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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Gritter99

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Posted November 09 2012 - 06:46 AM

So me and my GF have been talking about getting a surround sound system for the last few weeks, yesterday she decdided to "suprise" me and get a Cinemate II from Best buy... Yaaay.... I didnt even take it out of the box, 634.94 i'm sure i can come up with a better system. ( by I, mind you i mean get help from educated people on forums like this!) Budget- 650 Would really like a decent/quality 5.1 system for around the same price as she spent for the Bose. i want to prove a point that we could've got a lot better for the same cash, Does anybody have any good systems they can piece together for around $650? Open to any ideas! I'm no audiophile so i'm not going to be too picky, just let getting my moneys worth on a product.

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Posted November 12 2012 - 08:59 AM

Sub: http://www.parts-exp...tnumber=300-628  $100 Receiver: http://www.accessori...Receiver/1.html $289 Speakers (Left &Right): http://www.newegg.co...N82E16882290204 x2 $150 Center: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16882290210 $99 Surrounds: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16882290200 $99   Total: $738.00     To me - that is a vastly superior system. Sundry cables/wires is about 30 dollars.      If you need smaller speakers, then let me know, but I'd go this route for now. We can cut some money out if $650 is hard, but I think it's worth stretching your budget slightly.  

#3 of 16 OFFLINE   Gritter99

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Posted November 15 2012 - 06:31 AM

For the front I noticed you reccomended the monitor 50's, from what I've been reading would the pioneer fs52's be a better choice for a little more?? Also anybody else care to chime in, maybe could up the budget to under 800 if it'd mean steeping the equipment up a notch!

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Posted November 15 2012 - 06:46 AM

I was trying very hard to maintain your budget - so if you're flexible, that helps a lot. If you're up for the Pioneer route, then go with:


 


Left & Right: http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B008NCD2S4 x2 $250


Center: http://www.amazon.co...d_bxgy_e_text_y x1 $99


Surrounds: http://www.amazon.co...d_bxgy_e_text_z $129


Sub: http://www.parts-exp...tnumber=300-628  $100


Receiver: http://www.accessori...Receiver/1.html $289


 


Total: $867


 


 


It's important imo to match speakers (at least in the front 3) as inconsistent timbre can wreak havoc on the uniformity of the sound. So - if you're willing to increase budget a tad, then go with the above.


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Posted November 15 2012 - 09:22 AM

I was trying very hard to maintain your budget - so if you're flexible, that helps a lot. If you're up for the Pioneer route, then go with:

Left & Right: http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B008NCD2S4http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=hometheaterforum-20&l=ur2&o=1
x2 $250
Center: http://www.amazon.co...d_bxgy_e_text_yhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=hometheaterforum-20&l=ur2&o=1
x1 $99
Surrounds: http://www.amazon.co...d_bxgy_e_text_zhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=hometheaterforum-20&l=ur2&o=1
$129
Sub: 
http://www.parts-exp...tnumber=300-628
  $100

Receiver: http://www.accessori...Receiver/1.html $289



Total: $867


It's important imo to match speakers (at least in the front 3) as inconsistent timbre can wreak havoc on the uniformity of the sound. So - if you're willing to increase budget a tad, then go with the above.


Yea i'm flexible on the budget, i dont want to skimp out of $75 or 100 if i can end up with a much nicer system. Also dont want to end up in a month saying damnit i want to upgrade lol! Not dead set on the pioneers but everythnig i've read has given them the edge of the monitor 50's... your thoughts?

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Posted November 15 2012 - 09:36 AM

David, if i ended up wanting a say 3.1 system ( that's minus the surrounds correct?) Would your reccomendations still be the same? I've been kicking around the idea of changing it to starting with a 2.1 or 3.1 ( with the same starting budget of course) and working my way up to a 5.1. i figure buy the quality stuff now wont have to later. What do you guys think? Budget 5.1 vs nice 2.1 or 3.1?

