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Re: OT: Home stereo equipment recommendations
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Thu, 1 Nov 2018 10:25:50 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: OT: Home stereo equipment recommendations, MI-Roger [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 27 Oct 2018 15:55:04
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My opinion: work out a quality hifi system that suits your needs, then find furniture to fit the equipment. 12" deep is very shallow and will significantly limit your choices. A carousel will need to be wide to accommodate the disc dimensions, so you are right that a cassette changer would be the only option, though not sure they are as reliable.

What is your budget?

Some brands do produce more minimally sized components. Some of those are in the >$1k range, but can be less costly used. Brands like Meridian and Linn would be examples where you could find used CD players that are well built and great sounding yet compact packaging. Quad and Rega also. No multi-disc from any of them (that I am aware of). Depending what the rest of your system is, you would likely want to upgrade to get the most out of them if you were going that route! There are other compact sources, and even complete compact systems from higher end manufacturers (eg Cambridge one, Naim Uniti series, Linn Majik etc).

Also be aware that cords take up space behind the units. If 12" includes cords, you will have a lot of difficulty finding something to fit on a 12" deep shelf, as cords with strain relief can easily take 1-2" (or more).

Have you considered ripping them to a HD on a silent computer? It is possible to do this at high quality (eg FLAC), and once complete is convenient. It is easy to find a compact high quality DAC, and it is not hard to set up a quiet, compact computer.

Probably most people not into the high end nowadays have dropped physical media all together and are using tiny/cheap/invisible sources (eg the Alexa suggestion). Many in the high end are also less inclined to physical media, LP's aside, and there are numerous arrangements at all price points.

The multi-disc carousel was just a first stab at the modern solution of all your music in 1 box... actually, more correctly, a second stab, as a copy of the automated turntables... and nobody in the high end would use one of those these days, though the simple turntable has stood the test of time!

I actually still use cassette from time to time in the c900 original radios, but that's all I use cassette for now, as the sound quality is poor compared to other more convenient options.

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