I am building a new (modest) house from scratch and will thus build a combo music/HT system from scratch in the basement level. I have a host of questions that can’t reasonably be asked at once, and I don’t want to dominate the forum with long, convoluted posts. I hope to get some guidance on several areas but my plan is to deal with one topic at a time. I think this could be a great service to similarly situated people out there looking to build a new/different system from scratch but are overwhelmed by all the options and discussion aimed at people who already have mature systems. While I will cover widely disparate concerns a single forum like this one is best suited for people building new systems. My questions will be centered on the following areas; I will start with asking each question separately in this thread:
1) Given a limited leftover budget, what are the most cost effective items to add at the building stage? Room dimensions (“golden ratio”)? Cheap sound treatments to add behind drywall? Electrical upgrades? Are there cheap built-in power conditioners out there?
2) Given remaining budget, speakers will be Maggie 1.7 vs. DefTech BP1040 vs. Triton 2/3. Experiences/opinions from those who’ve heard at least 2 of the above? CM, are u there?
3) Since I’m music-first, I’m having trouble with system architecture. Source will be NAS/computer via Ethernet. Looking at integrated w/HT passthrough+dac +HT receiver vs. Combo DAC/Pre w/ HT passthrough + HT receiver vs. HT Prepro w/Ethernet input + multich amp vs. NAD combo digital pre/dac/amp box w/HDMI output + HT receiver vs. Parasound P-7 analog multich pre + Oppo 95 player + multich amp
4) Cost effective cables + power conditioner + tweaks