What cheapo system gives you great pleasure?

Just curious what inexpensive, or even cheapo, system have you put together that gives you great listening pleasure?

At least WAY beyond what you would expect, for the modest investment and components.

My current favorite is:
Advent 300 receiver (used as a preamp)
Adcom GFA-535II amp
Boston Acoustic A150 speakers
No-namo CD player
(maybe $250 invested)
Norh ACA-2B tube pre, Sumo Andromeda SS amp. Magneplanar MMG speakers, M&K MX1250 Subwoofer, Pro-Ject RM1.3 Genie TT with Sumiko Pearl MM cart., Keces DAC, Cambridge Audio Azur 640c CD player
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,912
    Polk RTA-12B's - $225
    Yamaha RX-A1020 - $650
    MIT EXp-2's - $50
    USB Stick - $20
    FLAC Files - Varies

    Less invested than some people have in one pair of MIT speaker wires. If I heard some of the rigs on this board I wouldn't be as happy, probably, but as it stands I like it. Still need an amp.
    | Front - Dynaudio Emit M20 | Center - N/A | Rear - Polk Monitor 4 | Sub - N/A |
    | AVR - Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 | Preamp - Dared MC-7P | Amp - B&K Reference 4420 |
    | Turntable - Yamaha PX-3 | Cartridge - Dynavector DV-20X2H | Digital Source - AURALiC Aries Mini |
    | TV - LG 60" 4K | Gaming - Xbox One - PS3 - New 3DS XL - Nvidia Shield TV |

    This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality
    Embrace this moment, remember, we are eternal
    All this pain is an illusion
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,534
    HK 3375 $180 (14 years ago)
    Pioneer BS22s $140
    "Quality" 14 gauge
    Mac Mini as Source (slightly upgraded 2012 model, 2.5Ghz 16Gb DDR3) $600
    AQ Tower cable from Mac to HK $28
    Klipsch KSW10 $199
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.

    Bedroom: Mac Mini, XBox One 500Gb+2TB External, Control Marantz SR6008 powering the top halves of the towers, Dumb amp Harman Kardon HK3490 powering the lower halves of the towers, RTiA7 passively bi-amped, Alpine CDA-9886 car deck for radio purposes, Schiit Asgard 2, Sony MDR-1R.

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    That's offensive and not audio related. I'm telling! :#
  • cnhcnh Posts: 13,310
    edited August 2015
    A tough one since I have a load of vintage gear around. The current system in my sig is pretty good!

    One of my favorite "cheapos" is an HK 430, Dynaco A25s, and a '90s Sony CDP. Total cost? Don't remember but well under $200 (maybe 120+?), the Sony was $8? Those old twin power HKs are very sweet sounding even if they're only 25 watts x 2. I also sometimes throw a little vinyl on that with an old Realistic mid-level table and its original Shure cart that cost me next to nothing. I call this my effortless system because it's like melting butter-not the greatest resolution or detail, but it takes you to a peaceful place.

    Also like those B.A. A series speakers (have a some A200s on a NAD and NAK. pre, but I wouldn't call that system cheap even though it did not set me back that much).
    Currently orbiting Bowie's Blackstar.!

    Polk Lsi-7s, Def Tech 8" sub, HK 3490, HK HD 990 (CDP/DAC), AKG Q701s
    [sig. changed on a monthly basis as I rotate in and out of my stash]
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,145
    'Cheapo' is a relative term, but for something currently in use it would be the work system; iPod Classic, Wadia 171 iTransport dock, Benchmark DAC1, and Sennheiser 650 headphones.
    Bud

    Lumin S1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-20 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon for source, Denali 2000 (2) for amps
    Shunyata Z Anaconda XLR analog ICs, Z Anaconda speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables
    Revelation Audio Cryo-Silver Reference DB-25 umbilical power cable for preamp modules

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,201
    Mine: about 7k more gear and I will be good.
    Parlor: Yamaha RX-A2030*Parasound Halo P5*Parasound Halo A-31*Parasound 2250v2*Emotiva XPA-200 Gen1*LSiM707 Fronts*LSiM706c Center*LSiM702f/x Surrounds*Monitor70 Series II Rears*Monitor40 Series II Presence*SVS PB2000 Sub X2*OPPO BDP-103D*Sony PS3*Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray*Samsung-55" LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV UN55H7150AFXZA*TEAC TN-300*Wireworld Solstice cables*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*

    Dungeon: Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*Usher N-6361*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*IFI nano IDSD* Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

    Head gear: Sennheiser HD 558*Audio-Technica ATH-M40x*Sennheiser HD 598 Cs*Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7*Philips SHP9500S*

    Hello Kitty boombox

    Spares: Yamaha RX-A1040*Emotiva XPA-1L Gen2 X2*Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2*CSiA6 Center*Monitor40 Series II*SVS PB1000 Sub*Sony BDPS6500 Blu-ray player*POS 37" LCD*Douglas Connection Furez 12 AWG 2 Conductor*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*


    Self Control is over rated.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,664
    Marantz 2252B, Polk monitor 5b's old hp laptop Audioquest dragonfly usb dac.
    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7702 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo BDP-103D | Sony PS4 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 64" Plasma | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A23 x2 Amps Parsound Halo A21 Amp & P5 Pre | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's| Usher BE-616 Center|KEF T100 Surrounds | SVS SB2000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | Marantz SA8004 SACD | Bluesound Node 2 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Budgie Phono Pre | Samsung 50" SUHD TV

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's |Marantz 2252B |

    Office Bluesound Node | Audioengine P4 | Peachtree Nova 125SE |

    Closet | SDA SRS 2.3's | Monitor 5B's Yamaha M80 | Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2385
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,386
    Hitmaster connected to ipod around the campfire. Doesn't get any better...

