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Old 12-08-2006, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Okay, my gift shopping is nearly completed but I need advice from other techno-geeks out there. My cousin is a HUGE music freak and he is looking for a new stereo to play his CD's on. I've heard nothing but great things for Bang and Olufsen equipment so is this the best you can get?

I have BA speakers wired throughout the house but I don't particularly care for their individual peices. Anyone else have any good stereo recommendations? Otherwise I'll go with the B&O stuff.
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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Okay, my gift shopping is nearly completed but I need advice from other techno-geeks out there. My cousin is a HUGE music freak and he is looking for a new stereo to play his CD's on. I've heard nothing but great things for Bang and Olufsen equipment so is this the best you can get?

I have BA speakers wired throughout the house but I don't particularly care for their individual peices. Anyone else have any good stereo recommendations? Otherwise I'll go with the B&O stuff.
I saved for many years and was finally able to buy a McIntosh power amp and audio/video control center. There are many top notch companies out there as I'm sure you know. I previously had a Sony ES A/V amp in my system and it can't compare with the Mac. The downside is quality comes at a cost! In your case I would visit a high end (if that's what your looking for) home theatre store. Bring a couple of CD's with the music you generally listen to. Have the rep. play the CD through equipment similar to what you own. Then have him switch off to different speaker combos and compare the difference. You may be plesantly surprised that the most expensive pieces may not sound the best to your ear. Case in point. When comparing center channel speakers I found that a Polk model sounded the best to me. I went in with intentions of paying twice the amount on an Infinity speaker. Of course you can always go for a pair of Rockport Technology Arrakis loudspeakers at $145,000.00 a pair By the way are your B&O's mounted in wall / ceiling. Many times you will get real bad results from real good speakers when they are not mounted properly (you may be loosing sound inside the wall cavity). Also consider a test tone generator (pink noise) to calibrate your speakers, or go with the Avia audio / video DVD calibration disc. You would be shocked on the difference in audio and video performace once calibrated properly. Also remember if you pay a thousand bucks for a good pair of speakers don't expect them to sound like a thousand if you use cheap speaker wire. I know I personally have well over a thousand dollars invested just in wiring for my system. Once again budget and sound preference should be the deciding factor. Good luck
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:02 AM
 
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if you have the money, a great set of boston accoustics. can't beat a good bose system.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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can't beat a good bose system.
Just curious...are you deaf or just have severe hearing damage?
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:15 AM
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Okay, my gift shopping is nearly completed but I need advice from other techno-geeks out there. My cousin is a HUGE music freak and he is looking for a new stereo to play his CD's on. I've heard nothing but great things for Bang and Olufsen equipment so is this the best you can get?

I have BA speakers wired throughout the house but I don't particularly care for their individual peices. Anyone else have any good stereo recommendations? Otherwise I'll go with the B&O stuff.
It's all a matter of how much you want to spend, and whether appearance of the equipment is important. McIntosh is considered high end "tube" type stuff with a specific styling appearance, while Denon has a line of product considered very good that is mid-priced. I would probably look at Pioneer myself. For someone that is really into CD's, it might be useful to find something that is SACD compatible (rarely used but gives the highest resolution).
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:24 AM
 
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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if you have the money, a great set of boston accoustics. can't beat a good bose system.
is the way to go
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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Hello,
I am a senior and have been out of touch with the newest electronics. I wish to integrate a system in my home.
Recently we lost our "Toshiba" set after only six years and were advised the part necessary for repair is no longer available.
An expensive unit was rendered void by planned obsolescence. With limited monies, what would you suggest for a complete upgrade? Currently I have an I-mac with 10.1 and am using comcast with wi-fi. I wish to gain a newer DVD player that
will allow netflix and other venues. I do use Facebook or twitter, nor do I wish to use them. Suggestions? Michael in Vancouver, Wa.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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Hello,
I am new to this and am seeking information. I have an I-mac with wi-fi. I am a senior with limited revenue. I have recently lost my flat screen Toshiba to planned obsolescence, i.e., Toshiba no longer makes the part necessary to repair their set.
I wish to integrate a new system that will respond to the newer venues available, e.g., streaming netflix, blue-ray DVD with the newer bells and whistles that work with wi-fi. Suggestions, recommendations. Mike in Vancouver, Wa.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I am slightly confused what you want.

Most DVD players $100 and up can now stream video and music from a variety of sources including Netflix. Our $130 Sony does that and much more. It connects to my home network via wired or wireless ethernet (wifi).

My Samsung plasma tv can stream video, photos, etc. from my main computer.

If you want a "stereo" (receiver+speakers+etc.) please supply a bit more information. Do you want it just for music? Or is it part of a home theater system?
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