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HT audio system, $2k budget
6 replies to this topic
Posted November 22 2012 - 03:01 AM
Hi! I'm very new to this and could really use some help picking out a setup for my living room. The room is about 16x14 (in a condo). My goals are: 1. Great sound for movies. 2. Great sound for music. 3. Stream music from my computer. 4. Wireless rear channel speakers (I'm renting the condo and there is no good way to run the wires). Currently I have the following: Sharp Aquos LC-52LE700UN TV. DirectTV Tivo Playstation 3 Xbox 360 Nintendo Wii My budget is around $2k, though of course I'd be happy to stay under it. So....any advice?
Posted November 22 2012 - 03:20 AM
You do realize that "wireless" isn't wireless, at all... You can find out just how bad wireless is by all the used Sony S-Air stuff littering Fleabay... Do you want 5.1, 7.1, 5.2, 7.2??? Do you have a sub already? Do you have speakers, of any kind, already?
Posted November 22 2012 - 03:26 AM
Actually... I don't know what this means. Could you explain? Are you referring to the need for power or something else?
You do realize that "wireless" isn't wireless, at all...
I was thinking 5.1, but am open to hearing opinions.
You can find out just how bad wireless is by all the used Sony S-Air stuff littering Fleabay... Do you want 5.1, 7.1, 5.2, 7.2???
Do you have a sub already?
Do you have speakers, of any kind, already?
Posted November 22 2012 - 04:19 AM
Wireless rear speakers... 1. There is an amp that needs plugged into the wall. That amp feeds the speakers...so in short, you are only saving "wire" from the front of the room, to the rear of the room. There are various ways to "hide" wire... http://www.amazon.co...le speaker wire (this is paintable to match your walls. This is just an example as you can find less expensive flat wire elsewhere. You can even find adhesive wire that sticks to walls) http://www.amazon.co...le speaker wire (actually hiding the wires...can be completely removed when you move) 2. Wireless sound "quality"(there is no quality to wireless sound...) is beholden to... Your microwave Your cellphone Your home cordless phone Baby monitors(even your neighbors) Your wifi network(even your neighbors) 5.1 -7.2 is entirely up to you...and includes... traditional 7.1 Buying an AVR with height/width (look up Audyssey DSX and Dolby ProLogic IIz) Typically, your "spending budget" should be (if $2000 is the budget)... $500-ish AVR $400-ish sub $1000-ish in speakers. It also depends(on cost)... Do you want speakers hung on the wall? Do you want speakers to stand on the floor? If you buy small speakers...stands? tables to put them on?
Posted November 22 2012 - 04:29 AM
If you want a "large" speaker set... Polk Monitor 60/70 from NewEgg. BIC DV64/84 from BB.com or Amazon If you want "small" KEF T-series(the 205 stays in your budget) Martin Logan Motion 262 package Those 4 are just examples...
Posted November 23 2012 - 03:17 AM
Ok, it sounds like going wireless will be a disaster then. I'd hate to spend a ton of money and then be stuck with something that doesn't work. Have you used that Wiremold before? I'd need to run it over a door frame. I'm not particularly the handy type, but am willing to give it a shot if it's pretty easy to work with. As for the speakers, I'm not planning to hang them on the wall. I have DVD cases all around the room that I am thinking the speakers could rest on. Is there an optimal height for the speakers? I could also get freestanding speakers or small stands. I'm fairly flexible in that regard.
Posted November 23 2012 - 03:38 AM
Speakers "should be" at ear height. But we live in a "make it work in my room" situation. IF they aren't at ear height, tilt them toward the seating area. If mounting them on a shelf, if you are looking at a rear ported speaker...make sure it doesn't butt up against the wall. The wiremold is easy to work with. It is essentially a "less robust" PVC pipe you would buy for plumbing. A simple saw/mitre box(every hardware store in America has a "cheap one use" set* for $20-$30) combo will have all the cuts you'd need to make. The joiners and corner pieces cover any inaccurate cuts you might make. *take a piece with you to a hardware store and even say "I need a mitre box and saw"... Matter of fact, here is an example... http://www.amazon.co...re box with saw (I personally wouldn't own one that cheap, but if all you are going to do is cut wiremold...it will get the job done)
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