A question for those that have more of a clue than I.
Mrs T wants the front lounge doing up
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.
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.
when we move we won’t have either a satellite dish or a TV aerial and frankly I’d prefer not to bother with either. we’ll have a FTTP connection so a streaming device is the best way forward to link into the Sony 4K TV.
I have Chromecast audio devices but not used the Google TV version although I am familiar with Roku as we have that on a dumb TV in the current dining area. never used Apple TV
thoughts on which way to go - Google, Roku or Apple???
I’m comfy with Roku and Chromecast and I’m kind of torn between the 2 - price difference isn’t that much and both much less than Apple. Roku is leading at the mo purely down to the fact you can power them via a USB feed which the TV has rather than using a 13A plug on the Chromecast - less cabling really!
I’m also looking at a pair of these for my new study setup - won the What Hifi speakers of 2021 in their price category. will replace an old pair of Ruarks linked to a Chromecast via mini-amp which is a bit cobbled together.
Following the death of Marantz CD separate, did a bit of research and it seems budget priced but decent CD players are a thing of the past. The majority of people have moved onto streaming, leaving only the devoted audiophiles using CDs and they’re a niche market willing to pay through the nose for the very best.
However, found a few interesting discussions on HiFi forums about people using DVD players as they’re cheap, plentiful and have decent quality DACs. You’re sacrificing a display and a few functions but the consensus was that they’re a good option to replace older CD players.
Anyway, £10 later I’ve hooked up a nearly new Panasonic DVD player and it sounds great.
I’m going to look into getting my Marantz fixed and keep an eye out for a decent 2nd hand replacement but if nothing else £10 for a short term fix is a bit of a bargain.
Regarding turntables, I was recommended Audiotechnica as a brand and that’s what we went with. We went with a mid-range model (about £250 iirc). Been very happy with it. We just play it through a Bluetooth speaker. Thought we could connect it to a Sonos, but couldn’t get it to do so.