Hello to everyone! I am working on a new 2-channel system built around my new Atom, and I am seeking some advice…
As the floorplan shows (yes, I’m that guy, it’s mostly to scale) I have several components already in place. The size of the open space is obviously top of mind, as are all the hard surfaces. I would put a rug down, but I have three beagles, and they tend to make a mess of anything that I can’t wipe down easily.
Given that I’m using the Atom and its 40w output, I am trying to determine if I should aim for:
- Bookshelf speakers with a sub
- Floorstanding speakers that pair nicely with the Atom
I would also love some suggestions for a phono preamp that pairs nicely with the Clearaudio, the Atom and whatever speakers I end up with. Ideally, they would all complement each other, based on our musical tastes and listening habits.
The budget for the speakers is around 2k (US), and the phono preamp is around 500, plus/minus a little room in case of something that really fits the bill. Unfortunately, I’m forced into buying some of this without hearing it, as I am undergoing cancer treatment, which I know is far from ideal. So, while it’s going very well, I can’t take the risk of catching anything, much less covid-19. That said, I am a musician who’s played for over 30 years - so I am looking for something that gives me a soundstage similar to what I would expect from a live configuration.
As far as music, we listen to rock, pop, indie, jazz, rap, r&b, and on and on. We have both 12” 33 and 45s, along with a massive lossless collection on a NAS which is managed by Roon.
As far as how we listen to music, we don’t want to blow the roof away, we tend to listen at volumes that allow for comfortable listening – and discussion if it’s new music. We don’t really throw parties, we’re homebodies who both love music and want to be able to sit on the couch and enjoy the music without making my tinnitus worse.