Music/sound systems/TV

A question for those that have more of a clue than I.

Mrs T wants the front lounge doing up :roll_eyes:

Whilst reluctantly I agree that this needs to be done, this does also seen like the perfect opportunity for me to also acquire what I have been hankering after for quite a while.

While we have plenty of Sonos components, I also fancy try to have a decent sound system that will play some vinyl. I have never had a decent record player previously but there is some really rare stuff that I want to be able to listen to which isn’t available on Spotify.

My questions as follows:

  • recommendations for decent turntable
  • recommendations for decent amp - must be able to hook up to decent headphones
  • can they be married up to integrate into Spotify or such like or is that just a stupid question? Appreciate that the sound quality out of compressed audio on Spotify might lose something in terms of quality but I love the availability of most music that you can think of
  • can they been hooked up to a decent new TV for appropriate surround sound
  • recommendations on new TV to go with the above - note sure that our lounge would support anything bigger than 50”

I appreciate that with sound systems money can be no object

I did this recently, with the exception of the turntable and did a lot of reading on best buys and going for those. I have:

Samsung 55" 4k TV. It is their mid range offering, around 600 notes.

Denon X1600H AMP. This can have up to 7.1 channels. It also has dual zones. So you can have 5.1 channels on 1 Zone and then play something totally different on Zone 2 (e.g. speakers in garden or kitchen etc). The Denon have an app called Heos which will let you connect to streaming services. The annoyance for me is it doesnt include Apple music. I get round that by having it connected to Alexa and alexa streams the music via the amp. It has Bluetooth, wifi and ethernet connectivity, It takes a standard phono style headphone in the front or you can connect BT headphones to it. This was about £500, its entry level for an AV amp but has a lot of features and a decent punch. The sound is excellent and it has plenty of inputs

For speakers I went for Wharfdale DX2. I was a little limited on space, or what the wife would allow. These are quite small but pack a punch and the active sub can rattle the windows quite easily.

I am very happy with all it of. Im probably a bit of a Samsung fan boy but I cant fault their products. The amp is really great.

If you dont want full surround then a more simple audio amp would do rather than an AV amp, if you want sound from the TV though it will need an input supporting ARC though.


For a screen you can’t get much better than the one I just got at that size. LG C1 48"

If you want surround sound, then you’ll need an AV receiver and speakers. Most new ones come with wifi/Spotify. There’s a lot of choice here and depends on budget.

You can plug a record player into an AV receiver may need a separate phone stage. This is what I have done. Rega RP3 or Rega RP1 are good for the money.

If you just want 2 speakers, you can get an 2 channel amp with wifi/Spotify and connect to TV and record player. Again lots of choice depending on budget and space.

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Cheers guys

What’s your budget?

Depends on how much I can get away with - let’s assume £2k excluding TV - whether I can get away with that is another matter

I like your style, agree the budget then fill in the details.

Speakers- Bush , Argos, £39.99
Turntable- Facebook marketplace , £20
Cables and sundry, £10
Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Front and Super 9 disc 11/12sp rear, £1930



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Not a question anyone has asked but I can highly recommend a Chromecast Audio as part of your hi-fi setup.
Great for Spotifying from your sofa with your phone and playing through your hi-fi amp and speakers.

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