$600 budget

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Antilles, Aug 17, 2003.

  1. Antilles

    Antilles New Member

    Jun 29, 2002
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    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    i'm thinking about getting a cheap home stereo setup, i know i wont get that great of quality for $600, but can anyone throw me some ideas (besides spending more money)?

    it's just for listening to music, no dvds or such

    a DIY project would be nice, thanks guys. :wiggle:
  2. 04

    04 Guest

    I would probably build a gainclone amp, which can be done for less than 100 dollars, 50 if you are lucky. http://home.student.utwente.nl/f.s.bouwman/audio/diy-thor-amp.html Is one example of a Gainclone you could design. If you don't want to DIY on the amplifier, I would go for a 100 to 150 dollar stereo reciever.

    You would be surprised at the level of performance you could get for 600 dollars. I would then spend 50 to 100 dollars on a dvd player (to play cds) as they seem to cost LESS than plain old cd players do these days.

    Then for the speakers, you will have at least a 400 dollar budget. I would build something like one of these:


    There are plenty of options in your price range, and many other kits available that I didnt mention.
  3. Blindsight

    Blindsight Guest

    I totally agree - if you are the least bit knowledgable and enjoy working with your mind and hands, you can build a system with $600 you would not easily top using normal storebought components.
  4. nt

    nt Guest

    i'd buy used gear. maybe an integrated amp like nad, arcam, or creek for @ 200-250. then some monitor speakers like paradigm or psb for 250-300. as a source i'd get a cheap sony sacd player for @100.

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