I have a friend who is going to upgrade her two-channel system (she's older and not into the whole HT experience--she couldn't care less about surround sound). The system will be primarily used for music, although for movies once in awhile. I have a system in mind, but I'm posting hoping for suggestions on how to both get her the most bang for her buck, and if maybe another system would work better for music. Her tastes are somewhat specific, so I had to work within certain peramters:
Having had Bose for the last few years, she wants the speakers to be smaller, ie a bookshelf/sub combo. I could not convince her to get towers.
She didn't give me a specific price range, but I told her the system I'm recommending is around $3k and she was open to that.
So, we have $3k to work with and we need 2 bookshelf speakers, a good sub, a new receiver or separates, and a new DVD/CD player (does not need to be a universal as she will not be upgrading to surround anytime soon).
My system so far:
A pair of LSi 9's for the mains
HSU VTF-2 for the sub
B&K PT5 stereo Preamp
2 Outlaw Model 200 Mono blocks
Still not sure about the DVD/CD player, doesn't have to be fancy
Blue Jeans bi-wired 14 guage speaker cable and analog connectors
That's what I had in mind. This will be happening in the next few months. Is there a receiver that would adequately drive the 9's? I can get the B&K and Outlaws for about $1100, so antything up to or less than that would be desireable. She is very resistant to used equipment, so I'm doing the best I can to be economical w/ the new stuff.
LSi 9's-$800/pr at Crutchfield
Outlaw 200's-$575 for 2
B&K Pre-$500 at newyorkwholesaleaudiovideo.com
Any suggestions for better prices or better equipment choices would be welcome. Thanks.