Suggestions for 2.1 Speaker/Subwoofer/Amp for Small room

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  1. tombolo

    tombolo Auditioning

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    Hi guys. I recently moved and currently live In a fairly small apartment. My living room is 11'x13' although the dimensions wall to wall exten a bit since one of the 'walls' extends to the dining room and kitchen. Anyway I have been wanting to set up some speaker system for general use(music, movies, games). I was originally thinking on buying a HTiaB but somehow my mind keeps thinking I would be better off with buying my own set of amp/bookshelf/woofer combo. My reasoning is that whenI buy a house, I can expand my HT to surround in the long run instead of buying another HT like I would need to if I bought a 2.1 HTiaB. So far my HTiaB choices were either: Bose Cinemate series II http://www.amazon.com/CineMate%C2%AE-Series-Digital-Theater-Speaker/dp/B002KY2OU8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361024321&sr=8-1&keywords=Bose+cinemate Onkyo LS3100 http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-LS3100-ENVISION-2-1-Channel-Bluetooth/dp/B008YDTRZ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361024401&sr=8-1&keywords=Onkyo+2.1 If I ended up getting the custom setup I was thinking of the following: Yamaha RX-V473 Network Receiver http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V473-5-1-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B007JF85VU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361024474&sr=8-1&keywords=Yamaha+network+receiver JBL ES20 Bookshelf Speakers http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES20-High-Performance-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00167340E/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361024545&sr=1-4&keywords=jbl+es80 JBL ES150 PBK Subwoofer http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES150PBK-300-Watt-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B00166VDLC/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361024545&sr=1-6&keywords=jbl+es80 I am not an audiophile like many of you.. A least not yet ;) So, I would appreciate your suggestions on this.
     
  2. schan1269

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    It is all fine, except I'd pick a different subwoofer... BIC, Lava or some "used find" from Craigslist.
     
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    Forget about the Bose and the Onkyo. Try and listen to a few different speaker lines first and see if you like a brighter sound (Klipsch, some Polks, some JBL's) or a softer, warmer sound (Infinity, Energy). That's a decent price for those JBL's but a good deal isn't that good if you don't like the way they sound. I haven't heard the JBL ES series for quite a while now but I remember them being kind of bright with their dual metal tweeters. That JBL sub would be decent, much like most Infinty subs, But the BIC-F12 would be better, but larger. If you're going to look for a sub on CL then look for the speakers there too. I picked up a pair of good as new Infinity Beta 20's ($399 msrp) for $30 last month, and a HUGE C360 center for $50. Speakers are the safest used purchase but used subs are more of a gamble. Make sure it works first.
     

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