Over the years since the sixties, have not had budget for high end. At university it was a simple AR table, integrated amp, and spkrs. As time went by, I collected various components and organize them in different ways in different rooms around the house. Except for the original AR set up, I have always bought preowned equipment. I listen mostly to Early music, chamber, jazz and blues, cg-acoustic guitar and am not really into orchestral or operas.
Right now I am redoing a small room for just cg/acoustic guitar listening and practice. I queried on another thread about speakers for this specific use in a small room and not for orchestral, jazz, chamber. I will be using a set of small Rega speakers, McIntosh 5100 solid state integrated, Rega Apollo cd player for this little room.
Other equipment around the house includes Bryston 4B amp, Bryston pre, Electrocompaniet amp, PS Audio pre, Perreaux SM2 pre, Revox B760 tuner, Revox 76a tuner, Tandberg 3001a tuner, Revox 215B cassette deck, Thorens 320 td turntable/Ortophon, Rega Apollo CD player, Teac VRDS 20 cd player, original Snell1a spkrs, Mission spkrs. I have a Studer D741 cd recorder and a Sound Devices 702 digital recorder.
I enjoy listeing to music in all formats — vinyl, cd, cassette, FM — and try to get a nice sound from each.
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