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If you are not going to buy the receiver until next year after you get the speakers, I would worry about it then. Could be there will be some new product on the market or some deal on another receiver or integrated amp that will make it a better deal. 

Do you have speaker wire? Do you need a cable to connect your computer to the amp? You could get one of those from Amazon to put your order over $25. I bought two of those Lepais about a year ago, and they came with a power supply. A recent review says it has it, too. 

Ok, I was just wondering if any power supplies were better than stock and cost $5, I have some RCA jacks, but no good speaker wire. Any recommendations on $5-10 speaker wire?
Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 11/7/12 at 8:10pm
post #47 of 57

Tartan Cables is owned by the same people that own Blue Jean Cables, and their Tartan line is equivalent to the premium Monoprice stuff. They have a 10 foot cable, if that's not too long for your needs: 

http://www.amazon.com/Coaxial-Digital-Audio-Cable-Tartan/dp/B0033TOLIM/

post #48 of 57
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Isn't RCA different than Coaxial? I was planning on getting the RCA on Monoprice for cheap.
post #49 of 57
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Looks like I'm set for my speaker set-up, thank you guys, you've been a lot of help!!!
post #50 of 57
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Oh wow, the HK 3490 is $334 on amazon now, REALLY tempting! Do I get it first now?
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Oh wow, the HK 3490 is $334 on amazon now, REALLY tempting! Do I get it first now?

 

It's been down below $300.

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Harman-Kardon-HK-3490-Receiver/product/B00198F89A

 

But I think that's a good price. However, waiting to see if the price goes down further is sorta like playing the stock market in a volatile market. smile.gif

post #52 of 57
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I think I'll actually wait a while to get some great speakers, as I can't afford it, and am wanting to get the Orbit vinyl player when it goes on Kickstarter at the end of this month, some albums, and a Nexus 7. Maybe you guys can recommend me some good active speakers for around $150?
post #53 of 57
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Dang, the receiver dropped another $25, stop tempting me amazon!
post #54 of 57

Watch the 3390, too. You already have a good DAC with the Titanium HD. If the 3490 drops much more, could be the 3390 will go down closer to $200. It's considered equivalent in SQ. The main difference is the DAC and the higher output. 

 

But the difference between those in wattage is not that significant. You have to double the wattage output for an amp to get 3 db more sound. A 1 db increase is what we commonly perceive as an increase in volume, and it takes a 10 db increase to seem twice as loud. Not going to be very much louder. 

post #55 of 57
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OK, any good 2.0 actives for $50? That's all I can afford now that I just bought my Ducky Cherry MX Blue keyboard!
post #56 of 57
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I've been setting up a good nearfield PC speaker set-up, and right now I have the Creative X-Fi titanium HD for the DAC, and am thinking of using an Harmon/Kardon 3390 as a receiver, and the Kef iQ30 as the speakers. I am looking for a warm sounding set up, with great mids. My budget for the speakers is around $350, and receiver is around $250. I plan on getting a sub later (undecided on which one), but don't want the sub to drown out the mids and highs.
EDIT: I'll also get good cables later, any recommendations?
Mark K.

 Get a pair of Audioengine A2 speakers and a SVS SB12-NSD subwoofer.  They have a great synergy.  The A2's will make your sub sound tight while the sub will make A2's sound big and weighty.   Spend at least $350 on interconnects (two cables). The sound quality is incredible.

post #57 of 57
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I've decided to start over, looking for a 5.1 system and posted it on AVS forums. But thanks for all the help!

Sincerely,
Mark K.
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