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This is the most accurate and complete Best Buy guide, anywhere. We select very carefully the finest products of great value, in almost every category... And we include any really good alternatives, explain why our recommendation is the best choice and give some vital advice.
And we have also a very advanced HiFi school, where we explain everything you may need to know, to get a truly natural sound...
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Welcome to our great Best Buy guide!

How we work... It's not easy, to give really good advice and often very complicated, to select the best value... And our final advice, will naturally not fit everyone, because people have different taste and want different functions... But we are very careful, research deep, investigate any promising alternatives, have a talent for "systematic analyse" and write only about categories we really know, so I you will normally find the best advice here...
We do not work like paper magazines, who mainly report about every "new" product and only compare a few models (once or twice a year) in each category and then give a "best buy" to the best choice... We investigate instead every new promising product, in each category and replace then our "old" recommendation - if the new product is clearly better, in at least one deep review... Or if the old product is both rare and sold out in Sweden... And if the new product not is better - but almost as good and has some fine advantages, will we show it as a nice alternative...
And we have sadly not the money (or time) to review everything, so we normally find out what's best from the finest reviews we can find and tell you clearly, when we have first hand experience...
Remember that we only recommend "really fine products" of great value - that actually give you very high quality, at a rather nice price and NEVER the little cheaper budget versions, with clearly lower quality or some vital missing features... And we recommend also some more expensive alternatives, if they really are clearly better... Then will we also adjust our recommendations, if we find new facts in professional reviews or consumer reports... And most of our Best Buy recommendations are both tested with very high grades, by the finest review sites / magazines and carefully evaluated (normally not tested) by myself...
Sometimes can naturally one brand dominate a category, as Panasonic did with 6 superior digital cameras 2008 but we are not blind "fans" of any brand, even if we naturally admire those brands that normally produce extra high quality products and we never guess... So we are sincerely happy if any brand actually make a truly great product... And when we report about a completely NEW product, that might become a Best Buy, does we only call it "promising" until we seen very high grades in fine reviews...
And we don't write complete reviews... We "simply" select the Best Buy and any really fine alternatives... Then does we normally explain the advantages, that make it the best choice and point out any negative sides... And we give often some vital advice and explain what's extra important... And you can naturally use this guide, as a starting point or reference and then try to find something better... Or a good alternative, that have some special quality you love!
Please click here and email me... If you have any important information (as extra good or bad qualities) about a Best Buy, news about finer worldwide alternatives and finer pictures... But we don't have time to answer questions... And I am naturally very proud over the fact, that nobody have found any bad advice (yet) even if we can miss some details... We have "only" got grateful emails and interesting feedback, from happy buyers and other experts, which is a big extra inspiration ;-)
This guide is normally adjusted, two three times every month... Click here to see some of the greatest news... The prices (in Swedish sek) was the lowest I found in Swedish sites (including 25% tax) when it's not written as the "max" price... I decided to not show all prices in US dollars and instead use that time, to give better advice... But when I anyhow write an usd price, is that without tax... You may click here and see (in an extra window) how much "Sek, Swedish krona" is in Your money... This guide is written from a Swedish perspective and some products may be more (or less) expensive, in your country and you may naturally find some fine local alternatives, in some countries!

Audio equipment & music

You should first click here and read the HiFi school... Mainly to find out
what equipment, you actually may need (!) before you continue...

Loudspeakers Subwoofers headphones Home Cinema Receivers
Equalizer CD players MP3 & MiniDisc Mini System Tuner and more...
And the finest music I collected - with a nice melody and dynamic nerve!


There are over 1000 different makers of loudspeakers (!) and every one try naturally to make very fine loudspeakers...
But creating excellent loudspeakers, seem to be extremely difficult and some companies invest millions of Pounds, without producing any really fine loudspeaker, at a nice and competitive cost...
And that fact may be the main reason that - different loudspeakers, sound VERY different and there is also a HUGE variation on the sound quality... Especially if you compare with any other rather fine HiFi equipment, that sound almost exactly the same...
And there are suddenly many new promising models, so it was naturally very complicated to find out the best alternatives...
But we have anyhow manage to select over 22 excellent loudspeakers, that sound from great to magical and cost from 7000 sek/pair (about 650usd 2024) to 60.000sek (about 5500usd) brand new...
Yes, really fine loudspeakers are normally VERY expensive... Most cost actually from 3000 usd and some cost several millions sek... But the extra fine speakers I recommend sound normally dramatically finer, than other speakers at that price and you can also find some of them second hand, at around half the new price.

And there are also a lot of unique models in different countries, which naturally make any comparisons even more complicated...
So I will mainly recommend the finest "international" floor standing full register speakers, that normally work superb with any kind of music and not must have a separate subwoofer - even if most of them will sound even better with a good sub, for the deepest bass... And then can you simply use this recommendations as references, when you go out and compare, until you find your dream... Maybe with help of my listening advice, in the first part of my HiFi school.
But OBSERVE that I mainly recommend alternatives that offer a very open, natural and clear sound... So you will hear a lot more details than normally and that mean that any bad recording or bad equipment, will also sound clearly worse than normally... So if you prefer a smooth sound, that especially mask / hide faults and any distortion from your equipment, should you look elsewhere... But don't worry, this speakers don't create any additional annoying effects to the treble and if the recordings and equipment are clean or fine, will you get a perfectly soft and ultra clear sound!!

I begin with the best options, that cost under 6000 usd and then will you find lower cost speakers... And my grading of the possible sound quality is in percent of my own speakers, who is 100% and A means very good locking, in my eyes B means fine C ok and E rather ugly!

And after the floor standing speakers, will you find the best SUBWOOFERS under 15000sek or 1400usd...

And the finest floor standing alternative is possible... The excellent Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL 95-110 A be even better, but they cost little more... They are elegant electrostat speakers (owners love) with 8" bass, which "give sublime treble and voices" & "Swedish HiFi & music wrote - The dream speakers you can afford.. They sound amazingly good and you will get surprised how much information you will discover from your old CD records.. A lot more expensive speakers offer not the same transparency or rich details, except the other electrostat's from Martin Logan.. Everything sound delicate and lovely.. And this speaker can play louder than you imagine, making you feel that you are sitting right in front of the orchestra... ElectroMotion is not just a bargain, they are maybe the best speakers at this price in 20 years" 42-22000hz (so they need a sub) 6ohm, 91dbWm max300w hwd 134x23x42cm plus need to be 50cm from wall 21kg new 36tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 24tsek2024

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The sublime electrostst speakers from Martin Logan

Then have we the extremely promising Arendal 1723 THX ultra certified Towers 85-110 A/B in piano black OR grey front, with black elements and otherwise dark grey enclosure. Designed in Norway (many extremely happy owners, say with different words - They are the clearly best high-end or audiophile floor speakers, at this low prise) unique 1.1" soft dome tweeter with neodymium magnet deep in a BIG aluminium horn, 4x 8" woofers with an extra big rubber ring, a huge magnet and elegant aluminium basket, very high quality crossover circuit, give 92db2.83v1m BUT norm 4ohm, max 500w peak, the THX ultra certification demand also fine 105db peak at 12 feet / 3.66m distance (mine AT100 give 115db at 4m) have 3 ports at back, need minimum 20-30cm from the wall and 50 hours break in, is 115cm high 28cm wide 40cm deep 50.6kg each
"AVS forum wrote - An excellent mix between precision and pleasure" & "eCoustics.com - Sound clearly better than Martin Logan Motion XT F100 at half the price" & "One owner - The treble sounds nicer with strings and piano, but are anyhow slightly more revealing and the excellent bass goes down to 25hz, so I don't need my two subwoofers.. And no harshness at higher levels.. He had JBL studio 590 and was also strongly considering Klipsch RF-7 III before he finally bought these" & "They are a lot better than the expensive B&W I had before" & "The best speakers I ever had.. my Yamaha NS-1000M get sometimes more harsh" & "iiWi reviews - They sound very open.. Airy at top and very open in the midrange, with deep authoritative bass.. Detail retrieval is fantastic, without any annoying sharpness or extra sweet romantic warmth.. They give a really big soundstage and they do not demand one exact listening position.. They did also sound big, energetic and detailed at low levels, which most speakers don't" and at Trust Pilot did 94% of 1952 people give the company Arendal Sound 5 stars, they came 2016 with a 10 year warranty and 60 days trial, new 39tsek/pair2024 and I seen used white from 26tsek2024

Then have we the slightly smaller Arendal 1723 S THX ultra certified Towers 85-105 A in piano black - which is same as above except they are slightly smaller 4x 6.5" woofers, spec & test 89db2.83v1m BUT norm 4ohm, max 400w peak 98x25x32cm 31.3kg "Audioholic wrote - They sound rich and detailed.. The soundstage and imaging are excellent and offer crystal clarity.. They sound terrific, better than my headphones.. more quiet moments were also painted with realism and subtlety.. Treble smoothness, imaging, dynamic range, value and build quality 5 stars.. Powerful bass down to 35hz, that is easy to adjust to 30hz and it's hard to think that a subwoofer can make it better.. The dynamic range of these speakers is tremendous.. And the only drawback is the included bass port plugs, because people should simply not use them" new 2850usd/pair2024

Martin Logan Motion XT F100 90-110 A (owners LOVE them) with AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter 6,5" kevlar cone mid 3x6,5" alu cone bass with aluminium basket "HomeTeatherHifi.com and owners wrote - is not just an update, but a complete redesign that sounds amazing and looks stylish.. With eyes closed, the overall sound and spatial effects were magical.. Wide and precise imaging.. Excellent bass extension.. Balanced and musical.. I loved them.. They deliver fantastic performance, for far less than the competition" 31hz25khz so they may NOT need a sub and they are bottom ported, so they can stand close to back wall 92db2.83v1m 4ohm 20-450w 121x32x38cm 34.2kg/each new 60tsek/pair2024

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Home cinema speakers from Klipsch, with the monumental RF-7iii
as front speakers... But I prefer darker mahogny or black wood!

And if you want to play very loud, may the finest alternative be... Klipsch Reference RF-7 III 90-105 A (owners love, but some say RP-280F sound even better on voices) 2x10" bass 32-25khz so they may NOT need a sub, test 92.8db/w/m (or 100dbWm in room) 8ohm, cont 250w peak 1000w 125x35x46cm 44kg, new 60tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 1500euro2024

Emotiva Airmotiv T2+ 90-105 C (owners LOVE and many 5* reviews, that say it partly is better than three times as expensive alternatives) "AV Nirvana wrote - They become invisible.. They will enhance practically any home cinema or listening room and delight the most particular listener" AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter 2x8" woven fibre bass 5.25" woven fibre midrange 35hz28khz. test 37hz so they may need a sub (just as the more expensive T3+) and the middle bass sound even cleaner with a sub 91db2.83v1m, max -45db dist at 86db1m & 50hz10khz, 200W continuous 400W peak *OBS 4 ohm, give max 102db fine sound at 4m and need minimum 40cm from back wall, 107x27x31cm 26kg/each came 2021 999usd/pair2022

Three NEW and very promising speakers that might be
Great, but I must first find some good reviews...

Emotiva Airmotiv XT3 88-106 B (dark grey Martin Logan copies, made to replace T2+) with AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter and 2x5.25" mid in MTM configuration, plus 3x8" bass for 30hz27khz, min 100w rec 300W continuous 600W peak 91db2.83v1m, 4-8ohm 1999usd/pair2024
SVS Ultra Evolution Titan 80-100 A piano black MTM configuration with 1" Diamond Coated Tweeter (with Organic Cell Lattice Diffuser for airy, unveiled highs and pristine clarity) 4x 6.5" bass, but port at back so it need min 30cm to wall 4tusd/pair2024
SVS Ultra Evolution Tower 75-100 A piano black MTM configuration with 1" Diamond Coated Tweeter (with Organic Cell Lattice Diffuser for airy, unveiled highs and pristine clarity) 4x 5.25" bass, but port at back so it need min 30cm to wall 3tusd/pair2024

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SVS Ultra Evolution Pinnacle - the slightly bigger version
of the alternatives above - with the same elegant design...

Martin Logan Motion 60XT and 60XTi 80-104 A with AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter 35hz25khz (test 22hz at -3db) so they may need a sub, 94db2.83V/m (test 88db2.83V/m) 91db/w/m 2x8" 203mm bass with aluminium cage 6,5" mid 20-400 watt and they look delicious in redwood *OBS 4ohm and they need to stand 50-70cm out from the back wall... Many owners that have listen to many other expensive speakers, simply say these are the best under 6000 usd and they truly LOVE them... BUT some say that the electrostatics from Martin Logan sound clearly better, but those are a lot more sensitive to the room... "The Absolute Sound review - 60XT offer phenomenal, magnificent and startlingly realistic presence.. A transparent, deep and exact soundstage.. The matching of the drivers and crossover was excellent, resulting in a very live and lifelike performance.. They absolutely rocked, but the pure clean deep bass could be slightly deeper.. So completing the otherwise superb sound, with a matching subwoofer, makes these speakers outstanding performers, regardless of cost.. And they sound best nude, without grilles and need a 72 hour break in" & "What HiFi - 60XTi give magical detail and soundstaging" & "Excellent imaging and soundstage.. Strong bass response.. Engaging and exciting sound reproduction.. No dynamic limitations" & "Sounstage - Included in our list of Recommended Reference Components" 122x29x37cm 30kg new 45tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 2000 euro 2024

And if you want to play rather loud, is the finest alternative... Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-8000F II 80-100 A (owners LOVE them and many 5* reviews, that say its better than most twice as expensive alternatives) "Sound extra dynamic, detailed and open at low volume" they have 2x8" bass 32-25khz so they may not need a sub, test 92.2db/w/m (or 98dbwm in room) 8ohm (down to 4ohm) max -45db dist at 86db1m & 45-150hz -50db 150hz10khz, handle 150-600w 110x28x45cm 28kg new 18tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 8tsek2024

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-8000F 80-100 A is a newer version of RP-280F below (owners love) 2x8" bass 32-25khz test 92.1db/w/m (or 98dbwm in room) 8ohm handle 150-600w 110x28x45cm 28kg came 2019 new 13tsek/pair2024

And if you want to play rather loud, is the next finest alternative... Klipsch RP 280F 80-100 A (owners love) which offer high sensitivity of 93db/w/m in test (or 98dbwm in room) "sound excellent and dynamic even at low volume" 2x8" bass give very dynamic deep bass from 32hz and they have especially a new smoother tweeter, with sublime clarity and more delicious treble details up to 25000hz, than most speakers, according to many reviews and this 110cm high speakers look also very sexy and are only 25 cm wide... But they need 100-200 hours play in time, before they sound lovely and they have the same revealing treble as RP 260F below, so you should first listen with high quality recordings and be sure you like the sound, before you choose this alternative... 8ohm handle 150-600w 110x25x47cm 29kg came 2017 new 13tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 6tsek2024

And for a more elegant sound have we... Martin Logan Motion 40 / 40i 75-100 A with AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter 2x6,5" bass 5,5" midrange 40hz25khz 92dbWm, norm 6ohm, min 4ohm, handle max300w and give a "great and especially detailed sound, with a dynamic bass" *But they may anyhow need a sub... 108x19x33cm 22.2kg And in a review of model 40 "Dynamic sensation.. Fast, precision, power & control.. Colourful, clean and amazing sound.. Must be heard" and about the new 40i "everything connect great and tight... with precision, microscopic details and a dynamic bass" new 33tsek/pair2023 and I seen used from 14tsek2024

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Magnat Transpuls 1500 - funny smart photo!