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    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • Such a loaded question. I would have to say this.e0orldpzf6vr.jpg

    A solid 50% of setups I have heard were ear piercing. So this easily beats it. The next 49.99% I heard I could not afford.

    Halen
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 766
    Pioneer SX-780 receiver
    Pioneer PD-M40. CD-1987
    Technics SL-5200 turntable
    Onkyo Integra SL-2500 cassette deck
    Polk Audio Monitor 7 with Peerless tweeters
    Total cost used was right around $200.00.
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 766
    Harmon Kardon 490i receiver
    Pioneer PL-550 turntable
    Sansui D770R cassette deck
    Magnavox FD-2040 CD player 1984 (built like a tank, this thing will not give up.)
    Polk Audio Monitor 5jr+ series ll

  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,394
    These are 2 of my favorite cheapo systems I had a while back in the garage:
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  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 766
    Technics SA-500 receiver
    Technics SL-Q2 turntable
    JVC KD-V6 cassette deck
    Pioneer PD-M610 CD - 1989
    Polk Audio SDA-CRS+
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,201
    aprazer402 wrote: »
    Technics SA-500 receiver
    Technics SL-Q2 turntable
    JVC KD-V6 cassette deck
    Pioneer PD-M610 CD - 1989
    Polk Audio SDA-CRS+
    Your garage is nicer than my living room!
    Parlor: Yamaha RX-A2030*Parasound Halo P5*Parasound Halo A-31*Parasound 2250v2*Emotiva XPA-200 Gen1*LSiM707 Fronts*LSiM706c Center*LSiM702f/x Surrounds*Monitor70 Series II Rears*Monitor40 Series II Presence*SVS PB2000 Sub X2*OPPO BDP-103D*Sony PS3*Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray*Samsung-55" LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV UN55H7150AFXZA*TEAC TN-300*Wireworld Solstice cables*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*

    Dungeon: Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*Usher N-6361*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*IFI nano IDSD* Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

    Head gear: Sennheiser HD 558*Audio-Technica ATH-M40x*Sennheiser HD 598 Cs*Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7*Philips SHP9500S*

    Hello Kitty boombox

    Spares: Yamaha RX-A1040*Emotiva XPA-1L Gen2 X2*Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2*CSiA6 Center*Monitor40 Series II*SVS PB1000 Sub*Sony BDPS6500 Blu-ray player*POS 37" LCD*Douglas Connection Furez 12 AWG 2 Conductor*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*


    Self Control is over rated.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,201
    Mine has bats and lizards
    Parlor: Yamaha RX-A2030*Parasound Halo P5*Parasound Halo A-31*Parasound 2250v2*Emotiva XPA-200 Gen1*LSiM707 Fronts*LSiM706c Center*LSiM702f/x Surrounds*Monitor70 Series II Rears*Monitor40 Series II Presence*SVS PB2000 Sub X2*OPPO BDP-103D*Sony PS3*Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray*Samsung-55" LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV UN55H7150AFXZA*TEAC TN-300*Wireworld Solstice cables*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*

    Dungeon: Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*Usher N-6361*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*IFI nano IDSD* Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

    Head gear: Sennheiser HD 558*Audio-Technica ATH-M40x*Sennheiser HD 598 Cs*Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7*Philips SHP9500S*

    Hello Kitty boombox

    Spares: Yamaha RX-A1040*Emotiva XPA-1L Gen2 X2*Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2*CSiA6 Center*Monitor40 Series II*SVS PB1000 Sub*Sony BDPS6500 Blu-ray player*POS 37" LCD*Douglas Connection Furez 12 AWG 2 Conductor*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*


    Self Control is over rated.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,578
    2 TL3's hooked up to my pc connected to a 36wpc Cambridge Soundworks sub/amp.
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Onkyo TA2600 Tape Deck, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • Polk rti4's stand-mounted sound unbelievably good. I brought home a pair of B&W 685's thinking they would be an improvement. They weren't. I listened to them for two days and took them back. The highs sounded harsh compared to the rti4's. Maybe it's just whatever you're used to.
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,418
    HCT HMS-100 (Dared MP-5 clone) 15 wpc, tube hybrid integrated amp
    Keces Dac-131 USB dac
    Polk Audio 5B's (x-over mods and RDO tweets)
    MIT Terminator 2 I/C's; homemade Canare 4S10 speaker cables
    Media Monkey computer audio player
    FLAC files ripped bit perfect with Db Power amp.

