As a benchmark, previously we had some nasty JVC "1200w" thing that cost $900 a couple years ago and that is all the volume required although a little more fidelity would be nice and definitely no bling like that. Looks arent important but those toy mega systems are hideous.
Budget is about $800 max but looking on trademe at likes of old Sony component systems for $400ish or less.
It will only get used at high volume like 3 times a year so not too thrashed. Must also be balanced enough to sound passable with quiet music. Hoping for an old mid-range system for not much at all.
So finer points of hifi not important but we arent tone deaf by any stretch.
Only modern thing it needs AFAIK is to play MP3s off smartphones (which I think just a standard 3.5mm to RCA adapter will do?)
It must have a CD-changer too too which I guess rules out most mini systems anyway.
New seems to be only mini systems for around $300 which may not loud enough outside on a big deck, then a big jump well past $1k which I ruled out, there is Sony "1350w" Midi System for $700ish but it looks hideous and probably sound very tinny and bass bloated.
Would an old mass market bookshelf component system be loud enough you think?
If I have to get seperate components (speakers/receiver/cd-changer) what do you think I might need to power these old but grunty looking speakers? I can get the speakers locally for $100
Peak 200W RMS 100W
Impedance 8 OHMS
Would a 2nd hand receiver of that power be too expensive/rare?
If anyone has anything to sell or can give me pointers on trademe that would be awesome but I dont expect more than general advice
Id rather get an all in one system as I dont know where to start matching seperate components, but if anyone can match a likely receiver to speakers that would be great.