Speaker suggestions for Yamaha RX-V1200 (6.1)?

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  1. Jim Zanbehr

    Jim Zanbehr Agent

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    OK, I've given serious consideration to purchase of either the new Yamaha RX-V1200 or the HTR-5490. They both seem to have all the connections and features I'm looking for, but when I take the plunge I will also need to upgrade to a surround speaker system. My budget you say? Well when I started looking I'd hoped to find a receiver and some new speakers for aproximately $1000 (hey, it's been a few years since I shopped for equipment), but I've been quoted the 5490 and 1200 receivers at roughly $700 to $800. More than I'd hoped to spend already, but the lower priced receivers just aren't offering the connections, etc. I'm looking for. I can't afford to spend a lot on speakers right now after this receiver purchase added to my recent addition of a DVD/CD changer.
    So I figure I'm looking at $200 to $500 max towards speakers. Perhaps not very realitic? And whatever I do get I'll probably have for several more years. Any suggestions for a moderately priced speaker package for either of these receivers? Or should I just get a good center and new main L/R pair, using my 30 year-old stereo speakers for rears and pickup a center rear later (this receiver has connection for a center rear speaker)? I don't really feel I want a subwoofer which would likely drive my neighbors and my dog up the wall. But then again would I be better off just getting a package like the JBL NSP1, Acoustic Research HC1 or similar for now? I have a modest studio apartment and no need or desire to blow out the walls at high volumes.
    Of course whatever I do I'll have to listen to them before purchase, but I'm looking for suggestions on a place to start.
     
  2. Chris PC

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    Whatever you do, consider PSB Image series speakers. Either buying them down there in NY or heading up here, you'll get lots of speaker for your dollar, especially right now. I bought PSB Image series speakers and I'm very happy. Clean sound, efficient and nice looking too.
     
  3. ChrisAG

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    I agree that the PSB Image series is very good, but might be a little out of your price range. For less money, consider Paradigm Phantom towers for the front, with Titan bookshelfs for the rears, or Titans all around.
     
  4. Jim Zanbehr

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    So are you suggesting I should go for a complete package of speakers now or start building with a couple better (more expensive) pieces for now and build on to my setup as I set aside more money in a few months?
     

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