I’m a new in high performance audio reproduction as my experience is limited by several High End exhibitions, Introductory Guide to High-Performance Audio Systems by Robert Harley (truly mindset changing book), and ears that have a mixed blessing to distinguish something good from something mediocre which has resulted so far in dissatisfaction and fatigue from all but $30K+ systems like Macintosh that I have listened to in the shops yesterday and frustration sourced from the fact that this is far above my budget.
In short, I need to build a system from scratch. The prerequisites are as follows:
Usage: Stereo for audio listening and watching movies in stereo sound (no multichannel necessary if it deteriorates sound quality and/or significantly increases the budget)
Music styles: various (in order of importance: Jazz, High quality karaoke, Classics, Rock, Electronic dance music. No metal.)
Listening room: a big hall of 60m2 approx., lots of windows (the biggest wall actually is all windows), concrete building. Not so much furniture, wooden floor – no carpets, not so much furniture. Some echo is present while talking.
Budget: let’s say $3000 more or less for source, amplifier and loudspeakers.
Source: computer is not an option. Ideally to have cd / sacd / dvd source.
Loudspeakers: other things being equal preference is to smaller options (but off course the sound is the key priority).
What do I want: Lively, balanced, enjoyable (non-fatiguing) reproduction with smooth and detailed treble, realistic instruments and vocals, articulate and dynamic base, clear soundstage. I.e., the best possible for these conditions J . I would rarely need to go to extreme volume pressures so if we can gain in quality in exchange for power – it should be a nice deal. Though we plan some occasional dancing it won’t be a real rave dance party, off course J .
Questions to the professional and highly reputable audience of TAS:
Thank you very much in advance for all precious knowledge you could share with me. As I’m from Russia I feel a great lack of objective information regarding high performance audio reproduction so I thank for anything you could share with me on my subject.
With best regards,