First time buyer looking for advice

mr. mustard -- Wed, 04/14/2010 - 15:02

 Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and looking for some opinions so feel free to share !
I'm in the process of building my first audio setup but I can't make up my mind. I've been to two local dealers and listened to two different setups:
1 - Paradigm Mini Monitor  speakers / NAD C315BEE integrated amplifier
2 - B&W 686 speakers / Rotel RA-05 SE integrated amplifier
The B&W/Rotel setup is a bit more expensive but I would be willing to pay the difference if it is a better setup.
Please share your opinion/preference, thanks !

Robert Harley -- Wed, 04/14/2010 - 22:05

Both are excellent choices, and far better than spending the same amount of money on mass-market gear. What matters is how you respond to music through each of the systems. Everyone has different sonic priorities, so one person's opinion might not be translate into the optimum choice for you. Go back to the dealer and listen to both, several times if necessary. Play a variety of music. Take your time. The best system for you will make itself clear.
Let us know what you decide. Good listening!

andrew h -- Thu, 04/15/2010 - 20:11

 I agree with Robert.

I, myself -- with some great suggestions from this exact forum -- am in the process of auditioning speakers. There's a lot of information on the Web (articles, reviews, stats, forum discussions, etc.), and probably a lot of misinformation. You just have to, actually, do a lot of listening.

What I like in one brand or model/category speaker, someone else might not. What you hear in a speaker (qualitatively), again, someone else might not. Everyone's sensibilities are different. Bring a selection (and genre range) of some of the music you typically listen to, and hear it through different speakers/components. You're the one that's going to have to live (and hopefully, love) with the set-up you end up. I'm taking my time with a few, spread-out listening sessions, "taking a breather", between. You might consider doing that, as well.


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