Strategy needed for a new home audio system (not home theater).
December 12, 2010 1:49 PM Subscribe
I would like to upgrade or completely replace a 30+ year old stereo system, but don't know where to start. Previous questions seem to be oriented toward home theater, which is not an interest, or to address details instead of the overall approach.
posted by Kevin S to sports, hobbies, & recreation (18 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Here's what I'm looking for: Audio only for listening to classical/jazz/folk. Music sources would be FM, hard disk based Cd's, and downloaded music files. No interest in video or home theatre; surround sound not important. Audio quality should be better than or equal to existing Luxman receiver + small Advents playing CD's. I would like to copy a few hundred CD's onto a hard drive where they would be available for playing in uncompressed format and for compression and downloading to itouch/iphone/droid. The main system including speakers can be in one room and hardwired together. This is for a small to medium sized room; enormous output power not needed. Ability to add remote (wireless) speakers would be a plus.
I'm guessing that the main components would include: Computer with a couple of external terra drives (one for back up) to hold the cd's and with an HDMI interface card; music management software; up to date receiver with an HDMI interface; new speakers.
The overall objective is to save space (all those CD's) and to improve operational convenience.
* Have I misunderstood what's needed for the main components; e.g., is some other trype of gadget needed to support this ?
* Can the computer be a repurposed five year old xp machine with a newly installed HDMI card ?
* Is this a doomed endeavor because today's digital systems aren't as good as the old ones with respect to audio quality ?
I would have a psychological limit of $1,500 to $2,000 on this. Cobbled together and geeky is ok as long as it works.
Thanks for any reactions or ideas.