1. Guest,
    If you need help getting to know Xenforo, please see our guide here. If you have feedback or questions, please post those here.
    Dismiss Notice

New to HT, need help

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by anhassi, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. anhassi

    anhassi Auditioning

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am new to home theater and don't know much about surround sound audio. I am finishing my basement and need to acquire a home theater audio system.

    I am certain I can do better piecing a system together rather than a home theater in a box, but do not kow what to look for. The space is 12 X14 with walls on 3 sides and would be open behind the main seating area to the far end of the basement (maybe another 30 ft)

    I have a budget of $2000 and need to to power TV (satelite), PS3, Xbox 360, and possibly a Wii. I was eye-balling the Bose V20 complete system. Can I do better than this in terms of cost and quality?

    Thanks
     
  2. Ennsio

    Ennsio Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2007
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yes, you can definitely do better than Bose in terms of cost and quality. Bose makes very expensive products that are low in quality of the parts and poor in sound, but very easy for the layperson to set up. There's a lot of options for speakers and a receiver for $2000 that would blow the Bose out of the water, and with a little knowledge about the field and the help of this forum, you should have little trouble picking the appropriate gear and setting it up correctly.

    Here's a couple places to go to learn more about surround sound:
    http://www.aperionaudio.com/catalog/...ourses,49.aspx
    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/inf...fo-center.html

    If you want to look at speakers, here's a few places to start:
    Paradigm's website: www.paradigm.com
    Athena or Energy speakers at Audio Advisor: http://www.audioadvisor.com/products.asp?dept=49
    SVS Subs and speaker packages: www.svsound.com
    There are many more options though, and I'm just helping you get started.

    Picking the right speaker is a very subjective and personal thing as each speaker brand has a slightly different sound, so the type of speaker that you like might be different from what each of us would like. I would suggest that you read the article in the Sound and Vision link above about "How to Audition speakers" and then bring your favourite music and DVDs to electronic stores near you and try the different speakers that they have there to see what you like. Then you can ask us our opinion about those speakers and we can suggest other speakers that have a similar sound to them, other places to find those speakers for cheaper, or ask you other clarifying questions to allow us to give you more specific advice as you build your home theater.
     
  3. anhassi

    anhassi Auditioning

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank you for the information it was very helpful.

    Is there some place that rates speakers against each other. I looked at all the websites you mentioned that sell speakers and everyone of them seem to be award winning and have critics choices designations. They can't all win the same awards at the same time can they?

    Also, I don't even have a receiver or anything like that. Any suggestions on what to look for in a receiver?

    As far as speakers I like the reviews, look, and customer care that Aperion provides. The early leader in the club house would be the:

    Intimus 532-LR (360/pr) or 533-T(750/pr) for the front
    Intimus S8 8" Powered Sub
    Intimus 533-VAC Center Channel
    422-LR Satellites

    Thanks for the help
     
  4. anhassi

    anhassi Auditioning

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just browsing Home Theater Magazine and they reviewed the Onkyo TX-SR605 and said for the money it is great. In browsing Circuit CIty's website they have the 705 ,which I assume is an upgrade, for $649. It has 3 HDMI inputs, HDMI output, all the Dolby formats seem to be supported and is THX certified.

    Is this a good receiver and/or good price.
     
  5. Ennsio

    Ennsio Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2007
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    0

    I can't speak for Aperion speakers as I have never heard them or read much about them (I just like their "university" articles). I think you could do better than them in your price range though. Personally, I would shop for speakers at retail stores first since I prefer to listen to a speaker first before buying it as the sound of the speaker differs so much between brands and is such a subjective taste. Some internet speaker companies will let you try their speakers for awhile and return it for free if you don't like them. Axiom Audio does this. If you want internet speaker companies with great products and customer service, try Axiom Audio (http://www.axiomaudio.com/, hometheatredirect.com, av123.com, audioinsider.com (for Swan speakers) and SVS (www.svsound.com). These are all companies that get strong reviews for their products and customer service from members on this forum.

    For a sub, you will get much more bang for your buck if you buy from HSU or SVS. They also offer incredible customer service from what I've read of user experiences here and can give you lots of help in picking the right sub for your room and budget.
     
  6. Phil Taylor

    Phil Taylor Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2006
    Messages:
    580
    Likes Received:
    0

    I think the 705 would be a good receiver for you. It has HDMI 1.3 switching and SD upconversion. It gets very good owner reviews on Amazon and the CC price is lower than Amazon's which is rather unusual. [​IMG]
     
  7. anhassi

    anhassi Auditioning

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have found Polk RTi10's for 479/pair.

    Are these good speakers. The brand is on the favorites list provided above. I read in some forums that these are "power-hungry". Would the The Onkyo TX-SR705 I plan to pick up enough to power the speakers?

    Thanks
     
  8. Ennsio

    Ennsio Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2007
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    0
    Here's some reviews of those speakers:
    http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speak...2_1594crx.aspx

    Can you go listen to them? It's really hard to say if they are "good" speakers for you since that is so subjective. Polk is a respected company though, if that is what you mean, and I know many people with Polk speakers that are quite happy with them.

    Are you set on tower speakers, or would you consider bookshelves too? I've read many times on this forum that under $1000, you'll get much more bang for your buck from a bookshelf speaker compared to towers. That's because of the cost involved in building the enclosure right for a floor stander to minimize its effect on the sound produced. Since bookshelves don't have as much of a box to deal with, more of the cost can go into the drivers, so at the price points you are looking at a bookshelf speaker would have better drivers than a tower. You'll need a sub to go with them to get the deeper bass, but you would want a sub for home theatre anyway as the towers cannot reproduce the powerful blasts that a sub can. I would suggest an SVS sub.

    Is there a store near you to go listen to the Polks?
     
  9. anhassi

    anhassi Auditioning

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    No, I can't go listen to them. It was an online deal through a respected partner my company works with.

    I did my first audition today, though. I listened to Paradigm and some Klipsch speakers. My initial impressions were I could not tell much of a difference listening to Star Wars 3 on either of the Paradigm or Klipsch tower speakers. Where I could tell a difference was when he turned on the bookshelves vs tower on the Klipsch. They were roughly in the same price range - around 350 per speaker. I thought the bookshelves were distinctly better. They appeared to me to be louder and more crisp. However, this being my first test and being new I did not know what to listen for to pick up much differences. Probably the reason I could not differentiate much between the Paradigms and the Klipsch.
     

Share This Page