I am a regular subscriber to your magazine. I have been planning to buy a music system for a long time but undecided on the right option. Below are my preferences
1. My budget is between Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000.
2. My room size is 20 ftx10 ft.
3. My outmost preference is music. I love to listen to both vocal and instrumental. Music quality should be very good if not excellent. I will be occasionally watching movies but that is not my priority.
4. The system should be very durable.
I am confused on whether to buy a music system complete with CD player and cassette player offered by Sony and Philips. I have heard Sony makes some good music system but I am not sure they will be rugged enough.
Should I go for a home theatre system (i.e. 5.1) offered by brands like Onkyo.
To buy amplifier, speaker system and cassette deck (as I have a sizeable number of old cassettes) separately and if so what are the brands and models I should choose within my budget.
I would also request you to give your view on Bose music system.
Hi Mr Dutta,
Looking at your budget and also as you have mentioned that your outmost preference is music, a very important decision that you should make is whether you want to go for stereo system or a multichannel surround system. And just for the fact that We would suggest that you go for a stereo system instead of a multichannel system. There are two interdependent reasons for this. In the first place, most of the times you won’t get a general multichannel system that can also be great sounding for music and even if you get something that sounds great for both stereo music and movies, then it wouldn’t fit in your budget of Rs 50,000. So the best option according to us is a nice stereo system which involves a media player, a decent amplifier and good pair of speakers (floorstanding or bookshelf).
For a media player, you can choose from a number of options like Seagate, Western Digital, TViX, Xtreamer, Lacie, AC Ryan etc. All these products are available within the range of
Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. With the media player, you also get the flexibility of storing and playing back a very wide range of digital file formats.
For amplifiers you have options form Yamaha, Cambridge Audio, Denon, Sherwood, etc. These too are available within a range of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.
Finally the speakers. Here again looking at your budget ans also your room size we would suggest that you opt for bookshelf speakers. For this you have options from Tannoy, Wharfedale, Energy, Norge, Q Acoustics, etc. These bookshelf speakers are available within a range of Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000.
All the products mentioned above are extremely durable and will live upto your expectations. For your query about the cassettes we would suggest that you can buy a separate cassette desk and connect it to the amplifier that you get. With this you also get to use all your cassettes on your system.
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