What cheapo system gives you great pleasure?

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,897
    You might disagree if you heard some of 'em.
    For example, the Allison One loudspeakers.

    but, of course, I see your point.
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,273
    edited August 2015
    My second "elcheapo" system...kindly remember...Canadian dollars here!

    iPhone 6 Plus $1,229 (Can be subbed with any iPod of choice, purchase subsidized with 2 year contract)
    Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amp $309
    Sony MDR-1R headphones $299
  • cnhcnh Posts: 13,310
    edited August 2015
    boston1450 wrote: »
    The cheapest system i have & listening to right now is this
    ..
    Sansui Model 8 = 25.00
    Redid cabinet since
    Advent 1 speakers = 27.00
    after i put new surrounds in & new binding post 7l3k8i7ajrzl.jpg
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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

    Now you're talking my language! Great value. Of course, Mark will piece together something amazing that fell into his lap for far less, dare I say nothing! lol

    Can't wait to see it!

    And of course it's all relative unless you're really cheap, which some of us are, in which case free or next to nothing is good.

  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 5,647
    mhardy, did you find Alison One's at the dump? Remarkable to say the least. My college roommate bought a pair new and still has them, mint. He currently uses them as surrounds in a very high end system with Salks, etc. and they sound awesome. Very desireable and command high prices. Heck, the grills bring top buck.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,872
    Boston Acoustics 2.1 computer speakers from 1998, and an iPhone 4 running TuneIn, Pandora, or Spotify :)
    I use it while working in the garage.
  • My budget system

    SMSL Q5 $99
    Pioneer BS 22's $78, DIY Nano Neo's $75, Totem Mites $Free
    Sonos Connect $Free
    24" Stands $25
    Kimber 4TC $30

    I am planning on getting a pair of ELAC B6's in September.

    Sounds pretty good for some relaxing listening in my bedroom.

    I like simple.

    Scott

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,897
    edited August 2015
    dromunds wrote: »
    mhardy, did you find Alison One's at the dump? Remarkable to say the least. My college roommate bought a pair new and still has them, mint. He currently uses them as surrounds in a very high end system with Salks, etc. and they sound awesome. Very desireable and command high prices. Heck, the grills bring top buck.

    Yup. They are very good loudspeakers indeed. In full disclosure, one woofer was "deconed" so I had to invest in one replacement woofer. Didn't seem like a bad investment to me. They're in very good cosmetic condition (although not mint) -- the grilles are (as most are at this point) brittle and fragile (I haven't done anything about that yet).

    I don't think I have any good photos of 'em but if I find an even halfway decent one I shall post it. They live on the back wall of the hifi room, on the seedy, soiled state side of town.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 1,797
    edited August 2015
    My unconventional KLH 20 Plus. It just looks awesome.


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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,904
    I LOVE those!
  • Tbone289Tbone289 Posts: 659
    edited August 2015
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    That's my C740 in that pic! ;)

    I'm still running it in my cheapo system (The cheapest I have):

    Musical Fidelity V-DACII
    NAD C740 receiver
    Philharmonic Audio Affordable Accuracy Monitors (Pioneer SP-BS22-LR)
    Polk PSW-202

    This is my PC setup, where I do the vast majority of my listening. I swap out the C740 for a a NAD 114/ADCOM GFA-535II combo sometimes, and the Yaqin MC-10L I bought from polkfarmboy a few years back in the winter.
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  • leftwinger57leftwinger57 Posts: 2,755
    I guess my bdrm system Nikko 6065 receiver-34 watts a side $40 C/L
    JBL-G-200s --$20 C/L
    Sony--DVP-NS 300 cdp w/ remote--$10 garage sale -- downside, does not play burned cd
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,359
    Tbone289 wrote: »
    That's my C740 in that pic!
    The C740 is high on my list of stereo receivers. Sweet sound.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,359
    If you ever find a pair of these on the cheap, buy them. Amazing speakers.

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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,701
    Cheapo system

    Axiom m22
    HK330 receiver

    I was a happy camper.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,897
    edited September 2015
    unsuffixed hk330?

    The pedigree gets a little confusing as there was the hk three-thirty, then the 330A, the 330B, and finally the 330C.

    All nice entry-level receivers (ca. 20 wpc), but all somewhat different; I don't even know if they were made by the same OEM (althouh there's a fair amount of information/documentation on teh webs).

    My personal fave is the "C" version -- which is a nice basic receiver with unassailable cosmetics (IMO, of course). This is in no way meant to denigrate the other 330 morphs -- I just always liked the looks of the "C" (which was, truth be told, a current model back when I first got interested in this stuff).

    Th hk330C was not uncommonly paired with Polk Audio Monitor 7s by hifi dealers in the mid-Atlantic in the mid 1970s.

    14557954777_7fa8a06bd7_b.jpgGMMgreatbeginnings by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    (Yeah, those are AVIDs not Polks -- decent speakers, though, they were, too. )

    As an aside -- hk also sold what appeared to be just the power/pre amp section of the hk 330C as the A401 in the mid-70s. One of the most beautiful & elegantly simple (cosmetically) ss integrated amps ever marketed, IMO. I'd love to pick one up someday...
    borrowed images:

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    sources: www.hifiengine.com and medias.audiofanzine.com respectively

    OK, I'll stop now :-P
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,701
    Smarty pants!

