Dismiss Notice
We are making some updates and reconfigurations to our server. Apologies for any downtime or slow forum loading now or within the next week or so. Thanks!

First Hi-Fi System

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by monitorpop, Jun 10, 2021 at 1:28 PM.

  1. monitorpop

    monitorpop Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Michigan
    Putting together my first higher end system after reading many posts here. I’m nostalgic for the look and sound of my dad’s 70s era stereo system that I grew up with.

    Would appreciate any thoughts around this combination for my space and musical preferences:

    Klipsch Cornwall IV
    Yamaha A-S3000
    Technics SL-1200G
    Hana EH (prefer to avoid a phono pre-amp)

    My space is 14x28ft with high angled ceilings.

    Mostly listen to rock, indie, metal, old country and old r&b.

    Aside from vinyl, I’ll stream movies/music from an AppleTV 4K.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hoytis

    hoytis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    I have no thoughts other than I'd like to hear it. All great pieces.
     
    Hardcore, Nathan Z, james and 5 others like this.
  3. pscreed

    pscreed Upstanding Member

    Location:
    USA
    I think that looks very very good. Very good.
     
  4. ChrisR2060

    ChrisR2060 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    I would add a tube integrated just in case you have doubts about the Yamaha/Klipsch combination. But I want to hear it too.
     
    monitorpop likes this.
  5. Glmoneydawg

    Glmoneydawg Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ontario Canada
    Looks like a well balanced setup....and killer "First HiFi System"
     
    james, Razakoz, jonwoody and 2 others like this.
  6. Lowrider75

    Lowrider75 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well done. My only thought is to explore more options for amplification. Speakers are rated at 102dB sensitivity, 8 ohms nominal. They're very efficient and can play loud with SS or tubes.

    Have you thought about room treatments yet?
     
    The Pinhead, Nathan Z and monitorpop like this.
  7. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

    Location:
    Richmond VA
    I once had the yamaha , nice piece of gear as is the rest for your first hifi setup!
     
    Razakoz and monitorpop like this.
  8. Ingenieur

    Ingenieur I love to travel, but I hate to arrive.

    Location:
    PA
    That is a heck of a first system.:righton:
     
    Whoopycat, toddfan, djost and 5 others like this.
  9. big_pink_floyd_toole

    big_pink_floyd_toole I am not a bat

    Location:
    USA
    If the “vintage look and sound” is important to you, why not get some vintage gear?

    With a budget in the $12K-$15K range, you could do worse with that setup but you could do better as well.
     
    monitorpop, Jacob29 and Roger P like this.
  10. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

    Location:
    Richmond VA

    THIS!
     
    Nathan Z, Xarkkon and monitorpop like this.
  11. Davey

    Davey Heavy Rotation: Merope "Salos"

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Not sure I understand this comment, the Yamaha has a MM/MC phono stage. Are you saying that the Yamaha MC stage won't work for the low output version of the Hana? If that's the case, you may be right since it seems to be optimized for pretty low output carts, others have complained about the 50 ohm input impedance.

    Ignoring your preference, I'd be more inclined to get an amp without a phono stage and use a separate one that better matched my needs and preferences, much more flexible and usually better sounding, and more easily upgradeable as the system changes, the internal ones are often compromised. But the internal ones can be handy to have around too, and will be fine to get started.

    Looks like a very nice system, good luck putting it all together.
     
    avanti1960 likes this.
  12. Ingenieur

    Ingenieur I love to travel, but I hate to arrive.

    Location:
    PA
    MAC7200
    Spendor HLD X5
    Thorens TD1600
     
    djost and monitorpop like this.
  13. monitorpop

    monitorpop Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Michigan
    Thanks for the reply.

    Mostly superficial but I’m hooked on the look of the large level meters on the Yamaha. Are you thinking it won’t get the most out of the Cornwall speakers?

    I thought about room treatments but I don’t think I’ll be able to do anything that will fly with my wife since this setup will be in our main living space.
     
    Lowrider75 likes this.
  14. Lowrider75

    Lowrider75 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    No, not at all. The looks are KILLER. And VG reviews on its performance. My point is these speakers are so efficient that they do well with lower power amps, I wasn't sure if you knew that. Plus,, tubes are often used with these speakers.
    I think your choices will make an awesome sounding system.
     
    james likes this.
  15. Ingenieur

    Ingenieur I love to travel, but I hate to arrive.

    Location:
    PA
    Panasonic, new integrated SU-R1000


    [​IMG]
     
    Carlox and monitorpop like this.
  16. monitorpop

    monitorpop Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Michigan
    I actually started there but got a bit overwhelmed researching that path. I’m also hoping to keep this hobby on the listening side and avoid the troubleshooting/repairs side if possible. :)
     
    timind likes this.
  17. jhw59

    jhw59 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Rehoboth Beach DE.
    Tubes and Klipsch are a wonderful combination.
     
    Dennis0675 and Lowrider75 like this.
  18. Lowrider75

    Lowrider75 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    I read about this amp, it seems to be very well built and designed. Only thing is, it's upside down.
     
  19. Jacob29

    Jacob29 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Kansas City
    Outside of looks what makes you think this would sound like your dad system? Do know what he had.
     
    Nathan Z likes this.
  20. monitorpop

    monitorpop Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Michigan
    That Thorens is in walnut is super sexy!
    I really like the look of the McIntosh too.

    Both are very tempting.
     
  21. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Drum machines are not inherently evil.

    Just personal preference, but I would never run Cornwalls with anything other than tubes.
     
    Dennis0675 and Lowrider75 like this.
  22. big_pink_floyd_toole

    big_pink_floyd_toole I am not a bat

    Location:
    USA
    If the vintage look was paramount in the amp, I think you need to look into Accuphase
     
  23. Tone?

    Tone? Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
    cool

    have you heard any of that gear?
    If not I would just go hit the stores and listen to as much stuff as possible.
    You would be surprised what you like and don’t like.

    sounds great man!
     
    monitorpop likes this.
  24. Jacob29

    Jacob29 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Kansas City
    I'm guessing you're the type of person that reads the end of the book first
     
    toddfan, Nathan Z and timind like this.
  25. monitorpop

    monitorpop Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Michigan
    LOL! I was thinking the same thing on the design of this being upside down.
     
    Lowrider75 likes this.

Share This Page

molar-endocrine