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  1. joealso

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    First, do you need a receiver (amp + radio) or just an amp? Check out NAD amps. A whole lot of quality for the money. I have an older 80-watt (C 356BEE) unit that I picked up used for around $350. It's the first amp I've ever owned that I don't feel the need to adjust the bass & treble beyond flat.

    Edit: Just found one on ebay for around the same price (US $$)
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=323961723703
     
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  2. RLM69

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    I purchased a Sony STR-V7 receiver for $20 at a pawn shop. Works great. Also check Goodwill and other thrift outlets. People have stuff they haven't used in years and donate it not knowing how good the old components are compared to the new junk.
     
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    You should also consider what you are going to be listening to. If you are not going to be listening to high end recordings then you won't get the value from high end gear. We live in a silly MP3 blue-tooth world where most people are listening on their phones and through a wide range of earbuds.
     
  4. junior1995

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    I listen to cds a ton. Would like to move to vinyl.
    My question about receivers vs. just the amp is, if I’m going to listen to a lot of radio, is the radio on a receiver going to be as good as a stand alone radio?
    The radio that is in that cd/tape/stereo thing I use barely works
     
  5. joealso

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    I'm no audiophile but i think it's the other way around - not a matter of a better or worse radio as much as a better or worse amp. Better to get separate units so you have a better amp. Keep in mind, as another item, depending on your amp you may also need to get a pre-amp for your turntable.
     
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    Go vintage. Try and find Sansui, Marantz, Pioneer. Your speakers will be warm and happy.


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    As you live in USA, @junior1995, you are well placed to find good vintage equipment from the Golden Age of Hi-Fi... ;)

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    For example, Marantz receivers - among others :

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    There use to be a guy that built guitar amps for Richter and he started doing HiFi stuff. I say get 2 5f1 kits and convert them... 2-6 watt 6v6 mono blocks sound awesome.
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Integrated amps generally have beefier power supllies and better componenet quality, becaus they don't have to have a tuner crammed into the same sized chassis. And they don't have any RFI from the tuner leaking into the amplifier circuitry. Better still are separate preamp and power amp, but they are even more expensive. And many people now use streaming services like Spotify rather than listening to radio, so why pay for a tuner if you won't use it?
     
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    Don't forget Kenwood. One of the best amps I ever owned was the KA7100, which sounded better to me than comparable units from the brands you mention. Dual mono cunstruction throughout, rare in such an amp 670535-0e1fbeff-kenwood_ka7100_dc_integrated_amplifier_cleaned_serviced_and_bench_tested.jpg
     
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    I bought a Bluesound Node 2i and a Cambridge amp. I stream Tidal Hi-Fi with it. Tidal Hi-Fi is not compressed like Spotify or Pandora. It is CD quality. Tidal also has MQA quality music, which is higher resolution than CD. The Bluesound can play that stuff.

    I have over 700 CD's at my house. I haven't touched one since I got this thing. I don't have a CD player in my house or my truck.
     
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    Me, I'm stuck in circa 1979. Ohm Speakers, Carver, Apt-Holman and NAD components, etc. I love the gear from that era!

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    I agree 100%, DougM.

    To me, no matter how good a tuner was, it never matched the audio quality of a good turntable or CD player.

    For now, my only source of music is music videos on Youtube.
    The sound quality varies from video to video, but for the most part, they're very good.
    Does anyone know of a better-sounding source I should try?

    The new system I just put together is my first purchase of audio equipement in about 25 years, so I'm learning here too.

    Mike ;)
     
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    NAD gear is fantastic.


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    That’s awesome.

    I appreciate the input fellas sounds like I have some work to do.
     
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    The speakers I have are Design Acoustics D-6
     

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    Sorry ladies, you’re not allowed to respond.
     
  20. DougM

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    IMO a separate amp and tuner will be better than a receiver
     
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