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#116126 - 11/15/05 04:04 PM help with stereo choice
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I am planning to buy a stereo (my current one is over 10 years old and pretty dead) and I have about $1000 total to spend, give or take a couple of hundred. I am sorta out of the way, and while I may be able to audition a couple of components, I probally won't be able to audition them together, so I need some advice.

From the reviews I've read, both the Jolida 1501A ($650) and the Rotel RA-1062 ($800) look pretty good, although I guess they'll sound pretty different. I was thinking of pairing them with the axiom M22ti. I still have an older energy sub for the bass. Maybe not the best, but the best for now.
Now I obviously cannot ask which amp to buy, but are there any potential problems with my set up? Is it unbalanced? Are there other options I should consider for the money?

Thanks for any advice.


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#116127 - 11/15/05 04:17 PM Re: help with stereo choice
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
Might I suggest you look at the Harman Kardon 3480 and pair it up with the M60s.I think you would be better served with the bulk of the budget going towards speakers.The 3480 is a fine unit and will drive the M60s great.

After rereading this are you saying you already have M22s ? The wording is a bit confusing to me.


Edited by wid (11/15/05 04:39 PM)
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#116128 - 11/15/05 04:48 PM Re: help with stereo choice
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No, I have not bought the speakers either. I guess I figured that if I went for a better amp I could add better speakers later (you can always add more speakers) so with respect to upgradeability I was OK with taking a hit on the speakers. Maybe that is not the best idea though...

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#116129 - 11/15/05 05:00 PM Re: help with stereo choice
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Then I stand by my first statement.The H/K is a really fine unit, a friend of mine has had one for quite some time now and it is quite impressive for the $$$.
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#116130 - 11/15/05 05:09 PM Re: help with stereo choice
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Loc: Los Angeles
I have the RA-1062 integrated, and have listened to it with the M22ti's. Very nice. Superb clarity and imaging. How big of a room is this setup going to be in, and how loud do you plan on playing it?


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#116131 - 11/15/05 05:56 PM Re: help with stereo choice
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Thanks for the advice Rick, I'm looking into the HK now.
Regarding the size of the room, I'm not sure. I'm not buying this system for a few months, and will be moving. The place I'm moving to will only be for a year or two anyway.
I probally won't play the system too loud. I'm more interested in how good it sounds. Still, I don't want to strain to hear either...

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#116132 - 11/15/05 06:01 PM Re: help with stereo choice
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While I will not disagree with Spiff that Rotel equipment is some really good gear ( I own it myself ) I feel with a 1k budget the speakers should be first priority.
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#116133 - 11/15/05 06:33 PM Re: help with stereo choice
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Registered: 05/20/03
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Loc: Nevada City, CA
'd also recommend you look at the new Outlaw stereo receiver. It has a number of unique features: www.outlawaudio.com/products/rr2150.html
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#116134 - 11/15/05 06:46 PM Re: help with stereo choice
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Registered: 04/05/05
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Loc: Oakton, VA
For stereo listening I would really recommend the separates. I started with a 2 channel receiver and ended up with my current setup (check it below). Great improvement over the receiver. Above your price range though.
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#116135 - 11/15/05 06:51 PM Re: help with stereo choice
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
If there was not a limit that would be a different story.With a budget like he has the H/K unit ( to me ) fits the bill quite nice.

He could always get a RB1080 and blow the whole budget.At least he would have one hellofa amp No speakers or preamp though.
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