First stereo system! Help!(bose?jbl?receiver?cheap?)

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  1. RossM

    RossM Auditioning

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    I am looking to buid a cheap stereo system used for playing symphony type music/jazz and for hooking up to my tv for better sound. My question is : are the bose 201 or any other speakers of theres the best bang for the buck? I've also looked at JBL s38's which i really liked. I'm looking to spend a total of $600 for speakers+receiver and player. What types of speakers, receivers and players would you all recommend?

    Stuff ive listened to already:

    JBL s38's

    Bose 201 shelfs

    yamaha receiver + sony player

    What are your thoughts and opinions? Thanks
     
  2. matthew_rm

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    Well, first off you should know bose does not make good speakers. If you do not have much money to spend, JBL should be a pretty good choice. Also look at Paradigm, they make great speakers for the money.

    For 2ch, HarmenKardon makes a nice reciever. Sony has nice CDplaysers as well. Try everyhting BEFORE you buy, and don't allways go by what the sales people tell you, or the add over-top of the bose 201's.

    Hope This helped a bit!
     
  3. RossM

    RossM Auditioning

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    Stereo for under $600
    Speakers:
    Yeah. I'm pretty much set on the JBL s38's. I listened to them in best buy and they r0X0red.[​IMG] The set was on clearance for $349.99, but im going to see if i can find them on ebay for cheaper...(ive seen em for $300)
    Receiver:
    About how much power do i need for the JBL's? This system is going in my fairly large bedroom, so i wont be blasting them. Are Yamaha receivers any good?Recommend me something please.
    Cd Player:
    Yeah, Sony is good, but I'd like to match it with the receiver so i can use the same remote, but i guess everyone has universal remotes...What is good?
    ok...keep in mind i only have $300 to buy a receiver and player now. [​IMG] keep opinions coming. thanks
     
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    Will this work for you?? If this type works, there are many similar set ups (sony, Pioneer, ...).
     
  5. RossM

    RossM Auditioning

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    Ah yes Shankar. That is the other way i was thinking of going. Just buying a package deal. But, I've had no luck finding speakers in those packages that have ever pleased me [​IMG] Have no fear, I'm still looking though.
     
  6. Chris Tsutsui

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    The S38s can get loud with 80-100 watts. I've used cheap vintage pioneer receivers and decent 100wpc rotel power amps. The S38s will blast fine for a bedroom on only 80-100 watts. (maybe even 50wpc, never had one)
    I don't think you should insult the S38s by comparing them to bose 201s. [​IMG]
    Stereo integrated receivers will run you around $200-300 for 100wpc if you go with a respected Denon or Onkyo brand. (DRA-395, TX-8511) Maybe a $150 Sony STR-DE135 or buy a used stereo receiver off ebay and save a bundle.
    The CD player separate can be pretty cheap ranging $50-100.
    With those you will probably some good sound from the S38s. You could hook the TV to the receiver as well for some real nice stereo. I don't think a HTIB package will provide the same stereo sound he'll get from separates.
     
  7. RossM

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    Thanks for your Reply Chris. Well, the only reason i compared the bose to the jbl is that my father says that bose is the leader in technology, they have amazing sound, blkah blkah blah, and that i should buy them and save money. I on the other hand wanted the s38's. But i gave both of them a shot. Conclusion-> JBL = winnar. [​IMG]
    Yeah, I'll think ill just pick up a sony player.
    Will a yamaha receiver be a good choice? at best buy i all the system setups used sony players and yamaha receivers.
    Thanks for all your replies.
     
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    Bose is the leader in making people think they are the leader in speaker technology. [​IMG]
     
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    Thomas, very well said. Excellent. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I own a Yamaha Rx-V800 and LOVE it. Their Cinema DSP technology is da bomb!
     

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