What's the best (but cheapest) 5.1 system available?

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  1. Brad Scott

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    Hi all,

    Sorry for the barrage of posts/questions lately, but I'm now resigned to looking for the best quality 5.1 surround system for the most affordable price. I know there are tons of choices for high-end gear, but since I'm really on a budget, I'd like to know your recommendations for the cheapest system offering the best sound.

    So far, the only affordable 5.1 systems I've heard of that supposedly sound decent are the Energy Take 5+1 system, and the Klipsch Quintets. Are these good choices?

    I've seen the Energy Take 5 for $485, and that's about where I need to be right now.

    What other complete system (with sub) can compete with these other two?

    For $500, what would you buy?
     
  2. CurtisSC

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    I would also take a look at the Hsu Ventriloquist System. It should be about $550 with their new STF-1 sub.

    I was pretty impressed with it when I heard it. It is to be released at the end of the month.

    Here are some links with information:

    http://hsuresearch.com/forum/calenda...nfo&eventid=11
     
  3. DarrenAlan

    DarrenAlan Stunt Coordinator

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    Another option would be the JBL NSP-1 package and the Dayton Titanic 10" sub from Partsexpress. Street price (eBay, Audiogon) should come in right around $500, maybe a bit more once you factor in shipping.

    I've had the Quintets and currently have the JBL N24s as rears in my system, and I can tell you the JBLs are quite a bit superior -- better bass (the Quintets have almost none despite what their specs say), more realistic mids and less sharp, "shouty" treble.
     
  4. Nick L

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    I've been hearing pretty good things about Infinity's new entry level system, the Primus system. Check it out here. Looks like it's right in your budget.

    With only $500 for a speaker budget it might be better(if you plan on upgrading later) to just buy a nice set of main speakers. Then save a little more and upgrade as you go. May actually save you money down the road, since you won't have to re-buy all of the pieces again. I never had the patience to do it, but in hindsight, I wish I would have.

    Nick
     
  5. Brad Scott

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    I checked out the Ventriloquist system, but there's not much on it since it's not out yet. The Hsu site has a couple of threads about it, however.

    I will also look into the JBLs.

    Thanks
     
  6. Chad A

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    Here is my suggestion.

    Wharfedale Diamond series:
    8.1's front, retail $200 a pair
    Diamond center, retail $150
    DFS dipole surrounds, retail $220
    and the new Dayton 10" Sub for $125

    The Wharfedale can be had for 30% off if you know where to look, plus shipping of course.
    This is similar to my setup and for the $ the Diamonds are almost unbeatable.
     
  7. Mike_Gr

    Mike_Gr Stunt Coordinator

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    I agree with Chad

    IMO, Wharfedale Diamonds are one of the best values out there. Nothing I have auditioned at their price point even comes close.

    Give them a listen if you can.
     
  8. Steve Adams

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    for price/performance. go to fluance.com. they are great for the price....
     
  9. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Check out the Acoustic Research HC6 system. It can be had for a little over $300.
     
  10. JustinG

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    Check out the fluance 5.1 HTIB systems with their new subs. Together, they'll come under $500 easily.

    www.fluance.com
     
  11. ChrisLazarko

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    I like Klipsch myself. The Quintets are very nice and the 5 speaker setup can be found for about $350 or so. No subwoofer is included, but you can always pick one up for about $200 (good quality) and will put you right around your $500 limit.
     
  12. Jason Hammerly

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    I have had nice results with this system. Velodyne CHT. If you are intersted at all let me know. I prefer/prefered this over the JBL NSP set I had before.
     

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