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Looking for advice on a home theater audio set up ($750 budget).

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by richie894, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. richie894

    richie894 Auditioning

    Jan 1, 2011
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    I am a audio newbie and looking for some advice...

    So I just picked up a Samsung 50" 3d TV. Visuals amazing, but now I need the sound to go along with it. I already purchased and returned two set ups as they did not sound great. Sony CT-150 Sound bar and sub didn't sound that great despite all the great reviews. Also I picked up a Bose Cinemax 2. Sound was pretty good, but sub would make a horrible crackling sound if I turned bass up. I am thinking I just got a bad unit.

    I am looking to spend under $750 if possible. My room is pretty small. About 15' x 20'. Also I do not want to deal with running speaker wire across my room, so thinking of a 2.1 set up. As I can not find any decently rated wireless speakers.

    I was thinking of this mix - can I run this on a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver with decent sound and no rear speakers?? Anyone have any advice or alternative suggestions please?

    Receiver - Pioneer VSX-820


    Subwoofer - Onkyo SKW-204


    Center speaker - Sony SS-CN5000


    Bookshelf speakers (pair) - Sony-SS-B1000


    Total from Amazon is about $460.
  2. gene c

    gene c Producer

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    That's not a bad setup for $460 but you will get what you pay for. I'm not a big fan of those Sony speakers but those who have them seem satisfied. And that Onkyo sub looks good on paper but will probably sound like a car stereo sub "Thump...thump...thump...."

    Newegg.com had great prices on Polks Monitor series but they have raised the prices a bit and are loww or out of stock on many models.

    These speakers from Pioneer @ BestBuy are supposed to be pretty good for the price. I haven't heard them yet, though. They're also available in the BB stores.

    Fluance is another in-expensive speaker brand that seems to get good reviews.

    PartsExpress is a good place for sub woofers under $200.

    The Onkyo 508 might be a better choice then the 820. Compare the features/specs. It's $248 on Amazon.

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