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Help with first setup - 1000€ budget - small living room

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Hello! I spent the last couple of weeks reading tons of info online and watching lots of videos of people reviewing Hi-Fi products, but it keeps getting more and more confusing to make a choice.

I've decided to make a post here mostly because I find that the speakers and materials that are suggested here are a bit different from the ones that I read on articles from Hi-Fi websites, and then those are also different from the ones seen on YouTube suggestions, so all of that is getting me crazy!

Here, I see the ELAC DBR62 recommended a lot, along with brands like Genelec, Neumann, Revel, Focal, Selah, JBL, Adam Audio, Dynaudio, etc. being on top of most of the recommended speaker brands within my budget.

But from other websites and from YouTube those aren't usually mentioned and the list I gathered for my setup budget was (the prices are the ones I found in my country/European websites):
  • Dali Oberon 1 - 400€
  • Q Acoustics 3030i - 385€
  • Monitor Audio Bronze 100 - 429€
  • Wharfedale 12.2 - 470€
  • Wharfedale 11.2 - 500€
  • Triangle Borea BR03 - 400€
  • KEF Q350 - 400€
  • ELAC DEBUT B6.2 - 345€
  • ELAC Debut Reference DBR62 - 478€

I'll try to give you all a bit more insight on my specific situation:

I moved to a new home and want to build my first Hi-Fi setup with a 1000€ budget (cables + stands not included, those will be offered to me).

The living room is 16m², the ceiling height is 2,5m and this is how it looks like.
The TV is on the wall above the Hi-Fi furniture. I wanted the bookshelf speakers to be either on top of the Hi-Fi furniture (that has only 1,8m, so the speakers would be like 1,6m apart) or right next to it on top of speaker stands (making the distance between speakers around 1,9-2m but the right speaker is going to be only 0,8-1,1m from the right wall, the one with the window). What's the best option?
Due to the size of the room they can't also be too far from the back wall.

  • 90% of my listening is hip-hop/rap music. The other 10% are jazz, classical, etc.
  • Would like to be capable to listen to TV/movies on this setup, but don't want it to be optimal for it. My main focus is music.
  • It will be mostly digital/streaming. As I said, this is my first system, so I don't have a turntable and don't want to get one now, but I want to have the option to get one in the future and be sure that this setup is capable of having one connected.

Having that in mind the options that I gathered from what I read/listened were:
DAC:
iFi ZEN DAC - 150€ (+ upgrad power supply - iFi power 50€)
NAD DAC 2 - 195€

Amplifier:
Rega Io - 349€
Cambridge AXA35 - 350€
Camnbridge AXA25 - 250€
Marantz PM5005 - 350€
Pioneer A-40AE-K - 307€
Pioneer A-30-S - 258€
YAMAHA A-S201 - 195€
NAD C 316V2 - 369€


Do you think that the better option for me to have is Chromecast Audio + DAC + Amp + Speakers? Or a streamer like Marantz NA6006 or BlueNode 2i + Amp + Speakers (this option might force me to stretch the budget a bit more)? Or any other option?

Thanks in advance to whoever helps me with this subject that's driving me crazy for a couple of weeks!
 
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Do you consider active speakers?
Dali Oberon 1 c
Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz]39 - 26,000
For that size 39Hz is great achievement.
 
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Do you consider active speakers?
Dali Oberon 1 c
Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz]39 - 26,000
For that size 39Hz is great achievement.
Yeah, I considered active speakers. Dali Oberon 1 C are available in my country for 999€ and also the KEF LSX for that exact same price.
Active speakers were a easier way to go, but I've read somewhere that for the money spent on active speakers, usually the passive route provides better sound with the option for improvement later. And as I said on the post, I would like to get a turntable soon (1-2 years), so having a full system already for that would be great.

Do you think that the active option is the better for me?
 
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get the aiyima A07 it scores better Sinad than the amps on your list with a cheap chinese switching power supply 48v 20a to get the whole 150w at 8ohms. topping E30 Dac, Debut reference 6.2 plus a raspberry pi. you will have money left for some acoustical treaments. Then save up for a Minidsp SHD for dirac live. This would be the best entry level set-up. Future upgrades 2 rythmic f12s servo subs since you like hip hop you really need a sub. Or checkout the Rel amps
 
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