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What stereo gear are you planning to purchase in 2021?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by LeeS, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. Hogues

    Hogues Forum Resident

    Probably more like 2022, but thinking:

    Salk Song3
    Anthem STR Integrated Amplifier or preamp and
    Benchmark AHB2 (with a second one to follow)
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  2. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Forum Resident

    South Bend, IN
    Allow me to elaborate :)


    /I have no idea what I'm doing
    //Triple checks homeowners policy

    Ok, in all seriousness - thing on the left is a power supply. Think of it like a battery charger that when switched off, charges up. When switched on, it powers low voltage gear like Raspberry Pis and the stuff on the right.

    The stuff on the right... it takes the digital bits and it reclocks them and conditions them and talks real nicely to them and pets their hair and then finally sends them onto the DAC over an HDMI cable, free from USB (which is way better than it ever used to be IME) where it becomes analog sound again.

    Cliff's notes: I hope my 1's and 0's sound real good.

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  3. Clonesteak

    Clonesteak Forum Resident

    Kalamazoo, MI
    That looks like a nice set up to put together.
  4. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Chicago metro, USA
    OK now I understand, do you read Tom's hardware and build your own desktops? We have a store that sells that stuff (Fry's Electronics). Cool hobby.
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  5. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Forum Resident

    South Bend, IN
    I do read Tom's occasionally - I try to stay away from those sites because they just make me want new hardware. And right now is a *terrible* time to build a PC. I recently re-built our primary "whole house PC" and then put together another PC out of spare parts to do only HQ Player upsampling.

    It is a fun hobby but especially right now, it's expensive as heck.
  6. Decent casual Bluetooth headphones.
  7. jmrife

    jmrife Wife. Kids. Grandkids. Dog. Music.

    Wheat Ridge, CO
    Probably a microRendu to replace an ailing, bought used, Mac mini for my secondary Roon system.
  8. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

    Idaho, USA
    Still nothing. Happy with the four systems I have.
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  9. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

    SF Bay Area, USA
    Lots of pretty lights :)

    Looks like it's sporting your Hana SL, probably sounds pretty nice.
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  10. gmcjj

    gmcjj Forum Resident

    Mid Michigan
    I've been on a tube binge recently getting some 5751's and 6x4's. Found a nice Raytheon 5751 2 mica windmill getter and 2 Raytheon 5814a windmill getters for a great price.
  11. geetar_await

    geetar_await You bet yer sweet bippy I like music.

    I'll be getting new stylii (is that plural for stylus?) for some gear from the mid-80's.
  12. Helom

    Helom Forum member

    It does indeed.
  13. schugh

    schugh Forum Resident

    Just ordered a pair of REL S/510s through my local dealer (gave me a decent price).
    Should be here in a couple of weeks.
    I'm terrible having to wait.
    It's going to be long couple of weeks (first world problems, I know. Especially with everything happening right now. It's terrible.)

    Already picked up my Anthem MRX-510 10 days ago.
    I'm most certainly done for this year.
    I was eying the new McIntosh MHA200 for headphone use but it will have to wait till 2022.
  14. MPSchenck

    MPSchenck Well-Known Member

    SE TN
    Upgrading my home office (room is 11'2" x 9'10" w/ 8' ceiling) desk set up this year. After throwing some gear together in Feb/March last year. I'm 110% working from home forever now.
    So far this year...
    Major increase in desk size from 60"x 30" to a 74" x 39"
    Swapped cheap LG 43" 4K "monitor" for Sammy 50" 4K QLED mounted on VESA mount pedestal stand and bias backlighting.
    Added room treatment panels and bass traps from Acoustimac
    Will be ordering an M1 Mac Mini 16gb

    On the audio front...
    Definitely replacing Kef Q100s with Omega CAMs and having custom desk stands fab'd
    Maybe replacing Bluesound Powernode 2i with Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 (still on the fence)
    and if I get the Lyngdorf I'm going to replace the single SVS SB-12 NSD with dual REL T/5i subs
    I will probably build some Canare 4S11 speaker cables with bare copper spades on one end and bare copper bananas on the other.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2021
  15. Oddiofyl

    Oddiofyl Member

    was not planning on buying speakers but pulled the trigger on Forte IV..... I went to buy a soundbar for my daughter and one thing led to another.....
  16. Morbius

    Morbius Forum Resident

    Brookline, MA
  17. elvisizer

    elvisizer Forum Resident

    San Jose
    going to be due for a new cartridge for the record player this year, I think. pretty sure the hours are getting up there on my current one.
    other than that . . . .probably not much! I'm pretty happy with my setup currently- there's some long term upgrades I have in mind but I don't think I'll be doing them this year yet- spent too much money recently on displays (2 OLED's) and musical instruments (strat and a rickenbacker bass)! :D
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  18. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

    Wasn't necessarily planning, but one of these just fell into my lap. Ouch!

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  19. StephMess78

    StephMess78 Forum Resident


    I never had a brand new out-of-the-box turntable...I'm looking at the Project Debut Carbon Evo I like the reviews (I have a used Panasonic SL-H402 for more than 10 years that I like a lot, but too much floof noise at a loud volume)...hope that I'll hear a difference!

    All the best!!
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  20. Harris11235

    Harris11235 Well-Known Member

    Minneapolis, MN
    Today’s the day, my friend. I picked up my CMIII this afternoon. I hooked it up, turned it on, and gave it about an hour to warm up. Just got done listening to the first record. John Prine - Tree of Forgiveness. Listening to Blaze Foley - Live at the Austin Outhouse now. Everything just sounds “right.” It was worth every minute of the wait, and I know it’s only going to get better from here. Hope yours comes before the weekend!
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  21. james

    james Forum Resident

    Had you been thinking about them already or did a random demo sell you on them?
  22. TheIncredibleHoke

    TheIncredibleHoke Dachshund Dog Dad

    Brooklyn, NY
    I think I’ve been waiting for this post as much as you have been waiting for your amp! So glad you are digging it already. They told me last week that mine was scheduled to be built “late next week.” So hopefully that means built today or tomorrow and delivered next week on Wed or Thurs.

    Sounds like they shipped to your retailer and you picked up? I was kind of hoping they shipped directly to the customer as I have to figure out how to get mine home from Union Square in Manhattan. Might just take a Lyft there and back as our car is still buried under snow and now more snow and there’s never parking in front of our place.

    Seeing this post made my night! Thank you for the update.
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  23. Harris11235

    Harris11235 Well-Known Member

    Minneapolis, MN
    Yep, it shipped to my retailer. Given your situation, I suggest you contact your retailer and Rogue tomorrow and arrange for it to be shipped to your home. It’s a big, heavy box. Probably 60 pounds or so. Just carrying it out of the store to my vehicle and inside from my driveway was nerve wracking. Heavy boxes and icy sidewalks are not a good match.

    Make sure to let me know what you think when you get it!
  24. AppleCorp3

    AppleCorp3 Forum Resident

    Depending on funds, I’d like to get a new amp (preferably tubes) and speakers. I got some good suggestions for the latter on here but the pandemic put me in austerity mode and I held off on buying anything. Hopefully this is the year.

    Of course...my wife also wants hardwood floors in the family room...
  25. dwm67

    dwm67 Forum Resident

    Alberta, Canada
    Unplanned purchase of a pristine Sony TCD-D8 DAT Walkman just over a week ago ... thrilled with it :)

    Possibly a surround processor in the fall ... really unsure whether to go with an older model or something newer ... the Bryston SP3 is at the top of my list at this point.

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