Advice for first time buyer

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Hey guys

Im buying my first entry-level hi-fi system for a small living room, and need some advice.

I have all but decided to buy the Usher S-520 speakers and need a matching amp and DAC

The challenge is I will probably not be able to audition any amps in my price range other than the Marantz PM6003 together with the speakers. Price range is about £1000 for amp and DAC.

So I would like to ask if anyone has any experiece with, or advice on what would fit with the Ushers.

If the Marantz is a good fit, which DAC should i go for?

I have also thought about the Rega Brio + Rega DAC, but I am open to suggestions.

I am not the most experienced listener, but I would say like a detailed, neutral and open sound. As I wont be able to play too loud because of neighbours, so good sound at modest levels is key.

Cheers
 
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Haven't heard the Usher speakers you are referring to so others hopefully can comment on synergy.

However, I highly rate the Rega combination of Brio-R and DAC at this price point and would just advise you set up a demo with those and the Ushers.
 

CnoEvil

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I agree with the suggestion of the Rega; or the Peachtree Nova can be had below £1k, and has a built in Dac.
 

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The XTZ A-100 D3 integrated amp should be a good match , it has a good built in DAC very good build Quality and plenty of current to drive the ushers and make them work even at low levels, and is it a bargain at £665 .

They also have a home demo service that would make things easier , so you can try before you buy .

Here is some info on the XTZ A-100 D3 integrated amp .

http://www.audiosanctum.co.uk/Integrated-Amplifiers/XTZ-Class-A-100-D3-Integrated-Stereo-Amplifier-Silver.html

The info on this home demo option is here . http://www.audiosanctum.co.uk/demo-facility.html

It should do the job well and is worth a try along with the other suggestions already made :)
 

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