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    Was wondering was there a relatively simple, inexpensive (also relatively) stereo and speaker setup out there to purchase?
    I have ZERO interest in going down the Rabbit Hole of top notch audio gear, I just want the following:

    * C/D player
    * A few speakers
    * turntable
    * the ability to link phone or other device to

    In the 80's-90's I had 2 large speakers, turntable, a receiver, tape deck, carousel C/D player and equalizer I believe. It was a gift and I knew nothing about that stuff., just wnated to play some music. It was a gift and seemed simple. Over the course of a few moves we got rid of it all and now have to start from scratch and it all seems overwhelming now.

    This is literally "Stereos for Dummies"!

    Any help or guidance is appreciated.....

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    The easy way is probably powered speakers. They come with bluetooth to connect to phones et al, and many have multiple inputs. Turntables and CD players are available in many places, and brands, and I have no particular recommendations. I have CD players, but I haven't pulled them out in years. I have ripped all my CDs that I care about, and it's far more convenient to play from the files on hard drives. Just for safely, I have the music on separate drives, one magnetic and one SSD, plus stored in the cloud. I stream from Google a lot using my phone, and it's easy to cast that to powered speakers. My turntable is left over from my component days of the 70s, and I haven't looked closely at newer models. For speakers, Edifier offers some highly-rated bookshelf models for a reasonable price. I don't have any, though. I limp along with old amps and speakers. My Bose 901s still work fine.

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    TEAC MCD800B 20-watt Turntable System with AM/FM/CD/Wireless Technology in Black

    I bought this unit a few years ago. Easy to link Bluetooth from phone/IPad. Sounds decent in a small room and takes up little space. On sale for half of what I paid ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bflat
    TEAC MCD800B 20-watt Turntable System with AM/FM/CD/Wireless Technology in Black

    I bought this unit a few years ago. Easy to link Bluetooth from phone/IPad. Sounds decent in a small room and takes up little space. On sale for half of what I paid ?
    Wow, does that like easy and simple!
    I wonder if you can upgrade or add speakers. I imagine so.
    Thank you very much!

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    Unless you want vinyl to access recordings you can't otherwise listen to, I suggest steering clear of vinyl at this stage. Just focus on a basic 2-channel stereo unit and some kind of all-in-one integrated amplifier/player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMgolf66
    Was wondering was there a relatively simple, inexpensive (also relatively) stereo and speaker setup out there to purchase?
    I have ZERO interest in going down the Rabbit Hole of top notch audio gear, I just want the following:

    * C/D player
    * A few speakers
    * turntable
    * the ability to link phone or other device to

    In the 80's-90's I had 2 large speakers, turntable, a receiver, tape deck, carousel C/D player and equalizer I believe. It was a gift and I knew nothing about that stuff., just wnated to play some music. It was a gift and seemed simple. Over the course of a few moves we got rid of it all and now have to start from scratch and it all seems overwhelming now.

    This is literally "Stereos for Dummies"!

    Any help or guidance is appreciated.....

    I feel exacty the same way - -and I mean exactly - -about my cable remote and cell phones....: )........

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    Buy used.

    Learn & purchase on AudioGon.

    Back in the day I got a Rega / Bryston / Vandersteen rig for about ten cents on the dollar. It still sounds great. My neighbors still hate it.

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    Spend a few hours looking through this site - Audiokarma

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMgolf66
    Wow, does that like easy and simple!
    I wonder if you can upgrade or add speakers. I imagine so.
    Thank you very much!
    that's no audiophile piece of gear, but it definitely takes care of your wants..and there are few other all in one options! (just had a look around amazon)

    you could use different speakers... but at 10w per channel, any replacement speaker would have to be fairly efficient..not a lot of power there...

    seems to be a good recommend by bflat, for your listed needs

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauln
    Spend a few hours looking through this site - Audiokarma
    Yes, good site, I have posted many hi-fi repair threads there user "ic-racer"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauln
    Spend a few hours looking through this site - Audiokarma
    Afew hours too many for me, ha!

