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Old 3rd May 2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Speaker Recommendation Please

I've been using the same sound system I put together some 20 years ago and its time for a fresh start.

I'm thinking of getting the NAD C320BEE amplifier and wondered if anyone could recommend a good pair of speakers to complement it.

I'm looking to spend up to £200. I mainly listen to pop, R&B and chill-out music and the room into which the system will be placed is average in size. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 3rd May 2007, 06:03 PM   #2
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http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/p...roduct_ID/1894

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http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/p...Product_ID/170

+ cable

http://www.richersounds.com/productl...LS2&sort=price

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Old 3rd May 2007, 08:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the speedy recommendations. I will follow your advice.
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Old 4th May 2007, 12:48 AM   #4
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Don't. Use the money you would have spent on both speaker and amp to buy active speakers. You then need a simple volume control to put between the CD player and the speakers. If you can do a little diy, get a V-Buffer volume control from Greg Ball, put it in a little box and run it off a regulated wall-wart.

If you donít feel up to that there are many people on this forum who could for a bit of cash, myself included.

http://www.diyhifi.org/amplifierguru/guru_010b.htm

Active speakers in the £200-400 price range


http://www.dv247.com/invt/21216/
http://www.dv247.com/invt/32836/
http://www.dv247.com/invt/27532/
http://www.dv247.com/invt/30729/
http://www.dv247.com/invt/9490/

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Old 5th May 2007, 02:58 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice, but I'm not that technically minded.

What's wrong with a conventional amp and a good pair of speakers connected with quality cable?
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Old 5th May 2007, 05:46 PM   #6
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joshkun:

Nothing. These are just two different approaches. 200 quid on cabinets, crossover components, and drivers or just drivers?
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Old 6th May 2007, 03:02 PM   #7
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Hey m0tion, thanks for the clarification.

I just had a look at your website and its clear you belong to the growing number of people who are able to literally build their own systems from scratch. I belong to the small number who are technically challenged and have to resort to manufactured separates..LOL!

If you were to buy a ready made system, do you think the NAD C320 BEE amp, together with Tannoy Sensys 1 speakers is a good combo? What cable would you use to connect them.

I really am very grateful for all the advice you have given me.
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Oh, I see. Some how I had imagined that this would be a DIY audio project. How silly of me.

Just giving you a hard time .

Ok, so here is the thing. I don't have any experience with either of those pieces of equipment (although I have heard nice things about the C320BEE). So, obviously the best thing to do would be to listen to them before you bought them. Thats not always possible, I know, I bought a pair of Alon IV speakers sight unseen (worked out fine, they're great). This might seem a little simple, but here is what I'd do to compare pieces of audio equipment sight unseen. Make sure it has all the technical "features" you want and then compare the equipment by weight. In my experience the better sounding, better built equipment always weighs more. Like I said, I know it's simple, but if you think about it it's a pretty reasonable indicator of quality.

And you should hook them up with plain old oxygen-free copper (14ga is plenty if the cables are less than 3m). Terminate them with whatever you like (I prefer banana plugs), or just clamp the bare cable down. If you spend more than 20 quid including connectors you spent too much.
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Old 6th May 2007, 08:02 PM   #9
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Oh, its all too much to take in, I need to lie down in dark room!!

Seriously though, thank you very much for all your help and advice. I love this forum - I would have been so lost without your speedy responses to my lame questions.

I'll let you know how I get on.

Josh....from the other side of the pond!
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Josh....from the other side of the pond!
Ironic as most of the people responding in this thread are on the same island as you are :P
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