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Fro the record, my audio setup is a Shure SM-58 mic, hanging off an A55HM shock mount, with an SE Dynamite pre-amp sticking out the back, plugged into a 3rd gen Focusrite Scarlett Solo.

As soon as the Volt 276 comes out, I'm replacing the SE Dynamite and the Focusrite with that.

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@khm Do you have some kind of sound system setup for watching tv/movies?

audio gear nerdery 

@contrapak Yes! In my living room I have an ancient crappy projector, plugged into a Dell Optiplex 7050. Coming out of the back of that machine is a USB sound card plugged into a Yamaha RX-v661. The Yamaha drives a pair of Bowers & Wilkins DM601 speakers.

At the moment the Yamaha is unplugged so I can test an old Sansui AU-217. I'm currently hunting for a record player which will go easy on my acetate, and considering adding full-size floor speakers.

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@khm Thanks for the specs. I'm interested in throwing out my soundbar and moving to a speaker system. Do you have any recommendations to where I can get started researching? Your setup looks like what I'm looking for: a receiver with two speakers. I might also add a subwoofer.

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@contrapak There's a lot out there, that's for sure. I recommend starting by deciding what features are crucial. Example: what are you going to plug into the receiver? Does it need HDMI ports, or are RCA jacks enough? Do you want a remote control? And so forth. The less restrictive your answers, the deeper access you have to the second-hand market (i.e. remotes show up in the late 80s, HDMI in the 2000s).

Then pick a few brands you find trustworthy, and browse eBay.

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@contrapak You'll get a sense for what is readily available, what is available but expensive, and what is suspiciously cheap (possibly because it's flawed!).
If you don't have any brands in mind, I'd start with Yamaha, Marantz, and maybe Cambridge Audio as well-established.

For speakers, I recommend seeing what's available locally second-hand (they're heavy and costly to ship). Start by deciding whether you want freestanding floor speakers or smaller bookshelf speakers.

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@khm Thanks a lot. This is a helpful start. Are there any websites you use to vet equipment? I'm not in a position to be ordering/demoing a ton of speakers and such. My best option is doing enough research so, when I pull the trigger, I know that's the component I want.

audio gear nerdery 

@contrapak It's hard to recommend much, since this space is generally overrun by the sort of people who buy $1500 bamboo-jacketed power cables or whatever. You can try to look stuff up on classic-audio.com/ or stereonomono.blogspot.com -- less reliable, but more comprehensive, is audioreview.com/amplification.

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