I tripped accross this site about a week ago and have researched everynight since. I had no idea it would be this confusing getting starting again. Back in the day you could pickup a copy of stereo review buyers guide and every piece of equipment was listed in it. I had all of the specs memorized from the magazine and loved the search. Now search for equipment is just a pain in the you know. I had a decent setup for the time 1985-1988 which consisted of NAD seperates, B&O turntable, Nak deck, AR 98ls speakers and a cd player(I don't recall, but it wasn't anything special). Now I still have the NAD amp and preamp and the AR speakers(need refoaming), but they have been sitting in the basement for 20ish years. I also had a Alpine CD/Preamp and amp in my car the first month they were available(1984?).
Anyway My wife and kids don't appreciated loud music like I do and time to listen wasn't there. I don't always need it loud, but volume is nice with a clean sound. So to make a short story long:) how do I get setup with a good sounding system with headphones so I can listen without disturbing others? I'm not happy at all with the depth of sound through my laptop. I am satisfied with cd sound through a decent system. I would like to have a small setup with good sound that I can use in sitting on a chair preferably a laptop for convenience. So, I'm not sure if I am qualified to even ask a question yet, but here goes.
1. If I'm not qualified to ask a question, is there a guide to get started?
2. Mac or Pc (currently use pc, but willing to convert) with headphones or neither to get decent sound or will it always sound "shallow"? If a computer setup won't sound full tell me now and I won't bother with it
3 if computer based I assume I need to burn cd's apple lossless, flac or alac?
4 I also assume I need a better amp source for my computer and something in the way of an eq?
5 I think I have a pretty good grasp on the headphone search here and speakers/headphones are the most subjective of any system in my opinion. that is the only thing that hasn't changed in the past 20 years.
6 how do I put it all together or is there an easier way.
7 If I sound dumb and need to do some more work before asking these questions please point me in the right direction.
I really miss decent sound. It seems counter intuitive to me that it would be more difficult now than it was 25 years ago. It seems that it could be so easy and convenient to just plug headphones into a laptop and have incredible sound. Oh well.
Thanks for your advice and this forum
NAD 2200 amp
Nad preamp (not sure of model)
Yamaha home theater
windows laptops and desktops (16 total, most for work)
AR 98 ls speakers
klipsch SR4? earbuds
Several basic CD player/blueray players all at least 5 years old
Itunes unsatisfying sound
Edited by lakepepin - 11/1/12 at 10:07am