Got a little cash to buy a budget tt system - any suggestions

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soulman

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I've always had a decent system in the past (Manticore Mantra, Marantz CD52SE, Audiolab 8000, ATC speakers are some examples of kit I've owned) but a house move and third child meant turning all of my toys (hifi, cameras and bicycles) into a deposit.

Got a little money (£400 initially) to put together a turntable based system in our main bedroom (20' x 14'). Any suggestions on what to buy?

 
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Oh and I'd kind of thought I would split it £200 for the TT and £100 each for speakers and amp. Initially I'll only buy the turntable, a friend is kindly loaning me a Naim Nait 3 and Linn Saras with stands....

 

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a friend is kindly loaning me a Naim Nait 3 and Linn Saras with stands....
That isn't kind! :shock: Don't panic when it sounds like having knitting needles hammered into your ears - it's not the TT.

 

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That isn't kind! :shock: Don't panic when it sounds like having knitting needles hammered into your ears - it's not the TT.
:rofl:

 
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Oh bollocks, look I lived with a Nait 3 for 2 years and I can still hear high pitched notes :fek:

 
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Are they that bad? Thought Naim were supposed to be good, never listened to one though....

 

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Nait 3 utter garbage, by far the worst amp ever made by Naim, even worse than the 90/92. The Sara's would be OK on the end of a Naim 32.5/140 or an Exposure X.

 

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The project debut carbon with 2m red cartridge that audio emotion have for £195 delivered would be a decent starting point.

 

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I'll chip in with a Sony ES integrated amplifier £100-150...... lovely phono stages IMPE (equal to the £300 offboard variety). TT/Speakers knock yourself out on that front. Plenty to choose from.

 
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soulman

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Thanks for all the help.

Currently looking at a Systemdek with basik arm from the Forum and how about an Audiolab 8000a for amplification? Trying to track down a pair of JPW AP2's for speaker duty....

 

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Mitsibushi DD Deck in the Classifieds ~£100

Nice Cart ~£50

Sony ES Amplifier ~£100-£150 (something like a 530ES or 670ES)

Rega Jura ~£100

Jobs a good'un! :^

 
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soulman

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Other options I've seen are rotel 971 ore and power amps, creek 4040 s2

 
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I've got some Wharfedale Diamonds II's in not bad condition if your interested, can get them to North side of Chesterfield during the week (work).

Or some Castle Durhams (original), if I decide to sell them.

 
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They might be a little on the small side I think, its a big room....

The castles sound interesting, have a think and let me know.

 
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Still waiting to hear about the systemdek with basik arm, do people think a MF A1 and MF mc5s would go well with it?

Also been eyeing up a panasonic A400 but not sure what type of speakers to look for with it.

 

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