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Old 09-03-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Bogus argument.
Let's say that one CD ripped to FLAC is 500 MB.
That means that 1000 CDs is 500 000 MB, or 500 GB. Or 1/2 TB.
A 3 TB external drive drive costs $135. That is 6000 CDs. You paid $90,000 for those CDs.
Not bogus at all. You assume all I do is rip my own CD's, lol. I quit buying CD's quite a while ago. I got the majority of those songs by other means.

Close to 95k songs at the moment, total is 670gb. I also need to back them up, I cannot have them in just one place. The drive takes a dump, so does my entire collection. By the way, you could buy an 8TB drive for the $135 you mention. Prices have come down drastically, so the price is not the issue, it's manageability.
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Old 09-04-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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Old thread but here goes. I do not have a single device in my new home that is being used to receive music. The choices seem overwhelming and I don't understand the terminology.

But having retired I now have plenty of time to listen indoors and would appreciate someone passing along suggestions as to a good basic system for home use. Someone suggest Bose, but can I use that with a subscription service?

I once had a trial system on my computer where you could ask for music "like" a song you played. Does that still exist? My budget is only limited to be commensurate with what I'm getting, and something that won't be obsolete next year. Any suggestions?



My wife uses Pandora for music. She uses her laptop, computer, and samsung phone to listen to music. Here's the link:


https://www.pandora.com/
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:34 AM
 
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Old thread but here goes. I do not have a single device in my new home that is being used to receive music. The choices seem overwhelming and I don't understand the terminology.

But having retired I now have plenty of time to listen indoors and would appreciate someone passing along suggestions as to a good basic system for home use. Someone suggest Bose, but can I use that with a subscription service?

I once had a trial system on my computer where you could ask for music "like" a song you played. Does that still exist? My budget is only limited to be commensurate with what I'm getting, and something that won't be obsolete next year. Any suggestions?
Well, almost anything you use a computer to access will be using mp3 format which is not a high quality format.


If you want high quality sound, you need at a minimum, a reasonable quality amplifier (solid state is fine), and speakers that have some physical size to them. You'll need to be playing CDs or .wav files, or analog sources (LPs or high quality magnetic tape). Especially if you're listening to recently recorded music - almost all of which is way too close-miked and compressed to begin with - playing it through little bitty speakers that are trying to simulate big speakers, will get you that "in your face, can hear every single faint breath the singer takes" sound that gives an impression of accuracy in the store but is just plain exhausting after a few dozen hours in your own living room. Add the .mp3 compression and you can easily spend a couple thousand bucks on teeny little speakers and interface streaming online gadgets, to get a system that sounds just like the AM radio in your old '65 Plymouth.


On average, relatively inexpensive speakers of generous size will sound better, overall, than expensive tiny speakers, once you get over the initial oohh cool factor of hearing ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING RIGHT IN YOUR FACE that the expensive tiny speakers provide. Personally I wouldn't go for anything smaller than the old Klipsch Heresy. My speakers are about 1.5 times that volume, and were not particularly expensive, and paired with a modest amplifier they sound terrific.


Unfortunately the convenience factor you also mentioned, will drive you toward computer/streaming type sound files. Of course, there's no reason why you couldn't play crappy mp3 sound files through a high quality system when you want convenience and play high quality sound sources through your high quality system when you want to listen to quality sound. If it were me I would start out with a good quality amplifier and speakers, and then figure out your interface to the streaming/online doohickeys.
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:38 AM
 
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I have these speakers, Edifier. Works Bluetooth or cabled. $400 puts out great sound.

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-S2000...gateway&sr=8-5
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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I've never regretted owning Sonos speakers. As someone who always has music playing, controlling all rooms and music sources easily from my phone is very satisfying and the sound quality is excellent to my ears. Easily switching or syncing music sources between rooms rocks.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You should have started a new thread, luv.


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I once had a trial system on my computer where you could ask for music "like" a song you played. Does that still exist? My budget is only limited to be commensurate with what I'm getting, and something that won't be obsolete next year. Any suggestions?
This is Pandora as Mike Fong suggested. Yes, it still exists.