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    Or you could get an audio interface for you computer and a couple of powered studio monitors and start down the rabbit hole of a home recording studio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep
    Or you could get an audio interface for you computer and a couple of powered studio monitors and start down the rabbit hole of a home recording studio.
    Ha, ain't nobody want to hear me playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMgolf66
    Ha, ain't nobody want to hear me playing.
    Ha... lol. But seriously, studio monitors can sound pretty good even though they're generally designed to sound accurate. Stereo speakers are suppose to actually be designed to sound good, not necessarily accurate though, or so I've read.

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    My favorite web site for audio is Audio Science Review. Worth your time especially if considering going full digital. Lots of useful information and reviews, including of speakers as of recently. Lots of welcome, merciless debunking of "high end" audio. Good news is, there's no need to spend fortunes on audio gear today in order to get great sound.

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    After paying for my kids to have Spotify for several years, I finally asked them what the heck it was. They responded that I could access any music ever made..something like that anyway. I gave it a shot and I am addicted. Access on your I phone or computer, a bluetooth connection or an aux cable and you're set. I have a decent powered speaker for the home, I got a bluetooth adapter for my old home stereo (Amazon $20), and a portable speaker for where ever. I use Sotify in my cars as well. Even if you don't have a blue tooth stereo in the car you can still rig it up with an Aux cable or worse comes to worse, a bluetooth adapter that plugs into you car's 12 V supply. I have an old truck that had worn out speakers (kid's rap music killed em) and an old dash unit. I went to Crutchfield and for not too much $ installed after market speakers and a new modern dash unit.

    And I know,the files are compressed or whatever but it's good enough for me and I was already paying the monthly fee. Sometimes I'll hear a song and ask Siri what song that is and she'll respond and I'll save it to Spotofy. I have tons of cds and old cassettes that have not been out of the box for years now.

    In a perfect world I would have walls of vinyl and a high dollar old school stereo (they did sound awesome back in the day) but, it is a heck of a lot better than what I was doing not so many years ago.

    I bought a used car a few years ago and the prior owner left the sirius radio subscription on it for a few weeks and i got hooked on that as well.

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    Not really what the OP is looking for but I had a good sound system from the '90s with an amp and 2 good quality speakers with crossovers and all.
    But last December, I got rid of the whole thing for a Sonos TV Bar after the wife suggest we get more room in our living room, where every little space gain in a small flat counts!
    Fun part is it sounds good enough for both my music and TV needs.
    Last month she also sold me on Spotify after she took a 2 adults subscription for both of us.
    It is incredible all what is available there, even some obscure Kraut rock bands I would never have doubt being available.
    I know its not the best solution to support artists, but it is still better than using my 2TB of MP3s
    Nowadays I play mostly stuff streamed either from the phone or a laptop to a JBL bluetooth speaker or through the Sonos.
    Certainly not audiophile quality but unmatched portability and accessibility!

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    I got a couple of months of free Amazon Prime Music. Like it so much I may even pay for it.

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    I did not know what "spotify" was so I looked it up. "Video Takeover" no thanks, I think I'll listen to my CDs and LPs instead.

    Spotify offers advertisers ten different types of advertising formats, described in 2016 as: Branded Moments, Sponsored Playlists, Sponsored Sessions, Video Takeovers, Audio, Display, Overlay, Homepage Takeovers, Branded Playlists, and Advertiser Pages.

    Video Takeover is a "video spot with a companion display unit", is "served during commercial ad breaks between songs in a music session"...

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    ^^Video takeover? Maybe there is a free version. I’ve never seen an ad on Spotify.

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    What is your budget? That’s the first step to figure out before making recommendations.

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    I think you can get Spotify and Pandora for free, but you have to put up with the ads, but with a paid subscription you don't get the ads. TANSTAAFL. I've been paying for a family subscription to Google Music (soon to be YouTube Music) for some time. It has my entire library, and knows my preferences, so I don't get a lot of music I don't want to hear unless I intentionally go on a tangent. I'm not interested in all the music ever recorded, so most of what is available is useless to me. But there are tons of older jazz on YouTube, and that is of interest. Paid subscription so no ads, just music that I like. $15/month total for everyone in the family. The quality is good enough to satisfy all of us.

