View Full Version : Excersize in frugalness? Lets build a 2ch rig....
06-05-2002, 02:09 PM
Lets each build a 2ch rig. Your budget is $750.
You must buy an amplifier and have volume control (integrated or preamp).
You must buy 2 sources (cd, tape, tuner, phono etc).
You must buy 1 pair of speakers.
You must buy interconnects, speaker cable, and stands (if needed)
Provide links(if you feel like it) for each item, from current, buy it now, or completed items on Audiogon,eBay, etc. Equipment can be used or new, or mixed. If the item is new and for sale at your local shop, provide a link to the manufacturers site, and quote a price. Shipping prices may be omitted from the grand total.
Prices must be realistic, ie, don't use an Adcom amp with an opening bid of $50, we know it won't stay at that price.
This isn't intended as a contest, just an exercise.....and I thought it would be interesting to see what we all come up with...
I'll go first, 750 bones or less.....
Cambridge Audio A1Mk3 SE Integrated $100 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1355026878)
NAD PP1 $85 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1355128981)
AMC CD/8b refurb $175 (http://www.amchome.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AO&Product_Code=CD8b&Category_Code=Sources)
BSR Quanta 750 w/ Shure Cartridge $84 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1358053043)
B&W 305 $190 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1354254101)
2 pair of Signal Cable 1 meter: $60 (http://www.signalcable.com)
Straight Wire Rhythm 8ft pair - $48 (http://audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=SWRTM0005&product_name=Rhythm%20Speaker%20Cable%20-%20Pair)
Grand total $742
06-05-2002, 02:15 PM
I guess I could have spelled 'exercise' correctly to start, SHEESH.....
06-05-2002, 02:29 PM
check this out....
CD player - AMC cd8b - 175 (I just bought this new)
Turntable - Technics SL-20 turntable w/ grado cartridge - 50
NAD 3020 integrated amp - 125
B&W 303's - 225
(2) pair of Frank Dai's interconnects - 60
(2) 10 ft runs of 14awg HD wire - about 15 dollars
30.5" Wood Tech stands - 43.95 (etronics.com)
Heck, I still got 56 bones left over for some cd's and some Boddingtons....OK, maybe some better speaker wire but HD works for me in this case
06-05-2002, 06:46 PM
Denon DRA-685 - new B-Stock (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1356961334)
2 x 100 watt RMS Amplifactation at at .05% THD
Polk RT55i (http://www.wholesaleconnection.com/polkaudiomain.html)
CD Player: $134
Sony CDP-XE370 (http://brandnamez.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=1667&step=4)
Cassette Deck: $60
Nakamichi CR-2A Tape Deck (http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.pl?misccass&1027189153)
Speaker Stands: $36
SANUS SYSTEMS BF-16B 16" Wood Speaker Stands (http://www.sepharus.com/bf-16b.html)
TOTAL = $744
That leaves me $6 for speaker wire and connects. I guess I can scrounge those up somewhere around the house!
06-05-2002, 07:10 PM
Nice, keep it coming, I actually want to hear these rigs now....
Shack, you got 3 sources, bonus (tuner in the rec).....
06-05-2002, 07:13 PM
Man, for that price I can't even buy one speaker. I guess I'll take the Revel M20 stands for $200 and buy some cool speaker wire for $550. :)
06-05-2002, 07:15 PM
C'mon Aaron, use your brain, you did graduate, didn't ya?
Look at it like this. Your mom has $750 and nothing to start with. She likes to listen to the AM oldies station, and her cd's. She asks you to set her up with a Mom-Cave rig. Bring it in on budget....
06-05-2002, 07:33 PM
C'mon Aaron, let's keep those synapses firing......
06-05-2002, 08:17 PM
CD: AMC cd8b (http://www.amchome.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AO&Product_Code=CD8b&Category_Code=Sources) $194.95 shipped (mine's on the way!!!)
AMP: AMC 3050a (http://audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=AMC3050A&product_name=3050a%20Remote%20Controlled%20Integra ted%20Amp%20with%20Phono%20Stage%20-%20Now%2030%%20Off) $248.96 shipped (w/ 17% off coupon & free shipping)
PHONO: music hall MMF-1 (http://audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=MHMMF1&product_name=MMF-1%20Belt-Drive%20Turntable%20with%20Cartridge) $165.96 shipped (w/ 17% off coupon & free shipping)
SPEAKERS: KEF coda 7 (http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.pl?spkrmoni&1028270488&class&3&4&) $120.00 shipped
CABLE: original Monster Cable 10' pair (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-cLfmcBU8hgd/cgi-bin/prodview.asp?i=119OMC10&s=0&c=9&g=22111) $18.49 shipped
INTERCONNECTS: use standard provided, upgrade later...
and i'm spent...:D
06-05-2002, 08:51 PM
Wow, a Music Hall turntable for $16, gimmie that coupon....
06-05-2002, 08:59 PM
$165.96, changed in post above...
06-06-2002, 12:10 AM
Sennheiser HD-600 headphones: $264
Headroom More Power Supply: $299
Cambridge Audio D-300 SE CD Player: $299
Oh well, I was close.
06-06-2002, 12:38 AM
Man, for that price I can't even buy one speaker. I guess I'll take the Revel M20 stands for $200 and buy some cool speaker wire for $550.
Oh well, I was close
This sounds a lot like the our govenor and state house and senate members who are going around wanting to raise taxes because they only have $750 to spend and they "NEED" $862. Heaven forbid that they only spend what they have! :supermad:
Aaron...Are you sure you didn't get a BA in Political Science?
06-06-2002, 01:13 AM
Man this stumped the chump.Meaning me,I can't even do it.I need to get out of high end for awhile.......I need time to build this rig.
06-06-2002, 01:21 AM
This sounds a lot like the our govenor and state house and senate members who are going around wanting to raise taxes because they only have $750 to spend and they "NEED" $862. Heaven forbid that they only spend what they have!
I know you state!:D
06-06-2002, 01:22 AM
Alright I will give this a shot.
Speakers.........disco rt55i's at 199.99 for floors at CC
Receiver...........Denon dra685 at 349.99 wise buy at Tweeter.
CD Player.........My old ass Pioneer pdm60 I would sell for 35.00 that I don't use anymore
Tape deck........Akai for 25 bucks from the flea market.
Wire................bulk Monstercable 16-2 xp20 feet@.55cents from
Interconnects..Free patch cables that come with gear to get started.
620.98 thats cool now i can buy some better Interconnects like Monster standard at 19.99 for i meter each
06-06-2002, 01:30 AM
All well and good Dan, I'll take that system at that price, but I don't think it's your best effort.
Lets get humble here, take your time......use the force....
06-06-2002, 06:21 PM
All this from Jeff's Sound Values:
NAD 712 Receiver $195
NHT Super Twos $375
Nakamichi CDP $ 95
Canare IC $ 40
Canare Speaker Cables $ 64 per 8ft pair
Jeff allows you to home audition all the stuff he sells!
06-06-2002, 06:29 PM
Man, someone still has Super Two's? I've always wanted a pair...
06-06-2002, 06:47 PM
yeah but a cloven-hoof mofo like you ain't gonna have a pair.....
06-06-2002, 07:04 PM
You know, if I keep buyin old Ratshacks and Omegas to rebuild, you are probably right....
06-06-2002, 07:08 PM
to each thier own....to each thier own....
06-09-2002, 11:50 PM
You used the "G" word that some find so offensive!
The Ghetto Police :rolleyes:
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