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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   autzennoise

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Posted July 18 2013 - 12:11 PM

Can someone make a recommendation or tell a noob where to start? My receiver is a Pioneer VSX-522.

 

Thanks for any help. Trying to get away from my HTiaB.



#2 of 7 OFFLINE   schan1269

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Posted July 18 2013 - 01:53 PM

If you are in CT, there is a forum member selling a set of Polk TL(look in the sale/trade forum). Shipping should, at worst, make them $200(he wants $125, I think...which is fair).

Then PartsExpress has the Dayton sub1000 for $100.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Jim Mcc

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Posted July 18 2013 - 03:32 PM

Newegg had the Energy Take Classic 5.1 system for $279 with free shipping, but I don't know if it's still that price. Very highly rated and popular system.


Edited by Jim Mcc, July 18 2013 - 03:36 PM.


#4 of 7 OFFLINE   autzennoise

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Posted July 21 2013 - 12:15 PM

I was pointed to these also. Can anyone assure me that they are compatible? Thanks again for the pointers.

http://www.parts-exp...tnumber=300-696

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   schan1269

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Posted July 21 2013 - 12:19 PM

That Dayton us the exact same thing as the Energy Take. I thought the PE version was discontinued.

Yes, it is compatible.

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Tom Vodhanel

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Posted July 29 2013 - 07:47 AM

Trying to move up from a HTiB with $300 is tough for a complete 5.1 set.

 

Some of the options may sound better(depends on which HTiB you are using?) but with 3.5 to 3.75" woofers you may find them hard pressed to offer clean output <150hz or so.  Something like this might be worth considering.

 

http://www.parts-exp...tnumber=300-652

 

You would be looking at what...$120 or so for the 5.0 system? (two sets of bookshelf + center). Then find the best $180 subwoofer you can. Dayton sub1200 , polk 505, or maybe a bic? http://www.newegg.co...N82E16882007034

 

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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Dan Driscoll

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Posted July 29 2013 - 09:24 AM

Don't forget to check the used market for speakers and subwoofers. Used speakers are a great option on a short budget or even a large one. As long as it hasn't been abused, a 5-10 year old speaker or sub will sound as good today as it did when it was new. I bought my Adire Rava sub used years ago for a ridiculously low price and it is still going strong today. Ditto for my Vandersteen Model 2C mains and VCC-1 center.

 

US AudioMart, Audiogon and the for-sale boards here on HTF, AC and other HT/audio forums are good options. Just make sure to do your research and don't buy on a whim. Know what your buying before you hand over your money and check the seller's history/feedback.


Edited by Dan Driscoll, July 29 2013 - 09:28 AM.

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