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    Spotify and a sonos (you'll need a play 5 or a connect to link a cd player or turntable) . Got rid of all my cd's. If I really like something I'll buy it on vinyl which is also connected downstairs to the play 5.
    I have an old turntable, micro seiki dr 31 which was a gift from a neighbour and i love it. If you're buying a new one i would look at pro-ject or rega.

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    You know you're asking audiophile input about what you describe, but what audiophiles consider unlistenable junk, right?
    You really need to disclose your budget. If it is less than about $1000 you may be very disappointed with anything you buy new. However, if you are not in a hurry and are willing to do some research on the audio forums, you can learn about nice used equipment, much of the best of that made before about 1980.

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    Ok. Apologies for late response and lack of clarity in post. Was unaware that the term "audiophile" was so specific and not a general term or description for folks who have some interest/knowledge in stereo equipment.

    So, with that said, audiophiles can now turn off notifications for this post.

    For everyone else, here are additional criteria:
    It's for a reasonably small room, budget is under $400, amount of time devoted to research is less than a couple of hours.

    Thanks for all the replies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMgolf66
    It's for a reasonably small room, budget is under $400
    * C/D player
    * A few speakers
    * turntable
    * the ability to link phone or other device to

    I found those quickly at Amazon...

    $100 - turntable with built-in phono EQ
    $100 - pair of powered speakers, includes speaker wire and two shielded interconnects (use one for the CD player, other for the turntable)
    $20 - portable CD player plugged into the AUX of the powered speakers

    or

    $280 - Complete system
    $26 - CD player with USB (play through your phone wireless through the system speakers)


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    Teac MCD800B 20-watt Turntable System with AM/FM/CD/Wireless Technology in Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic gumbo
    Teac MCD800B 20-watt Turntable System with AM/FM/CD/Wireless Technology in Black

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    Yes, Bflat mentioned this earlier in the post. The good news was it was on sale and the bad news is that it was out of stock.
    Thanks, CG

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauln
    * C/D player
    * A few speakers
    * turntable
    * the ability to link phone or other device to

    I found those quickly at Amazon...

    $100 - turntable with built-in phono EQ
    $100 - pair of powered speakers, includes speaker wire and two shielded interconnects (use one for the CD player, other for the turntable)
    $20 - portable CD player plugged into the AUX of the powered speakers

    or

    $280 - Complete system
    $26 - CD player with USB (play through your phone wireless through the system speakers)

    Thank you!
    How or can you adjust equalization?
    Nice and simple, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    Thanks for that, really made me LOL. Here's the most remote corner of my living room. Note the doily that wife placed over the platter:

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    How or can you adjust equalization?
    Most powered speakers seem to have at least rudimentary EQ controls. My phone also allows for changing the EQ for casting through the Home app.

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    If you are not an audiphool and are not into imaging, soundstage, 3-dimensionality of the singer's chest, and all that audiophoolery, simplify your life, get a Harman/Kardon Aura Studio+, stick it in a corner and stream music to it. It is completely anti-thetical to the audiophool ethos but heck, I enjoy my music much more nowadays than in those-strap-yourself-in-the-hot-seat-don't-move-an-inch multi-multikilo buck audiophool days of 16 6550s, 8 per channel, monoblok tube amps.

    If you want to get a pair-and who doesn't?-check out the Audio Engine powered loudspeakers.

    Getting a turntable is going down The Rabbit Hole.

