When discussing the parameters for this system, we all agreed that there is a huge group of consumers who have not opted - well maybe not fully - for the MP-3 revolution. They have a huge collection of CDs that they play regularly and have also started to realise that their collection of LPs is full of treasured memories and needs to be 'dusted-off' so to speak.
We also believe that this group wants to upgrade to a system that will be easy to install and operate, deliver a significant performance improvement on previous systems they may have owned, but still offer great value for money...and of course last forever!
Well we may not be able to fulfil that last request, but we think we can on everything else, even surpassing expectations. This is a very balanced system using great brands that really deliver and meet the brief outlined above.
Recommended System Fast Facts
Pro-Ject Record Player: Made in Europe and fitted with an Ortofon Cartridge. this two-speed, belt drive turntable includes a hinged lid and tonearm lift.
Marantz Amplifier & CD Player: Amplifier output is a conservative 45 Watts output per channel and the matching CD player is also a solid build component.
SuBsonic Speakers: Australian designed 2 1/2 way compact floor standing speaker with rear-firing bass port for fast, efficient airflow for clean bass.
QED Cable: System includes quality speaker cable and banana plugs that are actually made in the UK! We've also upgraded the interconnect to a matching QED.
Pro-Ject Essential II Digital - Black
Belt Drive Turntable
An unique belt-drive turntable with built-in MM pre-amplifier that features digital optic as well as analogue amplifier connection options. Delivered with acrylic lid and with black, white and red high-gloss colour options.
• Ideal for connection to multiroom systems (SONOS, HEOS etc) or TVs, soundbars and portable audio
• Perfect solution if only a digital input is available
• Easy set-up
• Belt drive with silicone belt and low vibration motor
• 8,6” aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
• Ortofon OM5e cartridge pre-mounted
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Integrated Stereo Amplifier
Following on in a tradition that goes back to the 1950's, the Marantz PM5005 is a high-quality entry-level integrated amplifier that provides all the basics needed for a nice stereo system. Perfect for small room systems!
OverviewThe Marantz PM5005 Stereo Amplifier lets you experience fine musical details from your favourite recordings, whether they're on LPs, CDs, or even high-resolution SACDs and DVD-Audio discs.
To maximise audio performance, Marantz engineers took extensive care with every aspect of the PM5005's design and construction. Audiophiles will appreciate touches like a source... Read More>>
Compact Disc Player
Don't let the attractive price let you think that this is an ordinary sounding CD Player, cos it ain't!
OverviewIf you've been thinking that all CD players sound the same unless you spend thousands, then you should take a listen to the Marantz CD5005. It's the kind of player that will keep you listening late into the night, rediscovering every disc in your collection. It offers a hard-to-find combination of superb audio performance, understated good looks, and affordability.
The Marantz CD5005 plays CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs as well as MP3 and WMA files. And perhaps more importantly, it... Read More>>
Subsonic XM-3 MK2
Floor Standing Speakers
The Subsonic XM3 MkII creates a new standard in floorstanding loudspeakers in terms of build quality, musicality, reliability, and overall value for money. The twin woofer floorstanding tower speaker has been designed to provide entry level audio lovers and videophiles with a new benchmark for performance and sonic enjoyment.
OverviewBass Mid Drivers: Proprietry mid/bass drivers designed for articulate musical accuracy, low distortion and high power handling capabilities are utilised. The cone is a doped paper composite which provides extremely natural tones, and impressive transient response.
Tweeter: The Tweeter is a treated 25mm silk dome, cooled internally using ferro fluid, and heat is also dissipated through a 12-fin heat sink on the back of the high grade neodymium magnet. For a compact tweeter it really outperforms many of it's much more well known European rivals. With mild horn loading, the tweeter is designed to reproduce music effortlessly in a smooth and articulate way, whilst providing excellent on and off axis performance.
High Quality Components: Components are all of the highest quality. Crossovers use all aircored inductors, non-ageing... Read More>>
QED 79 Strand 3M (Black)
Stereo Terminated Pair
QED Profile 79 Strand speaker cable is literally a legend in its own lifetime. It remains the only cable ever to win the prestigious 'Federation Of British Audio Test Of Time' Award.
This description is for a 3 metre pair of QED 79 Strand speaker wire terminated with soldered banana plugs. This cable is ideal for good quality modestly priced speakers.
OverviewOffering fantastic value for money combined with class leading performance, QED's evergreen 79 Strand speaker cable has been in production for more than 35 years, and for good resason!
Carefully refined over the years, QED 79 Strand... Read More>>
QED Profile - 1M
Optical Digital Cable
QED Profile Precision Optical Cable has been designed to connect and transfer digital video and digital audio signals between Blu-ray/DVD Player, Digital TV set-top-box or Game Console to either your Amplifier, DAC or Receiver.
OverviewThe Profile Optical cable delivers great sound from a TV, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Games console to your DAC, amplifier or receiver in a discreet and flexible design. Here at QED we are so confident about the performance that we offer a lifetime guarantee on this product.
The QED "Profile" series is a brand new range that replaces QED'S popular "One" series of... Read More>>