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Downgrade path...

sameer kumar

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A micro hi-fi system that has android TV interface built-in (which will also have chromecast), powered by PWM amplifier, with a pair of co-axial speakers integrated to it..(kind of portable soundbar)..
 
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sameer kumar

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Active speakers like ATCs with all in one Streamer,DAC & Pre like Ayon S10 or Mytek Brooklyn Bridge
 

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This is a nice topic I think.

The idea isn't mine though

Most of us look at upgrades and are finicky and determined about the next purchase.

Well.. If you ever had to downgrade to

1 source
1 amplifier
1 stereo pair speaker

( Let's not get cables into this..

Sorry guys.. ;) )

What would they be ?

Regards
Since you say "next purchase" I assume you already have a decent setup, so with that in mind:

"I don't know what it would be but surely it will be s***load more expensive than what you already have" :p
(I know, it's not very helpful but hey -- it is funny and true to some extent, I guess)
 

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The Acoustic Portrait Kavi with one of their Thiyaga DACs is very tempting.

Well, anything from them, really :D
 

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For my taste of music. I would settle with
Marantz CD63 KI signature
Pioneer 400A or Sansui AU 217
Philips full range speaker with diy cabinet.
 

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The Acoustic Portrait Kavi with one of their Thiyaga DACs is very tempting.

Well, anything from them, really :D
How about just halting the constant upgrade cycle instead of actively downgrading? Being content in whatever we currently have? Over the period of years your current rig will look like a downgrade anyways... (pun unintended)!

Sometimes who knows, you may be already having the best gear for a new trend which is just a resurgence of the old? Like vinyl (like you have a good vinyl setup and you impulsively didn't upgrade to digital format) for example...
 

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How about just halting the constant upgrade cycle instead of actively downgrading? Being content in whatever we currently have? Over the period of years your current rig will look like a downgrade anyways... (pun unintended)!

Sometimes who knows, you may be already having the best gear for a new trend which is just a resurgence of the old? Like vinyl (like you have a good vinyl setup and you impulsively didn't upgrade to digital format) for example...
I assume this is a general statement and not specifically in response to my post.
My post was in response to OP's inital post which went "..If you ever had to downgrade.."
 

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If the downgrade is for financial reasons, I think I would ditch the car for a two wheeler and keep the audio rig ;)

If for simplicity, then the old Sony Hifi would be ideal.
 

square_wave

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This is a nice topic I think.

The idea isn't mine though

Most of us look at upgrades and are finicky and determined about the next purchase.

Well.. If you ever had to downgrade to

1 source
1 amplifier
1 stereo pair speaker

( Let's not get cables into this..

Sorry guys.. ;) )

What would they be ?

Regards
For more clarity, when you say downgrade, what do you mean ?

1. A state with diminished sound quality but lesser outlay and lesser components.
2. A state where the sound quality remains similar but with lesser components. Same outlay.
3. A state where you want better sound quality but with lesser components ( sometimes less is more and can be costlier ). You don't mind more outlay.
 

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I am also thinking of downgrading myself from 4000 odd lps to selected 500 lps, 1000 CDs to 200 CDs, bunch of tube/SS amps to couple of good ones, 5 very good TTs to best of two and godown full of vintage speakers and horns to a humble Fieldcoil based horn system.;):)
 
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arunkvivek

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I am also thinking of downgrading myself from 4000 odd lps to selected 500 lps, 1000 CDs to 200 CDs, bunch of tube/SS amps to couple of good ones, 5 very good TTs to best of two and godown full of vintage speakers and horns to a humble Fieldcoil based horn system.;):)
- Shafic, that's such a humble way to brag :p!!!
 

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I am also thinking of downgrading myself from 4000 odd lps to selected 500 lps, 1000 CDs to 200 CDs, bunch of tube/SS amps to couple of good ones, 5 very good TTs to best of two and godown full of vintage speakers and horns to a humble Fieldcoil based horn system.;):)
I am also wanting to cut down on the vinyl and CDs.
Only thing is don't know where to start.
Can't even resist buying more. :confused:
 

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I think downgrade means simple and hassel free system with equally good sound quality in OPs post regards. For me downgrade will be....
Bluesound powernode 2i with KEF Q150 help by 8 inch sealed active subwoofer.
 

arj

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I am also thinking of downgrading myself from 4000 odd lps to selected 500 lps, 1000 CDs to 200 CDs, bunch of tube/SS amps to couple of good ones, 5 very good TTs to best of two and godown full of vintage speakers and horns to a humble Fieldcoil based horn system.;):)
Naughty boy Shafic !

Very curious on the vintage speakers you have !
 

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I am also wanting to cut down on the vinyl and CDs.
Only thing is don't know where to start.
Can't even resist buying more. :confused:
I also need to "cull" my vinyl collection, and like you, I also don't know where to start. Luckily I've been able to resist buying more vinyl. But CDs I still buy.
 

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I have taken a giant leap. Got LG phone with better dac. Now to streaming everything from songs stored on home pc via upnp server on the go anywhere and a good compatible earphones.

Alternatively, after squarewave posted review of active speakers from AP I am tempted to look at them. I have an EAR 864 preamp still unsold.
 

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My downgrade would be the Sony HiFi specifically Model Sony FH7-MKII.
Since it has a audio in, one simple digital source to access new formats. That is it. A Sony cdp40 etc.
 

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Yes.. Down size is the right word.
Possibly the most minimalistic approach would be a pair of active speakers with inbuilt HDD and streaming option.
Control from either phone or browser
Yes like kannan said this is downsize. It's hard to accept a downgrade unless you make a pause to hobby for several months or a year. Our expectations will slowly go down as human mind cannot remember a sound that long. I mean remember exactly a sound. vaguely , it's possible.


If I have to downgrade it would be to a pair of beoplay a1 bluetooth speakers.
 
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