Best looking system under $5k

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  1. Gordon C Jr

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    I have a friend who wants to get a new system and is looking to spend up to $5k on it... This woman wants me to pick everything out for her and judging by her personality I think she would be more interested in esthetical value rather than sound performance... However, I don't wan to suggest some so-so equipment and have her come back to me when she is more educated in A/V equipement and ask me "what were you thinking?"
    Therefore, I need suggestions on 5 speakers and A/V receiver that look good and look expensive for under $5k..
    By the way, she listens to oldies music, so I can't see sound quality being to important.
     
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    BTW, on that Diva link above, scroll down to see the entire speaker line and click on the top link to see the Home Theater Specials. They are offering some great package deals right now.
     
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    $5K?
    marble nOrh 4.0 package - $1,600
    Dual Adire Audio Dharman - $1,250
    5 Le Amps - $1,250
    Outlaw 950 - $950?
    That puts you just over $5,000 but will be very pleasing to the eye and sound fantastic. She will also be set with separates. How big is the room this will be going in? Any openings? Does she prefer towers or bookshelves? With the suggestions I gave, it is unlikely she would ever come back and ask you "What were you thinking?"
     
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    Marble exudes class. [​IMG]
    Would have said to get all 7.0s but had to include subs, amp, and preamp in there. [​IMG]
     
  7. Gordon C Jr

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    That's what she said....$5K... and I'm guessing she would go higher if it looked good enough to impress her neighbor.. Don't get me wrong, she's a nice woman, she just likes to have expensive looking stuff...
    Those nOrh's look very much like something she would like... How do they sound? Where could she listen to these in California? And looking at them, how would you keep them from rattling on their stands at higher volumes..? Just an observation.. I also thought of Outlaw, but was thinking that the receivers are pretty ugly..
    By the way, she will currently be putting them in a small room.. But, is buying them for a long term investment into her next home (bigger is my assumption)
     
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    One very nice looking receiver is the Gold Yamaha RX-V1...but this will probably cost 1500-2000 new. The gold Yamaha DSPA1 also looks fantastic...you might be able to find this on the used market for under 1000.
    As for sound, by most accounts nOrh speakers should sound great.
     
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    Gordon,
    From your description she sounds like a middle class
    housing development dweller with want-ta-be Yuppi
    aspirations. So what would my ideal recommendation be
    for her wants and needs? Look no further than Bose, Yes
    I said Bose.... Millions of satisfied women can't be wrong!
    Bose offers the Psuedo "Status" that her uninformed friends
    will go "Woah" over and the rest of us in the real audio
    world can snicker at.
    I am so glad I was born a man! [​IMG]
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    That last comment is really insulting. It insinuates women can not appreciate hi-fi equipment or sound. This is a topic I could go on about, but I'd rather address the topic at hand.
    Try the Boston Accoustics VRM60. They are a very classy speaker that I think sounds very pleasing. I don't like harsh speakers but the Metal tweeter on those Bostons is really smooth. My fiance and I agree they are some of the classiest looking speakers, when fitted with matching stands. There is a center and smaller surrounds available as well. There is also a 1000 watt sub, all in matching cherry.
    Good luck,
    Jon R
     
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    "From your description she sounds like a middle class
    housing development dweller with want-ta-be Yuppi
    aspirations. So what would my ideal recommendation be
    for her wants and needs? Look no further than Bose, Yes
    I said Bose.... Millions of satisfied women can't be wrong!"
    Nicely put. I was thinking this myself when I first read the post. Elitest, chauvinistic, and judgemental? Yes, but, also true. I think an Acoustimass system is exactly what she needs.
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    quote: By the way, she listens to oldies music, so I can't see sound quality being to important.[/quote]
    That's amusing. I don't know what your definition of 'oldies' is, but some of the best music in my collection is from the 50s and the 60s. A lot of it is much better recorded than most 'modern' music I've heard.
    Maybe you should ask her what she's looking for in a system, instead of making assumptions, or worse, stereotyping her?
    Edit: That was a completely negative post. Here's one option on great sounding speakers that also look fabulous: www.roundsound.com I think www.audioreview.com has reviews of some of these speakers.
    [Edited last by Saurav on October 08, 2001 at 11:22 PM]
     
