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How Much Did You Spend on Your 5.1 Speaker Sysyem?


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#1 of 85 OFFLINE   hyghwayman

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Posted January 27 2008 - 05:41 AM

$300.oo
$500.oo
$1000.oo
$1500.oo
$2000.00
or Much More,

My reason for asking this question is that my wife thinks I've lost my mind Posted Image wanting to spend 1k for a 5.1 system from SVS (SVS SBS-01 5.1 system). I've been trying to up-grade from a HTiB Curtis speaker system 40w (one speaker per speaker) and a 40w powered sub for two (2) years now.
She also thinks there is no way a 1k speaker system will sound any different than say a $500.oo or even a $300.oo one Posted Image . So if I could get some data and personal feedback from HTF members to show my wife just how little I'm wanting to spend to get good sound, maybe she'll understand and then again maybe not.

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#2 of 85 OFFLINE   JohnRice

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Posted January 27 2008 - 06:01 AM

About 9K, but I am including a powerhouse 2 channel amp in that, because that is the only thing which can suitably power my L/R speakers. Subtract about 2K without the amp.

The SVS setup is money well spent and quite a deal. It is a few magnitudes better then anything for $500.

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#3 of 85 OFFLINE   hyghwayman

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Posted January 27 2008 - 06:07 AM

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About 9K, but I am including a powerhouse 2 channel amp in that, because that is the only thing which can suitably power my L/R speakers. Subtract about 2K without the amp.

The SVS setup is money well spent and quite a deal. It is a few magnitudes better then anything for $500.

Thank you John, anyone else willing to post.

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#4 of 85 OFFLINE   Buckethead78

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Posted January 27 2008 - 06:11 AM

My speaker setup is currently just under 1k. I am still using my old HTiB surrounds though, so replacing them should get me up to about 1300.

Its a Polk Rti system, with a PSW 125 sub.

Sounds night and day better than my old Sony HTiB system.

My advice is to buy her something nice. She will forget about your speakers..or at least consider them well bartered.

#5 of 85 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted January 27 2008 - 07:19 AM

In one room, Swan Diva's for $1375 shipped and two Dayton 10" subs for $125 each. In another room, Polk RTi's (for now) for around $625 + tax and another Dayton 10"er. I should mention that the RTi's should have been around $1000 but I bought them as open box/display items. I'd LOVE to up-grade the subs but I wouldn't be able to take advantage of their capabilities so I have to make do with the Daytons. And they really aren't that bad for what they are.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


#6 of 85 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted January 27 2008 - 08:59 AM

What sort of music does your wife enjoy?

#7 of 85 OFFLINE   DanielKellmii

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Posted January 27 2008 - 09:27 AM

4 years ago I got an Onkyo HTiB with the receiver for around $500. (I think???) It is far better than any HTiBs I have ever heard. I have nothing else to compare it too as far as speakers go. But, I think the SVS system is money well spent. You won't "have to" upgrade in a few years.

#8 of 85 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted January 27 2008 - 10:07 AM

and for the record, probably close to $1000, maybe more.

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Posted January 27 2008 - 12:20 PM

b&k processor $2250.00
cinepro 3k6 power amp $6750.00
source technology speakers $13000.00
and along way and lots of dollars to go....

#10 of 85 OFFLINE   mazersteven

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Posted January 27 2008 - 12:58 PM

hyghwayman,

Boy do you get around. LOL Posted Image

$5100 in speakers.

#11 of 85 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted January 27 2008 - 01:37 PM

If, by luck, she does enjoy music, it might be worth demonstrating how that music sounds on a decent enough system-- though unfortunately, the svs speakers are not sold in store--no demos.

You really don't want this to be viewed as a "silly way to hear the explosions and helicopters"...

You will need a decent receiver-- 75--125W per channel. (measured in the standard manner-- 20-20kHz, 8 ohms, etc. etc.)

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Posted January 27 2008 - 02:08 PM

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it might be worth demonstrating how that music sounds on a decent enough system
And if that doesn't work, the next time she wants you to take her to Neiman-Marcus for a new pair of shoes, drop her off in front of Payless Shoe Source instead. After all, a $150 pair of shoes can't be any better than the $19.95 ones, right? BTW, you aren't really going to show her this thread, are you? Posted Image
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


#13 of 85 OFFLINE   MaxL

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Posted January 27 2008 - 02:52 PM

speakers $300 fronts, $120 surrounds, $600 sub.
HT: Marantz SR8000, PSB Alpha B fronts, Alpha C center, CSW Newton S200 surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo Sub, Marantz DVD, Sony CRT TV

Stereos include vintage Sony receivers/amps into vintage AR and KEF speakers.

#14 of 85 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted January 27 2008 - 04:51 PM

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And if that doesn't work, the next time she wants you to take her to Neiman-Marcus for a new pair of shoes, drop her off in front of Payless Shoe Source instead. After all, a $150 pair of shoes can't be any better than the $19.95 ones, right?

You're assuming that she's a materialist. Not all women are.

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Posted January 27 2008 - 06:42 PM

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hyghwayman,

Boy do you get around. LOL Posted Image

$5100 in speakers.

Well, what a surprise Mazer Posted Image , I guess I'm keeping good company though. Thanks for all of your replies todayPosted Image .

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#16 of 85 OFFLINE   LanceJ

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Posted January 27 2008 - 08:18 PM

$1175......and that's for a 4.1 system, since I don't use a center channel.

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Posted January 28 2008 - 12:47 AM

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You're assuming that she's a materialist. Not all women are.
This is true. But odds are there is something he can use to help convince her. After all, we have to do everything we can to help this guy replace those Curtis speakers!
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


#18 of 85 OFFLINE   kryten_tl

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Posted January 28 2008 - 12:54 AM

How about this, U-turn the question on her. Does she have a Coach or Prada or some name brand purse? Ask her how a $300 purse can be any better than a $30 purse from Walmart. That should get her thinking in the right direction.

TL

P.S. Opps, I should have read all of the posts before replying... I see this has already been covered.
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#19 of 85 OFFLINE   Gary Shipley

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Posted January 28 2008 - 03:47 AM

Around $2000. JBL L/C/R: $750
Polk surrounds: $250
SVS sub.: $1000
The enjoyment I get from it:priceless
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#20 of 85 OFFLINE   Darla

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Posted January 28 2008 - 10:36 AM

Do I get extra points with your wife being a woman myself? I had to talk my husband into $1000 for speakers (full kit from Axiom at their outlet prices) and (I think) $429 for a SVS PB10-ISD. Then there were the "we don't talk about it" extra expenses of SPL meter, AVIA disc, cables, stands, and the inevitable upgrades in the rest of the system to keep up with our new speakers...


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