Dillema! Great 2Ch or Good 5Channel?????

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Jesse Sharrow, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. Jesse Sharrow

    Jesse Sharrow Supporting Actor

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    Ok I have confused my self silly. My wife says if we get some good money for x-mas from family I can get a good stereo setup. It doenst really matter how much Im getting, frankly cuz I dont know. But heres my question.

    For the price range of stuff Im looking at would you guys get a really nice 2 Channel setup. Or a decent 5 Channel setup.

    Before you ask... I will mainly use it for music. We dont watch a ton of movies. We do also watch alot of tv also. Wich is rarley in 5.1 so that doesnt matter either.
     
  2. Robb Roy

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    If you mostly listen to music and network television, I'd go with a better 2 channel system. If, however, you have music playing a lot, but are not really *listening* (are instead vacuuming, doing dishes, telling kids to stop touching the screen, etc.) to it, then I'd go with the 5 channel system.

    -Robb

    Edit -- if you plan to purchase more upgrades next year, go with a 2 channel system and upgrade to a 5 channel next year based on your better 2 channel this year.

    Then again, I just came across the country after a weekend of working and that kind of socializing you do on business trips because you really ought to even though all you really want is a nap, so you should probably be listening to people who could tie their shoes at the moment.
     
  3. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    Such a tough question seeing as you're unsure of how much money. There are very competent 5 speaker setups (ascends) that would do a very credible job in either case. Maybe you can toss out a hypothetical amount and possibly take this time between now and xmas and hear a few setups and see which one works for you.
     
  4. Jesse Sharrow

    Jesse Sharrow Supporting Actor

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    Well heres the thing. I think I have a rough Idea. But I get everything at cost. So thats what makes it odd... if you give me a suggestion of something but I cant get it for a good deal it does me no good.

    But anyways.... $1000-$1600

    Thats including everything! I only have a tv, dvd, and power center, and front speaker wire.

    Right now Im thinking a pair of kappa 200's with stands and an Harmon Kardon AVR125. ... and maybe a sub.
     
  5. chung_sotheby

    chung_sotheby Supporting Actor

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    For that much, I would suggest a 2 ch setup. Look to get some good speakers (~500-800) and a good integrated amp (~500-800) and you will have a really nice sounding setup. If you want bookshelves, then supplement them with a sub. Some suggestions:

    Speakers:
    GR Research AV series
    KEF Q
    JBL Studio
    Sonus Faber Concertino
    PSB Stratus
    ONIX rockets
    Soliloquy 5.0
    Paradigm Reference
    B&W 600
    Mission
    Energy
    Von Schweikert
    Klipsch Ref

    Subs:
    Hsu VTF2
    SVS 25-31 PCi
    Adire Rava

    Int Amps:
    Arcam
    Simaudio
    Nad
    Marantz
    Cambridge
    Anthem
    Musical Fidelity
    Jolida
    Creek
    Antique Sound Labs
    Bottlehead

    Hope this helped
     
  6. Jamie Doucette

    Jamie Doucette Stunt Coordinator

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    When i first got into the HT market, I had the same dilemma. I spent my money a the better 2ch system with a nice receiver. I then took cheap speakers just lying around the house or from garage sales and used them as a makeshift surround sound system. Over time I added better speakers as my budget permitted.

    Since you listen to mostly music, go for the "great" 2 channel system. I think you'll be happier in the long run.

    Cheers
     
  7. BobAlbano

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    Jesse, if I were you I would definitely put my money into a great 2 channel setup after reading your preferences. I have listen to a number of speakers in the 1K-2K range and my favorites so far are the Onix Reference 1's. I ended up buying these speakers and have been extremely happy with their performance. I also purchased a Onix A-120 integrated and have been pleasantly surprised with the performance this amp has delivered. I have put it up against some NAD, Arcam, and Creek and think it sounded as good or better especially for the price. Here is a link to a set of Onix Ref 1's on audiogon for $1200.00. A 6 month old A-120 just sold for $300. If you were able to get this system for $1500 that would be the deal of the century in my mind. Good luck with your decision [​IMG]

    http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.p...oni&1064159675
     
  8. Ben LG

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    I recommend you get a good sub also with your 2 channel system (I have a 2 channel setup and watching the occassional dvd with a sub is a dramatic difference). If you have a good pair of fronts and your room is not *that big, you wont be missing much compared to a 5.1 setup. Best part is as mentioned, you can always upgrade if you are unsatisfied.
     

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