and Piano finish is 100 more. (promo price)

 

Believe its one of the most bang for buck speakers ard. You can seriously consider tat pair.  ;)

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bro whats your budget for all your set up?

 

no specific budget in mind, I intend to get a MP5 so looking for a nice looking and solid speakers to be driven by this small toy hehe.... what's the main difference between a full range speaker (with single driver right?) and speakers with multiple drivers?

 

I'm currently looking at JB4 as well. I would classify myself to be a very entry level person, my very own 2.1 set up was just the Cambridge Microworks which was beanten by Aego M according to a lot of people.

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no specific budget in mind, I intend to get a MP5 so looking for a nice looking and solid speakers to be driven by this small toy hehe.... what's the main difference between a full range speaker (with single driver right?) and speakers with multiple drivers?

 

I'm currently looking at JB4 as well. I would classify myself to be a very entry level person, my very own 2.1 set up was just the Cambridge Microworks which was beanten by Aego M according to a lot of people.

 

Budget is important so that people are able to help you with your questions since you are asking for recommendations.

 

How entry you want it to be? Top up a bit more on your budget for the MP5 and you will get a better sound from MIC mini tube.

 

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no specific budget in mind, I intend to get a MP5 so looking for a nice looking and solid speakers to be driven by this small toy hehe.... what's the main difference between a full range speaker (with single driver right?) and speakers with multiple drivers?

 

I'm currently looking at JB4 as well. I would classify myself to be a very entry level person, my very own 2.1 set up was just the Cambridge Microworks which was beanten by Aego M according to a lot of people.

 

I heard both S520 and JB4. Finally went with the JB4 for my parents. Audition both and see which pair you like.

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...... I listen mostly to jazz and oldies, and i like controlled bass and warm tones.

 

....... i intend to use a computer as source. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Unlikely you'll get warm tones from a computer.

 

If I were you, get a component at a time, esp with yr budget. If you stick strictly to yr budget, you'll end up with many compromises that'll most likely not get the sound you are seeking.

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