If you've been itching for your audio fix this summer but lack the budget to go all-out on some of more the drool-inducing offerings available today, Cnet's Audiophiliac has some pretty rad bargain buys definitely worth checkin' out.
IKEA LACK as a hi-fi component stand ($7.99): "It's made of particleboard and ABS plastic, and it comes in a variety of painted colors (and "birch effect"); it's 21.3 inches wide and deep, and 17.75 inches high. Ikea doesn't present the Lack as audio furniture; it's a side table, but audiophiles all over the world have used it to support their prized possessions. Build quality is surprisingly sturdy."
Rega P1 Turntable ($350): "Rega's belt-drive turntables have been the go-to choice for budget-minded audiophiles for more than 30 years. The P1 is the most affordable Rega turntable and features a completely new tonearm, prefitted with an Ortofon OM5e moving-magnet phono cartridge. If you're just now getting into vinyl, put the P1 on your short list." We'd also like to add that it looks just as sexy as our favorite Music Hall equivalent, but for hundreds less.
Grado SR60i headphones ($79): "Grado long ago set the standard for unbelievably great-sounding, full-size budget headphones with the original SR60. The SR60's sound had weight, detail and punch far beyond the capabilities of most under $100 'phones. Jim Austin, over at Stereophile magazine, recently reviewed the SR60i, and he thinks Grado's upgraded design surpasses the original SR60."
Pairing the SR60i up with an amp won't do much good, though, so if you want a step up from these headphones, we suggest picking up a decent amp and taking a look at the Grado SR80 for an immersible sound experience.
Want to see more? Check out the rest of the top 10 bargain audio must-haves over at Cnet!