The Doorway System 2015

prime minister

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dsnyder0cnn;n4164 said:
I could probably be very happy with this small system for ten years (although I'd miss the LF extension that I currently enjoy):

<center><table border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0><tr><th colspan=2><a href="http://www.musicdirect.com/p-276032-ifi-retro-stereo-system.aspx">iFi RETRO LS3.5 monitors and RETRO Stereo 50</a></th></tr><tr><td><a href="http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/retro-ls-3-5/" border=0><img src="http://ifi-audio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Retro_LS35_Main-453x327.png"></a></td><td><a href="http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/retro-stereo-50/" border=0><img src="http://ifi-audio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/STEREO50111-453x327.png"></a></td></tr></table></center>
To this, just add an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/HP-Stream-200-010-Mini-Desktop/dp/B00R7R1GWK/">HP Stream mini PC</a> and subscriptions to <a href="http://roonlabs.com/">roon</a> and <a href="http://tidal.com/">TIDAL HiFi</a> and you have lossless streaming of roughly three million albums. There's actually an excellent phono preamp in the Stereo 50, so add a decent table too and you're set!

Now this is incredibly cool. I'm gonna have to do some reading on it.
 

BadassBob

Active Member
We can have a lot of fun with this thread. One doesn't need to spend megabucks to get a taste of good audio.

$80 - SMSL SA60 TPA3116 amplifier: http://www.amazon.com/SMSL-SA-60-60WPC-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B00PA3ECGK
$300 - PSB Alpha B1 speakers: http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PBALB1
$66 - Dayton speaker stands: https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-ssmb24-24-speaker-stand-pair-square-steel-base--240-750
$90 - Hifime 9018 24/384 USB DAC: http://hifimediy.com/DACs/ready-made-dacs/9018-dac
$35 - Raspberry Pi Model 2 B: http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi2
$25 - Raspberry Pi 10-in-1 kit: http://www.amazon.com/EEEKit-Raspberry-Lightweight-Heatsinks-High-Speed/dp/B00Q6E8YDY
$6 - Kingston 8GB Class 10 Micro SD card: http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Flas...8&qid=1438354631&sr=1-2&keywords=8gb+class+10
FREE - PiCorePlayer: https://sites.google.com/site/picoreplayer/home
FREE - Logitech Media Server: http://www.mysqueezebox.com/download
$5 - Orange Squeeze Squeezebox controller app for Android
$9 - iPeng Squeezebox controller app for iOS

Here, we have a good digital playback system on a modest budget that plays everything from redbook to 24/384 high resolution files. Enough to give one a taste of something better, or one could even be nice and content with this setup as well. It gets your foot into the door for bigger and better things if you so choose. This whole system comes in around $650 once you account for shipping costs.
 

TubeHiFiNut

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dsnyder0cnn;n4164 said:
I could probably be very happy with this small system for ten years (although I'd miss the LF extension that I currently enjoy):

<center><table border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0><tr><th colspan=2><a href="http://www.musicdirect.com/p-276032-ifi-retro-stereo-system.aspx">iFi RETRO LS3.5 monitors and RETRO Stereo 50</a></th></tr><tr><td><a href="http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/retro-ls-3-5/" border=0><img src="http://ifi-audio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Retro_LS35_Main-453x327.png"></a></td><td><a href="http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/retro-stereo-50/" border=0><img src="http://ifi-audio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/STEREO50111-453x327.png"></a></td></tr></table></center>
To this, just add an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/HP-Stream-200-010-Mini-Desktop/dp/B00R7R1GWK/">HP Stream mini PC</a> and subscriptions to <a href="http://roonlabs.com/">roon</a> and <a href="http://tidal.com/">TIDAL HiFi</a> and you have lossless streaming of roughly three million albums. There's actually an excellent phono preamp in the Stereo 50, so add a decent table too and you're set!

+1 to this recommendation!

The iFi Retro is how I would go in a heartbeat. Add a table, computer and sub and you are 100% ready to rumble. :)
 

MikeO

Active Member
Would like to add one of Audioengine's new products. I haven't heard these yet, but I own a pair of A2s and have heard the A5s. The new product is the HD6 powered speakers. They are attractive powered speakers in either walnut or cherry veneer, with Bluetooth, Optical input, two analog inputs, and a remote control for $750. A full system that could use a phone with Bluetooth AptX and you should have an extremely nice system. If you have an Apple Tv or Airport Express you could hook that through the Optical input (unless you bought the Apple TV 4 which apparently did away with optical out). And still room to add a turntable down the road just in case. What more could you ask for in a starter system.

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Powered-Speaker-Systems/HD6-CHR-Powered-Speakers

John Darko did a review on his site.

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2015/11/audioengines-hd6-bring-affordable-audio-to-real-people/
 

Golden Gate ER

Senior Member
Yamaha RS-300 receiver mated with a pair of Yamaha NS-F150 or Tang Band D4-1 kits. Then any inexpenssive quality vintage turntable Hitachi PS-48, Yamaha YP-B4 or YP-B211, Dual 1229, Technicis 1200 series or simmilar will do just fine.
 

TubeHiFiNut

Administrator
Excellent! I'm glad to see the Doorway System getting some attention!

Please keep the suggestions coming. 😀
 

Olson_jr

Active Member
Prime Minister;n223 said:
So, how about something like this:


NAD D3020 Integrated Amp/DAC - Plug in your computer. Or even stream to it through your phone. Brilliant - $500


I was interested in trying one of the D NADs as a kitchen amp but there is some bad press out there on their quality/longevity.
 

Wntrmute2

Not So Mediocre Member
I set a couple of my kids and their friends with simple systems like this. Total cost 300-400 bucks. All that vintage sound and looks too!
 

GreatDane

Junior Member
Mies audio is the house brand of a dealer here in Ottawa and Toronto. This is a system I've heard in the store a few times and it sounds great. Just add a cheap DAC and you're all set.

 
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