$2000 Doorway SET/HE Sounding System

Mortsnets

Junior Member
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?
I own the Klipsch speakers and like them for the liveliness. They are not for everyone and not the most refined speakers. I use them in a large room with a homemade bucket sub.
 
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billfort

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IMO SET systems start, evolve around and end with the speakers - start there and forget about everything else until you've gotten by step 1 and are well happy with your pick.

I wouldn't consider anything less than maybe 95db sensitivity per watt either, since this price-point is going to mean a real low power SET amp. It's been a few years since I've been to shows or retailers to hear what is currently available new, and I I honestly can't think of anything I've listened to that would work brand new, plug and play, no DIY in a $2K system. The Tekton Mini Lore and Klipsch RP600M mentioned above sure seem interesting though, I'd maybe seek them out for a listen - if that's even possible post 2020.
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
This is hard as Bill mentioned because in order to really do SET right, you either need to do a lot of DIY or throw a lot of money at it, that being said, here's my gateway options (technically, SEP, not SET):

$629 Klipsch RP600M
$995 Decware Zen SE84UFO
OR
$435 Musical Paradise MP-301-MK3
$350 Cambridge Audio AXC35

$1,974 for the Zen system
$1,435 for the MP-301 system

Note: if Raspberry P streamers are considered OK in the rules outlined, then I'd replace the AXC35 with the following and save $140 and dramatically increase my flexibility:
$95 SMSL M100 USB DAC
$115 PI Shop Raspberry Pi 4B Starter Kit
$0 Moode Audio Player
 

John Frum

Secret Society Member

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

I like this plan. At a $2000 (USD) budget, you’d not only have enough left for a CD or DVD player and cables, but also an upgrade to the standard Tekton Lore.

You’ve also got a free analog input on the MP301 for a phono rig or what have you.
 
I had a similar mental exercise, trying to compile a smaller system I could use in a den with a sound characteristic I could live with. It would have to be tube-powered, and speakers small enough to give a good reproduction range yet have deep bass and a sound that isn't too forward or bright. And then, I get tripped up along the way when trying to choose a digital source I can live with.

While I can't recommend sources (some prefer digital server/streaming, some prefer CD/SACD, some prefer analog), and certainly can't recommend speakers (again, it's way too subjective for me to suggest anything), I would base it around a Conrad-Johnson CAV50 if I could find the right deal on one. (The newer CAV45 is more money.) Sadly this is the only component I could decide upon. And it would take some hunting to find one for around $1,250. There is also the PrimaLuna Prologue 1 (integrated amp) that can be had for around the same price or even less. Another good choice IMHO.

So unfortunately, I guess I'll have to bow out on most of this $2,000 challenge. I have the anchor picked out (the C-J or the PrimaLuna), but the rest I really have no options to choose from until I get out to hear more components.
 

Mortsnets

Junior Member
Has anyone heard these high efficiency speakers:
Zu Dirty Weekend
Blumenstein Orca + sub
Decware DM945
Sound Artist SC8B
 
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prime minister

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MrEd

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Frugal horn flat pack w/ Alphar 7 $330.00
Allo Boss Player $171.00
IfI power supply $49.00
Musical Pardise MP-301 MK3 El34 SE amp $435.00
Schiit Loki $ 149.00
Sega Planar 1 with phono amp $595.00
$200.00 for interconnects.
Total 1929.00 plus tax and shipping
 
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As an alternative to the Musical Paradise amp: Bottlehead's Single-Ended eXperimenter's (S. E. X.) kit w/ C4S - $574. Plus another $100 for a half decent soldering station and some solder. The latter will easily pay for themselves if you get the soldering bug.

It's sad that the prospect of having to solder things scares most people off. If you managed to learn to tie your shoelaces as a kid, you can learn to solder. And it opens up a whole new way of engaging with this hobby.
 

MrEd

Senior Nobody
As an alternative to the Musical Paradise amp: Bottlehead's Single-Ended eXperimenter's (S. E. X.) kit w/ C4S - $574. Plus another $100 for a half decent soldering station and some solder. The latter will easily pay for themselves if you get the soldering bug.

It's sad that the prospect of having to solder things scares most people off. If you managed to learn to tie your shoelaces as a kid, you can learn to solder. And it opens up a whole new way of engaging with this hobby.
Agree.
If kit were allowed per the bosses rules this would change to game two much higher level.
 

ejfud

Junior Member
Frugal horn flat pack $330.00
Allo Boss Player $171.00
IfI power supply $49.00
Musical Pardise MP-301 MK3 El34 SE amp $435.00
Schiit Loki $ 149.00
Sega Planar 1 with phono amp $595.00
$200.00 for interconnects.
Total 1929.00 plus tax and shipping
You’ll need some drivers for those Frugal horns too.
 

prime minister

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Agree.
If kit were allowed per the bosses rules this would change to game two much higher level.
And it would also eliminate a lot of folks from contention. If I had unlimited funds, I'd call up Grahame from Coup de Foudre in Montreal, order the Devore O96's and a nice Shindo setup to drive it, and call it a day. Im sure anyone who heard it would do the same. However, that would be the price of a new Mustang, which knocks most folks out of contention.

''The point of this exercise is to give those folks some of that experience, without having to sling solder on their own.
 
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