Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment

Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment

To Doug Schneider,

I have not kept up with the latest in hi-fi, but I would like to put together a new system, primarily for music. (The system I currently use consists of a vintage Yamaha CR-2020 receiver and a pair of Celestion SL600s.) My question is: Can a system achieve audiophile-quality musical performance and double as a home-theater system? It seems to me that the purposes of each are very different and the equipment should be, too. Am I in the dark ages on this point? If so, can you recommend what equipment might address both needs?


You can definitely set up a system that plays back music and movies equally well, but you have to select your components from companies that produce products that perform this double-duty task. Not all companies produce products that do both things well, which is where the confusion about whether music and movies can co-exist in one system comes in.

I would imagine that you don’t have an unlimited budget, so I would steer you to the following electronics brands first: Anthem and NAD. There are other brands, but that’s a good start, since their products are generally good and their prices are reasonable. With speaker systems, there are many more brands to look at. These are the ones at the top of my list: Paradigm, Axiom, Aperion, PSB, Definitive Technology, and Revel. I hope that helps. Start shopping! . . . Doug Schneider