Another POWER alternative... Magnat Transpuls 1500 60-95 B (many great & some bad reviews) 4-8ohm 15" bass, delicate double treble 16hz-35khz 95db/w/m handle 250w cont 500w peak 100x52x39cm 37kg/each new 1200euro 16tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 9500sek2024

Another POWER alternative... Eltax Vintage PWR 1959 60-90 B (some great & one bad reviews) 6-8ohm 15" bass, delicate double treble 30hz-22khz 96db/w/m handle 250w 90x52x39cm 34kg/piece new 1200euro/pair2023 and I seen used from 4tsek2024

Elac FS 137 Jet 88 B in black or red wood (just B look because i don't like the "silver" cones) that was made until 2012 and they give especially more details than most speakers, with help of the exclusive AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter and secondly sound exceptional on voices, maybe because of the MTM configuration, which make all sound come from one point... It has also very happy owners and a very dynamic bass, that is greater than the rather slim speaker cabinet suggest (just 23 cm wide) - But FS 137 goes "only" down to 35hz, so you need sometimes a fine little subwoofer for the deepest fundamental bass and this one need a lot more power than some other speakers (give only 89db/m/w) and is rated for 4 ohm... And some people feel finally that the very smooth treble actually is too clear and should be less revealing (which hide faults in the music, as I explain above) so you should maybe listen with high quality recordings, before you choose this alternative! 95x23x32cm 16kg did cost 10tkr2008 8tkr2014 and I seen used from 4500sek2024

The lovely FS 137 Jet above was "replaced" by the more expensive... Elac FS 197 80-88 A black beauties with AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter "A Swedish HiFi magazine wrote - Lovely deep bass and a fantastic treble" 88,5dbWm 36hz50khz and the bass port is down, so you can place it close to the back wall * BUT it need a subwoofer and is 4 ohm 98x21x29cm 15kg new 12tsek/pair2013 and I seen used from 2tsek (!!) 2024

Even more elegant is... Elac FS 208.2 80-88 A in cherry wood (not in silver & black) with AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter 2x7" bass 32hz50khz 90db BUT only 4ohm 160w max200w 103x20x29cm 28kg new ?tsek/pair and I not seen any used 2024

Wharfedale EVO 4.4 75-80 B smart ultra version of their 55tkr Elysian flagship model, with AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter and "clear, big, detailed, lively, dynamic, controlled, natural and warm sound, with excellent deep bass" & "Vocals are sublime" & "What Hi-Fi? Awards 2022 & 2023 winner" & "lovely for long time listening" & "their sweet-spot is anywhere" 2x 6,5" kevlar cone bass, 2" midrange 44hz-22khz (people say they don't need a sub) 89dbWm max200w peak107db norm 8ohm (min4ohm) hwd 106x25x35cm 25,6kg/each best 20cm to wall * but "work best in large rooms" new 17tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 928usd at HiFiShark 2024

And if you want a less expensive alternative to RP-280F sound the slimmer Klipsch RP-260F 70-80 A almost the same... They have also very happy owners and offer sublime clarity, with more delicious treble details (up to 25000hz) than most speakers, 2x6,5" woofers give deep dynamic bass from 34hz (so you might need a subwoofer) and extra high sensitivity of 92db/w/m (or 97dbwm in room) 8ohm, handle 125w max500w... They are also 101cm tall 23cmextra slim (but 45cm deep) so the design match flat screens... But some people feel that Klipsch treble is too revealing, so you should first listen with high quality recordings and be sure you like the sound, before you choose this alternative... 22,5kg new 8tsek/pair 2021 and I seen used from 2tsek (!!) 2024

Klipsch Reference R-28F 60-80 A 2x8" bass 35-24khz 93db/w/m (or 98dbwm in room) 8ohm handle 150-600w 107x24x40cm 26kg came maybe 2015 and I seen used from 5tsek2024

Another POWER alternative... Vestlyd V15C 60-80 B (many great reviews BUT the treble can become eSSig sometimes) 36-22khz extremely detailed 15" bass with a 1" tweeter in the middle 95dbWm and max 122db with 500w 4-8ohm HBD 74x46x42cm and can stand at the back wall 35kg new 20tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 18tsek2024

And in Sweden (and from some Swedish web shops) can you also buy the amazing Dynavoice Definition DF-8 40-80 B which many owners truly love (grade higher than any other speaker) 2x8" give very deep 23hz bass, so they don't need a subwoofer and a AMT (Oscar Heil style Air Motion Transformer) tweeter, that goes up to 32000hz... 6,5" midrange, handle 200w (peak 280w) and they are also very sensitive with 94db/watt/m but 6 ohm and even if they are 110cm tall, are they only 24cm slim and 38cm deep, so the impressive design match big flat screens... 28kg New 7tsek/pair2024 and I seen used from 4500sek2024

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Marshall Kilburn - the first original version

And if you want to spend almost nothing? Can you simply buy a second hand Marshall Kilburn (the first original version) connect it (with Bluetooth or 3.5mm signal cable) to your smartphone or something else and enjoy a truly nice HiFi sound... As I do in my power catamaran... Version one goes actually down to 40hz (tested with my test record, officially 55hz) in the bass and sound often magnificent, even if you close your eyes... It get it's power directly from the net, or trough it's 4x Li-ion batteries, that give up to 20 hours play time and the 4" woofer seem to be digitally controlled... More data: 2x tweeters, 30 watt, 14x24x14cm/hwd and 3kg... But you should turn up the treble to max and bass to 9-12 a clock... They are constructed by Zound Industries in Sweden, are made in China and the second version, goes down to 45hz (officially 55hz) and are slightly smaller, but look plastic... I bought the first one new for 1690sek and two more used for 1tsek/ each!

Studio monitors KRK systems, make small exclusive monitors - with an incredible big, accurate and clear sound (mainly from 4400 to 16000 sek) which is very popular in the finest music studios, with famous artists (as Bryan Ferry, Paul Simon and Yello) and in Hollywood... Click here to visit KRK!

My dream speakers My humble dream budget speakers is anyhow a smarter 5.1 system, because the following kind of cabinets would be much cheaper to build... With two very slim symmetric front towers (15cm wide 25cm deep and 110cm high, with rounded front edges and 20x25x3cm stone feet's) that has two very efficient and ultra exact 5 inch midrange elements, at both sides of a truly excellent dome horn tweeter (for minimum 96db at 1m and 1 watt) with front bass ports... So the main sound come from one point and they get easy to place... Plus a 110cm wide centre speaker, so it sound exactly the same... And then a very dynamic active subwoofer (with the centre of the membrane placed on the same distance as the midrange) that "only" work from 25 hertz and up to 90 hertz (at -3db) so you can't directly hear where the low bass sound come from... And two fine dome horn tweeters and midrange elements, directed in a wide angle and not direct, for the back speakers...
Or exactly the same towers as in front (at a slightly higher cost) for the back... Then should there be an alternative at same price - with fine ribbon tweeters (in every speaker and then only towers, in the back) for slightly more delicate details and still with rather good efficiency at minimum 90db/m/w... Plus a more expensive subwoofer alternative, with very detailed bass from 20 hertz...
And finally two premium alternatives with either sublime ribbon tweeters, that give minimum 93db/w/meters efficiency... Or truly excellent dome horn tweeter, with at least 99db/w/meter efficiency, at same price... Plus the deep digging alternative subwoofer... But this delicious sound candy - that should be rather cheap to build and should look very elegant together with flat screens - does strangely not exist at a moderate price!!

My old classic speakers Then does some very old classic speakers from Cerwin-Vega sound extremely good, if they are placed right... Specially the huge models made 1982 to 1993 with 15" bass, which normally sound a lot more open and clear than any other speaker, even at a whispering low volume (when almost any other sound muddy) and they are in addition extremely sensitive / efficient, normally producing 101db/w/m and over 114db ultra clear music (illegal at a disco) with just a 20 watt amplifier... But, they must first be placed about 40-50cm (from the edge of the bass element) above the floor, which otherwise give bad reflections and bloated bass...

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I have two pair of Cerwin-Vega AT100 which was the finest model they made and these excellent speakers give deep detailed bass from 28 hz and a purely delicious treble up to 28000 hz, that is both ultra detailed and soft... And they are also extremely effective with 101db (from 1 watt, at 1 meter) give less then 0.5% distortion at 96db handle 400 watt continuously, so they can actually produce 127db ultra clear music... And each one weight 45kg... But the mid range doesn't sound better (or worse) compared with the best of the competition... CerwinVega are nowadays marketed for people who want "great disco sound" but most of the old models from 1982 to 1993 with 15 inch bass, are actually incredible accurate and sound clearly better that every "high end" speakers I have listen to, sometimes with help of some other "reference" speakers that did sound very close... Friends have also visit me, with over 40 other speakers since 1981 when I discover and bough the now iconic Cerwin-Vega H15 nicknamed "the safe" and some speakers was over 10 times more expensive, but everyone prefer anyhow my slightly modified speakers.
Even if they actually have three problems with the cabinet... First stand these huge speakers (they are 85 to 110cm high) orginally almost on the floor and most models (some new have the bass element a bit higher up) must be placed a lot higher up, as you can see in my pictures, to not get bad reflections from the floor and a slightly "boxy" bloated bass... Secondly doesn't the midrange and treble (originally) come from the same point... Even if I did fix that on my AT-100 speakers, which have two midrange element, so I could simply change place on the top midrange and the treble element... And finally could they have a smaller front area, which otherwise produce reflections...
Some people say that the main secret with the old classic Cerwin-Vega is the patented magnet system (1) that work more like an industrial electromagnet and simply lock the cone directly to the signal, from extremely low sound levels (2) and in addition work the bass element exceptional smoothly, without the usual "magnetic turbulence" and then can most of the big old Cerwin-Vega home speakers, even handle 400 watt continuously (for many hours) and give an unique 127 db of delicious clear music... Okay, the last part is only valuable if you want to play extremely loud, for the neighbours - but that also means, that the old Cerwin-Vega has almost no limitations!
They started with making superior elements (with the unique patent for the magnet flow) continued producing legendary professional speakers and finally did they release home speakers 1979 with 15" bass... But since 1994 has the home speakers become slightly worse & worse, with each new model... You are very welcome to mail me if YOU know anything more about CerwinVega! Click here to visit Cerwin-Vega

And the most promising SUBWOOFERS

Really fine subwoofers seem to be more easy to create, than really fine floor standing loudspeakers... But most of them are anyhow crazy expensive and I only recommend those who cost max 1440 usd... And fortunately cost the best alternatives, about half of that!

Mini HiFi school Remember that subwoofers work rather DIFFERENT than ordinary loudspeakers and the final result / output is a result of 5 to 10 aspects - Mainly how LONG the woofer move, the size of the woofer, the technology of the woofer, how big the box is and the power that drive the woofer... But sometimes also if the box is bass reflex, how the bass reflex work, how good the amplifier are, how strong the box is made and if they done some quality mistakes!

Then is it a sad fact that most inexpensive "subwoofers" don't even go below 30hz and if you have a quality speaker, that normally go down to 35hz is just 5hz more, absolutely NOT deep enough!!
And too many low price "subs" blurt out a very soft fluffy "boomy" bass, that can become very ANNOYING to listen to!

