Our aim at AudioCollective is to play our records through Hi-fi equipment which offers both affordability and great sound quality.
Hi-fi has made huge strides in recent years and the sound quality available to enthusiasts for less than 4 zero £s would not so long ago cost nearer 5 zero £s.
The other great thing about Hi-fi kit is, looked after, it will last for years. Much of our kit has been bought from Ebay for prices well below new.
Our current set-up is as follows:
Amplifier – Arcam A39
Arcams are famous for their smooth sound and their reserves of power which create a deep and enveloping sound field. The A39 is no exception. 120 Watts of power into 8 ohms but double that into 4 ohms – which is important because our speakers are rated 4 ohms!
Speakers – Monitor Audio Silver 10’s
These are room filling beasts. Dual 8 inch bass drivers ensure effortless control of the most challenging tracks. The gold dome tweeter provides treble to spare. They handle up to 250w of power and go as low as 30HZ. They are not the last word in subtlety and KEF’s produce a better soundstage. But for our AudioCollective nights they are pretty much perfect!
Turntable – Ariston RD80 Cartridge – Nagaoka MP110
The weak link of the set-up? Maybe. But this 1970’s deck is warm, engaging and above all else simply entertains far more than modern decks in a similar price bracket (that is you Project). I can’t bring myself to lose it.
This deck works great with the Nagaoka too.
DAC – Audiolab M-DAC
You may have read about this DAC and how good it is. Some say it is a bit lean, but if it is then it is perfectly matched for the Arcam and the Monitor Audio’s. I feed it through optical or USB using Tidal Hi-fi – It sounds amazing!