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Suggestions for 2.1 Speaker/Subwoofer/Amp for Small room

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#1 of 3 tombolo



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Posted February 16 2013 - 01:25 AM

Hi guys. I recently moved and currently live In a fairly small apartment. My living room is 11'x13' although the dimensions wall to wall exten a bit since one of the 'walls' extends to the dining room and kitchen. Anyway I have been wanting to set up some speaker system for general use(music, movies, games). I was originally thinking on buying a HTiaB but somehow my mind keeps thinking I would be better off with buying my own set of amp/bookshelf/woofer combo. My reasoning is that whenI buy a house, I can expand my HT to surround in the long run instead of buying another HT like I would need to if I bought a 2.1 HTiaB. So far my HTiaB choices were either: Bose Cinemate series II http://www.amazon.co...s=Bose cinemate Onkyo LS3100 http://www.amazon.co...words=Onkyo 2.1 If I ended up getting the custom setup I was thinking of the following: Yamaha RX-V473 Network Receiver http://www.amazon.co...etwork receiver JBL ES20 Bookshelf Speakers http://www.amazon.co...ywords=jbl es80 JBL ES150 PBK Subwoofer http://www.amazon.co...ywords=jbl es80 I am not an audiophile like many of you.. A least not yet ;) So, I would appreciate your suggestions on this.

#2 of 3 schan1269


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Posted February 16 2013 - 02:50 AM

It is all fine, except I'd pick a different subwoofer... BIC, Lava or some "used find" from Craigslist.

#3 of 3 gene c

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Posted February 16 2013 - 04:24 AM

Forget about the Bose and the Onkyo. Try and listen to a few different speaker lines first and see if you like a brighter sound (Klipsch, some Polks, some JBL's) or a softer, warmer sound (Infinity, Energy). That's a decent price for those JBL's but a good deal isn't that good if you don't like the way they sound. I haven't heard the JBL ES series for quite a while now but I remember them being kind of bright with their dual metal tweeters. That JBL sub would be decent, much like most Infinty subs, But the BIC-F12 would be better, but larger. If you're going to look for a sub on CL then look for the speakers there too. I picked up a pair of good as new Infinity Beta 20's ($399 msrp) for $30 last month, and a HUGE C360 center for $50. Speakers are the safest used purchase but used subs are more of a gamble. Make sure it works first.
"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.


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