Following recommendations goes minimum down to 23hz (at -6db) and are especially known to produce a very dynamic and fast / tight bass, so they should really be good for both films and music... And they cost max 15tsek, which is about 1440usd 2024

The smartest alternative, for most, is the amazing... XTZ SUB 12.17 Edge 95-120 AA (which owners LOVE) in sexy piano black (or white) with a 12" woofer that goes down to 18hz (!) up 180hz, 51x40x40cm/hwd (the almost as good XTZ 10.17 Edge you find below, is clearly smaller) 700w/rms and a 3-band parametric equalizer... "The very serious Swedish HomeCinema mag wrote - The price & performance King.. Rock hard bass.. Possible to select just left port with the frequency 20.5hz.. Max 127db SPL in test at 20hz (!!) and clearly best in the group test) beating mostly twice as expensive subs & "The best subwoofer under £1000" & "The bass is tight and articulated.. Also good for music" 25.9kg, innovated in Sweden and made in China, came 2018 new 7800sek2024 and I seen used from 4500sek

Then have we, the old price king... XTZ SUB 12.17 95-117 AA (which is practically the same as EDGE above, except 500w power, that owners also LOVE) in sexy piano black (or white) with a 12" woofer that goes down to 18hz (!) up 180hz, 50x40x40cm/hwd (the almost as good XTZ 10.17 Edge you find below, is clearly smaller) 500w/rms "AV forum review - The overall performance was excellent and the XTZ delivered deep powerful bass that was fast, controlled and precise.. A very effective and great performer, with both film soundtracks and two channel music.. And excellent build quality, without any audible distortion at very high volume" 25.9kg innovated in Sweden and made in China, came 2016

The first Edge subwoofer... XTZ Cinema SUB 1X12 Edge 95-116 A (owners Love) in black with a 12" woofer that goes down to 18hz (in test -6db) up 40-160hz, 51x45x48cm/hwd 700w/rms "Swedish HomeCinema mag wrote - Tighter than SVS PB-2000 pro" 24kg, Test HB 2021 nr5 innovated in Sweden and made in China, came 2015 was 10tsek2021 new 10390sek2024

And the almost identical... XTZ Cinema SUB 1X12 95-115 A (owners Love) in black with a 12" woofer that goes down to 19hz up 40-160hz, 51x45x48cm/hwd 500w/rms "Tighter than SVS PC12" 24kg, innovated in Sweden and made in China, came 2015

The monumental... Arendal 1961 Sub 1V 95-115 B (owners Love) in matte black (or white) with the black bass element on the right side and the 12.2" bass with stamped steel basket, goes down to 14/16hz (-6db in 2 tests) but "only" max 106db/spl at 20hz & 1m with 17% dist (experts say that's good for a large room) up to 30-300hz, 55x39x50cm/hwd. the wide port is on the back, 550w/rms and a 3-band parametric equalizer, with a 1.8" colour display "Play heavy and musically.. Blend perfect with the front speakers, without any audible distortion at very high volume" & "Tight, heavy and dominating" But one owner could hear a low buzzzz from the transformer, when he not play any music... 36.1kg test HB 2021 nr5, innovated in Norway and made in China, was 999euro2019 (and Arendal 1723 1V cost 160% but give the same result)

The cute and still great... Arendal 1961 Sub 1S 95-114 B (owners Love) in matte black (or white) with the black bass element on the right side and the 12.2" bass with stamped steel basket, goes down to 20hz (-6db in test) max 104db/spl at 20hz & 1m with 16% dist (good for a medium room) up to 30-200hz, only 42x32x42cm/hwd, its sealed, 550w/rms and a 3-band parametric equalizer, with a 1.8" colour display "This smaller version sound very similar to 1V above, even with DEEP organ music.. Blend perfect with the front speakers" & "Tight, heavy and dominating" 21.4kg test HB 2021 nr5, innovated in Norway and made in China, was 799euro2019

The relatively tiny Monster... XTZ SUB 10.17 Edge 90-111 AA (which owners LOVE) in piano black (or white) that have a 10" woofer, with a big neodym magnet, goes down to 20hz up 180hz only 43x32x38cm/hwd 700w/rms "Very dynamic, very loud and goes very deep" & "You get clean, articulate chest crushing bass from these little monsters" 19.5kg, but they need 50 hours playing to "open" up, innovated in Sweden and made in China, came 2019 new 6tkr2024 and I seen used from 3700sek

And the very similar... XTZ SUB 10.17 85-109 AA (which practically is the same as Edge above, except 500w, that the owners also LOVE) in piano black (or white) that have a 10" woofer, with a big neodym magnet, goes down to 20hz up 180hz only 43x32x38cm/hwd 500w "Swedish HiFi and Music mag wrote - Clearly better, compared with (the twice as expensive) SVS SB-2000 & REL T/7i or (the same price) Dynavoice Thunder T-12" but they need 50 hours playing to "open" up, test H&M 2018 nr9 (that I don't have) innovated in Sweden and made in China, came 2017 new 6tkr2024 and I seen used from 1800sek

Monolith by Monoprice M-12 v2 12in THX certified Ultra 500 90-106 B (many Love) in black with facet edges, have a 12" woofer that goes down to 20hz (test at -6db) up 200hz, dist only 1% at 20-100hz, 58x43x60cm/hwd (so it is one of the biggest) 500w/rms "high calibre performance" 44.7kg Came 2017 new 800usd2024
** BUT the amazing XTZ SUB 12.17 Edge cost even less, plus have smarter controls, a stronger amp and a clearly more sexy look...

SVS BP-1000 Pro 95-102 B (owners Love) in black, have a 12" and 10" woofer, that goes down to 17hz (!!) up 270hz 48x38x51cm/hwd 325w/rms "Fantastic" 19.3kg came at 7500sek2021 was 8200sek2022 new 10990sek2024

Headphones There are a few models, especially from Sennheiser, AKG and Philips that have a clearly less "boxy, tube like or hollow" sound - which otherwise make the music sound, as if the band play in a cave... And the best value is...
Sennheiser PX-100 II which are a new version of the classic PX100 with a finer black (or white) design and the same exceptional clean, open and very natural sound... That especially sound less "boxy, tube like or hollow" than most headphones from Japan... You get also deep strong bass and silky clean high treble (15-27.000hz) with every detail and totally about 95% perfect sound quality... Because they could sound a bit wider, but headphones with even higher sound quality are extremely expensive... They sound actually very similar to the 85% Koss Porta Pro and offer especially cleaner treble... Yes, many happy owner did also compare with Porta Pro and love the clearly finer sound, plus the fact that PX100 not get stuck in the hair... They are in addition very comfortable, foldable and very sensitive... But they offer also little more bass, than the earlier PX100 that I have and that might be too much bass for some... And if you happen to pull the cable hard, may it also break more easy... Then are this headphones open, so you will hear a lot more of any surrounding noise AND vital traffic sounds... But don't worry about other people, they will actually NOT hear your music or even some "tss tss" as long as you not play dangerous loud... And they costs only 390sek 2013!
If that is too expensive for you, is AKG K 402 a ultra low cost alternative, that offer 85% sound quality and sound also very clear - with great bass, delicate treble (finer that Koss porta pro) and are also free from the too common "boxy, tube like or hollow" tint - but the instruments and song does get a bit split up... They are also small and very light, very effective at 117db/mW and available in blue plus black, yellow plus black or red plus black, at incredible 149sek 2013!
And if you want "home" headphones, is Philips SHP2000 an amazing bargain, with 92% perfect sound quality... They sound especially very clear - with massive bass, delicate treble and are totally free from the too common "boxy, tube like or hollow" tint... Then are they black and very light, with big comfy ear covers and 2m cable... Finally handle they 500mW, but give only 100db/mW so they need more power than most, at incredible 129sek 2013!

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My magnificent Yamaha RX-A1030 Aventage AV receiver - with the most detailed natural sound,
in test after test and a lovely 7 band manual (or auto) digital parametisk equalizer

Home Cinema Receivers With Dolby Digital, DTS and normally over 5x80 watt at 8ohm or 5x110 w at 4ohm, see more about watt measurements below... They have also ProLogic IIx that can "play" old stereo as fine surround.
We recommend only receivers with excellent sound quality, for both cinema and music... And they must also have a fine digital equalizer, that you can adjust manually, for a perfect natural sound at home... Because a few "budget" models have now an excellent digital equalizer, for every channel and sometimes even fine bass and treble controls, that you can use in surround mode. And a fine equalizer is extremely valuable, because it can give you a dramatically more open natural sound and especially remove the ordinary "boxy" cave like sound effect, you still find in most CD and vinyl recordings (but almost never in modern films, maybe because movies should sound life like and realistic) if you only set the EQ right... And even if you have speakers, that give a very natural and "box free" sound, can you adjust any bad room acoustic or optimize the bass, with a fine equalizer... Click here to read about the advantages with an equalizer, in a new window...
And then has some badly construct receivers a fan, that can become noisy... See more what's extra important, just under my recommendations...
I will also list some older models here (as long they sound just as good as the last ones) because some shop might suddenly sell one at an extra low price, making that one the best choice... As long as it have Atmos - but even older models can naturally be excellent, if you simply don't want to put speakers in the roof (?!?) so you really can use Atmos... I absolutely not want that, for example... And yes, a fine reciever that many only use for a home cinema, once or twice a week, can actually be as new and a truly excellent second hand bargin...
Remember finally that a fine basic Cinema Receiver, costs now about the same as a fine amplifier (partly because stereo amplifers got very expensive) and that is actually amazing, when you get many more fine amplifiers and a lot of extra functions, plus a radio / tuner!

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My magnificent Yamaha RX-A1050 Aventage AV receiver
Another masterpiece with the most detailed natural sound

The best home cinema receiver, at a very low price is...
Normally a Yamaha, because they are famous for their very natural and high quality sound, with more details... Even in their budget receivers and especially the more expensive models... They does not always win a group test, but serious experts write almost always that Yamaha have the best sound quality, with more details or a clearly more open / natural sound... Year after year, since 2013

And the smartest way you can buy a great AV receiver now, year 2024 and the next 10 years, is to find one of Yamaha's "classic" Aventage AV receiver, at a very low second hand price... Compared with the astronomic price, for a just as excellent and powerful brand new AV receiver...
All of the following Aventage models have 4 smart scene keys (which make it very easy to select the source) lovely sound quality and a truly excellent 7 bands digital parametric equalizer, which you can adjust manually or use automatically...
You must naturally check first, that a used receiver NOT have been working many hours every day... So just remember to check the remote, that normally show any heavy use... But then can you rather easy get Ultra Quality sound for only 15to 33% if you compare with the new dramatically higher price (!!) just as I did with my RX-A1030, A1050 and A30303 Aventage...
Yes, I did only pay 10tsek (about 950usd 2024) for those THREE amazing machines and only ONE new (of this high class) cost from 14tsek, for the same as A1030 to over 35tsek, for the same as A3030 *hehe*
The huge RX-A20xx and RX-A30xx models are both "monster receivers" with minimum 140 to 150 watt power and are very similar, but the slightly bigger A30xx version use more electricity and get warmer - so I value them the same... But you can naturally value RX-A30xx models higher!
And even the first masterpiece on the list - Yamaha RX-A830 is a magnificent and very powerful receiver, as you can see below... So the models you should look for is practically any of the following masterpieces and the "price" is simply what I believe is a "fantastic bargain" price, for a very little used Aventage!

RX-A830 (was my main receiver for 8 years... And A830 is celebrated by expert magazines and loved by many owners for it's brilliant sound quality... Offer minimum 100w8ohm 20hz-20khz at 0.09% dist, 140wDyn8ohm 160w4ohm at 0.9%, 180wDyn6ohm 210wDyn4ohm 250wDyn2ohm, only 0.06% dist at 50w, S/N aux 100db, damping factor for more exact bass 100, have 8st HDMI (that support 4K Ultra HD Pass-through and upscaling) and 2 HDMI out, Phono / turntable amplifier, 2 usb contacts, zone 2, AirPlay, 7.2 channels pre out, all channels are equipped with 192 kHz 24-bit Burr Brown DAC, 435x171x369mm, it never get hot and weight 10.5kg) came year 2013 2500sek
A840 year 2014 3tsek
A1030 (my main receiver, that offer 7.2 channels 110w8ohm stereo 20-20khz at max 0.06%, 135wDyn8ohm 165wDyn6ohm 170w4ohm 210wDyn4ohm 280wDyn2ohm, only 0.04% dist at 70w, max 0.0038% at 5w (!!) damping factor for more exact bass 150 (and 168 in test) 0.02% dist phono, S/N phono 81/86db aux 100db, 70db 0,5% stereo radio, has 192kHz/24-bit DAC by ESS SABRE Premier (ES9006) HDMI in 8 out 2, Analogue To HDMI up conversion, Phono, Audio in: 4 rca 1 coax 1 opt, AV in: 4 rca 4 S-Video 2 aux 2 opt, AV out: 1 rca 1 Svideo 1 opt, Zone 2, 2 usb, Lan network, 435x182x432mm 15.1kg) year 2013 3tsek
A850 year 2015 3500sek
A1040 year 2014 3500sek
A2030 / A3030 year 2013 3500sek
(I have one RX-A3030 which offer 9.2 channels and give 2x150w8ohm 20-20khz, 0.06%, 2x165w8ohm 0.9% FTC, 230wDyn8ohm 230w4ohm 0.9% 295wDyn4ohm and 410wDyn2ohm, only 0.04% dist at 70w and 0.0038% dist at 5w, S/N 86db/phono 100db/aux, 192kHz/24-bit dac by ESS SABRE32 Ultra (ES9016) + ESS SABRE Premier (ES9006) Have time Domain Jitter Eliminator in SABRE32 and Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry in SABRE, 150 damping factor (test say 168) HDMI in: 8 out 2, Phono, Audio in: 4 rca 1 coax 1 opt, AV in: 4 rca 4 S-Video 2, Analogue to HDMI up conversion, Aux: 2 opt, AV out: 1 rca 1 Svideo 1 opt, Two Zone, 2 usb, Lan network, 435x192x467mm 18.2kg)
A860 (have Atmos) year 2016 4tsek
A1050 (first with Atmos, one of mine... minimum 7x110w8ohm 20Hz-20kHz 0.06%, 120w6ohm, 170w4ohm, 135wDyn8ohm 165wDyn6ohm 210wDyn4ohm 280wDyn2ohm, only 0.04% dist at 55w, 150 damping factor, has everything A1030 have plus only 110db S/N aux and 95db MM, 435x182x439mm 14.9kg) year 2015 4tsek
A2040 A3040 (9x150w8ohm, test 208w Dyn8ohm 348w Dyn4ohm 480w Dyn2ohm 20kg) year 2014 4tsek
A1060 year 2016 4500sek
A2050/A3050 year 2015 4500sek
A870 (first with dab+ and offer 7x100w8ohm/rms 130wDyn8ohm 195wDyn4ohm 240wDyn2ohm & in test 172wDyn8ohm 260wDyn4ohm 291wDyn2ohm, 110db/aux 96db/mm 0.06% DAB+ FM bluetooth 10.5kg) year 2017 5tsek
A2060/A3060 year 2016 5tsek
A880 (offer 7x100w8ohm/rms 130wDyn8ohm 195wDyn4ohm 240wDyn2ohm, 110db/aux 96db/mm at 0.06% DAB+ FM tuner 11kg) year 2018 5500sek
A1070 (7 channels 110w8ohm & in test 187wDyn8ohm 297wDyn4ohm 355wDyn2ohm 15kg) year 2017 5500sek
A1080 (7 channels 110w8ohm/rms) year 2018 6tsek
A2070 A3070 (9x150w8ohm/rms) year 2017 6tsek
A2080 (9x140w8ohm & in test 230wDyn8ohm 368wDyn4ohm 468wDyn2ohm!! 17kg Offer slightly more detailed sound than both Denon AVR-X4500H och ONKYO TX-RZ1100) year 2018 6500sek
A3080 ( ultra quality sound, offer 9x150w at 8ohm & in test 219wDynamic8ohm 368wDun 4ohm 511wDyn 2ohm, 20kg) year 2018 7tsek **But observe that the latest Yamaha (the ugly box RX-A8A) with the same 150 watt and no direct advantage, cost today over 42tsek!!

