I'm almost convinced to get the Pioneer VSX-522-K but I'm not sure about what speakers should I get. Take into account that I'm in a tight budget and price is a crucial factor to me. I don't want to play the system extremely loud because I live in a apartment and have neighbors. I'm looking for sound clarity instead. To give you an idea about the volume level I'm happy with, I have a Memorex micro stereo system with 3" 2 way speakers hooked up to my HDTV output and despite the sound is not amazing I'm almost happy with it. It has a desirable volume level and sound is not that distorted but it lacks bass and is only 2.0 sound so I want to upgrade. Since I'm no audiophile I'm not sure if I'm covering a acceptable range of the spectrum with those speakers. I'm willing to spend some money to get better sound but the difference must be noticeable.
The speaker brands that I'm considering are Dayton audio, Polk audio, Pioneer and Sony:
Dayton audio because is affordable, you can get a pair of 6 1/2" two way speakers for about $40-$50 and use them as satellites. A center channel should cost me about $50-$60 and a 12" sub-woofer about $145. I'm not sure how they compare to more expensive speakers but they are affordable and of considerable size and that's attractive to me right now. This brand is the most affordable of the 4.
Sony is next in terms of affordability. You can get a pair of 5 1/4" two way speakers for about $69 and use them as satellites. I still haven't found a matchable center channel for those because I want it to be of the same brand but I will eventually. I would like to know how these will compare to the Dayton audio speakers.
Pioneer have nice looking floor standing speakers with 3 5 1/4" woofers and a tweeter but they cost about $200 a pair and they are a little out of my budget. However if the sound is considerably better than the other brands I can make the investment. I would like to know how these compare against Polk Audio floor standing speakers. They have nice looking two way speakers that cost about the same than the Sony's but have only a 4" woofer and I'm not sure if they sound better than the Sony's. A center channel speaker cost about $69.
Polk Audio has the better reputation of the 4 but is also the most expensive. They have floor standing speakers with very similar layout as the Pioneer's and that's why I want to know which one is better of the two because they cost about the same. I read a few reviews and they let you with the impression that this brand is positioned very high comparing with the most expensive brands. However if the sound is as advertised I can make a sacrifice and get them. I just need some feedback here.
I hope somebody can clarify those doubts to me. Thanks in advance!
Edited by BigLouis1971, October 28 2013 - 06:24 PM.