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

Setting up home audio system piece by piece

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by outerspacer, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. outerspacer

    outerspacer New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Al
    Hi,

    I am new to this forum. I have been reading it and it seems like you know what you are talking about.
    So I thought I should ask you for an advice on how to setup a home audio system over a period of time.

    Basically, I just moved in, so I am on a budget. I was thinking of getting an AV/receiver + a pair of speakers and then later add the remaining items to have a complete 5.1 system. If it does not make sense, don't hold back, just say it:)

    What would you recommend I buy? Budget for speakers + receiver is under $1000, the lower the better as long as you deem the equipment recommendable.

    Thanks!
     
  2. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    17,037
    Likes Received:
    894
    Location:
    Chicago-ish/NW Indiana
    Real Name:
    Sam
    AVR choice boils down to what you need. Needs are split into what your sources are(which are?) to get the inputs you need and what stuff you'd like(2nd zone, internet apps/remote).So tell us that and we can start throwing AVR ideas your way.As far as speakers, the least expensive, non-junk, are Infiniy Primus, Pio AJ, BIC DV, Polk Monitor and Fluance. There are others, but those 5 will keep you busy.
     
  3. outerspacer

    outerspacer New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Al
    Thanks for the reply. I have a Panasonic Viera HDTV, image is great but the sound is tiny. In addition I stream a lot of music from my phone so Bluetooth is a must have. I may get a blue ray player as well.I'd like a system that is extensible so 2nd zone and streaming apps would be nice to have.I like the style of Polk audio M20. The silver matches my TV. Is that a good choice?
     
  4. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    17,037
    Likes Received:
    894
    Location:
    Chicago-ish/NW Indiana
    Real Name:
    Sam
    Speaker choice boils down do what you like when it comes to listening, nothing more...nothing less.

    My bedroom theater uses Polk. The S6(which I think the S was Polk's beginner line, just like Monitor is now) main, "some" Polk center(single tweeter and woofer in a canted arrangement, same tweeter though as the S) with a pair of Polk M5(M3???) in white.

    I think I paid a grand total of $100 for all 5 speakers. None of them are newer than 15 years young.
     
  5. outerspacer

    outerspacer New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Al
    Looks like the prices went up since. On the website the cheapest speaker is $169!Is Polk a brand commonly found in audio stores? I want to hear how they sound.What are your recommendations for avr?
     
  6. Northgun

    Northgun Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2013
    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Jacob
    Polk brand is very common in stores. I've run into them in BestBuy. They tend to be pricey at the store. I general order them online. BIC America is the best bang for the buck in speakers I've found to date. I love them. They sound and look great.
     
  7. outerspacer

    outerspacer New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Al
  8. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    17,037
    Likes Received:
    894
    Location:
    Chicago-ish/NW Indiana
    Real Name:
    Sam
  9. DFASAPOST

    DFASAPOST New User

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2013
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great to be on board. Hello to everyone from the land down under, Australia. Great reads and honest support for the novices. As my user name suggest, "I'm deaf as a post". Over 5 decades of having my listeners glued to the speaker grills. Not much of a specs geek but currently running old school trade tools: Rotel RSP 985, Rotel RMB1095, B&W for two Channel audio switching to Onkyo TX-NR 808 pre and Dali Ikom 8 for movies. Can't afford better speakers just yet but I'm working on it. Thanks for having me on aboard. Cheers
     
  10. mccambley

    mccambley Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Messages:
    635
    Likes Received:
    2
    Real Name:
    Casey

Share This Page