Then have we a "secret" list with the finest V models, which are practically the same as the exclusive Aventage models, when they have the same first two digits and year... V1077 year 14 is for example practically the same as A1040 and share even the same users manual... So you may also look for...
V1077 year 2014 2500sek
V1079 year 2015 (same as A1050) and V2077/V3077 year 2014 3tsek
V1081 year 2016 (same as A1060) and V2079/V3079 year 2015 3500sek
V783 year 2017(dab) V2081/V3081 year 2016 4tsek
V785 year 2018 V1083 year 2017 (same as A1070) 4500sek
V1085 year 2018 V2083/V3083 year 2017 5tsek
V2085/V3085 year 2018 5500 and 6tkr

Legendary or Amazing Historic Receivers

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B&O Beomaster 4000 stereo receiver, with a very ergonomic high tech design - made in Denmark

The majestic JVC RX-1001V Digifine - with more keys, than any other receiver in history
and a truly sexy high tech design - that I actually did own and I did also
love the glowing orange display, but it was sadly very noisy!

A truly AMAZING car stereo receiver, with CD player and VU meters, from Panasonic

Sony TA-E2000ESD - One of the most sophisticated AV preamplifier ever made - with a 3 bands
parametric plus minus 12db digital equalizer, 12 input keys and excellent ergonomics

Technics SA-TX30 with extremely delicious design and lovely big VU meters, but it's S/N is only 70db!

Yamaha RX-496 is a very sexy stereo receiver, with a delicate ergonomic
high tech design and I also love the glowing orange display!

Yamaha DSP-A1 a famous old AV amplifier, from 1997 with the glowing orange display, that I love!

Yamaha DSP-A1 a famous old AV amplifier, from 1997 with the glowing orange display, that I love!

Yamaha DSP-Z7 another great old AV amplifier, from 2009 with the glowing orange display, that I love!

Yamaha DSP-Z7 another great old AV amplifier, from 2009 with the glowing orange display, that I love!

Yamaha DSP-Z7 another great old AV amplifier, from 2009 with the glowing orange display, that I love!

This is the biggest AV receiver ever - Denon AVR-5805 that came 2005 with 7x170w8ohm and 45kg

The backside of the biggest AV receiver ever - Denon AVR-5805

This is the majestic AV preaamplifier Denon AVP-A1HDCI & the minimum
10x150w 8ohm and 10x300w 4ohm Power amplifier POA-A1 that came 2008

And this is the back of the ultra impressive AV preaamplifier Denon AVP-A1HDCI &
the minimum 10x150w 8ohm and 10x300w 4ohm Power amplifier POA-A1

And the same back, for the silver version

And late 2013 was following the finest basic alternatives and you can now buy them at extremely low second hand prices... 2014Yamaha RX-V375 that only costs 1900sek2013 and anyhow offer very high sound quality, a real manual adjustable 7 band equalizer (+/-6db in 0.5db steps at 63, 160, 400hz, 1, 2.5, 6.3, 16 khz - for each channel) which they name "GEQ" in the owners manual (and you normally need for a perfect natural sound at home) plenty of power for most (2x70w at 8ohm 20hz to 20khz 0.09% thd) four HDMI inputs (version 1.4) lipsync audio delay (0-250ms) automatic room calibration and it look even good in black... But it has "only" 5.1 channels and no video upscaling...
Then is Denon AVR-X1000 a slightly greater alternative - with a more advanced 9 band manual adjustable equalizer from Audyssey (the MultEQ version, with 63, 125, 250, 500hz plus 1, 2, 4, 8, 16hz adjustabe -20 to +6db) and very happy owners, that love the very high sound quality... So it may be the best compromise, at 3000sek2013... Then has this 5.1 receiver 5x120 watt at 6 ohm, four HDMI v1.4a inputs, but just 6db bass and treble controls - in addition to the extra fine equalizer... And the newer Denon AVR-X1100W that came 2014 seem to be basically the same, with slightly less power (min 80w 2channels 8ohm) for 7.1 speakers...
And for a very good price, was the best alternative... The magnificent Onkyo TX-NR616 that offer a truly delicate and impressive sound, actually like sublime separate stereo amplifiers (according to many happy owners) plus 3D support and 8 hdmi 1.4a inputs, at only 3333sek 2013... Other improvements include 7.2 channel power, 7x160w at 6ohm (or 210w at 4ohm) and THX Select2 Plus certification... Plus Faroudja video upscaling to 1080p or 4k (!) and the Audyssey DSX soundstage expansion. Then has it also a 5 band Audyssey 2EQ equalizer (+-6db at 63, 250hz, 1, 4, and 16 khz) for every channel, that you can adjust manually (which you need for perfect sound at home and the lower cost models from Onkyo has NOT this manual option) or first set automatically before you fine adjust and it has in addition fine bass & treble controls (+-10db at around 50hz and 20khz) for the "main" front speakers, that also work in surround mode...
BUT remember that the following two models 626 and 636 do not seem to have any manually adjustable equalizer!

How to select the BEST receiver, but first Why Not??
Yamaha offer simply a more detailed, open and natural sound - according to many deep reviews and the happy owners... A few models from other brands can sound as fine, especially from Denon and Onkyo - but they don't use to sound finer, at the same price and some don't offer manually adjustable digital equalizer, so you can't erase the last tinny / boxy "effect" in the sound... Or make exact adjustments, if you don't have perfect loudspeakers (with a very "boxy" free sound) and a perfect room, that fit perfect together...
Harman/Kardon are normally slightly too expensive and especially Marantz, who actually is exactly the same inside as Denon models... They have the same owner and are built in the same factories, but Marantz cost anyhow a lot more... Panasonic (who make Technics) Pioneer and JVC are never as good as the above, at same price... Even if some of the more expensive Pioneer receivers are rather fine... Rotel make very fine receivers, except some strange details, as they dont have any Headphone connector on most models!
Warning! Some models turn also off the basic tone controls, when you select home cinema and that can be a BIG problem, if you want to temporarily want to adjust the bass or treble... And if you sometimes have a "dull" hearing in the morning, is it also good tho have a treble control (as Yamaha Aventage has) you easy can adjust...
You should also check... That your next amplifier, has every connections you may need... For the digital TV box, DVD, BluRay, DAB tuner and old HiFi video... Plus maybe old record player, CD, MD recorder and DV camera... Some have actually very few inputs... Then is it a lot more convenient with buttons / keys (only a few have) to select the input / source, especially if you have the equipment right beside you... But most have at least 4 "scene buttons" and you can fix more keys and stereo inputs - with an extra old fine preamplifier or amplifier, that have input keys and then connect any anlouge stereo source to that one, as I do!
And it is also nice, if the receiver (or extra amplifier) can drive two pair of front speaker, so you can have as good sound in the bedroom or why not fine "mono" sound, in two extra rooms!!
A real loudness function, is also very good to have... Like the "Audyssey Dynamic EQ" some models I recommend above has... Yes, you hear a lot less bass and treble, at low volumes and with a real loudness, don't you need to adjust the tone controls, as soon you change the volume... Audiophiles don't like loudness because they believe you always should enjoy the music at the same high level it was recorded (their neighbour may NOT agree) and then may you not need loudness... But then must you live in a villa, with a rather big garden, or have very friendly neighbours. Click here to read even more about loudness, in the HiFi school...

Finally have we also the problem with the watt power measurements...
A truly MAGNIFICENT orchestral crescendo, produce only 84db even if you sit at only 20 meters distance and you need only 2 watt (!) even if your speakers have the low sensitivity of 87db at 1 watt at 1 meter, to play 84db loud at 3.2 meters distance (which indoors reduce max -6db from 1 meter) at your home!
And the sound volume in a disco (close to the dance floor) are in average 98db... And fine sensitive speakers (which give 92db with 1 watt at 1 meter) give actually 99db with only 20 watt on 3.2 meters distance... My ultra sensitive 101dbWm speakers give also 99db with less than 3 watt... And low sensitive 88dbWm speakers give also 99db with only 50 watt... And you can read a lot more about Decibel in my deep HiFi school...
And watt are first measured / tested on only 1 or 2 channels, even if AV receivers have 5.1 to 11.2 channels... Because the electrical transformer and the power system can normally not drive all channels at the highest effect, at the same time...
A strong receiver may give 110 watt 8ohm (at 20-20khz 0.07%dist) normally called FTC or 115 watt 8ohm RMS (continuously power) or 125 watt 8ohm DIN / IEC (at 1khz 1%dist) or 150w4ohmFTC or 170wDynamic8ohm (sometimes called peak power) or 180w4ohm IEC or 210wDynamic6ohm 300wDynamic4ohm or maybe 325 watt dynamic in 2 ohm and all that data is for the same Pioneer M-73 power amplifier... Which may make you very confused... The dynamic watt is the max rather clean peak power, without any ugly clip of the music and "FTC" is the hardest way (at 20hz to 20khz within 0.07 percent distortion, for a long time) to measure... So simply compare the same kind of watt OR select after the dynamic watt, that normally show the limit you will hear...
Then MUST your amplifier / receiver handle the ohm your speakers give, otherwise can the power section melt down! And the minimum ohm you need, depend naturally on which speaker you use (or want later) and it's extra good if the amplifier can handle minimum 2 ohms, because some 4ohm speakers goes sometimes down to 3ohm... But almost no speakers goes lower than 2 ohm.

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Yamaha GE-60 - the finest analogue equalizer ever made, with double plus & minus 15db sliders...
But that setting, with most sliders above zero, is very VERY wrong!

Equalizer A fine equalizer is normally vital for a truly natural sound...And you can click here to read why you REALLY need one and see how to use it, in the HIFI school... Yamaha was finally the only company that did sell a really fine SEPARATE equalizer, which was not too expensive... But they sell now only very expensive pro equalizers for music studios...
But most fine AV receivers have since 2013 excellent manually adjustable DIGITAL equalizers, for each speakers...
But if you want a second equalizer, to adjust bad CD or vinyl recordings, then is it worse and fine separate digital equalizer's (not computer plugin's) are strangely incredible expensive OR sadly problematic, as the Behringer DEQ2496 UltraCurve pro (which is only 45mm slim, with +-15db 31 band graphic EQ or 10 band parametric equalizer, BIG display and many memos, 0.0053% dist -100db noise - but has only XLR connections) that cost around 280 euros 2024 but is hard to find, often get too warm and then goes dead!
And the dream equalizer Behringer DEQ1024 (in the picture below) would actually be even better, with 31 band +-12db stereo sliders, -104db noise, 0,004% dist and 22-22000hz IF it did work BUT too many have problems, it's 89mm high and it's also extremely hard to find...
A fine separate equalizer should have minimum -98db noise and max 0.01% distortion, to not reduce the sound quality and ONLY equalizer's with 10 band sliders or more, use to have fine specifications... And you can still buy the brand new DBX 1231 pro studio equalizer, that have those fine specifications or the maybe good Behringer Ultragraph pro FBQ1502HD or dramatically more expensive pro equalizer's... And the finest makers of home HiFi equalizer's (with minimum 10 band sliders) was Yamaha, Luxman, Sansui, Onkyo, Kenwood and Technics...

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The dream equalizer Behringer DEQ1024 ultragraph IF it did work BUT too many have problems!

CD players

Close up on my cute Sony CDP-XB720 QS and very black CD player - which especially offer a smart
track selecting knob, track calendar and can show how long time is left, when you record!

Yes... CD deck become suddenly vital again (!) when I discover that you can't even see what CD track you play (!!!) when you try to use a BluRay player, as your CD player... And if you like to record some track, is it also very nice to see how long time it's left - but you can*t do that either - even with a very fine BluRay player, that have RCA stereo out!! And it is also very convenient to have a "track selector knob" or "jog dial" and a full display - that show you track number, time and a track calendar - at the same time...
But today's CD player have very little of that very nice and actually basic functionality... They normally ONLY show what track you are playing and some can also show the remaining track time... But if you anyhow want to buy a brand new one, do I only recommend - Yamaha or Denon, if you not want a rather ugly NAD - because the dramatically more expensive Marantz is simply a fine Denon inside...
So it may be best if you find a truly excellent second hand machine that NOT is used a lot and you can often see that on the remote control... And fine CD players made after 1997 use to sound VERY similar... And I can especially recommend Sony, because most Sony's have a track selector knob, just as some Denon and some Pioneer... And otherwise Yamaha, Teac, Technics, JVC and Marantz, that at least have track calendar and maybe keys for 20 tracks... So I did actually buy three over 20 years old Sony's last year and the finest is on the photo above... Plus a brand new Denon, that I soon sold... And yes, they did all sound exactly the same (with two identical "Dark side of the moon" records) even in my very analytic headphones!

The very elegant Pioneer PD-S707 in black, that came 1999 and also have a smart track selector knob

The extra elegant Pioneer PD-HS7 in gold, that came 1999 and also have a smart track selector knob

But the only Pioneer's that have a smart track select knob is unfortunaly - Pioneer PD-S06 that came 97 and Pioneer PD-HL5, Pioneer PD-HS7 and Pioneer PD-S707 which came 98 and you can see above.
And the only Denon's that have a easy track select knob is sadly - Denon DCD-1550AR from 98, Denon DCD-1450AR and Denon DCD-755AR from 1999 to 2005 and Denon DCD-655 from year 2000

MP3 and MiniDisc First a short and VITAL explanation... The superior MiniDisc system died almost completely 2008 even if the recordable disc's still was in production 2010 and always may be... Okay, Tascam (the pro division of Teac) did release a new model October 2009 for studios - but the last major home deck recorders from Sony, came 2002 and the last portable recorder from Sharp, came 2004 - so even if you may get slightly lower sound quality with 190kbps MP3 (coded with the finest Lame) than you get with ATRAC Type-R recordings, is there no new portable alternatives today...
And fine second hand MiniDisc machines, will naturally be more and more rare... And that is sad, because MiniDisc has another great advantage, beside the excellent sound quality - it's extremely safe (reliable) and can be recorded (the most "damaging" action) over one million times... So it might actually be very smart to buy "old" but rarely used MiniDisc equipment (especially home decks) that just now are sold extremely cheap, in some countries...

