Audiophiles are Full of CRAP! A Cheap Audio Man Rant

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  • Published on:  Sunday, September 12, 2021
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    Recommended Speaker List

    Around $100 (These prices will fluctuate between $75 - $150)
    Sony SSCS5 - Lively
    Pioneer AJ First Gen - Laid Back
    Neumi BS5 -Neutral

    Around $200
    Emotiva Airmotiv B1+ - Crystal Clear and Punchy
    Elac Debut b5.2 - Neutral
    Wharfedale Diamond 11.2 (In and Out of Stock) - Laid Back/Bassy/Detailed
    JBL Stage A130 - Neutral/Great All Arounder at $179 the best value

    Around $400
    Klipsch RP600M - Neutral (This speaker’s price can fluctuate between $440-630 which is really dumb)
    Jamo C93ii Bit - Boosted on Top (Can also be found cheaper at Crutchfield)
    Q Acoustics 3030i - Neutral with Punch -

    Around $500
    SVS Prime
    Wharfedale Diamond 12.2

    Around $600
    Elac Uni-Fi UB5.2 - Neutral
    Elac Debut Reference - Buttery but Detailed
    Polk Reserve R100 - Neutral
    Aperion Novus - Neutral and probably the best desktop speaker one can get $599
    Aperion Novus Open Box $449
    Wharfedale Diamonds Lush and Detailed Come as singles

    Recommended Amp List

    Under $100
    Aiyima A07 - Neutral and Full

    Around $130
    SMSL AD18 - DAC/Amp Lively on top but solid tone controls
    SMSL SA300 $140

    Around $250
    SMSL DA-9 Balanced Amp

    Around $400
    Emotiva TA-100 - DAC, Phono Stage, Pre Outs - Balanced and Tasty
    Vista Audio Spark

    Recommended DACs

    Ifi Zen DAC
    FX D01
    SMSL SU8s
    Denafrips Ares 2


    Emotiva SE8
    Emotiva SE12
    SVS SB1000 Pro
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