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Total newbie - Been looking/researching, but not listening - B&W DM302 speakers and Denon PMA-225 UK Amp??


Aug 2, 2020
Newbie here. So I've started getting in to my music again just as lockdown happens. I have a garage full of old CDs (very eclectic - but like my dance mixes of the mid 90s) , but had nothing to play them on - aside from a crappy PC and attached speakers. And in the current situation I'm facing a rather desolate situation of having time on my hands but very little money to spend. I have been looking at reviews and scouring ebay/sales sites for the last couple of months. I've gone an bought B&W DM302 speakers and seperately a Denon PMA-225 UK Amp for little more than £70. To my ears it sounds very good, but I've had little to compare with anything in recent years. I can't really afford new stuff at the moment.

But given what I've paid it seems I could quite easily sell one or both items and get something else (better?) without losing anything. Any thoughts on my set up? Part of me is a) Should I have got something else and if so what, and part of me is b) seeking validation that I did good in this instance. Basically should I rest easy that I've done well and enjoy the music or have I messed up and should I "upgrade" knowing I could probably trade-in and have another £100 to spend without a net impact on my pocket. I guess its the usual problem of not knowing what you don't know plus very few reference points for me (newbie and lockdown being a double whammy).

Thanks all.


Well-known member
Sep 1, 2014
It’s a fine setup! As they say the grass is always greener. Don’t get sucked down the hifi rabbit hole. If I where you just enjoy it and listen to your music. Maybe the speakers/amp might need some servicing at sometime at which point you may be forced to get something newer. But in the mean time enjoy!


Nov 24, 2013
If it sounds good as you say stick with your set up until you are better off. It's amazing the sound you can achieve with cheap oldish kit.



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