So if you want to buy NEW recording technology today is a fine portable player with flash memory the only good way... And the BIG advantage is that it suddenly is possible to always bring all your music, plus make it a lot more easy to edit and manage many track, albums and music styles...
But then must you first record trough a good sound card and with a fine encoder, at rather high bitrate (see more below) and then copy the result to SEVERAL different SSD or HDD units, because any HDD units will crash after some time and even the latest SSD flash memory or SD cards begin also to die after 5.000 to 50.000 new writes (on the same sector / block and you can read unlimited times) which at least is much better than 10 years ago... All flash memory write also to the next free sector, until the memory is full and does only note that a sector is ready for a new recording (in a non flash register) instead of writing over "deleted" parts and when every sector is used, does it begin again with the oldest "deleted" sector and that method give them as long life as possible. But some cheap cards hold only for 1000 new writes...
And Samusng came 2020 with Endurance Pro cards that at least last for about 50.000 writes... But Fuji have memory chips that last for over 1 million write, but they only seem to sell those (in any way) to private customers!
Then is ordinary recordable CD or DVD's even worse, with a lifetime from a few months to max 10 years, if you not use very rare Archive Grade disc's (see more at the DVD section) that might hold 25 years - or BluRay disc of the dual metal type (not the "BD-R LTH" version with an organic dye recording layer) that may hold over 50 years... Or the very expensive M discs, which they say last a lifetime!

The only High Quality portable alternative today (that not is very expensive) is a fine MP3 player... But you can't just change to another disc and other music, when you want... So you simply need a player with room for your complete collection and extra space for the near future... Or a player that take SD cards... And you need 7.3GB for 80 hours (or 1200 four minutes tracks) of excellent quality MP3 at 190kbps... * Yes, around 190 kbps coded with LAME 3.98.2 and VBS at v2 sound exactly as the original with almost any music, according to very careful listening tests by "golden ears" who very easy hear artifacts and even 128 kbps (v5 setting) coded in the beast way, sound just as the original with most music, for most people... And 4.92GB is enough for 80 hours of very fine quality MP3 at 128kbps...
So you need only a mp3 player, with rather 8GB storage capacity OR a slot for SD cards - if you really want quality...
The main advantages with a really roomy mp3 player, is that you don't have to change the disc and it's rather easy to do a safety backup, to the secondary safety HDD disc or SD card... But you must then always do backups or loose everything you forgot to save, if the very sensitive hard disc brake OR when the flash memory's limited lifetime ends!

And the best separate budget MP3 player with display is... 110212SanDisk Sansa Clip+ that offer high sound quality, a simple 1 inch OLED screen and 2GB internal memory, plus slot for microSD cards (so you can easy make it more roomy) and a fine equalizer at incredible 350sek... It has also dictaphone functionality, USB connector and play MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC format... But you must naturally use better headphones and reset to "world" if you buy it in Europe, because the loudness limitations for the European market!
One smart alternative is naturally a fine SmartPhone with 16GB storage space or simply a slot for a SD card, which some dumb smartphones don't include... You may also need a replaceable battery, which most models don't offer, because you will use your phone for more things... But they offer rather different sound quality, so you should first check the reviews at - www.GSMarena.com - and the two best mp3 player app's for Android is PowerAMP and PlayerPro.
110212 Then offer some Cowon iAudio and Sony models - as Cowon iAudio i9 that came 2009 - slightly higher sound quality and they play more formats, has more possibilities and a fine colour screen, at a clearly higher price.
Why Not?!? The now old low budget E series from Sony, had less good sound quality and some problem with the videos... And the players from Apple simply sound less good, plus need a special program...

Hi-MD was the second generation MiniDisc system from Sony But it was in some ways a fiasco, so I did never use it... And you should also avoid it, because you need special Hi-MD discs - that is very hard to find, even at a very high price.

Click a picture, to see the big one!

My two excellent Sony MDS-JB730 QS MiniDisc deck

The ultra elegant Pioneer Elite MJ-17D that sadly don't sound as excellent as Sony's with Atrac type R

MiniDisc home deck A fine MD deck should first have the very convenient "track selector knob" or "jog dial" and naturally an extremely accurate sound, with help of ATRAC TYPE-R or TYPE-S as the best value: Sony mds-je 480 at 1700sek 2006. Then has Sony mds-je780 and jb980 (or the older and still very fine ja333es, ja555es, jb940, je770, je640, jb930, jb730 and je530) in addition a very useful display (showing record level, track name, number and time, plus a track calendar, at the same time) and more expensive don't sound better... And the latest Sony's has also a "Group Function" to organize the titles in groups. Finally has the older Sony mds-jb940 and ja333es (plus some other exclusive models as my jb730 but strangely not jb980) a complete "easy to write titles" remote... But you can also connect a standard PC keyboard, to some new models as je780/770/640 and jb980 but not je480
Denon DMD-1550 use also Atrac type R and is a good looking slim line machine, that gives you excellent sound... Other brands don't sound exactly as good, at the same price... But the ultra sexy Pioneer MJ-D508 (that mainly look as MJ-17D above) can instead reduce the tape noise from old cassette recordings, when you copy them.

Click the picture, to see the big one!

The finest portable recorder I own, a Sharp IM-DR410H - that especially sound
truly excellent, have a three band equalizer and use one standard AA battery

Portable MD with recording Are sadly not made anymore and the absolute finest did also use a special made rechargeable battery - that now is very expensive to buy, or rather unreliable substitutes... Okay, they have often an extra battery holder - but those can easy brake and feel also as a very clumsy solution... So I can only recommend the few excellent machines that only use one standard AA battery and the finest "second hand" alternatives if those are...
Sharp IM-DR410H and Sharp IM-DR400H that came 2003 and this very elegant MD recorder (only 83x76x23mm) offer both Sharps latest superior digital amplifier, with three bands equalizer and use only one AA battery, for 44 hours play time... So I own three... And it doesn't need the special 4-pole to 3-pole special conversion cable... And then has the not sexy Sharp IM-DR420HS the same fine amplifier, plus a microphone input...

The second finest portable recorder I own, but unfortunately only in silver...
Which especially sound delicious and use one standard AA battery

Then was many late models from Sony also excellent, even if some of them didn't manage to offer as strong bass... But if you are happy with normal great bass (setting 2 and not 3 in many Sharp) as I am, will probably following models be interesting... Following need only one AA battery and they are naturally sorted with the finest first...
Sony MZ-R501 is a budget model that sound lovely, look ultra sexy in black and very nice in silver, came 2002 has ATRAC type R, play 36 hours on one AA battery and are 83x76x28mm, but has NO mic input
Sony MZ-N707 that look very nice in black or silver, came 2002 has ATRAC type R play 42 hours on one AA battery and are 81x75x28mm
Sony MZ-R500 that look very nice in black and ok in silver, came 2001 play 36 hours on one AA battery and are 83x76x28mm, but has NO mic input
Sony MZ-R750 that look nice in dark grey, came 2001 has radio, play 36 hours on one AA battery and are 81x75x28mm
Sony MZ-R700 or G750 that look nice in silver or grey, came 2001 play 40/26 hours on one AA battery and are 81x75x28mm
Sony MZ-R701 or MZ-G755 that look ok in silver, came 2002 has ATRAC type R play 36 hours on one AA battery and are 81x28x74.4mm
Sony MZ-N510 that look rather ugly in silver or red, came 2003 has ATRAC type R play 37 hours on one AA battery and are 81x75x28mm
Sony MZ-N520 that look ugly in silver and red, came 2004 use ATRAC type S play 37 hours on one AA battery and are 81x75x28mm
Sony MZ-R70 that look nice in black or silver, came 2000 but play only 17 hours on one AA battery and are 81x74x26mm

And Sharp made one more ok model... Sharp MD-MT290 that look rather ugly in plastic silver and black, came 2003, play 33 hours on one AA battery and are 83x77x28mm.

Warning - Then have we the other lovely MD recorders, that normally use a special made rechargeable battery - that now is very expensive to buy, or very unreliable... Okay, they have often an extra battery holder - but those can easy brake and feel also as a very clumsy solution... And the finest "second hand" alternatives if those are...
The revolutionary and very elegant Sharp MD-DR7 (DR470 in Europe and DR480 in Singapore) offer clearly finer sound quality (with deeper bass and more detailed sound, according to several reports) than any other portable (actually 20-45% finer sound quality) with help of a unique advanced 1bit digital amp, of 2x8mW and better battery life, with min 27 hour play or 10.5 hour recording. At only 2000sek 2003. This lovely machine have also a BIG five lines display (12 characters title, track number and time, as mt77 but it is ugly green with blue digits in some versions) an extra elegant slim remote control, 5-30 second pre-record (a time machine function) no motor or engine noise, group and MDLP functions, 9sec intro play mode, 3step xbass and 5step treble control, NiMH battery, play speed -30% to +15% and a ultra compact top loaded (101cm3) metal body... But you should absolutely buy better headphones , to really enjoy the sublime sound quality!
The last Sharp MD-DR77 that came 2004 is basically the same fine machine, with slightly different design (102cm3 or 7.89x1.8x7.19cm) and the black version look excellent.
Then is the old Sharp MD-MT77 (or MT877 in Europe) even more elegant and smaller (95.1 cm3) than the famous Sony mzr900 and has the most delicious look ever (in silver, not the light blue) but it's now almost impossible to find... It have also a bigger display with 2x12 character and 2/3/10 elements for text & time plus track/ battery/ volume (one 12 digit line show always the disc title) cute 4way jog pad (work as two jog selectors, but with one finger) very small buttons, a fine docking station (but it can't charge while using) MDLP (long play) it's open at side, is very silent (no motor noise as Sony) can auto play, can copy titles (Sony can't) has high precision divide (Sony mzr900 has not) and USB connection, for advanced computer editing... And use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case... But Sony mzr900 has longer battery life (Sharp play anyhow 12 and rec 6.5 hours, with the same nimh batt) more advanced tone controls (Sharp can anyhow give more and deeper tight bass) you must pause before editing and both give 2x5mw.
And they made a few more very fine models...
Sharp MD-MT66or866 that look nice in silver, came 2000 play 18 hours on one AA battery and 12 hours on internal, are 79x72x19.5mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sharp MD-MT190 and MD-MT170 that look ok in plastic silver, came 2002 play 15.5 hours on one AA battery, are 83x76x23mm "big" and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sharp MD-MT831 or MD-MT832 that look very nice in metallic golden silver, came 1999 play 11.5 hours on one AA battery and 14.5 hours on internal, are 81x80x17.9mm "big" and use the rare Sharp AD-N51BT li-ion gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.. Then is Kenwood DMC-L7R the same machine (see picture above) except it look even more delicious in black!

And following models from Sony need a rare, often very expensive and sometimes unreliable special battery... And even if they normally came with a separate AA battery case, is that often broken and naturally a very clumsy solution... And they are naturally sorted with the finest first...
Sony MZ-N920 that look good in silver, came 2004 has six bands equalizer (+-10db) and digital amplifier, play ?? hours on one AA battery and ?? hours on internal, are 79x72x15.9mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sony MZ-N910 that look good in silver, came 2003 has six bands equalizer (+-10db) play 47 hours on one AA battery and 31 hours on internal, are 79x72x15.9mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sony MZ-NF810 that look good in silver, came 2003 has six bands equalizer (+-10db) play 38 hours on one AA battery and 17 or 19 hours on internal, are 81x74.4x20mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sony MZ-NF710 that look very nice in silver, came 2003 has six bands equalizer (+-10db) play 38 hours on one AA battery and 19&17 hours on internal, are 81x74.4x20mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sony MZ-R910 that look nice in silver, came 2002 has ATRAC type R play 45 hours on one AA battery and 30 hours on internal, are 78.9x72x17.1mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sony MZ-N1 that look nice in black or silver, came 2001 has ATRAC type R play 45 hours on one AA battery and 30 hours on internal, are 78.7x71.8x16.9mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sony MZ-N909 that look nice came 2001 has ATRAC type R play 34 hours on one AA battery and 24 hours on internal, are 80x76x21mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
Sony MZ-R900 that look very good in red and nice in silver, came 2001 has treble setting, play 30 hours on one AA battery and 21 hours on internal, are 79x72x17mm and use the Sony NH-14WM / Sharp AD-N55BT gum battery or one AA battery in the included removable case.
An old cassette box is as reference 131cm3 and a CD jewel case 176cm3 big...

Why Not?!? Both Sony and Sharp have models with a NetMD function, that make it possible to download ATRAC compressed audio... But you get better quality, if you copy directly from CD discs and normally even from radio... So we don't write especially about that function.
Warning!! Many Sony and Sharp machines, have the extra minidisc coding system "MDLP" that let you record a lot more in two steps and the first step give you max 160 minutes, but with clearly worse sound quality... And the second step up to 320 minutes, with a very bad quality that ONLY is good for speech and that can only be played on MDLP machines... But you can always record at normal speed and get excellent quality!

More inside Vantage Tech Magazine: Visit the HiFi school, to see why you may need a MD recorder and every great thing, you can do with it... More about selecting a portable MD recorder... Link to more info: Visit MiniDiscOrg to find details on almost every MD unit ever made!

Portable MD players Was the natural alternative, if you have another MD recorder... And the last ones, was only 65-90cm3 big and have very long battery life (16-40 hours) with the internal rechargeable battery... But they did normally only use that rare, expensive and often unreliable rechargeable special battery... And you should only select a Sharp with 1-bit digital amp or a Sony with HD digital amp. They are very similar in sound quality, but sell at very different prices and then is the size, battery life and the remote control, the biggest difference.

Selecting a portable MD recorder, my personal view... Sound quality and "no general problem" should naturally come first... Then can't some machines (especially from Sony, JVC and Panasonic) play loud enough or with strong bass... Any kind of "jog track selector" is very handy and long battery time for playing (specially on internal batteries, if you want a micro machine) is rather vital... Plus a noise free mic input, if you want to record...
Other good, but not so important qualities... Is a clear display with many segments (for rec volume and batt life) and many characters, back light and slot-in (which is convenient but bulky) and getting lithium battery, which you can charge anytime...
Finally I like good controls, that is easy to find in a pocket and have fine feeling... Then is it good if they are hard enough, so you don't need the hold function all the time... Other stuff... A ten second memory buffer, is normally more than enough for MD because it reads four times faster, than the music plays and it read in very small portions, so it can try many many times and then read right, before the buffer is empty and it skip... 40 sec buffer, is mostly included because many CD players have that (and they really need that or more) so people may think, that less buffer on a MD payer is worse... A combined line out and headphone connection (as Sharp) is finally better than separate, because you can select the line out level and bass response.
About sound levels.. 2x5mw for the headphones, give you 3db less sound level than 2x10mw... But it may be bigger difference between headphones and ear plugs...

The incredible (but old) JVC ux-md 9000r micro system!