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Posted November 15 2012 - 10:13 AM

IMO your budget is too severe even for 2.1, though I must admit Dave has done a fine job with his recommendations (better than I could do). I would shoot for 2.0 with the intentions of adding to the system as money permits . While the Bose may seem like 2.1 its really only 2.0 as their "bass module" is not a sub woofer, its a modest woofer.
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Posted November 15 2012 - 10:23 AM

I don't think your budget is too little. People always forget BIC and the Sony SS series. The BIC DV64/84 are worthy of consideration(and in my opinion, blow the Polk Monitor and the Pioneer AJ out of the water). Even the Sony SSF5000 rings up under $150 pair...and they are more efficient than the Pio AJ.

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Posted November 15 2012 - 11:35 AM

Sam, A valid point about the BIC's - but I have found them to be a little bit inconsistent (some cabinet vibration). I am a huge fan of their subs, but as you stated - there is plenty of value to be had at this price point. Ryan, Back to your question - yes I would recommend 3.1 to start if you are okay with that. It's going to get you a better system! I actually present this option to friends/family often as it is a better way to get them to stretch towards better gear.  

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Posted November 15 2012 - 03:21 PM

Sam, A valid point about the BIC's - but I have found them to be a little bit inconsistent (some cabinet vibration). I am a huge fan of their subs, but as you stated - there is plenty of value to be had at this price point. Ryan, Back to your question - yes I would recommend 3.1 to start if you are okay with that. It's going to get you a better system! I actually present this option to friends/family often as it is a better way to get them to stretch towards better gear.  
David, Thanks a ton for the replies and help! The recommendation I've been getting from lots of others is in my budget it'd be best to start with a 2.0 system because of my need for a receiver then add a sub later when funds permit, then center. Start off with a good receiver, two nice towers and then later add a klipsche rw-12 when they go on sale for $300 has been a popular rec. What are your thoughts on that?would that be a better option then stretching it to fit a 3.1?

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Posted November 15 2012 - 04:50 PM

2.0 is fine for now - and certainly ups the quality of gear you can get. I do think that a subwoofer is a really important investment, and would advise to save and spend a little more on that piece if anything. The klipsch sub isn't bad - but I don't consider it a real killer offering either. That's where i'd lean towards BIC or Dayton initially. If you're doing 2.0 - what would your budget be? If still ~700, I would stick with the same receiver, and then buy a pair of used speakers like these (example only - the seller won't ship): http://app.audiogon....-bloomington-il Far better value for your dollar than otherwise :) Edit: Here's a good example: http://app.audiogon....del-rey-oaks-ca

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Posted November 15 2012 - 05:28 PM

2.0 is fine for now - and certainly ups the quality of gear you can get. I do think that a subwoofer is a really important investment, and would advise to save and spend a little more on that piece if anything. The klipsch sub isn't bad - but I don't consider it a real killer offering either. That's where i'd lean towards BIC or Dayton initially. If you're doing 2.0 - what would your budget be? If still ~700, I would stick with the same receiver, and then buy a pair of used speakers like these (example only - the seller won't ship):
http://app.audiogon....-bloomington-il
Far better value for your dollar than otherwise :)
Edit: Here's a good example: http://app.audiogon....del-rey-oaks-ca
budget would still be the same, I like the idea of used gear for bang for the buck I just never know what gear to inquire on as I'm not up on the brands/models just yet :).

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Posted November 15 2012 - 05:50 PM

I'm all for buying used if something pops up, my problem is I don't know what's a good guy and what's not just yet lol

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Posted November 15 2012 - 05:51 PM

Well, start with giving us a location (just in case something local pops up) - City/State is fine. Then post here and we'll let you know! Classifieds sections on forums like HTF are a great option too!

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Posted November 15 2012 - 05:56 PM

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Posted November 15 2012 - 09:32 PM

Even though you'll never find the "other three" speakers to complete a theatre...these are FAB... http://grandrapids.c...3384282711.html Will add more as I find 'em... http://grandrapids.c...3412273348.html (not really cheap enough to not buy a new one...) http://grandrapids.c...3350048749.html (three things...EV Aries, if they fit your decor. NAD 2150 and the HK 3480) http://grandrapids.c...3411603819.html (all four of these would rock in a HT) http://grandrapids.c...3388197132.html (humina...humina...) http://grandrapids.c...3411100673.html (shouldn't be this cheap) http://grandrapids.c...3375937370.html (pair up with ^^^^) http://grandrapids.c...3378916736.html (call this guy IMMEDIATELY...way too good to miss out on)




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