    Lol jk
  • mhardy6647 wrote: »
    dromunds wrote: »
    mhardy, did you find Alison One's at the dump? Remarkable to say the least. My college roommate bought a pair new and still has them, mint. He currently uses them as surrounds in a very high end system with Salks, etc. and they sound awesome. Very desireable and command high prices. Heck, the grills bring top buck.

    Yup. They are very good loudspeakers indeed. In full disclosure, one woofer was "deconed" so I had to invest in one replacement woofer. Didn't seem like a bad investment to me. They're in very good cosmetic condition (although not mint) -- the grilles are (as most are at this point) brittle and fragile (I haven't done anything about that yet).

    I don't think I have any good photos of 'em but if I find an even halfway decent one I shall post it. They live on the back wall of the hifi room, on the seedy, soiled state side of town.

    @mhardy6647,

    I've owned a pair of Allison 6s for three decades or more, and I think they have great sound -- especially for their size. I had the crossovers rebuilt by VR3 Mods, which made them sound even better.

    The Allison 1s are speakers that I had always "coveted," at least till I procured my SDA SRSs three years ago. I'd love to see pictures of the ones you found in the dump, as well as to a review of their sound.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 2,923
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Mine: about 7k more gear and I will be good.

    I think I have reached my goal and maybe then some.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,897
    heh -- so -- two years ago, moose68bash asked about Allison Ones... and I missed it? What kind of drugs was I doin' then? ;)

    They are very very good sounding loudspeakers, with a big, clean smooth, articulate and accurate sound. Mine are only semi-restored (i.e., they are functional but really need more work); I really should rectify that someday :/

    They're hard to photograph at my house due to their placement. When we moved up here, my "goal" was to have a solid state wall and a vacuum tube wall -- but by the time all of the junk had settled in, there really wasn't room :(

    Here's about the best I could do, in terms of a photo, without moving furniture.


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    28995001964_848e4a9063_b.jpgDSC_5795a by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,597
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    This little Bose soundlink mini speaker because it is so convenient. I listen to it out on our patio, in the garage, in the kitchen, and in my office when I'm working from home. It sounds pretty good for what it is too.

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_018SLKMN2P/Bose-SoundLink-Mini-Bluetooth-speaker-II-Pearl.html?tp=63331&awkw=136875054985&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=175693025962&awdv=m&awug=1019250
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 1,587
    If you ever find a pair of these on the cheap, buy them. Amazing speakers.

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    Are those ns-344's? If not, please include model number.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,897
    I don't recognize 'em either (FWIW) -- they're not NS-690s, that's fo' sho'. I am guessing mid to late 1980s vintage (but that's a SWAG).
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,413
    @jeremymarcinko I was pretty shocked when I bought this for our upcoming beach trip: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K9NLD76/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    And it sounds pretty darn good, especially if you shove it up against a wall, even better in a corner. I built a farm table and bench over the last week and used it in teh garage, and it was great to have tunes out there. And it gets pretty loud and actually has some bass, pretty sweet for 50 smackers...
  • JstasJstas Posts: 13,451
    A pair of Jungle Green KLH 17's I got from @George Grand for less than $20
    A tube amp I built from a kit that cost $140, 8 watts per channel of fury!
    Damn near any source you got, my favorite was the SanDisk MP3 player I had but the Sony Car Discman is a champ on it too.

    I drug that up to Polkfest 2010 at @ohskigod . Went deaf after @dorokusai trying to blow that rig up with Rob Zombie and Black Sabbath.

    The reason doro was messing with it was because I was trying to blow it up with Rob Zombie myself and he actually came upstairs and told us to turn it down, they couldn't hear the BBQ/LSiM prototype demos or the AR9's downstairs over it.

    Yes, I still have all of it. Except the MP3 player. That pooped the bed years ago. Have to hide that rig from @cnh every time he comes out to a fest too.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 828
    edited June 13
    My Warehouse system at work. It's powered by an old class "B" stock Sony STR-DA2100ES $100 Sony employee price. Sony 12" Sub $60 Sony employee price and two ebay RTi4 $60. Sony employee we got family store discounts and gift checks. I always saved my gift checks so I never really paid for anything.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,657
    edited June 13
    I have a system I "donated" to the warehouse I work in. It's a $99 Sherwood receiver and 2 Advent Calypso outdoor speakers. This system has been running 24/7, 365 for over 8 years!
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 87
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    Y'all might hate on it a little, and that's ok!! Sony APM-690 system I picked up for $20. Rehabbed the CD and replaced the back lights on the receiver. Then swapped in a Panasonic SL-H306 TT that needed a new belt for I found for $10. The highs aren't all that transparent but the lows are crisp and clean and they are really efficient. Was very surprised what $30 and a little elbow grease got me.
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,308
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,359
    la2vegas wrote: »
    If you ever find a pair of these on the cheap, buy them. Amazing speakers.

    n0qubqw7hcnt.jpg

    07v92s5tadyu.jpg

    Are those ns-344's? If not, please include model number.

    Yes Yamaha NS-344. Giant killers.

    They do not have the bloated bass that many speakers their size have, but they have everything else in spades. I was shocked when I 1st heard them.

    I have a pair that I rotate in the Garage Rig powered by a Kenwood KA-701 and a Magnavox CDB-582 (modded by Musical Concepts and sounds amazing).
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,382
    edited June 13
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    I use a Dared SL-2000a preamp + 2 Dared VP-300B Monoblocks (9 wpc) and the Omega Super7 full range speakers! not super cheap but not that expensive either.
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