Mini System I haven't got time to check them personally, since 2002 except very fast (in six shops) with a special test record, when friends want a recommendation... But very few mini systems are really good (give fine quality at low volumes) anyhow...
How to select a mini system... You should naturally listen carefully (with good test tracks, you are familiar with) before you buy... And remember to set the xbass and equalizers (or tone controls) to compensate the speakers and get the best (natural and balanced) sound, for every machine (that's sometimes done with the remote) before you compare. It should sound clear, with a deep detailed bass, high clear soft treble and not the usual "boxy or tube" sound. You can remove some "boxy" sound if it has an equalizer, see more in the HIFI school below. Then must you check that it has the connections you may need, especially to a MD recorder, DVD player, digital TV box and HiFi video.
The JVC ux-md9000r was an incredible micro system with a MD recorder, rds radio, CD player and diminutive shiny black speakers, that sound both extremely clear, with a very deep warm bass (!) and not "boxy" sound... But it was sold out 2001 for only 4000 sek. Click here for the complete article, that open in a new window...

Tuner Yamaha, Onkyo, Denon and Pioneer make very fine tuners, from 1850 sek.

Microphones Sony's tiny ts120 stereo "stealth" mic is excellent and the new 125 model is possible the same, but... Warning for the "direct plug" mic (without any cable) which pic up an annoying whining from the MD engine...
The tiny Sony ecm-ts120 stereo mic, is rather directional (possible binaural) and sound truly excellent (to my great surprise) specially compared with the modest cost, of just 80 dollar, here... And that's including an alligator clip and an extra active battery adaptor, so it also works with passive inputs... Finally it even look expensive, with a dark titanium grey (just 26x10.5 mm) metal body and "chrome" details!
I am not sure its a very "low noise" mic, but I can record a low speaking voice and bird songs, without any background noise (just with plug in power, on my Sharp 701) and even recordings of music from speakers (!) sound very accurate (clear and with deep bass, but the spec is 100-15000hz) and that's rather difficult for a mic...
With a fine portable MD recorder, you have the great possibility to TEST most extra equipment and really hear the quality... Otherwise I wouldn't dare to suggest something so cheap, even if its possible to make superior electret condenser mic's (made in long series) at very low cost!

CDr, DAT, MP3 and the old cassette system Have simply too many disadvantages to MD records and only a few plus... Click here to read exactly why, in the HiFi school!

Other sites You find also a great collection, with helpful REVIEWS of almost every audio and video product, in eCoustics big free website... Click here to explore... And click here for links to the finest reviews, of digital cameras!

And the finest music I could find, anywhere!

Yes, taste is very personal... But people use to LOVE the music I like and get a truly delicious surprise, when I play them my discoveries... So this can be like a treasure map, to truly amazing music - if you only have a rather similar taste...
And I only like music with some kind of nice melody (or a very interesting arrangement) and a dynamic nerve - meaning some drama, that "simply" can be very sensual or like a cool vibe... And I mainly see interesting singing, as another fine instrument - so I normally don't care about the language or the lyric... Then is a clear "elegant" sound a big advantages (for me) even if it may ba a few disharmonies, as a hot spice... And I absolutely don't like too much noise (distortion) silly low sound quality or annoying instruments, including bad screaming vocal crescendo parts!

And to be sure a CD is worth buying, did I invent a unique grading scale many years ago and you just add the points for each fine track, to see if a CD is worth buying...
My scale - Nice & error free (or Lovely with some annoying faults) get 5 points, Lovely 10 (single class) Delicious 15, Fantastic 20 (maxi) Heavenly 30 (CD class) Magic 40 and observe that Heavenly is possible, but more is almost too incredible!

Then did I almost never note from whish album each song came, so you have to figure that out in Google and I don't include my grade of the sound quality, because that may differ on different recordings... And note also that I use to fade out ugly end crescendos, so the track time may not be as the original recording...
And OBSERVE especially that practically all speakers (except a few headphones ) need a very special adjustment in the bass area - to produce a natural sound when you play films - without a boxy cave like effect / impression and that adjustment can ONLY be done with a fine equalizer, which you find in finer Receivers... Click here to read more about that here, in my HiFi school... And music recordings need normally even more correction of exactly the same type (very natural sound is extra important for films, so there is this second step done) to sound acceptable and then must you often adjust the level / strength of bass and treble, too... And some of following tracks (especially music before 1970 and by Supertramp) sound horrible, without that optimizing!

Yes, I sort also my music in moods or feelings - except the very special music styles reggae, disco, rock and classic... And the taste differ naturally more at lower points, so I will not include any tracks below 8 points... But that fact make it also a lot more possible, that YOU will love many of this tracks and the only big problem, is that many of these tracks are too hard to find!

COOL music 36 5:02 ELO "One summer dream" (fade out) 33 4:29 Paul Simon "Something so right" 33 2:16 ELO "Above the clouds" 32 4:22 Mono "Life in mono" 31 3:21 Yello "Otto di Catania" 30 5:56 Yello "Of course Im lying" 30 2:16 Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World" 30 5:17 Julee Cruise "Tell your heart" 30 5:18 Mylene Farmer "L'antre" 28 6:13 Julee Cruise "Love come this way" 28 3:37 Yello "Desire" 27 4:34 Charlotte Gainsbourg "L'un part l'autre reste" 26 3:03 Bryan Ferry "As times goes by" live 26 5:51 Anna "Like they do in movies" 26 3:35 Beach Boys "Kokomo" (from the single) 26 2:35 Agneta Fältskog "Past, Present & Future" 24 5:02 Prince "The beautiful ones" 24 2:25 Destination "The end - party's over" 22 4:07 Louis Armstrong "When you wish upon a star" 22 1:49 Joanne Whalley "Past, Present & Future" (from radio, found complete but with even worse sound on yTu!) 22 5:19 Dive "Captain Nemo" 22 4:02 Prince "Damm U" 20 5:51 Yves Rénier "La chanson PCV du Commissaire Moulin" 20 3:00 Lennon "Imagine" 20 18:49 La Pequena Compania "Boleros 2" 20 3:26 Helen St. John "Love theme from Flashdance" 19 3:45 Ayla "Angel falls - Particular Remix" 19 11:42 French or Italian style music made for Roberto Cavalli spring summer 2012 fashion show 19 11:43 Art of noise "Moments of love" 18 15:50 La Pequena Compania "Tango a media luz" 18 3:53 Peter Skellern "Isn't this a lovely day" 17 3:03 Jane Birkin "Comment Te Dire Adiueu" live, partly 26 points 17 7:58 Pulp "Seductive Barry" 16 1:46 Joe Walsh "Daydream" 16 4:17 LL COOL "I need love" 16 3:36 Bowie "Changes" 16 3:58 Chaka Demus & Pliers "Tease me" 16 2:53 Louis Armsrong "Fantastic, thats you" 16 4:14 Roxy Music "Avalon" 15 4:11 McLaren "Call a wave" 15 4:16 Neneh Cherry & Youssou "7 seconds" 15 3:56 Bangles "Eternal flame" 15 4:28 Joe Dassin "L'ete Indien" 15 4:34 Street band "Toast" 15 3:03 Roxy Music "As times goes by" (from a tv concert) 14 2:55 Alejandro Fernandez "Loco" 14 4:20 Dave Stewart "Jack talking" 14 5:46 Teddy Pendergrass "Come go with me" 14 3:26 Barbie (Bard) "Around the world" 14 3:21 Whitney Houston "Exhale" 14 2:24 Robert Miles "In my dreams" (parts) 13 4:08 Love And Rockets "So alive" 13 4:41 10cc "Im not in love" 13 3:41 Candyman "Knocking boots" 12 3:38 Paul Simon "Was a sunny day" 12 2:50 Jobim "Agua de beber" 12 3:41 Roxy Music "Dance away" 12 Stefan Nilsson "Mot skärgården - Skärgårdsdoktorn" 12 2:56 Lisa Ekdahl "Vem vet" 12 3:24 Joe Dassin "Et si tu n'existais pas" 12 5:04 Irene Grandi "Vai vai vai" 12 2:11 Sailor "Jacaranda" 11 5:00 Jimmy BO Horne "Close to you" 11 1:55 Pierre Bachelet "O' Et L'amour A Trois" 11 4:42 Dave Stewart "MrReed" 11 4:02 ERA "Mother remix" 10 4:00 Double "Captain of her heart" 10 5:15 McLaren "I like you in velvet" 10 2:55 Alejandro Fernandez "Loco" (live) 10 3:43 Brook Sapphire "So we start" 10 3:32 2NU "This is ponderous" 10 3:17 Paul McCartney "Bluebird" 10 3:30 Army of Lovers "Bienvenue au paradise" 10 Julee Cruise "The nightingale" 10 5:53 Leonard Cohen "Suzanne" 10 3:25 Jason Donovan "Any dream will do" live 10 3:28 Army of Lovers "My army of lovers" 10 4:45 Roxy Music "These foolish things"
9 points * 3:20 Ane Brun & Fleshuartet "The opening" for the tv series Wallander 4:34 Dusty Springfield "Daydreaming" 4:45 Leonard Cohen "In my secret life" 5:21 Leonard Cohen "Love itself" 3:39 Love C.A. "Rain until we meet again" 4:08 Louis Armstrong "When you wish upon a star" 2:45 3:01 INXS "Beautiful girl" 4:50 ZZtop "Rough boy" 4:23 Pj Duncan "I want you" 3:24 Flash & the Pan "Walking in the rain" 9 4:08 Jane Birkin "Surannee" 2:37 Sailor "Melancholy" 9 2:24 Enya "Watermark" piano 4:34 Roxy Music "Oh Yeah" 4:08 Someone & Jane Birkin "T'as pas le droit d'avior moins mal que moi" 5:07 George Michael "Miss Sarajevo"
8 points * 5:18 Julee Cruise "Falling" Martin Ljung "Visst var det roligt" 4:18 Flash & the Pan "California" 3:39 Paul McCartney "Long and windling road" 8 2:31 Enya "Book of days"

Yes, I should maybe have a separate "Dreamy music" category, but I discover that too late... So you find now most Dreamy tracks in Cool music, many in Sexy music and some in Great music...

SEXY music 38 5:03 ERA "Flowers of The Sea" (womans side, youTube) 36 5:26 Barry Adamson's wild version of Serge Gainsbourg "Je t'aime... moi non plus" 33 1:13 Mikado "L'Exotisme" 33 4:13 Jane Birkin "Quoi" 1995 32 4:22 Mono "Life in mono" 30 3:42 Metisse "boom boom ba" 30 4:29 Jane Birkin "Quoi" first version 29 5:11 Charlotte Gainsbourg "Lemon Incest" 29 2:28 Mikado "L'Exotisme" 86 28 4:10 Touch and Go "Straight To Number One" Buddha Bar mix 27 3:44 Vanessa Paradise "Joe le taxi" 26 3:26 French Affair "Comme Ci Comme Ca" 26 4:03 The Underground Crew "Orgasm" alternative 1990 version of "Jungle Fever" by Kinkina 24 5:08 Madonna "Erotica" (album version) 24 3:35 Robert Miles "One & one" with Maria Nayler 22 4:18 Anna "As they do in movies" 22 0:28 Samanta Fox "More More More" (only the beginning) 22 5:07 Gainsbourg & Birkin "La Decadance" 20 1:55 Bardot "Je me donne à qui me plaît" 20 3:45 Visage "Fade to grey" 20 5:14 Madonna "Erotica Original" (the photo book maxi) 20 4:49 Madonna "Justify my love" 19 2:33 Brigette Bardot "La Madrague" 19 2:41 Prinsess Stephanie of Monaco "Besoin" 18 2:00 Meri Wilson "Telephone man" 18 3:53 Paris Hilton "Stars are blind" 18 2:27 "Rose's theme" from mowie Color of night 18 2:14 Jazz Lee Alston "Round Black Berry" (only the sexy parts) 18 4:28 Sergio Mendes "What is This?" 17 4:23 Princess Superstar "Fuck me on the dancefloor - remix by zio" 16 3:46 Paradisio "Bailando" 16 3:51 Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg "Je taime" the first & original version (with stereo & bass, rare) 16 3:56 Prinsess Stephanie of Monaco "Fleur du mal" 16 3:45 French Affair "Sexy" 16 0:27 Baccara (only the intro from) "Bamba" 16 1:22 Army of Lovers "You come a long way babye" 16 4:11 Ying Yang Twins "Pull my hair" 16 2:30 France Gall & Gainsbourg "Les sucettes" 15 3:52 Charlotte Gainsbourg "Charlotte for ever" 15 3:10 Matt Bianco "Macumba" 15 3:04 Donna Summer "love to love you baby" (maxi) 15 5:08 Cargo "Pornstar - extended version" 15 2:42 Lena Zavaroni "The end of the world" 15 4:20 DuranDuran "All she wants is" 15 3:44 Claude Monnet present Monica Nogiuera "Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais" (by Gainsbourg) 14 9:25 Extreme Erotica "A vision of paradise - First theme" first 66% produced by me 14 5:23 Alizee "J'en Ai Marre" Live 14 2:59 Black Box Recorder "The Facts of life" 14 4:32 Baccara "Yes sir, I can boogie" 13 3:09 Pierre Bachelet "Emmanuelle" 12 3:19 Princessa "Ensalza Tu Amor" 12 3:22 Bugsy Malone "My name is Tallulah" 12 1:27 Bardot "L'appareil a sous" 12 5:31 Grace Jones "La vie en rose" 12 2:18 Donna Summer "Prelude to love & Could it be magic" (fade after beginning) 12 9:25 Extreme Erotica "First theme" (not released yet) 12 4:44 Deadmau5 feat Melleefresh "Hey Baby" 12 4:20 Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg "Je taime moi mon plus" the classic version 12 4:18 Haifa Wehbe "Oult Eah" 12 3:55 Kylie Minogue "Lets get to it" live 11 1:27 Anna Book "November December" 11 3:12 Scene from the film Gwendoline 10 1:38 Mandy Smith "I just cant wait" 10 3:05 Selena Gomez "Love you like a love song" 10 3:17 Verona "La musica" 10 4:45 Kylie Minogue "lets get to it" studio 10 4:18 Alizee "Veni vidi vici" Live 10 4:50 Korsakow & Noël "Sweet Poison of your love" from Erotic Lounge - Sensual Passion 10 5:00 Tina Charles "I Love To Love" (maxi) 10 0:47 Addis black widow (just the beginning)
9 points * 3:12 Charlotte Gainsbourg "Pour se que.." 2:54 Ariana Grande "7 rings" 3:37 Samantha Fox "touch me" 5:39 LIO "The girl from Ipanema" 2:27 Lulu boys "Boom boom" 3:00 Lynsey dePaul "Sugar Shuffle"
And 8 points * 1:12 Francis Lai "Theme of Emmanuelle 2" 2:16 Francis Lai / Pierre Bachelet, End song of Emmanuelle 2 5:46 Prinsess Stephanie of Monaco "Flash" 3:47 Niagara "Pendant Que Les Champs brulent" 3:24 Divinyls "I touch myself" 1:12 Theme of Emmanuelle two 3:38 French Affair "My heart goes boom" 2:16 End song of Emmanuelle two 5:39 LIO "The girl from Ipanema" 2:21 Alizee "A quoi reve une jeune fille" 3:44 MarkyMark "Make me say ooh"

