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~$1000 sound system for HTPC

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Force Flow, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. schan1269

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    ML is one of the best speaker manufacturers. Period.
    I own/have owned...* denotes current
    BIC V *
    Wharfedale Mk II
    Polk S *
    DCM *
    Infinity Crescendo *
    Infinity Kappa
    Dahlquist
    Synergistic *
    STR
    AAL
    Heathkit
    Advent Loudspeaker
    Polk MiniMonitor *
    Panasonic Thruster
    JBL XX00
    Apogee Centaur
    Magnepan SMG *
    BIC TPR
    OHM Walsh
    Yamaha
    The only reason I haven't owned ML is because of Maggie and Apogee.
     
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    Not exactly. They were describing the procedure to set the subwoofers volume to match the volume of the satellite speakers, which your receiver will do a very good job of by itself with it's Audyssey automatic setup and room correction. It's the crossover setting, which can be re-adjusted manually after running Audyssey, that is usually set too low sending too much of the deep bass notes to the smaller satellites.
    And as Sam said, ML is one of the better brands, but most people who own them have their large floor standing speakers. I think ML released the 5.1 package because everyone else had one. At the $1000 retail price there are many other possibly better option. On sale for $600-$700 they would be a decent alternative to Definitive Technolgy's Pro Cinema 600/800 among others. At $199 they're a real steal. But most members of these types of forums who spend $700-$1000 on them have larger speakers. And there are so many different speaker brands to choose from it would be real coincidence for someone else to have that particular ML set.
     
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    Brands I've yet to own. Mainly cause I never, and will never, buy new speakers...
    Mordaunt Short
    Revel
    ML
    Boston Acoutstics
    Pinnacle
    Klipsch
    Mirage
    Jamo
    NHT
    MB Quart
    SVS
    Axiom
    Sony
    Pioneer
    Dayton
    Bose(there is a very short list from them I'd even consider)
    Definitive Technology
    Cerwin Vega
    Canton
    Totem
    KEF (been close several times to owning some of theirs)
    Dali (I'd give my left ball for a pair)
    Atlantic Technology
    Is your head spinning yet?
     
  4. Force Flow

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    I think I've only heard of about a third of all the manufacturers you listed. That's why I posted here--my head was already swimming :eek:
    Ok, I guess I'll go ahead and snap up the ML speakers, one of the Onkyo receivers, and the stands.
    Is there a particular gauge of bare speaker cable I should get to make sure that it will fit through/on the terminal posts?
    Any other final thoughts?
     
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    I'm still a little dizzy from "Heathkit".
    I've had 7 on your "not yet" list. But only two on the "own/have owned" list.
     
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    I like to use 12 gauge but 14 or 16 should be fine. If you're going to run the wire in the walls or under the floor then get CL-2 or CL-3 rated wire to satisfy local fire codes. Don't spend too much on cables/wires. We get ours from partsexpress.com, monoprice.com and bluejeancables.com but amazon and even Home Depot are good places as well. Avoid the monster type cables. Mostly marketing, legal dept and profit. Get a good surge protector for your receiver, etc and one for your subwoofer. make sure evrything is in the OFF position when making connections and plugging things in, including the surg protectors. Banana plugs on the speaker ends are nice to have, especially for the receiver end, but bare wire is O.K.
    Look closely at the features of the different Onkyo receivers to make sure you get what you need but don't pay for what you won't use.
    http://www.onkyousa.com/prod_class.cfm?class=Receiver Use the "Compare" feature.
     
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    I'll just be running the wires along the floor within the room. No in-wall installation.
    Will this do? http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PSC1250-12-Gauge-Quality-Speaker/dp/B003ZX8N44/
    Or this? http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023901&p_id=2816&seq=1&format=2
     
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    Oh yeah, I forgot...
    I got a pair of EV in the garage...slumming it along with an old LaFayette...
    The pre-amp running the LaFayette tube is a Mitsubishi VCR with level controls...that one day, by accident, I discovered actually lowered the volume on the outputs. Have a CD player and tuner connected to the front and rear inputs. Video...not even connected.
     
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    I like even cheaper than Monoprice...
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_70123-295-28827469_0__?productId=1193437&Ntt=14ga+wire&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3D14ga%2Bwire&facetInfo=
    Wire is wire. If it can handle being ran 200ft in a wall, and run your hair dryer at 1500 watts...
    It will handle 20 watts of audio over 25 ft.
     
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    Ok, thanks guys :) I appreciate your time and advice
    I'll make a quick dash down to the hardware stores for a price comparison the wire. Everything else is on order.
    I'll post back when everything is in and up and running :)
     

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