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admin_exported

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Hi first of all im new to hifi and what hifi so hi guys,

Im a student with a very limited budget, my dad gave me his old hifi hes had for 30+ years and has been in the loft, unfortunately the speaker cones had been eaten by moths/ degraded so bought a pair of mission mission mx1s last summer to replace them. Im currently running them though a NAD 3020A. Most music is played through my belkin blue tooth adapter or through my phone via an aux to phono cable. I occasionaly play CDs through a NAD t550 dvd/cd player i got for about £20 on ebay just so i could play CDs.

Although happy with the system sounds i dont think it sounded as good as i remember when i tested he speakers out in my local shop although dont know if this is due to becoming used to the speakers and losing the WOW factor or genuinely inferior sound quality. Bearing in mind i can currently afford upto £150 now and £300 by mid summer would a new budget amp in this price range be any better than what i believe to have been quite a high end machine? Also will getting it properly cleaned improve performance? it currently cracles a lot if you change the volume through the amp and not my mac.

All advice would be much appreciated.
 
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A WOW factor is mostly the trigger that makes you buy the speakers. But, for the long term, the wow is often something that give you listening fatigue. A heavy bass for example, can be impressive but it is getting annoying after a while.

So, before switching your amp, what kind of sound are you looking for?
 
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i suppose what i meant by WOW was how encompassing the sound felt, for classical music all the layers built upon each other but were still clearly audible. For dance music yes there was a heavy bass but not overpowering. Being a student and living mostly in one room, im almost always listening to music (classical when working, rock/alternative e.g feeder, florence + the machine when chilling and dance when going out) so easy listening would be essential, so i would assume less 'clincal' and a slighter 'warmer textured sound', a massive bass is less important, but still reasonably important for parties/predrinks.

My other though is how much of a difference a DAC would make. All of my music is through my laptop/ipad/phone either directly plugged in or through a belkin bluetooth connector.

BTW thanks for all the great advice so far :)
 

MajorFubar

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How come there are two near identical threads about this?

Anyhow...to repeat what I put in the other one...

Simple things like the amp's crackly volume-pot can be cured easily by taking the lid off and spraying it with such as Servisol Switch Cleaner, which you can buy from Maplins. In fact do the same with the line inputs at the back, which IIRC face upwards on an original 3020, making them a dust-trap. Both of these things will improve the sound noticeably. Don't use WD40: many people who advocate using it on electrical equipment don't seem to realise that the film it leaves behind is an insulator.

Turn any adjustable volume controls on your source equipment to 100%, to maximize their potential SQ. Some may argue with digital volume controls it makes no odds, but I see no benefit from adding another potential variable.

What are you using as speaker supports? If you bought the speakers from a HiFi dealer I imagine you heard them demo'd on good stands. It's amazing what a huge difference that makes to their sound.
 
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i accidently posted the same post twice, the other has all of the posts of both threads, i cant see an option to delete this thread so guess it needs to be done by a moderator? if so please delete, if i need to do it, if somebody could be so kind to open my eyes and point me to the delete button it would eb very helpful :)
 

MajorFubar

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Ah no worries, no you're right, you can't delete your own threads. You can't amend your first post in them either, which can be a bit annoying if you only spot a typo after you've hit Save.
 

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