REGGAE 28 3:53 Serge Gainsbourg "Daisy temple" 26 2:49 Amy Winehouse "Our day will come" 22 2:49 Serge Gainsbourg "Vieille Canaille" 22 3:11 Freddy MacGregor "Just don't wanna be lonely" 20 4:06 Grace Jones "Pars" 17 4:28 Grace Jones "Libertango" 16 4:18 Grace Jones "Walking in the rain" 16 3:47 UB40 "Kingston town" 14 2:43 Bob Marley "Buffalo soldier" 14 3:24 UB40 "Cant help falling in love" 13 3:06 Serge Gainsbourg "Javanaise remake" 13 2:59 Jackie Edwards "Ali Baba" 13 3:17 Bob Marley "Jamming" 12 5:10 Grace Jones "Private life" 12 3:38 Aswad "Shine" 12 4:21 Boy George "Everythig I own" (max) 12 3:29 Boris Gardiner "I wanna wake up with you" 12 4:04 Chaka Demus & Pliers "Tease me" 12 3:21 Mango Kings "Under di Mangotree" 12 3:13 Serge Gainsbourg "Eau et gaz.. & Pas long feu" 11 4:20 Culture Club "Do you really want to hurt me" 11 3:34 Bob Marley "Could you be loved" 11 5:13 Grace Jones "La vie en rose" 11 3:35 Maxie Priest "Wild World" 10 3:00 Serge Gainsbourg "Aux armes et caetera" 10 6:15 Grace Jones "Private life"
9 points * 3:02 Dawn Penn "no no no" 7:13 Boy George "everythig - Botha mix" 6:43 Grace Jones "The Apple stretching" 3:53 Bob Marley "Is this Love" 3:35 Chaka Demus & Pliers "Gal wine"
8 points * 3:32 Duke Baysee "Sugar sugar" 4:14 Bob Marley "Exodus"

GREAT music 40 6:18 Mylene Farmer "Ainsi soit je.." 36 5:01 ELO "One summer dream" 33 2:16 ELO "Above the clouds" 33 5:17 Mylene Farmer "L'antre" 30 5:24 Pavarotti & Zucchero, live "caruso" 30 3:02 Alan Parsons Project "Dont let it show" (from robot) 29 6:37 Dana International "Free" (from tv) 26 1:53 Wakeman "The empty vessel" voice of Nina Wakeman 26 6:33 Sweetbox "Don't go Away" (vers 1 & 2 on CD maxi) 25 to 05 Pink Floyd "Dark side of the moon (with the tracks) "Speak to me & breathe in the air (from Dark live) - Time - The great gig in the sky (from dark live) - Money - Us & them - Brain damage - Eclipse" 25 7:07 Jean Michel Jarre & Natacha Atlas "C'est la vie" 25 1:00 ELO "Tightrope" (just the intro) 25 4:24 Queen & Elton "Show must go on" 22 2:56 Miquel Brown "When did it all begin to end" 22 11:40 Enigma "Principles of lust - Sadeness - Find love - Sadeness reprise" 22 to 10 points Rick Wakeman "The myth and legends.. (with the tracks) Arthur - Lady of the lake -Sir Lancelot and the black night - Merlin the magician - Sir Galahad - Guinevere (only the beginning of the beginning) - The last battle" 22 to 08 points ELO "Concerto for a rainy day (with the tracks) Standin in the rain - Big wheels - Summer and lightning -Mr Blue Sky - Believe me now - Steppin out" 22 3:10 Sweetbox "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" 21 4:59 Grandaddy "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" (not the youTube versions) 20 0:18 20century Fox "theme" 20 4:03 Mylene Farmer "Monkey Me" 20 3:25 Tina Turner "Golden Eye" (the 007 theme) 20 6:41 Rick Wakeman "Judas Iscariot" (fadeout) 20 3:56 Lennon "Starting over" 20 2:16 Supertramp "Crime of the century" 18 5:44 Gary Moore "Parisienne walkways" 18 1:21 Pink Floyd "One of the few" 18 4:49 Supertramp "A soapbox opera" 18 2:42 Kellys heroes "Burning bridges" 16 9:20 Enigma "Back to the rivers of belief" 17 3:03 Sara Varga "Spring för livet" 16 9:07 Frankie goes to Hollywood "Two tribes" 16 3:52 Army of Lovers "Supernatural" 16 4:00 Supertramp "If everyone was listening" 16 2:28 Ronettes "Be my babye" (extra groovy version, but not complete) 16 2:07 Beatles "Sgt Peppers lonely hearts club band - With a little help from my friend" 16 3:35 Beatles "The long and winding road" 16 5:40 Elton John "Don't let the sun go down on me" (from the Rio concert) 15 4:22 ABBA "Happy new year" 15 3:01 ABBA "The way old friends do" 15 4:28 Beatles "A day in the life" 15 2:58 Lennon "Imagine" 15 4:19 Rick Wakeman "The maker" and first seconds of "Spaceman" 15 7:10 Robert Miles "Children, the dream" 15 4:20 Alan Parsons Project "Prelude & arrival" (from poe) 14 5:24 Mylene Farmer "Je Te Dis Tout" 14 3:14 Emma Shapplin "Spente le stelle" 14 3:47 Erika "In the arms of a stranger" 14 4:34 Enigma "Mea culpa" 14 4:32 ELO "Telephone line" 14 3:48 Whitney "I will always love you" 14 to 10 Mike Batt "The night of the dead - The dead of the night - Run like the wind" 14 3:34 Pink Floyd "Paranoid eyes" 14 6:37 Elton John "Song for Guy" 14 2:48 Beach Boys "God only knows" 14 3:08 Beach Boys "California dreamin" 14 4:03 Lennon "Just a jealous guy" 14 3:03 Beatles "Here comes the sun" 14 2:26 Beatles "Girl" 14 3:12 "Goodbye yellow brick road - live" Madison square garden 14 0:55 Alan Parsons Project "Genesis" 13 2:03 Beatles / Paul McCartney "Yesterday" 13 5:42 Mylene Farmer "Agnus Dei" 13 3:48 ERA "Ameno - remix" 13 2:17 Petrus "China in my head" (from tv) 12 2:52 Supertramp "Casual conversations" 12 3:15 Camille "Turnaround" (from movie Little Prince) 13 1:48 Rick Wakeman "The reaper" (only the end) 13 4:22 Alan Parsons Project "The eagle will rise again" (from pyramid) 12 4:11 Enigma "Callas went away" 12 3:48 Nina Hagen "Zarah" 12 3:47 ELO "Strange magic" 12 5:29 Frankie goes to Hollywood "The Power of love" 12 3:01 Goldfrapp "Utopia" (normal version) 12 5:29 Pink Floyd "The gunners dream" 12 1:15 Pink Floyd "Get your filthy hands off my desert" 12 2:13 Pink Floyd "Southamton docks" 12 2:59 Beatles "Something" by Harrison 12 2:56 Beatles "Penny lane" 12 2:53 Cornelis Vreeswijk "Balladen om Herr Fredrik Åkare och den söta fröken Cecilia Lind" 12 5:16 Mylene Farmer "De'senchantee" 12 4:22 Mylene Farmer "Redonne-moi" 12 13:39 Frankie goes to Hollywood "Welcome to the Pleasure Dome" 12 2:51 Ben E King "Don't play that song" 11 3:53 Sandra "Secret land" 11 3:17 Beatles "All you need is love" 11 3:22 Alan Parsons Project "In the lap of the Gods" (from pyramid) 11 3:35 Mike Batt "Losing your way in the rain" 11 3:34 The Mo "Nostalgia locomotive" (maxi) 11 3:07 Rick Wakeman "Orpheus song" 11 4:24 Sinead O'Connor "Nothing compares 2U" (cut version) 11 5:26 Mylene Farmer "Dégénération" 11 3:59 The 411 "On my knees" 11 6:10 Frankie goes to Hollywood "War" 11 3:45 Boomtown rats "I don't like mondays" 11 4:02 Elton John "Your song" (from the Rio concert) 10 6:15 Mike Batt "Tarota" 10 4:06 Rick Wakeman "Rienzi/Chopsticks fantasia" 10 4:35 Cats "Memory" 10 2:48 Rick Wakeman "Silent prayer" 10 3:08 ELO "Eldorado overture.." 10 5:35 ELO "Shangrila" 10 1:59 Enigma "The voice of enigma" 10 4:30 Mylene Farmer "Sans logique" 10 3:36 Guns N Roses "Since I don't have you" 10 3:10 Pink Floyd "Another brick in the wall part 1" 10 3:12 Pink Floyd "Nobody home" (fade out) 10 11:02 Pink Floyd "Shine on your crazy diamond" 10 6:10 Elton John "The one" (from the Rio concert) 10 3:35 Beach Boys "Good vibrations" 10 2:58 Lennon "Woman" 10 5:00 10CC "Dreadlock holiday" 10 4:00 Goldfrapp "Utopia" (very slow promo version) 10 2:35 The Supremes "Baby Love" 10 3:55 Frankie goes to Hollywood "Relax" 12 6:44 Eagles "Hotel California" (live)
9 points * 3:50 Dusty Springfield "If you go away" (1967 and 20 points, except lousy sound quality) 5;30 Mylene Farmer "Apelle mon numero" 4:01 Mylene Farmer "Quand" 5:13 Mylene Farmer "Pas de donte" 5:30 Mylene Farmer "Je t'aime melancolie" 4:33 ELO "Telephone line" 4:07 ELO "It's over" 3:47 Rick Wakeman "Funerailles" 4:11 Pink Floyd "the Fletcher memorial home" 3:48 Elton John "Candle in the wind" 5:43 Elton John "Nikita" 5:07 Supertramp "My kind of lady" 3:41 Supertramp "Slowmotion" 1:00 Supertramp "Aint nobody but me" 3:40 Supertramp "Poor boy" 1:24 Supertramp "Even in the quietest moments" 5:16 Supertramp "Rudy" 5:34 Supertramp "School" 5:31 Peter Gabriel "Here comes the Flood" 4:00 Alan Parsons Project "Some other time" 5:01 Alan Parsons Project "I robot" 3:18 McCartney "Bluebird" 2:37 Beatles "Michelle" 3:38 Queens "Barcelona" (live) 5:49 Dire Strait "Private investergations" 3:43 Kim Carnes "Betty Davis eyes" 4:10 Spandau Ballets "Trough the barricades" 3:47 Rialto "Anything Could Happen" 4:57 Eagles "Hotel California" 3:32 INXS "Never tear us apart" (live) 2:14 Niel Sedaka "Oh Carol" 5:08 U2 "Night and day" live 7:07 Ruthless E "Drama" Grym techno & romantiskt piano 9 1:56 Sven-Bertil Taube "Änglamarken" 3:02 Cornelis Vreeswijk "Deidres samba" 2:43 Roy Orbison "In Dreams" the Sandman
8 points * 5:13 Mylene Farmer "Regrets" 4:52 Mylene Farmer "California" 3:47 ELO "Moment in paradise" 3:52 Beatles "While my guitar gently weeps" by Harrison 4:30 Rick Wakeman "Jane Seymour" (partly 0 partly 20 points) 2:30 Ronettes "Baby, I Love You" (extra wide stereo version) 4:43 Pink Floyd "The final cut" 2:27 Pink Floyd "Is there anybody out there" 3:12 Elton John "Goodbye yellow brick road - studio version" 2:44 Elton John "Harmony" 4:14 Elton John "Cry to heaven" 3:46 Elton John "Sorry seems to be the hardest word" 10:28 Supertramp "Fools Overture" (live Paris) 4:28 Alan Parsons Project "Pavane" 3:20 Diana Ross "Mahogany" 4:03 Mike Batt "Voices in the dark" 2:46 Frank Zappa "Bobby Brown" 4:56 Dire Straits "Brothers in arms" cut at both ends 5:44 Dire Straits "Sultan of Swings" 2:10 Rambo II intro 4:27 IL DIVO "Si tu me amas" 4:55 IL DIVO "The Adagio" (from Arena at Pula) 3:08 Paul McCartney "Live and let die" 4:20 Monty Phython "Every sperm is great" 6:05 10cc "Don't hang up" 3:50 John Miles "Music" (without the awful first half) 4:03 Vienna Parade "Wonderland" 2:40 Bo Caspersons Orkester "Resa med enkel biljett" 2:43 ?? "Sandman" 2:32 Jan & Dean "Surf city" 2:35 Beach Boys "California girls" 2:13 Little Eva "The Locomotion" 2:40 Chubby Checker "Slow Twistin" 1:36 Mike Batt "Bourree" 0:45 Peter Gabriel (the end of) "Moribund" 3:06 Ellen "Songbird" 4:24 Ainbusk Singers "Älska mig 10:11 10cc "Feel the benefit" 8 2:50 Bo Kaspers Orkester "Cigarett" Resa med enkel biljett 3:28 Cornelis "En fattig trubadur" 1:10 Enigma "Morphing thru time" 4:22 Enigma "Shadows in silence"

Some Cool, Sexy or Great music tracks, are also excellent as disco tunes and will naturally get a higher grade, if that track work better for disco and lower, if it work less good...