    Sounds way better than it should, always amazes me the fidelity from such a modest system.

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

    Pass Aleph 30 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Plus DAC | MIT Shotgun S3 | MIT Z P/C's | updated SDA 1C| SQ Box Touch/Welbourne Labs P/S- Tubes add soul!
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 5,535
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    Portable the Polk bluetooth speakers were purchased at 50% off so we're the headphones friends and family the Urchin and the Swimmer sound very nice the JD Labs headphone amp along with the Buckles all of these bring me much pleasure and wasn't a lot of coin. I also have a pair of 301s hooked up to a Technics integrated and a Technics CD player .
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • polkfarmboypolkfarmboy Posts: 5,721
    I would have to say my yaqin mc10l, polk rti8 with a marantz dv4003 for spinning cds. It was warm bassy andtamed down thetweeters. People that listened too it were in love and it wasall for $950.
  • My stereo in the den, blows every one away that comes in the house. It just served as background but it is so clear and dynamic that it gets a lot of comments. Under a grand in that system including the tt. The Onkyo integrated and fluance bookies make a great pair.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • I have maybe $300 invested in the garage setup:

    Sansui AU-555a integrated
    Polk Monitor 40s with Peerless tweets
    Some old Sony 5-disc progressive scan DVD player

    Surprised the neighbors haven't called the cops on me yet. That little Sansui punches way above its weight.
    Main System: Parasound Halo P5 | Yamaha RX-V3800 | Adcom GFA-555II | Dual CS5000 | Grado X1+ | Panasonic DMP-BDT210 | Sony SCD-CE595 | Monster HTS 2600 | Polk Audio LSi 15 | Polk Audio LSi C | Polk Audio LSi FX | Polk Audio PSW 1000
    Bedroom System: Yamaha CA-1010 | Technics SL1200 MKII | Audio Technica 440MLa w/ 120e Stylus | Polk Audio Monitor 40
    Garage System: Sansui AU-555a | Streaming Media | Polk Audio Monitor 10 w/Peerless Tweets
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,515
    My Mc100b with Monitor 10's and A Marantz 5004 CD player makes some sweet music!
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,202
    Dayens Ampino
    Pioneer BS22
    iFi iDSD Nano
    Computer w/ Jriver

    Big league sound for budget prices.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra, Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design Magnifico, North Star Design Supremo
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,912
    jimithng23 wrote: »
    Polk Monitor 40s with Peerless tweets

    Say what?
    | Front - Dynaudio Emit M20 | Center - N/A | Rear - Polk Monitor 4 | Sub - N/A |
    | AVR - Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 | Preamp - Dared MC-7P | Amp - B&K Reference 4420 |
    | Turntable - Yamaha PX-3 | Cartridge - Dynavector DV-20X2H | Digital Source - AURALiC Aries Mini |
    | TV - LG 60" 4K | Gaming - Xbox One - PS3 - New 3DS XL - Nvidia Shield TV |

    This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality
    Embrace this moment, remember, we are eternal
    All this pain is an illusion
  • Nightfall wrote: »
    jimithng23 wrote: »
    Polk Monitor 40s with Peerless tweets

    Say what?

    Typo!

    Monitor 10s.

    ;-)
    Main System: Parasound Halo P5 | Yamaha RX-V3800 | Adcom GFA-555II | Dual CS5000 | Grado X1+ | Panasonic DMP-BDT210 | Sony SCD-CE595 | Monster HTS 2600 | Polk Audio LSi 15 | Polk Audio LSi C | Polk Audio LSi FX | Polk Audio PSW 1000
    Bedroom System: Yamaha CA-1010 | Technics SL1200 MKII | Audio Technica 440MLa w/ 120e Stylus | Polk Audio Monitor 40
    Garage System: Sansui AU-555a | Streaming Media | Polk Audio Monitor 10 w/Peerless Tweets
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,386
    You guys idea of cheapo and mine differ by a bunco lol...
    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,751
    My main rig now! Rimshot!
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 5,848
    edited August 2015
    The cheapest system i have & listening to right now is this
    ..
    Sansui Model 8 = 25.00
    Redid cabinet since
    Advent 1 speakers = 27.00
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    Soon to be (project in progress) ADS Model 500 in one room & B7's in weight room hooked to the Sansui
    Randy - Maine
    CRS+ TL'd 198 tweets
    RTA15 TL'd198 tweets
    All TL upgrades thanks to WMG
    Cs1000p - MIT speaker cables
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 14,335
    cheapo to me = dump find.
    I'll give some thought to the best sounding dump find collection of hardware here & get back to you all anon.

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,202
    edited August 2015
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    cheapo to me = dump find.
    I'll give some thought to the best sounding dump find collection of hardware here & get back to you all anon.

    That's kind of the problem with these types of questions. A cheapo system to me isn't one you got on the cheap (or free at a dump), its one with inexpensive components that come together for some sweet goodness. Regardless, its still fun to see everyone's responses.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra, Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design Magnifico, North Star Design Supremo
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
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