I would splurge a little and get a nice bluetooth sound bar:
https://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-SB2920-...s%2C154&sr=8-8

Connect this to your phone and stream away.
There's a lot of options for you as I'm sure you are about to see with all the suggestions.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:26 PM
 
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Old thread but IMO the best option is a nice headphone setup...


https://www.head-fi.org/forums/


Use the above as a great source for information but be prepared if you get the upgrade bug it will cost you. But you can spend $1k - $2k on a nice set of cans that will provide similar audio experience of a hifi speaker setup costing you $50k+.


My favorite products are from Schiit & Audeze but there are tons of options out there and you could go the IEM route if looking for purely portable.
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Old 12-10-2019, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Hi all:

I grow weary of listening to my classical music on an iPod, and would like to put together some sort of home system. I live in an apartment, so, I would want to be respectful to my neighbors my not making a lot of noise, meaning, I do not think I need 1000 watts of anything etc., Anyways, not sure which way to go...some sort of all-in-one shelf system or put together components (CD player, speakers, and amplifier). I do not want to spend tons of money but, would like something that will last a long time and really helps to hear the beautiful sounds of Mozart, Chopin, and Beethoven.

Appreciate your ideas...

thanks..
An opinion.

First, I'm not an audiophile, but don't necessarily go to major brands (some of the) time. I have two Bose portables that do their job fine in a pinch, in a controlled space. If you like the sound, that's good one stop shopping. Do you have a Bose store nearby as we do in Seattle? Some poo-poo Bose. YMMV. My Porsche 911 had a premium Bose system that absolutely annihilated anything I've heard in a car before or since, just sayin'. $3,000 option that was actually worth it.

in 2011 I built a man cave. I measured it all out and put up some acoustic panels, too, for the sound to drop dead on the back wall (stops the slight echo otherwise off hard surfaces). That was cheap and makes a difference, btw.

Now: most important step. Most big towns have a wonky little stereo shop. A guy who really is an audiophile. You cannot buy Bose, Samsung, or Sony there. He carries Naim Audio, Rega, and Audioengine. And lots more: the REAL stereo equipment. I found him in my town, he's in Wallingford (part of Seattle). They have few social skills but tons of knowledge.

I had a leftover perfect Sony Amp and pre-amp, decent solid-state quality. So I started there. If I hadn't, I've have started and ended with an end-to-end Naim Audio system for probably about $3K. And well worth it. But no, I test drove some Rega RX3 mid-size speakers for my space. They sound stunningly good compared to what you hear at the Best Buy. So do many other small brands. I bought a sound bar/mid from another company, also stupifyingly great. And some 5.1 back channels from Polk Audio, more subtle. And I now have a man cave a stereo, connected via HDMI to my old 55" Plasma, that buries anything from the Best Buy, various parts put together but the key items highest quality.

For upstairs (computer room) they sold me some computer sized Audioengines. These, too, sound stupendous compared to Best Buy JPN typical stuff. Bring your own music, sit in a demo room, until you find what you need. That sold the Audioengines in about a half hour, funny but the smalls worked way better than the big ones around my computer.

The custom products are more expensive than most of that JPN stuff. I've had plenty of that, and it's not "bad" buy does NOT hold a candle to the mostly-English speakers (and other European). I don't know where Audioengine comes from.

I will never, ever, go to a big box store again for stereo equipment except for Bose if it seems the right move.
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Old 12-11-2019, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Now: most important step. Most big towns have a wonky little stereo shop.
You are so right.
Here's ours:
Audio Craft - HOME | Cleveland, OHIO | 216.431.7300
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Old 12-11-2019, 08:45 AM
 
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Old thread but IMO the best option is a nice headphone setup...


https://www.head-fi.org/forums/


Use the above as a great source for information but be prepared if you get the upgrade bug it will cost you. But you can spend $1k - $2k on a nice set of cans that will provide similar audio experience of a hifi speaker setup costing you $50k+.


My favorite products are from Schiit & Audeze but there are tons of options out there and you could go the IEM route if looking for purely portable.
I like headphones but it's not so easy to cook dinner with headphones on. I suppose wireless.
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