$2000 Doorway SET/HE Sounding System

prime minister

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Bit of a different one for you all. As the Haven is home to a lot of great SET/HE fans, but most people lack the space/money/DIY talent to build something like a big Altec 604 based system, my thought was, why not create a system that gives people that wonderful midrange and palpable musical presence, but in a way that is available to more average folks.

So here are the rules:

1) Price - Approximately $2000. If you need to go a bit over, that's fine, but a bit is not $3000.
2) Must be readily available products
3) No DIY - This must be stuff available to anyone with zero skills
4) Kits are ok- As long as its a very basic, complete kit from a reputable vendor. Nothing that will set the end users house on fire
5) one source of any kind must be included.
6) Must be reasonably full range sound - no 3 inch, single drivers

So brilliant Havenites, what can you do to save those starving for that SET/HE sound?
 
Are you speaking just speakers or amp + speakers? Sorry maybe you mean that by stating SET/HE…

I’m eagerly following…
 

prime minister

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Are you speaking just speakers or amp + speakers? Sorry maybe you mean that by stating SET/HE…

I’m eagerly following…
A full system.

The choices are wide open. The only performance criteria is that it has to have a sound that appeals to an HE/SET fan.
 

prime minister

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Fun stuff. I'm already researching like crazy.

'And gents, ultimate cheapness is not the goal here. I'm more thinking of a person who is willing to invest at least a few grand into a system, loved the SET/HE sound, but doesn't have the skills and space to make their own. Or the willingness to drop $20k+ at the local Devore/Shindo dealer.

Just imagine a guy who had a great listening experience with a Devore/Shindo or Devore/Leben system, but gag when he realized the cost was the same as the car he drove up in. But he just can't get past that beguiling sound that he has never heard before.

So, let's make that sound mainstream!
 

prime minister

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Musical Paradise MP-301-MK3 Intergraded tube amp with headphone support. 435.00 USD
Tekton Mini Lore 600.00 USD
Topping D50 DAC with BT 320.00 CDN
you still have money to buy cables and/or a CDP
Interesting. A friend bought Tektons and truly loves them. Seems an audio end point for him.

Is the Musical Paradise that good?
 

prime minister

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$995 Decware Zen SE84UFO
$629 Klipsch RP600M
$249 Schiit Modi Multibit
$1873
I read some reviews on the Klipsch. Can't imagine conclusions more different then Herb Reichert at Stereophile vs the guys at Audio Science Review. Have you heard them?
 
Interesting. A friend bought Tektons and truly loves them. Seems an audio end point for him.

Is the Musical Paradise that good?
They are very good for the price. Also, you can tube roll it is great for experimenting with various types of driver and power tubes. There are many upgrade options available. Tektons sounds amazing and very easy to drive.
 
Eagerly awaiting your report.

Is that the system you would want, or is that the cheapest you could come up with?
Its what I had...and it takes a lot more to best it...like a lot more...decware stuff are really good ones...z1kit is a bit different then orginal ufo as UFO uses rectification and better output transformers but it gives you the taste of decware sound for cheap. My build was maxed up with boutique caps and film bypasses on all electrolytes. Node2i needs no introduction same as F15 Lii audio...cheap and good...
 
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rogerfederer

Junior Member
i had that musical paradise amp. was fun for tube rolling. definitely sounded good.

and i have a decware built from the zkit; also quite nice (even though my build was less than perfect)
 

Kpatch

Junior Member
Interesting. A friend bought Tektons and truly loves them. Seems an audio end point for him.

The Minis that I heard had the BE tweeter upgrade ($600) and the internal wiring + upgrade ($300)
And yes they were that good. If I was in the market ...
 

rogerfederer

Junior Member
if you use tidal/quobuz as source via laptop/pc and then out to the khadas tone dac that is a very affordable front end. there are chi/fi passive preamps that probably do little harm to the sound. the musical paradise is integrated so don't need a preamp and the zkit can be built that way.
 

prime minister

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I have to ask new, or can I shop used ?
I want this exercise to be repeatable. An option that a person with a couple of grand to spend can choose, instead of the more mainstream ones. Not for the hobbyist who wants to build something, but rather a music lover who just wants to put a system together, with as little trouble as buying a NAD/PSB system.
 
You going to sit the speakers on the floor? :D
$399 is just for the drivers alone, no cabinets.
Piece of countertop for 199 and nice afternoon in the shop and voila... up and singing...little work, some beer will help appreciate the music more
 
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