Need a recommendation for a 5.1 speaker set (Budget:: $300)

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  1. Andy_Pattynama

    Andy_Pattynama Auditioning

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    Hi there,
    I'm all new to this forum so be kind with me [​IMG] I want to get a 5.1 setup for my TV and DVD Player. It's a Panasonic RV-31 DVD Player and a Pansonic 16:9(100Hz) TV(don't recall the exact model name, about 1.5 years old). I think I'm set on the Marantz SR4300 receiver, cuz that's one which I read good reviews about and is available for a good price here in Switzerland. Now I need a 5.1 speaker setup which I can(in the near future [​IMG]) hook up to that receiver and I'm looking here for some advice. The speakers need to be available in Europe, Switzerland to be exact. The Onkyo HTS-650 aren't available in Switzerland which is a pity. So could you guys maybe recommend me some good 5.1 speakers?

    Thanks for your time.

    Andy Pattynama
     
  2. Victor Chan

    Victor Chan Stunt Coordinator

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    Any chance you have access to the Acoustic Research HC-6 5.1 system? Here in the U.S., can be had for $299:

    http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=arhc6

    A very well regarded speaker set at its original $800 retail and a steal for less than half its original price. Not going to be the best thing you will ever hear (let's be realistic now... its $300!), but looks and sounds far better than it has a right to at the price and, when I heard it, remarkably good at both music and HT reproduction, particularly in small to medium sized spaces.
     
  3. Andy_Pattynama

    Andy_Pattynama Auditioning

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    Yes, it seems like I can get them in Germany. So you think a Marantz SR4300 and those Acoustic Research HC-6 speakers would blow the Logitech Z-680 away? Sorry, I'm really new to this stuff [​IMG]

    What others speakers could you recommend?
     
  4. Victor Chan

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    Andy,

    I haven't had the opportunity to listen to the Logitech speakers, so for me to say one way or the other would be pure guess work on my part.

    But I would be surprised if the Acoustic Research HC-6 didn't sound better since they are a dedicated music/HT speaker set vs. the Logitech which was designed primarily for home computer gaming use.

    Powered by a Marantz 4300, which is a very nice receiver in its price bracket, I think it would be hard to do better that the AR HC-6 at the $300 level.

    Let me know what you end up with and whether or not you are happy with your purchase!

    Best wishes,
    Victor
     
  5. Andy_Pattynama

    Andy_Pattynama Auditioning

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    Hi Victor,
    ok, the total price in USD would be about $800 in the end, with the receiver and the speakers. The problem is, the prices here in Switzerland are kinda high, and I can get a hot deal from ebay in Germany(about $100 under MSRP which makes it about $400, 2 year warranty, etc.). I think I will get this total system somewhen around August, I will surely let you know what I think about it, and if you made a good recommendation [​IMG] j/k

    Thanks for your time,

    Cheers,
    Andy
     
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    Andy_Pattynama Auditioning

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    Too bad I can't get that HTD Audio set here in Switzerland.
     
  8. Kevin McCurdy

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    I just installed the AR HC6 setup in a bedroom system.

    I was a little skeptical at first as to whether or not they were too small for the room. The room is 14 foot wide by 16 foot long with a vaulted ceiling rising from 8 foot on one side to 11 foot on the other, but as soon as I plugged them in I got a big smile on my face and I simply said, wow for $299.00 (+ shipping) what a deal.
     
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