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Offline OCCD

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2011, 07:46:08 PM »
As long as it is not a current model still in production.
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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #31 on: July 28, 2011, 12:01:30 PM »
I found a Marantz SR 7200 Receiver, Def Tech Pro Cinema 100 (2x) book shelf speakers, Pro Cinema 80 (2x) book shelf speakers and a Def Tech C2 Center channel and monster wire with banana plugs all for $200. I think this seems like a pretty good deal. Is there any prize for winning this besides having a decent speaker system for a reasonable price? haha
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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #32 on: July 28, 2011, 12:04:26 PM »
This may be good for a friend.  She kind of wants speakers but doesn't have the funds.  If this does not seem like a winner I might just wait to see what all you build and make an offer.  :P
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Crown XLS2000 on subs
VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2011, 12:45:19 PM »
I found a Marantz SR 7200 Receiver, Def Tech Pro Cinema 100 (2x) book shelf speakers, Pro Cinema 80 (2x) book shelf speakers and a Def Tech C2 Center channel and monster wire with banana plugs all for $200. I think this seems like a pretty good deal. Is there any prize for winning this besides having a decent speaker system for a reasonable price? haha

Yes that is a good deal.  The Def Tech Pro Cinema 100's in good shape will get up to $200 for a pair, the 80's will fetch about $150 and the center $75.
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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #34 on: July 28, 2011, 02:27:40 PM »
This is too easy.   :laugh:
I have one in use right now under $200.

A pair of Audioengine P4 speakers I got on ebay - $122.
An old 2X20 watt t-amp I got years ago for $40.
A 9 year old ScanDisk player you could not sell for $10 now.

The old adage from the 60's holds true here.  Put your money in speakers.
These Audioengine speakers are the best small speakers I ever heard.  I am bringing them to CarverFest to hook to my new "OO made" tube amp.  People will blink.  8)

I should not post this as I am thinking about finding two more used pair and making a nice case for them to turn them into mains.  I am just running up the price here.

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #35 on: July 28, 2011, 02:36:03 PM »
I don't think you are allowed to use speakers you already have.
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VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #36 on: July 28, 2011, 02:58:24 PM »
I don't think you are allowed to use speakers you already have.

Everything you enter must be purchased on or after August 1st.

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #37 on: July 28, 2011, 03:11:47 PM »
I don't think you are allowed to use speakers you already have.

Everything you enter must be purchased on or after August 1st.
...OO's in South Carolina like me...he ain't gonna enter anything!!!!  :P :P :P
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Offline StephenWVU

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #38 on: July 28, 2011, 04:03:32 PM »
ahhh... So, is there anything for winning this competition besides bragging rights and a $200 system? haha
Speakers: Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams Reference 18
Amplifier:
Crown XLS2000 on subs
VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
Preamplifier/DAC: Phison PD2
Server: Antipodes DX (everyone should investigate this brand)
CD: SONY DVP 9000ES
Turntable: I will have one again... Looking at Hanss T60 or VPI Aries

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #39 on: July 28, 2011, 07:08:00 PM »
Yes, The winner gets a pair of Carver 305 tube monoblocks.  But, There is an $11,000 entry fee.  Good luck
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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #40 on: July 28, 2011, 07:19:08 PM »
Haha, awesome!  I guess I will be happy with bragging rights!  :P :P :P  Though, it would be sick to have some carver equipment!  ;D
Speakers: Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams Reference 18
Amplifier:
Crown XLS2000 on subs
VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
Preamplifier/DAC: Phison PD2
Server: Antipodes DX (everyone should investigate this brand)
CD: SONY DVP 9000ES
Turntable: I will have one again... Looking at Hanss T60 or VPI Aries

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2011, 11:58:04 PM »
Bah, it seems my friend doesn't want the speaker set I found for her.  Thinking of still getting it but I am pretty sure my current speaker set is better.  You guys can tell me.  I have a set of polk audio monitor 50s, a def tech C1 and Celsius left and right book shelves.  My current receiver is better than the Marantz I am pretty sure.  I have a Pioneer Elite VSX 91 TXH.  My subwoofer is an HSU STF-1.  I know it isn't exactly an audiofile set; however, for a college student's bedroom I don't think it's horrid...  Anyway... Opinions?  Should I buy this set and sell some of my other stuff?  Should I let it pass?
Speakers: Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams Reference 18
Amplifier:
Crown XLS2000 on subs
VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
Preamplifier/DAC: Phison PD2
Server: Antipodes DX (everyone should investigate this brand)
CD: SONY DVP 9000ES
Turntable: I will have one again... Looking at Hanss T60 or VPI Aries

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #42 on: July 29, 2011, 12:55:48 AM »
Which of the speakers would integrate best with the HSU?


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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #43 on: July 29, 2011, 01:16:11 AM »
Sadly I really don't know... Honestly the HSU is pretty temporary.  Not a lot of power to it and I made the mistake of buying the Def Tech Supercube II from king for my dad...  It just doesn't compare.  I will probably end up getting a supercube, a larger SVS, or a HSU VTF 3 MK 3 eventually.
Speakers: Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams Reference 18
Amplifier:
Crown XLS2000 on subs
VAC Renaissance 30/70 (towers)
Preamplifier/DAC: Phison PD2
Server: Antipodes DX (everyone should investigate this brand)
CD: SONY DVP 9000ES
Turntable: I will have one again... Looking at Hanss T60 or VPI Aries

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Re: **** The $200 System Challenge! ****
« Reply #44 on: July 29, 2011, 01:51:13 AM »
Keep an eye on CL in Pittsburgh. Decent subs pop up now and then. Also, talk to Tom (OCCD) and see what's around the shop.

And yes, you are right. Once you hear or own a "proper" sub, it's tough to go back.