    I got my Krells, Audio Research Corp, Spectral Audio stuff mothballed and I don't think I will ever unbox them again. They probably don't work and I don't want to sell them because if I do I will buy them all over again. It was the high point of folly and financial irresponsibility. I keep them as a reminder of my cyclothymic disorder folly. Don't go down that Rabbit Hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bflat
    TEAC MCD800B 20-watt Turntable System with AM/FM/CD/Wireless Technology in Black

    I bought this unit a few years ago. Easy to link Bluetooth from phone/IPad. Sounds decent in a small room and takes up little space. On sale for half of what I paid ?
    Here's a similar thing, probably not great quality though, but who knows.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Trexonic-...kers/921670402

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky
    If you are not an audiphool and are not into imaging, soundstage, 3-dimensionality of the singer's chest, and all that audiophoolery, simplify your life, get a Harman/Kardon Aura Studio+, stick it in a corner and stream music to it. It is completely anti-thetical to the audiophool ethos but heck, I enjoy my music much more nowadays than in those-strap-yourself-in-the-hot-seat-don't-move-an-inch multi-multikilo buck audiophool days of 16 6550s, 8 per channel, monoblok tube amps.

    If you want to get a pair-and who doesn't?-check out the Audio Engine powered loudspeakers.

    Getting a turntable is going down The Rabbit Hole.

    I got my Krells, Audio Research Corp, Spectral Audio stuff mothballed and I don't think I will ever unbox them again. They probably don't work and I don't want to sell them because if I do I will buy them all over again. It was the high point of folly and financial irresponsibility. I keep them as a reminder of my cyclothymic disorder folly. Don't go down that Rabbit Hole.
    Harman Kardon / JBL started as an engineering based company and are still a safe bet, the antithesis of the audiophool company. Their 305 active speakers are excellent, Revel (same group) makes some of the best speakers in the world, some costing under $1000/pair.

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    I love vintage Marantz amps. You can find them used for a couple of hundred dollars. You'll need to add speakers, turntable and a nice bluetooth receiver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky
    looks like a modern day popcorn maker!

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    I agree with Jabberwocky. AudioEngine is your best bet for powered loudspeakers which will be the heart of your system. Look for used on Audiogon.com or Reverb.com. Same for the turntable and CD player. Look for a used Pro-ject turntable with a tonearm and mounted cartridge and a used NAD CD player on both sites. And buy a used or new Schiit (sounds like what you think it is) passive preamp called the Sys (Schiit Audio: Audio Products Designed and Built in California) to switch between the two source components. A friend has basically the same exact system except he has an old Technics TT instead of the Pro-ject and I have heard it on many occasions. You won’t be disappointed.

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    Ha, as I knew it would happen, I've started to do more research than I wanted or had planned to do thanks to all of the wonderful replies. To be honest, if that first recommendation that Bflat had made was still available at that sale price I just wouldve pulled the trigger, but it wasn't so I started searching using everyones guidance.

    Haven't pulled the trigger yet, but will post when I do.

    Thanks people of earth.....

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    Check out Steve Guttenberg's audiophiliac u-tube channel. Good info and he rates whole systems at different price points - some very low.

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    DMgolf66, a budding audiophile. Ha!

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    Ha, I dont know about that. When I saw speaker cables for $6,000 I knew I could avoid the deep dive.

    I ordered these used as a starting point. Will fill in with a turntable and CD player, etc. For my little guitar room it should be great.

    I will post more as I get it.
    Thanks everyone!

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    Bamboo, now that’s unusual. Can’t wait to hear them !

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    hey, you stepped up nicely...well done

    cheers

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    I disregard those $6k high dollar cables too. Truth is I believe most audiophiles do. One can get very decent cables for a hundred dollars. Save your money and spend it on a decent turntable and cartridge combo.

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    These sound like a steal for $400


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Eisele
    I agree with Jabberwocky. AudioEngine is your best bet for powered loudspeakers which will be the heart of your system. Look for used on Audiogon.com or Reverb.com. Same for the turntable and CD player. Look for a used Pro-ject turntable with a tonearm and mounted cartridge and a used NAD CD player on both sites. And buy a used or new Schiit (sounds like what you think it is) passive preamp called the Sys (Schiit Audio: Audio Products Designed and Built in California) to switch between the two source components. A friend has basically the same exact system except he has an old Technics TT instead of the Pro-ject and I have heard it on many occasions. You won’t be disappointed.
    A used Pro-ject. Now that’s sage advice indeed!