The ONLY thing that actually makes a sound are the speakers ........... a pair of ATC's driven by an ancient Goodmans amp will still sound reasonable as long as you don't push them too hard. I guess there's "not much point spending a lot of money on speakers" if you are listening to low bitrate mp3's (or even Elgar's Oratorios )
Thank you, ferneyetc. Very, very, funny & sore reminder from my early days in trying to put all these items together.
I've found ' Which ' quite useful for assessing the quality of some 'bits & pieces, although nothing equals a reliable Hi-Fi shop with experienced staff & the ability to take along a few CDs for test purposes.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
I guess you don't listen to speakers very often then ?
In my experience I have found that as they are the ONLY thing that makes a sound they are the thing one should pay the most attention to
the build quality of really cheap speakers is horrible and a basic cheap amp is not too expensive
of course better quality equipment will give better quality results
but you seem to be advocating cheap speakers which will very quickly fall apart ................ (JBL control 1s are cheap and reasonable )
teamsaint made a request for friendly assistance about buying a sound system on a modest budget, but as so often happens on these boards the discussion has once again degenerated into petty squabbles.
We all know that good speakers perform at their best with a good source, but some seem to have forgotten that we should be offering advice.
I'm getting a little tired of the incessant point scoring.
Naturally Python would have provided one but not the 'alternative' comedians of the 1980s.
I've just experienced superb service from two young women at my local O2 shop - I wasn't patronised once and left feeling like ... lordy, I felt like I was a valued customer