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Hey guys. I’ll be moving to what may potentially be a long time permanent home. I’d like to invest in a decent audio setup. With all this technology out there with Bluetooth and homepods and single unit setups, I may be going that route for convenience. But would still like to invest in a decent setup I can still play analog. Would like to spend 200-300, if that’s even possible for that, I already have a record player.
 

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First off congrats for the home. I'm kinda blank, 200-300 is not much at all in this world. Maybe look for bookshelf speakers possibly Wharfdale? Maybe Blue Jeans cables. Not sure if thats helpful.
 

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sell some knives and a kidney and get a pair of Krell Monoblocks driving Apogees. For a couple hundred bucks you might struggle, I have one of these and it is pretty good for the money: not sure how you'd go about lining in a record player or old school gear though.

 

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Recovering audiophile here. I have a pair of powered speakers, used Audio engine a5, the older version, paid $200 on Craiglist, a Bletooth receiver, new from Bestbuy for $25, and an old BSR EQ free from my son. The system sounds very good. I use the EQ to remove the boosted base at 125 Hertz. I'm sensitive to a bright sound, these speakers have silk dome tweeters and sound nice. All of my records and cd's are still packed away, I use Pandora premium for my source material because of their genome project and "radio stations". Quite pleased with this little system.
 

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Your options for $200 - $300 are IMO fairly grim unless you can find someone really knowledgeable to guide you through purchasing used gear and even then a certain amount of luck might be required. Peachtree Audio has some all-in-one wireless setups (deepblue) that might be decent for around $300 but you would still need a cheap phono preamp. The Schiit Audio Mani ($129) is probably one of the better phono stage options for <$200 but this end of the market is not my area of expertise - these are just semi-educated guesses.
 

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Best to peruse CraigsList, etc. looking for someone dumping an old receiver and speakers.
 

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I don't want to talk you out of a pair of smaller vintage speakers, amp and a BT module (though $300 does sound a bit tight) - but just have a look at Vifa BT speakers. I have one that is about a size of a breakfast bawl for cereals (Reykjavik I recall) and it sounds way better than it should compared to similarly priced or sized products on the market. The large ones cost more, but if you can find the Oslo within your budget, than it may be real option. I have spend a lot of time comparing different models (there is a great YT channel and guy uses high end binaural microphone to record and compare different models) and Vifa just sounded most natural and HiFi-like out of what he tested.
 

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I would vote for looking for a pair of Vandersteen model 1 speakers on Craigslist. They usually run about $200-$250, depending on age, condition, whether or not they come with stands, and what other stuff the previous owner might throw in. For amplification, get a new Micca OriGain AD250 amp. $99, 50 watts, you can run USB right in, or RCA analog, or toslink optical. So, you could plug a laptop in and run that via USB. If your turntable has a built-in phono stage and AD converter, then you're golden. For source, mostly I run a Chromecast Audio. With it, you can use your phone to play Spotify (streaming) or digital music you own (off of a hard drive, via Plex software), and run toslink digital audio out to the Micca. It was a great buy at $35, but they don't make them anymore. Another option might be to stream bluetooth audio from your phone to some sort of device that will run that through the Micca. Not a horrible solution as far as convenience, but bluetooth degrades the sound a bit.

Anyway, the Vandersteens are pretty easy to find, and trounce just about anything. Enough bass, very natural sound, great on vocals. They're also floorstanding (the stands that they may come with are good and nice, but not necessary), so it might be easier to find a place for them. I find them handy to put either on either side of a desk, or on either side of a television console.
 

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High-end audio website Audiogon.com has some nice $$$ stuff. They have some B/S/T bargains.
 

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Okay how about another question. Are there any nice Bluetooth models that has a single input channel to run phono?
 

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do you have a phono preamp? thats the most important part for listening to vinyl.
 

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Yes, looks like one input. Has a subwoofer output, I dont see how it would work with surround sound.
I'd look on Amazon and compare features and specs of Audio Engine, Kanto and others. My reading led me to belive that the Audio Engine sounds better, for my tastes, dont like booming base and high end sizzle, but you might. You might find used units on Ebay or Craigs list.
 

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Yes, looks like one input. Has a subwoofer output, I dont see how it would work with surround sound.
I'd look on Amazon and compare features and specs of Audio Engine, Kanto and others. My reading led me to belive that the Audio Engine sounds better, for my tastes, dont like booming base and high end sizzle, but you might. You might find used units on Ebay or Craigs list.
But it does have an optical output which is a new thing (maybe not new) for TV speakers. Realistically if I can plug it into my TV, has a phone preamp/RCA, and does Bluetooth then this might be the one
 

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Okay how about another question. Are there any nice Bluetooth models that has a single input channel to run phono?
Where do you live? I can’t recall if you were on the Seattle thread or not? If so I have a bunch of gear you can have. I also have some gear I would be willing to let go for a few bucks. Receivers, speakers, cables and I have a decent phono amp I could ship if you don’t live near by. Congratulations on the house by the way.
 

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Hey guys. I’ll be moving to what may potentially be a long time permanent home. I’d like to invest in a decent audio setup. With all this technology out there with Bluetooth and homepods and single unit setups, I may be going that route for convenience. But would still like to invest in a decent setup I can still play analog. Would like to spend 200-300, if that’s even possible for that, I already have a record player.
I really like sonos because there’s so much music available on it. And you control it with your smartphone. Regarding your records since you have a turntable and a phono preamp all you really need is a receiver and a pair of speakers. Or for that matter an amp with volume control would do the job. The only reason you need Bluetooth in speakers is if you need your speakers in a different location than your source. Unless you’re using the Bluetooth for streaming. Thrift stores and Craig’s list are good options for a tight budget or like I said in my other post, me if you live nearby.
 

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Thanks @gregfisk for the speakers! He hooked me up with some nice proficients. Can’t wait to get them hooked up at the new house.

what a guy!
 
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