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I'm still running an old component based setup. I like simplicity, I don't need tons of controls and settings, although a remote volume control would be nice.

Thorens TD166 mkii turntable -> NAD 1020 preamp -> Hafler DH-200 amp

Real solid setup, very low THD (less than 0.02% at 100wpc), can play loud all day with no problems. No special features, no remote, just straight pure signal all the way through. I've been thinking about picking up a minidsp for some room correction, but at the volumes I listen I'm not sure it would have too much of an effect.

My hifi: http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/192638-line-array-hifi-tower-build/

2008 Subaru WRX STI

K&N Typhoon Intake

Invidia Polished Stainless 3" turbo back with cat

Cobb Accessport

Dyno tune from Kaizen Tuning

320awhp 330ft-lb awtq

MTX 421D Sub amp

American Bass SQ900 Highs/Mids amp

Sundown Audio SD-2 10 D4

JL Audio XR653-CS 3-way Components


Second Skin Damplifier Pro

Custom fiberglass wheel well enclosure

Transmission Line quasi-floor enclosure


Bill Fitzmaurice TLAH line-array hifi towers

9 Goldwood 4" mids (each)

12 Goldwood 1/2" tweeters (each)

NAD 1020 Preamp

MiniDSP 2x4 Balanced processor

Thorens TD166mkII Turntable

Hafler DH-200 Amplifier



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power lol..... then i realize i don't need much..... thd% and if the rated watts are all channels while playing (most say they aren't) ... when i was running receivers now that i run separates power and thd% and inputs

im running separates Emotiva amp and processor ...

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what S15 said, also I am guessing you actually mean a receiver or AVR as they're abbreviating them now.

Also you can do some cool stuff with MiniDSP but for ease of use I would go with a receiver.

Brands: Yamaha, NAD, Marantz, Onkyo, Emotiva (if you have the scratch they have some great stuff)

If you only want to power a set of speakers you can run amps and pre-amps of course but for home audio the receiver has kinda taken over those duties for most people. But if you have nice set of speakers and not a home theater in a box I would go with a receiver+amplifer setup.

I would stay away from Pioneer. I've owned two (elite and non-elite) and two other friends have bought them and there have been issues with the three that were not Pioneer Elite series. I used to recommend them a lot but I think quality control has gone down or something in the past 8-10 years.

Depends on what you are trying to do with it as well. I am finding out the simpler the setup the better. I run a receiver that has full HDMI capabilities with PCM audio and full Dolby and THX support.

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