Help choosing ~300$ speakers

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  1. Chris Flynn

    Chris Flynn Second Unit

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    I'm helping a friend put together a "budget" home theater, and I need help choosing speakers that fit into the ~300$ dollar range.
    He already has a 51" Sony rear-projection 16x9 TV, and he has about 600$ USD he wants to spend on a reciever and speakers, and we're thinking about getting the Pioneer VSX-D811S as a reciever (~300$), but we're kind of lost on the speakers.
    A 5.1 setup is necessary, but 6.1 is not, due to some space limitations in his living room.
    Does anyone have any recommendations on a decent 5.1 speaker set that fits the ~300$ range?
     
  2. chris evans

    chris evans Auditioning

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    hey chris i would say wharfedale modus 8 all the way. a modus center and maybe a jensen sub. every thing will match perfect and you should be just over the budget maybe 550 if you look around i know it sounds like alot but these are great speaker that will last a long time
     
  3. Mike Gratis

    Mike Gratis Auditioning

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    This is something I'd like some input on, too. It wasn't an issue when I was considering HTiB, in that the speakers would have been included in the system; but now that I'm looking at picking up the receiver & speakers separately, things get confusing real fast. [​IMG]
     
  4. DavidQc

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    Mike & Chris....
    for the price range around $300....
    look into the speaker packages by
    Onkyo SKSHT500
    or
    JBL NSP1 II
    the onkyo comes with all six speakers.
    but the JBL comes with 5, no subwoofer.
    i recently picked up the Onkyo speakers
    for $199 during the early bird special at
    circuit city after Thanksgiving. that was
    a steal. they sound ok in the store. but
    they should sound great in my small living room.
    i'll post more of my impressions when i get
    my Pioneer receiver this weekend.
    i heard the JBL NSP1 II's are a bit more refined,
    but for more money too.
    i've found the best deals so far on the NSP1 II speakers
    with the PB10 sub for $439 with www.etronics.com
    or just the NSP1 II speakers for $269.
    good luck.
    these two choices should be fine.
     
  5. Chris Flynn

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    Thanks for all the input everyone.
    I think my friend is going to go with the Onkyo SKSHT500 speaker package.
    He really wants a subwoofer, but does not have any spare cash to buy the JBL package AND subwoofer.
    I'm living my life vicariously through all my friends who've invested in home theater setups. [​IMG]
     
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    The Onkyo's were a good choice for my dorm and I love them, but I am upgrading the sub now and the rest when I move out of the dorm in the summer. I am getting an SVS and probably the Paradigm Phantoms, Titans, and CC170. I can't wait until I can afford them. It shouldn't take too long to save up the 800 dollars fo rthe Paradigms.
     
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    There is a $150 Jensen HTiB on circuitcity.com with free shipping, it's gotten really good reviews there. I bought it for $75 on Thanksgiving and it just came in the mail today. I'm hoping to set them up when I get home from work.
     

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