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Old 12-29-2015, 02:28 PM
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I am a newcomer to the audiophile world and I want to upgrade from my crappy turntable and low-end home theatre setup. Primarily I want something that will do my substantial vinyl collection justice without investing an arm and a leg but I also want to add on a cd player and a DAC for my laptop music. Another thing...I'm in a career that will probably take me to several foreign countries, over the years both 110V/60Hz and 220/50Hz (and all points in between) with no guarantee of consistent, good quality power.

My question is...what should I consider when building a decent mid-range hifi system from the ground up? What auxiliary devices, such as transformers, power conditioners should I invest in to avoid frying my equipment or degrading my overall listening experience?

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:12 AM
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I think some audio components are easily switchable between 110V and 220, so it might pay to keep an eye on that. Other components can be switched, but it might take a technician to do the job. Of course, I think you can buy power conditioners and converters, but those can also be expensive and would just be more stuff to move around.

One thing you might look at for a part of your system would be an Oppo 105D. It's a Blu Ray player, but will also play Cds, SACDs, and will function as a DAC. It does that job very well, actually. In any event, there might be a "universal" model available that can switch to 220 if need be.
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