  14. Jon_R

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    Well.. I return to see a few more posts...
    I think the reason some people are suggesting Bose equipment is because she is a women. A woman who wants quality or should I say "quality" thus she must be a yuppy suburbanite. First off, I am not even going to tear into that one. I have seen plenty of people's home theaters around here with a wife, 2 kids and a dog. That is suburbia! Driving an SUV and mowing the lawn, suburbia!
    So she likes the way things look and doesn't want ugly speakers. I don't want ugly speakers. I saw plenty of people moaning about the rp91 when it only came in champagne color. Isn't that the same idea? Sure that dvd player is a great piece of equipment but its just a color. It is all about preferences and the definition of acceptable.
    To dismiss this woman because she does not choose her audio equipment is almost acceptable as speakers and even equipment is a personal choice. To dismiss her because she is a woman, and thus must not know anything about audio is an ignorant statement shining with biases and personal shortcomings.
    Go figure that I'm marrying a feminist... [​IMG]
    By the way, have her listen to those Bostons if possible, they seem like a great speaker albeit they have a bit less build quality and final finish than comparably priced speakers such as B&W 602s. However I don't think that should detract from them too much as they really are great sounding and attractive.
    Jon
    [Edited last by Jon_R on October 08, 2001 at 11:28 PM]
     
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    Jon,
    I should elaborate that I am not dismissing ALL women as
    un versed in the reality of high quality audio and video,
    but rather just this particular woman. She sounds to me to
    be of elitist nature where everything has to exude a certain
    status to be worthy of her ownership. I don't subscibe to
    groups who buy materials items simply for a name brand and
    the status that goes along with it. She is obviously not
    versed in home audio therfore the name "Bose" should fit
    her particular application!
    BOSE- Better Audio Through Marketing...
     
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    it's unfair to say all women are like that, but you musst admit it's a rather funny request: best LOOKING system for AUDIO, with a rather yuppy-ish budget.
    i'll say this up front- i called my GF in and read the subject to her and she had a hearty chuckle.
    Now, having said that, I second the gold yamaha/marble nohr setup suggestion.
    If she want's a nice SOUNDING remote to go with it, I'd grab the HK Take Control [​IMG]
     
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    Saurav,
    Nice try but your argument is lacking due to your own
    inability to read the original thread. Rather than have
    you scroll all the way to the top and go through all of
    that trouble just to see where I gathered and extrapolated
    my opinion from, I will quote some things for you to read.
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    "This woman wants me to pick everything out for her and judging by her personality I think she would be more interested in esthetical value rather than sound performance..."
    "Therefore, I need suggestions on 5 speakers and A/V receiver that look good and look expensive for under $5k"
    "By the way, she listens to oldies music, so I can't see sound quality being to important."
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    Those are direct quotes and non edited in any way shape or
    form. I call them like I see (or in this case read)them.
    At this point the way the author describes her she is at the
    stage of obliviousness. She is just getting into Home Audio
    and let's face it we all start some where. I was even at the
    same stage once upon a time. But what gets me is the whole
    "It has to look expensive" line.
    I also beleive the original post was edited and some more
    information that pertained to the personality of this woman
    has been removed but this is a null point as the text that
    is contained hearin is more than adequate to come to my
    conclusion.
    It is my beleif that she is a perfect canidate for any of
    the Bose systems as they do have a presence of minimalism
    which to some is a very attractive trait to posess.
    Capiche? [​IMG]
     
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    I'd take a close look at Gallo speakers. Their website is www.roundsound.com.
    They sound very good and look good as well. I think they have a new model as well that looks pretty cool.
    As far as receivers go, none of them are particularly attractive.
    Steve
     

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