DISCO 33 3:19 Serge Gainsbourg "Jetaime moi mon" (rare version with a wild groovy beat, from radio - want the whole track) 28 3:53 Serge Gainsbourg "Daisy temple" 28 4:10 Touch and Go "Straight To Number One" Buddha Bar mix 28 3:44 ERA "Ameno" (disco remix) 27 3:20 Sash! "Stay" 26 3:10 Dana International "Free" (fade in from 3:25 in original) 26 4:22 Mono "Life in mono" 26 3:21 French Affair "Comme Ci Comme Ca" 25 22:33 Alec R.Costandinos & the syncophinic orchestra "Hunchback of Notre Dame" (arr: Don Ray - but need heavy bass equalization to sound great and not boxy) 25 3:26 Army of Lovers "Lit de parade, radio edit" (need strong bass equalization to sound great and not boxy) 24 5:14 Madonna "Erotica" (album version) 24 4:09 Phyllis Nelson "Move closer" 24 3:35 Robert Miles "One & one" 24 3:40 Sash! "Adelante" 23 3:34 Sash! "Encore une fois" 22 6:33 Sweetbox "Dont go Away" (1&2 on CD maxi) 22 14:39 Kimera and the Operaiders with The London Symphony Orchestra "The Lost Opera / Operatheque A" the complete version 22 4:03 Kinkina "Jungle Fever" (alternative 1989 version) 22 3:29 Scooter "Call me Mañana" 22 2:28 Destination "from beginning.. The party's over" 22 5:26 The wild version of Serge Gainsbourg "Je t'aime... moi non plus" by Barry Adamson 21 3:09 Fredrik Kempe "Vincero" 20 6:18 Sash! "Stay - dreamy echo remix" 20 15:42 Hot RS "House of the rising sun" (by Kevin Kruger) 20 34:14 Festival "Evita" (by Boris Midney) 20 3:43 Army of Lovers "Obsession" 19 3:42 Visage "Fade to grey" 19 3:21 Encore "Le Disc-jockey" 18 5:24 Snap (slomo vers, feat. Rukmani) "Rame" 18 5:11 Madonna "Erotica" (original book version) 18 3:05 Diana Ross & Supremes "medley of hits" (maxi A slutet) 18 4:09 Madonna "Justify my love" 16 3:24 Matt Bianco "Macumba" 16 4:26 ORB "Little Fluffy Clouds" (as the Cumulonimbus mix) 16 2:30 Ronettes "Be my babye" (extra groovy version, but not complete) 16 4:33 Baccara "Yes Sir, i can boogie" 16 3:45 French Affair "Sexy" 15 4:28 Sergio Mendes "What is This?" 15 8:13 DeeLite "What is love" (maxi B2&1) 15 9:16 Propaganda "Machinery" (maxi) 15 4:11 Enigma "Sadeness & reprise" 15 6:10 Enigma "Rivers of belif" 15 4:19 Boney M "Rivers of Babylon" 14 7:42 Mel Brooks "the Hitler rap" (maxi) 14 3:39 666 "Amokk" rave disco in Spanish 14 1:22 Magic Affair "Give me all your love" (a short part) 14 4:04 The Underground Crew "Orgasm" alternative 1990 version of "Jungle Fever" by Kinkina 14 3:34 ?? (Com en fou, in france) 14 7:40 Poussez "You're all I have" 14 7:50 Poussez "Never gonna say goodbye" 13 3:50 Dr Alban "Sing Hallelujah" 13 2:17 Petrus "China in my head" 13 4:58 Jimmy BO Horne "Close to you" 13 4:25 DuranDuran "All she wants is" 13 6:42 Sabrina "Multimegamix" 13 3:29 Harold Fluke "Bullit" 12 4:44 Deadmau5 feat Melleefresh "Hey Baby" (fadein at 2:22) 12 8:20 Madonna "Into the groove" (fade out) 12 3:33 Army of Lovers "Crucified" 12 3:43 Guru Josh "Infinity" 12 3:50 Bonnie Pointer "I can't help 12 4:23 Princess Superstar "Fuck me on the dancefloor - remix by zio" 12 3:17 Verona / Piosenka Verony "La musica" 11 6:17 Lionrock "Packet of peace" myself" 11 3:30 Army of Lovers "Venus & mars" (cd maxi, radio edit) 11 9:06 Frankie goes to Hollywood "Two tribes" 11 3:14 Jennifer Rush "Yesterme.." 11 Verona "Stay With Me" 11 5:17 Deep Purple (!) "Demon's Eye" 10 3:05 Jam & Spoon "Right in the night" 10 3:46 Paradisio "Bailando" 10 3:30 Army of Lovers "Venus & mars, antiloop mix" (cd maxi) 10 6:10 Sash! "Mysterious times - remix" 10 1:19 Sly e Robi and the taximen "Coronation market"
9 points * 3:41 DrAlban "freedom" (live) 7:06 Ruthless E "Drama" 4:33 Yello "Lost Again" 4:16 Webber "Phantom of the Opera" 3:17 Gloria Gaynor "I will survive" 3:57 Boney M "Sunny" 4:18 Army of Lovers "Dub evolution" 4:12 Dr Alban "One love" 6:54 Poussez "Come on and do it to me" 13:44 3:22 Blondie "Heart of glass" 3:53 Mylene Farmer "De'senchantee" 4:03 Saint Etienne "He's on the phone" 3:52 Army of Lovers "Supernatural" 4:12 Robin S "Luv4luv" 3:27 Eruption "One way ticket" 3:00 Eruption "I cant stand the rain" 6:14 Sash! "Equador" (remix) 1:58 Afrodite "Turn it up" 4:11 Scooter "Fuck the millenium" 3:06 Froidz "You" girl sing, techno 3:25 DMX "It's dark and hell is not" 4:12 Robin S "Luv 4 luv" 4:28 Amii Stewart "Knock on wood"
8 points * 5:53 Irene Cara "Flashdance, what a feeling" 4:25 David Bowie "Lets dance" 2:40 "Disco Chicken" 6:36 Bassheads "Its there anybody out there" 3:06 Verona "Stay With Me" 2:41 Scatman John "Im the scatman" 6:25 Children of dub "transidental" 4:28 Carol Douglas "Doctors order" 3:25 Kaoma "lambada" 4:48 Kylie Minogue "Lets get to it" 3:49 Three Degrees "Givin up, givin in" 2:07 Lou Bega "I got a girl" 3:22 Paradisio "Bailando Extreme" 6:57 Jackie Moore "This time babye" (maxi) 7:02 Sash! "Stay" (echo remix) 6:18 Madonna "Where's the Party" (dub version) 3:42 666 "Bomba" 3:34 Aqua "Cartoon Heroes" 4:28 2Pac "Until the end of time" 1:59 Nadia Oh "Shake it" 5:31 Pet Shop Boys "Axis"

ACTION music Which simply are purrfect to really wake UP with... 30 3:03 Alan Parson "Dont let it show" 25 4:24 Ten Sharp "You" 24 4:24 Fire Inc "Tonight.." 24 3:35 Robert Miles "One & one" with Maria Nayler 22 4:56 Billy Idol "Catch my fall" 20 4:17 Fire Inc "Nowhere fast" 20 3:56 Lennon "Starting over" 20 2:42 Kellys heroes "Burning bridges" 18 4:20 Dave Stewart "Jack talking" 16 1:00 DSL "advertising" 16 3:28 Tess Mattisson "The second you sleep" 16 3:15 Lena Zavaroni "River deep, mountain high" 15 8:23 Billy Idol "White wedding" 16 3:36 David Bowie "Changes" 15 2:30 Olivia Olson "All I want for Cristmas is you" 15 2:55 Nusa Derena "Energy" (the 2001 contribution of Slovenia) 15 4:12 Sisters of mercy "More - live" 14 5:19 Povel Ramel "Ta av dig skorna" Written by Povel Ramel and Beppe Wolgers 14 2:35 David Bowie "Life on Mars" 14 3:18 Army of Lovers "Lit de parade, video edit" 13 6:16 Billy Idol "Dont need a gun" 13 2:46 Stefan Andersson "Välkommen" 12 3:15 Camille "Turnaround" (from movie Little Prince) 12 4:15 Peter Skellern "You're a Lady" 12 6:46 Liza Minelli "Losing my mind" (maxi version) 12 3:46 Paradisio "Bailando" 12 3:08 The Beach Boys "California dreamin" 12 4:40 David Bowie "Five years" 12 3:33 David Bowie "Soul love" 11 2:45 Madonna "Santa Baby" 11 3:00 Eirikur Hauksson "Valentine Lost" 11 5:05 Supertramp "My kind of lady" 11 2:02 Sia "Titanium"
9 points * 4:35 Billy Idol "All summer single" 3:33 INXS "Never tear us apart - live" 4:43 Barry Ryan "Eloise" 2:32 David Bowie "Rock'n'roll suicide" 7:38 David Bowie "Lets dance" 5:32 David Bowie "China girl"
8 points * 3:43 Billy Idol "Fatal charm" 3:58 ZZ top "Gimme all your lovin" 3:44 ZZ top "La Grange" 4:19 Dire Strait "Money for nothing" cut at both ends 3:14 David Bowie "Modern love" 3:07 David Bowie "Here comes the night" 3:47 4 Cher "If I could turn back time" live

ROCK Most tracks of Billy Idol and David Bowie above, can also be included here and yes, I find most other famous "rock" tracks (that not are included below or above) too distorted or badly played... Even if I did love Deep Purple a long time ago - before I got really fine equipment, which unfortunately reveal both the sublime details and when it sound awful...
28 3:26 Mott thee Hoople "The golden age of rock 'n' roll" 26 5:15 Joe Walsh "Rocky mountains way" (the lousy sound of live videos on youTube, don't make him justice) 18 4:28 Joe Walsh "Song for Emma" 15 1:46 Joe Walsh "Daydream" 13 5:32 Joe Walsh "Dreams" 12 3:07 Mott thee Hoople "Roll away the stone" 10 2:44 Joe Walsh "Book ends" 9 2:28 Mott thee Hoople "Foxy Foxy" (fade out) 9 3:21 Mott thee Hoople "All the way from Memphis" 8 5:23 Mott thee Hoople "Hymn for the Dudes" 8 1:01 Joe Walsh "All night laundry mat blues"

ROMANTIC CLASSIC 26p 3:51 5 Chopin "First part of second act from Piano conserto nr 2 op21" 20 3:16 Grieg "Anitras dance" 19 waltz 1:36 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake - no5 tempo di valse" 18 waltz 8:46 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake - Danse des cygnes, no13 part 1-4 & 6" 18 1:09 Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker op71 - Chinese Dance" 18 piano 2:45 Bach "Largo, ur Pianokonsert nr5" 16 1:54 Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker op71 - Dance of the sugar plum fairy / de fee dragee" 16 2:31 Johann & Josef Strauss "Pizzicato polka" 16 waltz 6:55 Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker op71 - Waltz of the flowers" 15 5:12 Rodrigo "Concierto de Aranjuez" 14 waltz 8:22 Johann Strauss "On the beautiful blue Donau" 14 waltz 3:55 Tchaikovsky "String serenade in C - Valse, op48p2" 14 4:07 2 Vivaldi "Largo, from Recorder Concerto RV443" 13 piano 2:56 Beethoven "fur Elise" 12w10:58 Johann Strauss "Tales from Vienna woods, op 5" 12 waltz 6:30 Waldteufeln "Skridskoåkarna" 11 2:34 Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker op71 - Danse des mirlitons / Dance of the reed flutes" 10 waltz 8:35 Johann Strauss "Die fledermaus overture" 10 6:41 Mozart "Andante ur pianokonsert no21 K467 Elvira Madigan" 10 1:26 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake - Pas de quarte: Dance de cygnes / of the Little Swans, Act II op20" 10 waltz 9:10 Johann Strauss "Accelerationen, op234" 10 piano 3:00 Tchaikovsky "The seasons - June, op37B part 6" 10w10:07 Johann Strauss "Artist life / Kunstlerleben, op316" 10 waltz 4:19 Tchaikovsky "Sleeping beauty, op66" 10 piano 5:14 Beethoven "månskenssonaten" 9 waltz 9:51 Johan Strauss? "Wiener blut" 9 5:34 Bach "Air ur Orkestersvit nr 3" 8 3:47 Myers "Cavatina" 8 4:16 Grieg "Morgenstimmnung" 8 piano 4:38 Beethoven "Pathetique, Piano Sonata nr 8 - part 2 op13"

GREAT CLASSIC 26 2:44 Bach "Toccata con fuga" 25 2:33 Grieg "In the halle" 22 2:36 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake, no09" 22 6:33 Elgar "March no1 pomp & circumstance" 21 2:32 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake op20 - Scene" 20 5:38 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake, no29" 20 11:28 Albinoni "adiago for organ & violins" 18 13:51 Ravel "Bolero" 18 1:40 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake, no18" 16 3:47 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake, no03" 16 3:45 Lumbye "Homage March" 16 3:05 Pavarotti "Turandot" " by Puccini 16 7:47 Ponchielli "Timmarnas dans" 16 3:34 Johann Strauss "Im Krapfenwald'l polka, op336" 15 waltz 5:46 Johann Strauss Jr "Wine, women and song waltz, op333" 15 2:15 Lumbye "Champagne galop" 14 3:30 Tchaikovsky "Swan lake, no24" 14 7:47 Beethoven "nr5 ödessymfonin" 12 waltz 10:00 Lumbye "Amélie waltz suite" 12 3:28 Farnon "State occation" 11 2:24 Lumbye "Pepita polka" 11 13:59 Tchaikovsky, Symphony no 5 "Andante cantabile, op64 p2" partly lovely, partly annoying 10 piano 3:32 Tchaikovsky "Piano concerto no 1 op23 beginning of part 1 Allergo non troppo" 10 2:15 Three tenors "La donna e mobile" 10 2:59 Vivaldi "The four seasons, Spring - La primavera, part 1 of 3 RV269" 10 5:31 Lumbye "To queen Louise" 10 4:10 Prokofjev "Montague ur Romeo & Julia" (from 1:22) 10 2:19 2 Verdi "La donna e mobile" with Pavarotti 9 8:43 Mozart "Molto allegro - Symfoni no40 K550 part one" 9 4:49 Johann Strauss Jr "Jubelfest March, op396" 9 1:57 Vivaldi "La notte, part 6 allegro RV439" 9 3:55 Lumbye "Colombine polka mazurka"8 2:20 Johann Strauss "Explosions polka, op43" 8 2:43 Strauss "Radetzky marsch, op228" 8 2:25 Johan Roman "Allegro con spirito" 8 waltz 9:14 Josef Strauss "Music of the speres - Waltz, op235"

RONDO VENEZIANO (a delicate mix of classic and pop arrangements) 15 0:40 "Piano concertos" 14 3:28 "Arcobaleno" 13 2:36 "Armonie" 12 8:00 "Fiaba antica, part 1" 10 3:07 "Ritorno a Venezia" 10 5:02 "Romanza" 9 3:04 "Misteriosa Venezia" 9 4:09 "Specchio della laguna" 8 2:25 "Corso delle gondole"

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